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NPR 2012-04-15

时间:2012-05-07 08:11来源:互联网 提供网友:gmeng   字体: [ ]

 Forecasters say life-threatening weather could strike in the nation’s heartland today, a possibility growing stronger as the day wears on. At the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, Director Russ Schneider reminds if the twister is approaching, “you want to go to the lowest floor and put as many walls between you and the outside as possible. Into your bathroom or closet is always a fairly effective choice if you don’t have a storm shelter.” A particular concern, parts of Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas. The most dangerous conditions are projected for late this afternoon between Oklahoma City and Salina, Kansas.

While North Koreans celebrated1 the birthday of their country’s founder2 this weekend, South Korean warships3 searched for debris4 from Pyongyang’s failed rocket launch. Doualy Xaykaothao has more.
About ten naval5 ships are out in the Yellow Sea, trying to locate broken parts from North Korea’s Unha-3 rocket. An official with South Korea’s Defense6 Ministry7 said at least one corvette is using sonar or radar8 to recover parts. US Navy minesweepers were also expected to be helping9 in the search. In Pyongyang, tens of thousands of North Koreans gathered in a stadium for a rally to honor the 100th birthday of North Korea’s founder Kim Il-sung. His grandson, Kim Jong-un,  waved to the crowd as a sea of people applauded. The audience later chanted his name and in unison10 said “defend him to the death.” For NPR News, I’m Doualy Xaykaothao in Seoul.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says neither the economy nor the financial system have fully11 recovered from the collapse12 of the housing market. Steve Becker of Market News International has details on the chairman’s latest comments.
Though unsound mortgages triggered the crisis, Bernanke says it was rooted in structural13 problems with the financial system and its regulation. To avoid or at least mitigate14 future panics, he says, the vulnerabilities that underlay15 the recent crisis must be fully addressed. The Fed is best-known for setting interest rates and controlling the money supply. But the 2010 Dodd-Frank law gives the Fed expanded responsibility to supervise the biggest financial firms and oversea risk taking throughout the system, and Bernanke says that process is well underway. He says the Fed is now putting a promotional financial stability on an equal footing with monetary16 policy. For NPR News, I’m Steve Becker.
At the Summit of the Americas in Colombia, President Obama says there’s reason for hemispheric optimism.
“It is remarkable17 to see the changes that had been taking place in a relatively18 short period of time in Latin and Central America and in the Caribbean.”
Trade is a major focus this weekend.
This is NPR News.
A US bankruptcy19 judge has approved the sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers20 to a group led by former NBA basketball star Magic Johnson. As NPR’s John Burnett reports, the selling price is 2.1 billion dollars.
With the sale approval, the team can finally leave Chapter 11 bankruptcy and its creditors21 can be paid. The steep price includes the baseball team, Dodgers Stadium and the land underneath22 it. A lawyer for Major League Baseball, however, expressed disapproval23 of the deal and asked the Delaware-based judge to allow the league to stop the transaction. The Dodgers entered bankruptcy last June, the time when outgoing Dodgers owner Frank McCourt had been arguing with the league over a new television deal. The sale has to close by the end of this month, when McCourt has to meet a deadline to pay his ex-wife 130 million dollars. John Burnett, NPR News.
On both sides in the Atlantic and on the North Atlantic in between, there are commemorations of the sinking of the Titanic24 100 years ago on this date. On board, the Balmoral, a liner retracing25 the course of the Titanic and carrying history buffs and descendants of Titanic passengers, Captain Robert Bamberg kept passengers abreast26 of the ship’s progress.
“A very good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen, Captain speaking. Time has just gone 12 o'clock onboard. Balmoral’s en route to the Titanic wreckage27 site.”
Meanwhile, onboard passengers dressed in Edwardian fashions attended a gala dinner. Fifteen hundred people died when the Titanic collided with an iceberg28 and sank to the ocean floor.
I’m Louise Schiavone, NPR News Washington.


1 celebrated iwLzpz     
  • He was soon one of the most celebrated young painters in England.不久他就成了英格兰最负盛名的年轻画家之一。
  • The celebrated violinist was mobbed by the audience.观众团团围住了这位著名的小提琴演奏家。
2 Founder wigxF     
  • He was extolled as the founder of their Florentine school.他被称颂为佛罗伦萨画派的鼻祖。
  • According to the old tradition,Romulus was the founder of Rome.按照古老的传说,罗穆卢斯是古罗马的建国者。
3 warships 9d82ffe40b694c1e8a0fdc6d39c11ad8     
军舰,战舰( warship的名词复数 ); 舰只
  • The enemy warships were disengaged from the battle after suffering heavy casualties. 在遭受惨重伤亡后,敌舰退出了海战。
  • The government fitted out warships and sailors for them. 政府给他们配备了战舰和水手。
4 debris debris     
  • After the bombing there was a lot of debris everywhere.轰炸之后到处瓦砾成堆。
  • Bacteria sticks to food debris in the teeth,causing decay.细菌附着在牙缝中的食物残渣上,导致蛀牙。
5 naval h1lyU     
  • He took part in a great naval battle.他参加了一次大海战。
  • The harbour is an important naval base.该港是一个重要的海军基地。
6 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。
7 ministry kD5x2     
  • They sent a deputation to the ministry to complain.他们派了一个代表团到部里投诉。
  • We probed the Air Ministry statements.我们调查了空军部的记录。
8 radar kTUxx     
  • They are following the flight of an aircraft by radar.他们正在用雷达追踪一架飞机的飞行。
  • Enemy ships were detected on the radar.敌舰的影像已显现在雷达上。
9 helping 2rGzDc     
  • The poor children regularly pony up for a second helping of my hamburger. 那些可怜的孩子们总是要求我把我的汉堡包再给他们一份。
  • By doing this, they may at times be helping to restore competition. 这样一来, 他在某些时候,有助于竞争的加强。
10 unison gKCzB     
  • The governments acted in unison to combat terrorism.这些国家的政府一致行动对付恐怖主义。
  • My feelings are in unison with yours.我的感情与你的感情是一致的。
11 fully Gfuzd     
  • The doctor asked me to breathe in,then to breathe out fully.医生让我先吸气,然后全部呼出。
  • They soon became fully integrated into the local community.他们很快就完全融入了当地人的圈子。
12 collapse aWvyE     
  • The country's economy is on the verge of collapse.国家的经济已到了崩溃的边缘。
  • The engineer made a complete diagnosis of the bridge's collapse.工程师对桥的倒塌做了一次彻底的调查分析。
13 structural itXw5     
  • The storm caused no structural damage.风暴没有造成建筑结构方面的破坏。
  • The North American continent is made up of three great structural entities.北美大陆是由三个构造单元组成的。
14 mitigate EjRyf     
  • The government is trying to mitigate the effects of inflation.政府正试图缓和通货膨胀的影响。
  • Governments should endeavour to mitigate distress.政府应努力缓解贫困问题。
15 underlay 2ef138c144347e8fcf93221b38fbcfdd     
v.位于或存在于(某物)之下( underlie的过去式 );构成…的基础(或起因),引起n.衬垫物
  • That would depend upon whether the germs of staunch comradeship underlay the temporary emotion. 这得看这番暂时的情感里,是否含有生死不渝友谊的萌芽。 来自辞典例句
  • Sticking and stitching tongue overlay and tongue underlay Sticking 3㎜ reinforcement. 贴车舌上片与舌下片:贴3㎜补强带。 来自互联网
16 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。
17 remarkable 8Vbx6     
  • She has made remarkable headway in her writing skills.她在写作技巧方面有了长足进步。
  • These cars are remarkable for the quietness of their engines.这些汽车因发动机没有噪音而不同凡响。
18 relatively bkqzS3     
  • The rabbit is a relatively recent introduction in Australia.兔子是相对较新引入澳大利亚的物种。
  • The operation was relatively painless.手术相对来说不痛。
19 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。
20 dodgers 755721a92560aef54a57a481bf981739     
n.躲闪者,欺瞒者( dodger的名词复数 )
  • a crackdown on fare dodgers on trains 对火车逃票者的严厉打击
  • But Twain, Howells, and James were jeeringly described by Mencken as "draft-dodgers". 不过吐温、豪威尔斯和詹姆斯都是被门肯讥诮地叫做“逃避兵役的人。” 来自辞典例句
21 creditors 6cb54c34971e9a505f7a0572f600684b     
n.债权人,债主( creditor的名词复数 )
  • They agreed to repay their creditors over a period of three years. 他们同意3年内向债主还清欠款。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Creditors could obtain a writ for the arrest of their debtors. 债权人可以获得逮捕债务人的令状。 来自《简明英汉词典》
22 underneath VKRz2     
  • Working underneath the car is always a messy job.在汽车底下工作是件脏活。
  • She wore a coat with a dress underneath.她穿着一件大衣,里面套着一条连衣裙。
23 disapproval VuTx4     
  • The teacher made an outward show of disapproval.老师表面上表示不同意。
  • They shouted their disapproval.他们喊叫表示反对。
24 titanic NoJwR     
  • We have been making titanic effort to achieve our purpose.我们一直在作极大的努力,以达到我们的目的。
  • The island was created by titanic powers and they are still at work today.台湾岛是由一个至今仍然在运作的巨大力量塑造出来的。
25 retracing d36cf1bfa5c6c6e4898c78b1644e9ef3     
v.折回( retrace的现在分词 );回忆;回顾;追溯
  • We're retracing the route of a deep explorer mission. 我们将折回一个深入的探险路线中去。 来自电影对白
  • Retracing my steps was certainly not an option. 回顾我的脚步并不是个办法。 来自互联网
26 abreast Zf3yi     
  • She kept abreast with the flood of communications that had poured in.她及时回复如雪片般飞来的大批信件。
  • We can't keep abreast of the developing situation unless we study harder.我们如果不加强学习,就会跟不上形势。
27 wreckage nMhzF     
  • They hauled him clear of the wreckage.他们把他从形骸中拖出来。
  • New states were born out of the wreckage of old colonial empires.新生国家从老殖民帝国的废墟中诞生。
28 iceberg CbKx0     
  • The ship hit an iceberg and went under.船撞上一座冰山而沉没了。
  • The glacier calved a large iceberg.冰河崩解而形成一个大冰山。
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