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NPR 2011-08-20

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 We're seeing a seesaw1 effect on Wall Street, where the market turned higher at late morning before moving downward again by mid-afternoon. And this on a day that's seen big losses overseas. Major European share markets closed lower today, capping a turbulent week. Investors2 are still worried about Europe's debt crisis, and the US's ability to get its economy out of the doldrums. Jim Paulson, chief investment strategist at Wells Capital Management, says it's a matter of how investors deal with fear.

 
"Realistically, what we're dealing3 with here is fear. Gonna rule over the economic fundamentals in the next few weeks, or are the fundamentals gonna stay strong enough that they eventually will extinguish fear?"
 
Before the close, the Dow was down 180 points or 1.6% at 10,811; NASDAQ down 1.6% at 2,342; S&P 500 down 1.5% at 1,123. Adding to anxiety over employment in the US, Bank of America, the nation's largest bank, is cutting more jobs. It's already laid off some 2,500 employees this year. Now NPR's Giles Snyder reports about 3,500 others are losing their jobs.
 
Bank of America says the affected4 employees are being notified, and that it expects to complete the cuts by the end of September. The layoffs5 are the latest in a series across the global financial industry. Many banks are under pressure to improve returns to investors amid the weak economy. Bank of America's share prices have fallen by nearly half so far this year. These latest cuts may not be all published. Reports suggest job losses of Bank of America might exceed 10,000 or about 3.5% of the company's current work force. Giles Snyder, NPR News, Washington.
 
Three men convicted of killing6 Cub7 Scouts8 in Arkansas are walking free after 18 years in jail. From member station WKNO, Candice Ludlow reports the so-called West Memphis Three are admitting guilt9 in exchange for their freedom.
 
Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley and Jason Baldwin all pleaded guilty to first-degree murder charges today and will be released immediately with credit for time served and 10-year suspended sentences. The plea agreement is based upon a rarely used North Carolina law. That allows them to plead guilty while maintaining their innocence10. Arkansas prosecutor11 Scott Ellington says they have enough evidence to convict the three men but "because of the death of witnesses, different witnesses have changed their minds, evidence has just gotten stale, there was not DNA12 at the time used by the West Memphis Police Department at the degree yesterday." Ellington said they believe the judge is going to order a new trial. Part of the deal is they may not sue the state of Arkansas. For NPR News, I'm Candice Ludlow in Memphis.
 
The Dow was down now 170 points; it's at 10,818. 
 
This is NPR.
 
Syria's facing more sanctions for its ongoing13 crackdown on political dissent14. The European Union plans to embargo15 oil imports as Europe and the US pressure Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad to resign. His regime faces similar pressure from within. Across Syria, more anti-government demonstrations16 and activists17 are reporting at least 20 more deaths at the hands of Syrian troops under orders to put an end to the five-month-old uprising.
 
The prime minister of Turkey is in Somalia, along with several members of his cabinet. NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton says that they're there to lend support to a nation ravaged18 by conflict and famine.
 
Recep Tayyip Erdogan is the most senior Turkish official to visit Somalia in 20 years. Turkey says he's there to show solidarity19 with suffering Somalis. The prime minister's program in Mogadishu includes witnessing the distribution of Turkish aid and opening a camp and field hospital run by the Turkish Red Crescent. Turkey this week hosted an Islamic summit which pledged 350 million dollars in aid for Somalia and promised to highlight the need for more urgent famine relief. Turkey alone says it has raised 150 million dollars. Ofeibea Quist-Arcton, NPR News, Dakar.
 
Thousands of foreigners trapped in the Libyan capital while rebels events are expected to be evacuated20 in the coming days. That's the word from the International Organization of Migration21, which is appealing for more donations to help pay for the evacuation. An IOM spokesperson says a large group of journalists who're also stranded22 in Tirpoli are also asking for help.

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1 seesaw Xh3yf     
n.跷跷板
参考例句:
  • Prices have gone up and down like a seesaw this year.今年的价格像跷跷板一样时涨时跌。
  • The children are playing at seesaw.孩子们在玩跷跷板。
2 investors dffc64354445b947454450e472276b99     
n.投资者,出资者( investor的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • a con man who bilked investors out of millions of dollars 诈取投资者几百万元的骗子
  • a cash bonanza for investors 投资者的赚钱机会
3 dealing NvjzWP     
n.经商方法,待人态度
参考例句:
  • This store has an excellent reputation for fair dealing.该商店因买卖公道而享有极高的声誉。
  • His fair dealing earned our confidence.他的诚实的行为获得我们的信任。
4 affected TzUzg0     
adj.不自然的,假装的
参考例句:
  • She showed an affected interest in our subject.她假装对我们的课题感到兴趣。
  • His manners are affected.他的态度不自然。
5 layoffs ce61a640e39c61e757a47e52d4154974     
临时解雇( layoff的名词复数 ); 停工,停止活动
参考例句:
  • Textile companies announced 2000 fresh layoffs last week. 各纺织公司上周宣布再次裁员两千人。
  • Stock prices broke when the firm suddenly announced layoffs. 当公司突然宣布裁员时,股票价格便大跌
6 killing kpBziQ     
n.巨额利润;突然赚大钱,发大财
参考例句:
  • Investors are set to make a killing from the sell-off.投资者准备清仓以便大赚一笔。
  • Last week my brother made a killing on Wall Street.上个周我兄弟在华尔街赚了一大笔。
7 cub ny5xt     
n.幼兽,年轻无经验的人
参考例句:
  • The lion cub's mother was hunting for what she needs. 这只幼师的母亲正在捕猎。
  • The cub licked the milk from its mother's breast. 这头幼兽吸吮着它妈妈的奶水。
8 scouts e6d47327278af4317aaf05d42afdbe25     
侦察员[机,舰]( scout的名词复数 ); 童子军; 搜索; 童子军成员
参考例句:
  • to join the Scouts 参加童子军
  • The scouts paired off and began to patrol the area. 巡逻人员两个一组,然后开始巡逻这个地区。
9 guilt 9e6xr     
n.犯罪;内疚;过失,罪责
参考例句:
  • She tried to cover up her guilt by lying.她企图用谎言掩饰自己的罪行。
  • Don't lay a guilt trip on your child about schoolwork.别因为功课责备孩子而使他觉得很内疚。
10 innocence ZbizC     
n.无罪;天真;无害
参考例句:
  • There was a touching air of innocence about the boy.这个男孩有一种令人感动的天真神情。
  • The accused man proved his innocence of the crime.被告人经证实无罪。
11 prosecutor 6RXx1     
n.起诉人;检察官,公诉人
参考例句:
  • The defender argued down the prosecutor at the court.辩护人在法庭上驳倒了起诉人。
  • The prosecutor would tear your testimony to pieces.检查官会把你的证言驳得体无完肤。
12 DNA 4u3z1l     
(缩)deoxyribonucleic acid 脱氧核糖核酸
参考例句:
  • DNA is stored in the nucleus of a cell.脱氧核糖核酸储存于细胞的细胞核里。
  • Gene mutations are alterations in the DNA code.基因突变是指DNA密码的改变。
13 ongoing 6RvzT     
adj.进行中的,前进的
参考例句:
  • The problem is ongoing.这个问题尚未解决。
  • The issues raised in the report relate directly to Age Concern's ongoing work in this area.报告中提出的问题与“关心老人”组织在这方面正在做的工作有直接的关系。
14 dissent ytaxU     
n./v.不同意,持异议
参考例句:
  • It is too late now to make any dissent.现在提出异议太晚了。
  • He felt her shoulders gave a wriggle of dissent.他感到她的肩膀因为不同意而动了一下。
15 embargo OqixW     
n.禁运(令);vt.对...实行禁运,禁止(通商)
参考例句:
  • This country put an oil embargo on an enemy country.该国对敌国实行石油禁运。
  • During the war,they laid an embargo on commerce with enemy countries.在战争期间,他们禁止与敌国通商。
16 demonstrations 0922be6a2a3be4bdbebd28c620ab8f2d     
证明( demonstration的名词复数 ); 表明; 表达; 游行示威
参考例句:
  • Lectures will be interspersed with practical demonstrations. 讲课中将不时插入实际示范。
  • The new military government has banned strikes and demonstrations. 新的军人政府禁止罢工和示威活动。
17 activists 90fd83cc3f53a40df93866d9c91bcca4     
n.(政治活动的)积极分子,活动家( activist的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • His research work was attacked by animal rights activists . 他的研究受到了动物权益维护者的抨击。
  • Party activists with lower middle class pedigrees are numerous. 党的激进分子中有很多出身于中产阶级下层。 来自《简明英汉词典》
18 ravaged 0e2e6833d453fc0fa95986bdf06ea0e2     
毁坏( ravage的过去式和过去分词 ); 蹂躏; 劫掠; 抢劫
参考例句:
  • a country ravaged by civil war 遭受内战重创的国家
  • The whole area was ravaged by forest fires. 森林火灾使整个地区荒废了。
19 solidarity ww9wa     
n.团结;休戚相关
参考例句:
  • They must preserve their solidarity.他们必须维护他们的团结。
  • The solidarity among China's various nationalities is as firm as a rock.中国各族人民之间的团结坚如磐石。
20 evacuated b2adcc11308c78e262805bbcd7da1669     
撤退者的
参考例句:
  • Police evacuated nearby buildings. 警方已将附近大楼的居民疏散。
  • The fireman evacuated the guests from the burning hotel. 消防队员把客人们从燃烧着的旅馆中撤出来。
21 migration mDpxj     
n.迁移,移居,(鸟类等的)迁徙
参考例句:
  • Swallows begin their migration south in autumn.燕子在秋季开始向南方迁移。
  • He described the vernal migration of birds in detail.他详细地描述了鸟的春季移居。
22 stranded thfz18     
a.搁浅的,进退两难的
参考例句:
  • He was stranded in a strange city without money. 他流落在一个陌生的城市里, 身无分文,一筹莫展。
  • I was stranded in the strange town without money or friends. 我困在那陌生的城市,既没有钱,又没有朋友。
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