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NPR 2012-12-29

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  From NPR News in Washington, I am Jeanine Herbst.
  A meeting is underway at the White House between Senate and House leaders at this hour, it’s a final step at trying to find a solution to avoid the looming1 fiscal2 cliff of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts. The president plans to offer a scaled-down package that would prevent tax increases on income of 400,000 dollars or less. Some Senators are optimistic about a deal. Democratic Senator Charles Schumer says he thinks it can be reached. Republican Senator Bob Corker agrees, but
  Probably the worst-case scenario4 will come out of this meeting today,that is, we will kick the can down the road, Jeff, we will do some small deal, and we will create another fiscal cliff to deal with this fiscal cliff.”
  Clarke was interviewed on CBS's "This Morning".
  A threatened port strike that would have crippled the East and Gulf5 Coast has offered at least a month, a federal mediator6 says a contract for more than 14,000 longshoremen has been extended for 30 days. Economists7 had feared the strike would have crippled the US retail8 and manufacturing parts of the economy. Johnathon Gold with the National Retail Federation9, he says the extension takes some of the pressure off both sides.
  The pressure is gone, but at least the hope is that they can get a final deal worked out within the next 30 days, so we don’t have to worry about another strike or shutdown towards the end of January.”
  The sticking point between the union and the dork workers has been over royalty10 payments to union workers based on cargo11 weight. Mediators say both parties have reached an agreement in principle over that issue, but not giving details.
  The 23-year-old student, who was the victim of a gang-rape12 in India’s Capital is fighting for her life, according to doctors at a Singapore hospital where she is being treated. From New Delhi, NPR’s Julie McCarthy reports young woman remains13 on life-support and her condition is worsening.
  The patient is just currently struggling against the odds14, said Kevin Lou, the CEO of Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore. He said that a multidisciplinary team of specialists have been working tirelessly to treat the young woman. Doctors are quoted saying, she has suffered significant brain injury, and that she has an infection in her lung and abdomen15. Delhi police say the young student was beaten with iron rod, gang raped16 and thrown from a bus on December,16th. Her brutal17 case has ignited rage in the country, then boiled over into violence protests in the capital. The government has tried to stem rising public anger by promising18 safer streets, speeder trials of sexual crimes and the consideration of the death penalty for the crime of rape. Julie McCarthy, NPR news, New Delhi.
  President Obama says he was an American original.
  General Norman Schwarzkopf died yesterday from complications of pneumonia19 after a lung illness. Dubbed20 Stormin Norman, he led the successful US ejection of Iraqi forces from Kuwait which had invaded that country in 1990. It’s also a highly decorated Vietnam vet21. General Schwarzkopf was 78.
  On Wall Street at this hour, the Dow is down 92 points at 13,004; the NASAQ down 12; the S&P 500 is down nine. This is NPR .
  Security is a top concern in the capital of Central African Republic. After the US ambassador and its diplomatic team were evacuated22 on fears rebels could try to take the capital. The president of Central African Republic is calling for international help to fend23 off those rebels who are quickly seizing territory in the country.
  Russia has acquitted24 the only official charged in the death of Sergei Magnitsky. Jessica Gallaher reports from Moscow that the 37-year-old lawyer who died in jail pending3 corruption25 charges.
  Jailed doctor Dmitry Kratov was found not guilty of negligence26 in causing the death of Magnitsky who passed away in jail in 2009 after his pancreatitis went untreated. An investigation27 by Russia’s Presidential Human Rights Council found that Magnitsky was denied treatment and severely28 beaten. The lawyer worked for Russia’s largest investment firm allegedly uncovered a plan by Russian officials to reclaim29 more than $ 200 million in taxes paid by that company. Magnitsky was later arrested by the same officials he accused of fraud. The case was widely criticized around the world. As a result, the United States Congress passed the so-called Magnitsky Act, which bars Russians' entry into the United States, if they are accused of violating human rights. In a tit-for-tat response, Putin signed a law banning Americans from adopting Russian children. From NPR news, I am Jessica Gallaher in Moscow.
  The number of pending home sales rose to its highest level in 2.5 years last month. The National Association of Realtors says that seasonally30 adjusted index rose 1.7% in November from October. That is the highest since April of  2010 when the home buyer tax credit caused a spike31 in sales. Pending sales on houses under contract usually takes one to two months for a signing contract to close.
  I am Jeanine Herbst, NPR news, in Washington.


1 looming 1060bc05c0969cf209c57545a22ee156     
n.上现蜃景(光通过低层大气发生异常折射形成的一种海市蜃楼)v.隐约出现,阴森地逼近( loom的现在分词 );隐约出现,阴森地逼近
  • The foothills were looming ahead through the haze. 丘陵地带透过薄雾朦胧地出现在眼前。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Then they looked up. Looming above them was Mount Proteome. 接着他们往上看,在其上隐约看到的是蛋白质组山。 来自英汉非文学 - 生命科学 - 回顾与展望
2 fiscal agbzf     
  • The increase of taxation is an important fiscal policy.增税是一项重要的财政政策。
  • The government has two basic strategies of fiscal policy available.政府有两个可行的财政政策基本战略。
3 pending uMFxw     
  • The lawsuit is still pending in the state court.这案子仍在州法庭等待定夺。
  • He knew my examination was pending.他知道我就要考试了。
4 scenario lZoxm     
  • But the birth scenario is not completely accurate.然而分娩脚本并非完全准确的。
  • This is a totally different scenario.这是完全不同的剧本。
5 gulf 1e0xp     
  • 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。
6 mediator uCkxk     
  • He always takes the role of a mediator in any dispute.他总是在争论中充当调停人的角色。
  • He will appear in the role of mediator.他将出演调停者。
7 economists 2ba0a36f92d9c37ef31cc751bca1a748     
n.经济学家,经济专家( economist的名词复数 )
  • The sudden rise in share prices has confounded economists. 股价的突然上涨使经济学家大惑不解。
  • Foreign bankers and economists cautiously welcomed the minister's initiative. 外国银行家和经济学家对部长的倡议反应谨慎。 来自《简明英汉词典》
8 retail VWoxC     
  • In this shop they retail tobacco and sweets.这家铺子零售香烟和糖果。
  • These shoes retail at 10 yuan a pair.这些鞋子零卖10元一双。
9 federation htCzMS     
  • It is a federation of 10 regional unions.它是由十个地方工会结合成的联合会。
  • Mr.Putin was inaugurated as the President of the Russian Federation.普京正式就任俄罗斯联邦总统。
10 royalty iX6xN     
  • She claims to be descended from royalty.她声称她是皇室后裔。
  • I waited on tables,and even catered to royalty at the Royal Albert Hall.我做过服务生, 甚至在皇家阿伯特大厅侍奉过皇室的人。
11 cargo 6TcyG     
  • The ship has a cargo of about 200 ton.这条船大约有200吨的货物。
  • A lot of people discharged the cargo from a ship.许多人从船上卸下货物。
12 rape PAQzh     
  • The rape of the countryside had a profound ravage on them.对乡村的掠夺给他们造成严重创伤。
  • He was brought to court and charged with rape.他被带到法庭并被指控犯有强奸罪。
13 remains 1kMzTy     
  • He ate the remains of food hungrily.他狼吞虎咽地吃剩余的食物。
  • The remains of the meal were fed to the dog.残羹剩饭喂狗了。
14 odds n5czT     
  • The odds are 5 to 1 that she will win.她获胜的机会是五比一。
  • Do you know the odds of winning the lottery once?你知道赢得一次彩票的几率多大吗?
15 abdomen MfXym     
  • How to know to there is ascarid inside abdomen?怎样知道肚子里面有蛔虫?
  • He was anxious about an off-and-on pain the abdomen.他因时隐时现的腹痛而焦虑。
16 raped 7a6e3e7dd30eb1e3b61716af0e54d4a2     
v.以暴力夺取,强夺( rape的过去式和过去分词 );强奸
  • A young woman was brutally raped in her own home. 一名年轻女子在自己家中惨遭强暴。 来自辞典例句
  • We got stick together, or we will be having our women raped. 我们得团结一致,不然我们的妻女就会遭到蹂躏。 来自辞典例句
17 brutal bSFyb     
  • She has to face the brutal reality.她不得不去面对冷酷的现实。
  • They're brutal people behind their civilised veneer.他们表面上温文有礼,骨子里却是野蛮残忍。
18 promising BkQzsk     
  • The results of the experiments are very promising.实验的结果充满了希望。
  • We're trying to bring along one or two promising young swimmers.我们正设法培养出一两名有前途的年轻游泳选手。
19 pneumonia s2HzQ     
  • Cage was struck with pneumonia in her youth.凯奇年轻时得过肺炎。
  • Pneumonia carried him off last week.肺炎上星期夺去了他的生命。
20 dubbed dubbed     
v.给…起绰号( dub的过去式和过去分词 );把…称为;配音;复制
  • Mathematics was once dubbed the handmaiden of the sciences. 数学曾一度被视为各门科学的基础。
  • Is the movie dubbed or does it have subtitles? 这部电影是配音的还是打字幕的? 来自《简明英汉词典》
21 vet 2HfyG     
  • I took my dog to the vet.我把狗带到兽医诊所看病。
  • Someone should vet this report before it goes out.这篇报道发表之前应该有人对它进行详查。
22 evacuated b2adcc11308c78e262805bbcd7da1669     
  • 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。
23 fend N78yA     
  • I've had to fend for myself since I was 14.我从十四岁时起就不得不照料自己。
  • He raised his arm up to fend branches from his eyes.他举手将树枝从他眼前挡开。
24 acquitted c33644484a0fb8e16df9d1c2cd057cb0     
宣判…无罪( acquit的过去式和过去分词 ); 使(自己)作出某种表现
  • The jury acquitted him of murder. 陪审团裁决他谋杀罪不成立。
  • Five months ago she was acquitted on a shoplifting charge. 五个月前她被宣判未犯入店行窃罪。
25 corruption TzCxn     
  • The people asked the government to hit out against corruption and theft.人民要求政府严惩贪污盗窃。
  • The old man reviled against corruption.那老人痛斥了贪污舞弊。
26 negligence IjQyI     
  • They charged him with negligence of duty.他们指责他玩忽职守。
  • The traffic accident was allegedly due to negligence.这次车祸据说是由于疏忽造成的。
27 investigation MRKzq     
  • In an investigation,a new fact became known, which told against him.在调查中新发现了一件对他不利的事实。
  • He drew the conclusion by building on his own investigation.他根据自己的调查研究作出结论。
28 severely SiCzmk     
  • He was severely criticized and removed from his post.他受到了严厉的批评并且被撤了职。
  • He is severely put down for his careless work.他因工作上的粗心大意而受到了严厉的批评。
29 reclaim NUWxp     
  • I have tried to reclaim my money without success.我没能把钱取回来。
  • You must present this ticket when you reclaim your luggage.当你要取回行李时,必须出示这张票子。
30 seasonally ljbzVh     
  • The price of vegetables fluctuates seasonally. 蔬菜的价格随季节变动。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • They moved seasonally among various vegetation types to feed on plants that were flourishing. 它们还随着季节的变化而在各种类型植物之间迁移,以便吃那些茂盛的植物。 来自辞典例句
31 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。
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