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美国国家电台 NPR 2012-10-01

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 Officials in Baghdad say coordinated1 bombings killed at least 26 people in Iraq today. They say they appeared to be targeting Shiite Muslims in an attempt to undermine the Shiite-led government. No one has claimed responsibility, but officials note car bombings are often used by Sunni insurgents2.

Envoys3 representing the institutions lending billions to Greece returned to that country today to examine new austerity measures. Joanna Kakissis reports from Athens the envoys rejected the first measures because they weren't tough enough.
The lenders of the European Union, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary4 Fund, they are known as the troika. The new measures include new taxes and cuts to public sector5 wages, pensions and health care spending. If the troika approves, their budget goes to parliament for a vote. The unions have promised strikes and demonstrations6 and protests. Greece must approve the measures to keep receiving bailout loans, which are saving the country from bankruptcy7 and the eurozone exit. Germany is lending much of the money. Chancellor8 Angela Merkel says Greece must stick to austerity in exchange for the aid. But former Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück, who hopes to oust9 Merkel in elections next year, says Greece should get more time to reform its economy. For NPR News, I'm Joanna Kakissis in Athens.
A Moscow court is expected to hear the appeal of punk rock band members' Pussy10 Riot tomorrow. Jessica Gallaher reports Russia's Orthodox Church is asking the court for a clemency11 if the band members repent12.
Russia's powerful Orthodox Church says if the women show penitence13 and reconsider their actions, it shouldn't be left unnoticed. The all-female punk rockers were convicted of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred14 and sentenced to two years in a penal15 colony for calling on the Virgin16 Mary to deliver them from Russian President Vladimir Putin on the altar of Russia's most prominent Orthodox cathedral. They were protesting against the church's support of Putin's presidency17. Analysts18 and lawyers for the women said the charges are politically motivated and show that Putin will not tolerate dissent19. For NPR News, I'm Jessica Gallaher in Moscow.
It's the last Sunday before the first debate in the presidential campaign. So politicians and politician watchers were all over the television talk shows this morning. Senior White House adviser20 David Plouffe told ABC's "This Week" that the challenger usually does very well in debates, and that Mitt21 Romney will have some zingers prepared.
"We believed all along that Governor Mitt Romney probably has more benefit out of this debate potentially than we do. But what we're going to tell the American people on Wednesday, as we have through the whole campaign, is exactly where we are as a country, where we need to go, how we rebuild an economy that makes the middle class secure."
Meanwhile on Fox News Sunday, Paul Ryan called the president a very gifted speaker who's been on the national stage for several years, while Mitt Romney has never been in a one-on-one presidential debate.
This is NPR News.
The Midwest drought is causing stress for farmers everywhere. But as NPR's Jim Hawk22 reports, California is being especially hard hit.
The summer-long drought has led to a more than 50% spike23 in the cost of corn and soybeans. In Hanford, California, dairy farmer Mary Cameron says she's on the brink24 of losing her business because her cattle feed bills have been astronomical25.
"In fact, up to about three or four years ago, I considered myself a wealthy dairyman. And now everything is going under."
Dozens of dairy operators have filed for bankruptcy in California, the nation's largest dairy state. Others have sold their herds26 or sent them to slaughter27 and given up on the business. Jim Hawk, NPR News.
Tomorrow is the first Monday in October, the day the US Supreme28 Court begins a new term. One of the first cases the justices will hear concerns affirmative action whether the University of Taxes may consider race in deciding college admissions. The court is also expected to hear cases this term involving voting rights and whether the 1996 Defense29 of Marriage Act is unconstitutional because it denies federal benefits to married partners of the same sex.
Starting tomorrow, hospitals will be fined if Medicare patients are readmitted with complications within 30 days of being discharged. It's part of the health care overhaul30 bill. About two-thirds of the nation's hospitals admit Medicare patients. A study found about 12% are later readmitted for a potentially preventable problem. Doctor John Santa of Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center says that if car companies can issue warranties31 for their products, hospitals should have a similar obligation for a new need.
I'm Nora Raum, NPR News in Washington.


1 coordinated 72452d15f78aec5878c1559a1fbb5383     
  • The sound has to be coordinated with the picture. 声音必须和画面协调一致。
  • The numerous existing statutes are complicated and poorly coordinated. 目前繁多的法令既十分复杂又缺乏快调。 来自英汉非文学 - 环境法 - 环境法
2 insurgents c68be457307815b039a352428718de59     
n.起义,暴动,造反( insurgent的名词复数 )
  • The regular troops of Baden joined the insurgents. 巴登的正规军参加到起义军方面来了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Against the Taliban and Iraqi insurgents, these problems are manageable. 要对付塔利班与伊拉克叛乱分子,这些问题还是可以把握住的。 来自互联网
3 envoys fe850873669d975a9344f0cba10070d2     
使节( envoy的名词复数 ); 公使; 谈判代表; 使节身份
  • the routine tit for tat when countries expel each other's envoys 国家相互驱逐对方使节这种惯常的报复行动
  • Marco Polo's travelogue mentions that Kublai Khan sent envoys to Malgache. 马可波罗游记中提到忽必烈曾派使节到马尔加什。
4 monetary pEkxb     
  • The monetary system of some countries used to be based on gold.过去有些国家的货币制度是金本位制的。
  • Education in the wilderness is not a matter of monetary means.荒凉地区的教育不是钱财问题。
5 sector yjczYn     
  • The export sector will aid the economic recovery. 出口产业将促进经济复苏。
  • The enemy have attacked the British sector.敌人已进攻英国防区。
6 demonstrations 0922be6a2a3be4bdbebd28c620ab8f2d     
证明( demonstration的名词复数 ); 表明; 表达; 游行示威
  • 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。
7 bankruptcy fPoyJ     
  • You will have to pull in if you want to escape bankruptcy.如果你想避免破产,就必须节省开支。
  • His firm is just on thin ice of bankruptcy.他的商号正面临破产的危险。
8 chancellor aUAyA     
  • They submitted their reports to the Chancellor yesterday.他们昨天向财政大臣递交了报告。
  • He was regarded as the most successful Chancellor of modern times.他被认为是现代最成功的财政大臣。
9 oust 5JDx2     
  • The committee wanted to oust him from the union.委员会想把他从工会中驱逐出去。
  • The leaders have been ousted from power by nationalists.这些领导人被民族主义者赶下了台。
10 pussy x0dzA     
  • Why can't they leave my pussy alone?为什么他们就不能离我小猫咪远一点?
  • The baby was playing with his pussy.孩子正和他的猫嬉戏。
11 clemency qVnyV     
  • The question of clemency would rest with the King.宽大处理问题,将由国王决定。
  • They addressed to the governor a plea for clemency.他们向州长提交了宽刑的申辨书。
12 repent 1CIyT     
  • He has nothing to repent of.他没有什么要懊悔的。
  • Remission of sins is promised to those who repent.悔罪者可得到赦免。
13 penitence guoyu     
  • The thief expressed penitence for all his past actions. 那盗贼对他犯过的一切罪恶表示忏悔。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • Of penitence, there has been none! 可是悔过呢,还一点没有! 来自英汉文学 - 红字
14 hatred T5Gyg     
  • He looked at me with hatred in his eyes.他以憎恨的眼光望着我。
  • The old man was seized with burning hatred for the fascists.老人对法西斯主义者充满了仇恨。
15 penal OSBzn     
  • I hope you're familiar with penal code.我希望你们熟悉本州法律规则。
  • He underwent nineteen years of penal servitude for theft.他因犯了大窃案受过十九年的苦刑。
16 virgin phPwj     
  • Have you ever been to a virgin forest?你去过原始森林吗?
  • There are vast expanses of virgin land in the remote regions.在边远地区有大片大片未开垦的土地。
17 presidency J1HzD     
  • Roosevelt was elected four times to the presidency of the United States.罗斯福连续当选四届美国总统。
  • Two candidates are emerging as contestants for the presidency.两位候选人最终成为总统职位竞争者。
18 analysts 167ff30c5034ca70abe2d60a6e760448     
分析家,化验员( analyst的名词复数 )
  • City analysts forecast huge profits this year. 伦敦金融分析家预测今年的利润非常丰厚。
  • I was impressed by the high calibre of the researchers and analysts. 研究人员和分析人员的高素质给我留下了深刻印象。
19 dissent ytaxU     
  • 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。
20 adviser HznziU     
  • They employed me as an adviser.他们聘请我当顾问。
  • Our department has engaged a foreign teacher as phonetic adviser.我们系已经聘请了一位外籍老师作为语音顾问。
21 mitt Znszwo     
  • I gave him a baseball mitt for his birthday.为祝贺他的生日,我送给他一只棒球手套。
  • Tom squeezed a mitt and a glove into the bag.汤姆把棒球手套和手套都塞进袋子里。
22 hawk NeKxY     
  • The hawk swooped down on the rabbit and killed it.鹰猛地朝兔子扑下来,并把它杀死。
  • The hawk snatched the chicken and flew away.老鹰叼了小鸡就飞走了。
23 spike lTNzO     
  • The spike pierced the receipts and held them in order.那个钉子穿过那些收据并使之按顺序排列。
  • They'll do anything to spike the guns of the opposition.他们会使出各种手段来挫败对手。
24 brink OWazM     
  • The tree grew on the brink of the cliff.那棵树生长在峭壁的边缘。
  • The two countries were poised on the brink of war.这两个国家处于交战的边缘。
25 astronomical keTyO     
  • He was an expert on ancient Chinese astronomical literature.他是研究中国古代天文学文献的专家。
  • Houses in the village are selling for astronomical prices.乡村的房价正在飙升。
26 herds 0a162615f6eafc3312659a54a8cdac0f     
兽群( herd的名词复数 ); 牧群; 人群; 群众
  • Regularly at daybreak they drive their herds to the pasture. 每天天一亮他们就把牲畜赶到草场上去。
  • There we saw herds of cows grazing on the pasture. 我们在那里看到一群群的牛在草地上吃草。
27 slaughter 8Tpz1     
  • I couldn't stand to watch them slaughter the cattle.我不忍看他们宰牛。
  • Wholesale slaughter was carried out in the name of progress.大规模的屠杀在维护进步的名义下进行。
28 supreme PHqzc     
  • It was the supreme moment in his life.那是他一生中最重要的时刻。
  • He handed up the indictment to the supreme court.他把起诉书送交最高法院。
29 defense AxbxB     
  • The accused has the right to defense.被告人有权获得辩护。
  • The war has impacted the area with military and defense workers.战争使那个地区挤满了军队和防御工程人员。
30 overhaul yKGxy     
  • Master Worker Wang is responsible for the overhaul of this grinder.王师傅主修这台磨床。
  • It is generally appreciated that the rail network needs a complete overhaul.众所周知,铁路系统需要大检修。
31 warranties 6647a8be86ead7edc967096db31ce7a6     
n.保证书,保单( warranty的名词复数 )
  • I read and compare warranties before purchasing. 我在购买前阅读和比较保修单。 来自超越目标英语 第4册
  • One way of ensuring reliability is insisting on guarantees and warranties. 要确保产品可靠性的一个方法,就是坚持制定产品的品质保证条款。 来自互联网
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