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NPR 2011-07-04

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Thailand will soon have its first woman prime minister. Yingluck Shinawatra addressed her supporters after her party won in a landslide1. Her brother Thaksin was prime minister until he was deposed2 in a military coup4 in 2006.

The Swiss government confirms it has frozen the bank accounts of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad and 22 other members of his government. From Geneva, Lisa Schlein reports the Swiss have blocked nearly 32 million dollars.

Swiss authorities put Syria's president on notice in May that they were planning to freeze his assets and those of other officials. At that time, they ordered banks to make a search and report all the money located. Now, the government is taking the step to prevent Syrian President Assad and 22 other officials from accessing these accounts. The freeze is part of other financial sanctions Switzerland imposed on the Syrian regime in May. The sanctions also included travel ban on the Syrian president, who was forbidden to stay in the Alpine5 country. In May, Washington imposed similar sanctions against Assad and several Syrian officials. For NPR News, I'm Lisa Schlein in Geneva.

Environmental workers are trying to determine the extent of the damage done to the Yellowstone River in Montana after a crude oil pipeline6 under the riverbed sprang a leak. Exxon Mobile Pipeline President Gary Pruessing told reporters on a conference call the company doesn't know yet what happened.

"This is a very unusual event. Obviously, we had a large amount of oil enter the water very quickly. Whatever it is, it's something that is very unusual to us, something that we do not have an answer on yet, but the investigating team certainly will work hard to determine that."

Officials estimate the spill at 42,000 gallons.

This 4th of July weekend finds communities along the Gulf7 Coast in much better shape than last year. NPR's Debbie Elliot reports the business is back a year after the worst oil spill in US history.

Beaches are busy again, and in most places, the only evidence of the last year's BP oil spill are tiny tar3 balls that wash ashore8 from the Gulf of Mexico. US Attorney General Eric Holder9 returned to the Alabama Gulf Coast for the first time in a year.

"I'm looking at a place that’s really kind of fundamentally different. It is in the process of recovery, and I think it's very heartening, but I have to say I am concerned about the way the claims process is being handled."

Holder wants quicker payouts and better transparency from the 20-billion-dollar fund set up to compensate10 oil spill victims. Administrator11 Kenneth Feinberg has paid out more than 4.5 billion dollars to 195,000 people. More than 500,000 claims were filed. Debbie Elliot, NPR News, Orange Beach, Alabama.

Residents of Los Alamos, New Mexico are beginning to return to their homes. Authorities lifted an evacuation imposed because of the largest wildfire in state history.

This is NPR News.

Minnesota state government shutdown is now in its third day. State parks are closed this holiday weekend, and most state offices will remain closed on Tuesday, but Minnesota Public Radio's Matt Sepic reports that the Minnesota Zoo got a last-minute reprieve12.

When the shutdown began, courts ruled that essential services including prisons and the state police must continue operating. Now, a judge is hearing from nonprofits and other groups that rely on state money. This weekend, Judge Kathleen Gearin let the Minnesota Zoo reopen since it raises most of its own cash and the state money it does get has already been appropriated. But she also ruled the two horse-racing tracks may not reopen. Democratic Governor Mark Dayton wants to raise taxes on top earners to help close a five-billion-dollar budget gap, but Republican lawmakers detest13 that idea. There was no agreement by Friday's deadline, and the state constitution prohibits spending public money without a budget. For NPR News, I'm Matt Sepic in St. Paul.

A heat wave has hit parts of the US with temperatures in the triple digits14 in some places. It was 118 degrees in Phoenix15 yesterday, breaking a 10-year record. But in some areas, people are enjoying the snow. Ski resorts are open for business thanks to snow left over from late-season storms in the Sierra Nevada. Because of a warm air coming in from the east, people are hitting the slopes in shorts and tank tops.

Representatives from 35 countries are gathering16 in Berlin to discuss climate change. The two-day meeting which began today is designed to lay the groundwork for a formal international climate conference, one scheduled to take place in Durban, South Africa in November.

I'm Nora Raum, NPR News in Washington.


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1 landslide XxyyG     
n.(竞选中)压倒多数的选票;一面倒的胜利
参考例句:
  • Our candidate is predicated to win by a landslide.我们的候选人被预言将以绝对优势取胜。
  • An electoral landslide put the Labour Party into power in 1945.1945年工党以压倒多数的胜利当选执政。
2 deposed 4c31bf6e65f0ee73c1198c7dbedfd519     
v.罢免( depose的过去式和过去分词 );(在法庭上)宣誓作证
参考例句:
  • The president was deposed in a military coup. 总统在军事政变中被废黜。
  • The head of state was deposed by the army. 国家元首被军队罢免了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
3 tar 1qOwD     
n.柏油,焦油;vt.涂或浇柏油/焦油于
参考例句:
  • The roof was covered with tar.屋顶涂抹了一层沥青。
  • We use tar to make roads.我们用沥青铺路。
4 coup co5z4     
n.政变;突然而成功的行动
参考例句:
  • The monarch was ousted by a military coup.那君主被军事政变者废黜了。
  • That government was overthrown in a military coup three years ago.那个政府在3年前的军事政变中被推翻。
5 alpine ozCz0j     
adj.高山的;n.高山植物
参考例句:
  • Alpine flowers are abundant there.那里有很多高山地带的花。
  • Its main attractions are alpine lakes and waterfalls .它以高山湖泊和瀑布群为主要特色。
6 pipeline aNUxN     
n.管道,管线
参考例句:
  • The pipeline supplies Jordan with 15 per cent of its crude oil.该管道供给约旦15%的原油。
  • A single pipeline serves all the houses with water.一条单管路给所有的房子供水。
7 gulf 1e0xp     
n.海湾;深渊,鸿沟;分歧,隔阂
参考例句:
  • The gulf between the two leaders cannot be bridged.两位领导人之间的鸿沟难以跨越。
  • There is a gulf between the two cities.这两座城市间有个海湾。
8 ashore tNQyT     
adv.在(向)岸上,上岸
参考例句:
  • The children got ashore before the tide came in.涨潮前,孩子们就上岸了。
  • He laid hold of the rope and pulled the boat ashore.他抓住绳子拉船靠岸。
9 holder wc4xq     
n.持有者,占有者;(台,架等)支持物
参考例句:
  • The holder of the office of chairman is reponsible for arranging meetings.担任主席职位的人负责安排会议。
  • That runner is the holder of the world record for the hundred-yard dash.那位运动员是一百码赛跑世界纪录的保持者。
10 compensate AXky7     
vt.补偿,赔偿;酬报 vi.弥补;补偿;抵消
参考例句:
  • She used her good looks to compensate her lack of intelligence. 她利用她漂亮的外表来弥补智力的不足。
  • Nothing can compensate for the loss of one's health. 一个人失去了键康是不可弥补的。
11 administrator SJeyZ     
n.经营管理者,行政官员
参考例句:
  • The role of administrator absorbed much of Ben's energy.行政职务耗掉本很多精力。
  • He has proved himself capable as administrator.他表现出管理才能。
12 reprieve kBtzb     
n.暂缓执行(死刑);v.缓期执行;给…带来缓解
参考例句:
  • He was saved from the gallows by a lastminute reprieve.最后一刻的缓刑令把他从绞架上解救了下来。
  • The railway line, due for closure, has been granted a six-month reprieve.本应停运的铁路线获准多运行6 个月。
13 detest dm0zZ     
vt.痛恨,憎恶
参考例句:
  • I detest people who tell lies.我恨说谎的人。
  • The workers detest his overbearing manner.工人们很讨厌他那盛气凌人的态度。
14 digits a2aacbd15b619a9b9e5581a6c33bd2b1     
n.数字( digit的名词复数 );手指,足趾
参考例句:
  • The number 1000 contains four digits. 1000是四位数。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The number 410 contains three digits. 数字 410 中包括三个数目字。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
15 phoenix 7Njxf     
n.凤凰,长生(不死)鸟;引申为重生
参考例句:
  • The airline rose like a phoenix from the ashes.这家航空公司又起死回生了。
  • The phoenix worship of China is fetish worship not totem adoration.中国凤崇拜是灵物崇拜而非图腾崇拜。
16 gathering ChmxZ     
n.集会,聚会,聚集
参考例句:
  • He called on Mr. White to speak at the gathering.他请怀特先生在集会上讲话。
  • He is on the wing gathering material for his novels.他正忙于为他的小说收集资料。
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