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NPR 2012-02-08

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 A federal appeals court says California's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. Joshua Johnson of member station KQED reports the ruling finds Proposition 8 serves no other purpose than to discriminate2 against gay and lesbian couples.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Proposition 8 violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment3. The panel also finds that the lower court Judge Vaugh Walker is within his discretion4 to rule on the matter, even though he is in a same-sex relationship and could benefit from the case's outcome. A dissenting5 opinion questions whether Prop1. 8 is purely6 discriminatory or could serve a legitimate7 community purpose. Today's ruling does not answer the question of whether same-sex marriage bans in general are constitutional. It also will probably not clear the way for these unions to resume in California right away, giving time for supporters of Prop. 8 to appeal. For NPR News, I'm Joshua Johnson in San Francisco.
A top executive for the Komen for the Cure breast-cancer charity is stepping down. Karen Handel was at the center of the firestorm over the organization's decision to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood. Opponents said the group was bowing to pressure by anti-abortion rights activists8. The foundation has since reversed the decision. But Handel says she supported it and is disappointed by what she calls its gross mischaracterization.
The Romney campaign is trying to downplay expected losses in contests in Minnesota and Missouri today. Mitt9 Romney himself is in Colorado, ahead of this evening's caucuses11. And as NPR's Tamara Keith reports, he's remaining positive.
Romney held a rally at a massive RV showroom in Loveland, Colorado.
"For the guys way back there behind the RV and behind the cameras, hi, you guys, how are you back there?"
There he encouraged supporters to get out and caucus10.
"Colorado's got something to say about who our nominee12's gonna be, and I think I'm gonna be that nominee."
In a memo13 posted this morning, Romney political director Rich Beeson downplays the importance of today's primaries and caucuses, saying no delegates will be awarded. He argues Romney is the only Republican candidate with the recourses to compete in all of the upcoming contests where more delegates are on the line. Tamara Keith, NPR News, Loveland, Colorado.
President Obama's reelection campaign says it now supports his super PAC Priorities USA. Mr. Obama had opposed the 2010 Supreme14 Court ruling that allows so-called super PACs to amass15 unlimited16 amounts of money. The president's reelection campaign has struggled to match the amount of money collected by Republican super PACs. The president's campaign manager Jim Messina is now urging fundraisers to support Priorities USA, saying there can't be two sets of rules.
On Wall Street at this hour, the Dow is up 37 points at 12,882; the NASDAQ is up four at 2,906.
This is NPR.
Los Angeles school officials are removing the entire staff of an elementary school where two teachers are under arrest, charged with lewd17 acts against students. Authorities are temporarily replacing the principal, teachers, even custodial18 staff from Miramonte Elementary School, while they conduct an investigation19 into allegations that include one teacher blindfolding20, gagging and feeding semen to several students. 
A new 24-hour cable news channel aimed at the nation's growing Hispanic population could be on the air later this year. Disney and the nation's largest Spanish-language broadcaster Univision are said to be negotiating a deal. As NPR's Giles Snyder reports, the channel would broadcast in English.
The discussions for a joint21 venture between Disney's ABC News and Univision have reportedly been going on for at least the past six months and reflect efforts by big media companies to target Hispanics. Last year's census22 shows US-born Hispanics who are more likely to speak English as their first language are the fastest growing segment of the nation's Hispanic population. The Wall Street Journal first reported on the talks. The paper says they are ongoing23 and cautions that the deal could still unravel24, but that the goal would be to begin broadcasting before the November elections. If a deal is reached, it would mark a departure for Univision, which prides itself on its Spanish-language content, and it would give Disney's ABC News a cable-news presence. Giles Snyder, NPR News.
Signs today that BP is recovering from the disastrous25 2010 accident in oil spill in the Gulf26 of Mexico. The oil giant is reporting nearly 40 billion dollars in profits for 2011 and says it's increasing shareholder27 dividends28.
I'm Barbara Klein, NPR News in Washington.


1 prop qR2xi     
  • A worker put a prop against the wall of the tunnel to keep it from falling.一名工人用东西支撑住隧道壁好使它不会倒塌。
  • The government does not intend to prop up declining industries.政府无意扶持不景气的企业。
2 discriminate NuhxX     
  • You must learn to discriminate between facts and opinions.你必须学会把事实和看法区分出来。
  • They can discriminate hundreds of colours.他们能分辨上百种颜色。
3 amendment Mx8zY     
  • The amendment was rejected by 207 voters to 143.这项修正案以207票对143票被否决。
  • The Opposition has tabled an amendment to the bill.反对党已经就该议案提交了一项修正条款。
4 discretion FZQzm     
  • You must show discretion in choosing your friend.你择友时必须慎重。
  • Please use your best discretion to handle the matter.请慎重处理此事。
5 dissenting kuhz4F     
  • He can't tolerate dissenting views. 他不能容纳不同意见。
  • A dissenting opinion came from the aunt . 姑妈却提出不赞同的意见。
6 purely 8Sqxf     
  • I helped him purely and simply out of friendship.我帮他纯粹是出于友情。
  • This disproves the theory that children are purely imitative.这证明认为儿童只会单纯地模仿的理论是站不住脚的。
7 legitimate L9ZzJ     
  • Sickness is a legitimate reason for asking for leave.生病是请假的一个正当的理由。
  • That's a perfectly legitimate fear.怀有这种恐惧完全在情理之中。
8 activists 90fd83cc3f53a40df93866d9c91bcca4     
n.(政治活动的)积极分子,活动家( activist的名词复数 )
  • 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》
9 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。
10 caucus Nrozd     
  • This multi-staged caucus takes several months.这个多级会议常常历时好几个月。
  • It kept the Democratic caucus from fragmenting.它也使得民主党的核心小组避免了土崩瓦解的危险。
11 caucuses d49ca95184fa2aef8e2ee3b613a6f7dd     
n.(政党决定政策或推举竞选人的)核心成员( caucus的名词复数 );决策干部;决策委员会;秘密会议
  • Republican caucuses will happen in about 410 towns across Maine. 共和党团会议选举将在缅因州的约410个城镇进行。 来自互联网
12 nominee FHLxv     
  • His nominee for vice president was elected only after a second ballot.他提名的副总统在两轮投票后才当选。
  • Mr.Francisco is standing as the official nominee for the post of District Secretary.弗朗西斯科先生是行政书记职位的正式提名人。
13 memo 4oXzGj     
  • Do you want me to send the memo out?您要我把这份备忘录分发出去吗?
  • Can you type a memo for me?您能帮我打一份备忘录吗?
14 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。
15 amass tL5ya     
  • How had he amassed his fortune?他是如何积累财富的呢?
  • The capitalists amass great wealth by exploiting workers.资本家剥削工人而积累了巨额财富。
16 unlimited MKbzB     
  • They flew over the unlimited reaches of the Arctic.他们飞过了茫茫无边的北极上空。
  • There is no safety in unlimited technological hubris.在技术方面自以为是会很危险。
17 lewd c9wzS     
  • Drew spends all day eyeing up the women and making lewd comments.德鲁整天就盯着女人看,说些下流话。
  • I'm not that mean,despicable,cowardly,lewd creature that horrible little man sees. 我可不是那个令人恶心的小人所见到的下流、可耻、懦弱、淫秽的家伙。
18 custodial Vmyyx     
  • The teenagers were convicted of manslaughter and given a two-year custodial sentence. 这些青少年被判过失杀人罪,及二年的监禁(拘留)刑罚。
  • This article interrogates the cultural experience of being a non custodial mother. 本文审视一位无监护权的母亲所感受到的文化体验。
19 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。
20 blindfolding c2a15b38d27cb6be2dbb84be8d2598b2     
v.(尤指用布)挡住(某人)的视线( blindfold的现在分词 );蒙住(某人)的眼睛;使不理解;蒙骗
21 joint m3lx4     
  • I had a bad fall,which put my shoulder out of joint.我重重地摔了一跤,肩膀脫臼了。
  • We wrote a letter in joint names.我们联名写了封信。
22 census arnz5     
  • A census of population is taken every ten years.人口普查每10年进行一次。
  • The census is taken one time every four years in our country.我国每四年一次人口普查。
23 ongoing 6RvzT     
  • 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。
24 unravel Ajzwo     
  • He was good with his hands and could unravel a knot or untangle yarn that others wouldn't even attempt.他的手很灵巧,其他人甚至都不敢尝试的一些难解的绳结或缠在一起的纱线,他都能解开。
  • This is the attitude that led him to unravel a mystery that long puzzled Chinese historians.正是这种态度使他解决了长期以来使中国历史学家们大惑不解的谜。
25 disastrous 2ujx0     
  • The heavy rainstorm caused a disastrous flood.暴雨成灾。
  • Her investment had disastrous consequences.She lost everything she owned.她的投资结果很惨,血本无归。
26 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。
27 shareholder VzPwU     
  • The account department have prepare a financial statement for the shareholder.财务部为股东准备了一份财务报表。
  • A shareholder may transfer his shares in accordance with the law.股东持有的股份可以依法转让。
28 dividends 8d58231a4112c505163466a7fcf9d097     
红利( dividend的名词复数 ); 股息; 被除数; (足球彩票的)彩金
  • Nothing pays richer dividends than magnanimity. 没有什么比宽宏大量更能得到厚报。
  • Their decision five years ago to computerise the company is now paying dividends. 五年前他们作出的使公司电脑化的决定现在正产生出效益。
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