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NPR 2012-05-02

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 President Obama has just arrived in Afghanistan in what was an unannounced trip on this anniversary of the US raid that led to the death of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin1 Laden2. Mr. Obama and his Afghanistan counterpart Hamid Karzai are expected to approve the agreement of a plan, a strategic plan, before the president gives a speech on the war effort for television audience in the United States.

Five men suspected of plotting to bomb a bridge near Cleveland, Ohio are now in federal custody3. Today the FBI Special Agent in Charge Stephen Anthony said the public was never in danger because an undercover agent had provided the group with phony explosives.
"Purchased two inert4, I say, inert, improvised5 explosive devices, IEDs, which were presented as C4-based remote activated6 IEDs.”
Several in the group are self-described anarchists7 whom authorities say have not been linked to global terrorism.
“Occupy Chicago. People over property. Occupy Chicago. People over property.”
That's not just the windy city that's seeing massive May Day rallies. People are gathering8 all over the world to demand economic justice. Rival rallies have divided the streets of Paris just five days before the French go to the polls to choose a president. NPR's Eleanor Beardsley reports that President Nicolas Sarkozy is trying to cash in on a holiday. He didn't celebrate in the past.
International Workers Day, also known as May Day, is usually feted by workers and trade unions traditionally allied9 with the political left. But this year Sarkozy held a massive counter-celebration in which he claimed to represent real workers, not those who prefer to collect unemployment benefits in state handouts10. Also the far-right National Front party of Marine11 Le Pen held its traditional May Day rally around the statue of Joan of Arc, France's Catholic Patron Saint. Sarkozy desperately12 needs support from the far-right if he is to beat Socialist13 front-runner Francois Hollande. But Le Pen told her supporters she wouldn’t endorse14 either candidate and would instead cast a blank ballot15 in protest. Eleanor Beardsley, NPR News, Paris.
Another investigative body is looking into allegations of inappropriate behavior inside the Secret Service. Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector16 General has reportedly launched its own investigation17 into the Colombian prostitution scandal that landed a dozen US agents in trouble. At least eight of them lost their jobs. Meanwhile, the agency is taking steps to restore the secret part of its duty. Retired18 agents have been asked to stop speaking with the media and active agents have deactivated19 their Facebook accounts.
At last check on Wall Street, Dow Jones Industrial Average up 110 points at 13,323. 
This is NPR.
A judge in New York says a hotel maid's lawsuit20 against Dominique Strauss-Kahn can proceed. NPR's Jim Zarroli reports the maid accuses the former head of the International Monetary21 Fund of sexual assault. 
Strauss-Kahn had argued that the suit should be dismissed because he had diplomatic immunity22. But the woman's lawyers argued that immunity didn't apply because Strauss-Kahn was in New York on personal business, visiting his daughter. Strauss-Kahn was once considered a leading candidate for president of France. But his career came to an abrupt23 halt nearly a year ago in a Time Square hotel. Strauss-Kahn acknowledged having sex with the woman, but denied that he forced himself on her. He initially24 faced criminal charges, but prosecutors25 decided26 the woman in the case lacked credibility because she had misrepresented her background as well as some details about her encounter with Strauss-Kahn, Jim Zarroli, NPR News, New York.
Union workers at a caterpillar27 manufacturing plant in Joliet, Illinois are on strike. They hit the picket28 lines earlier today after rejecting the latest contract from management. About 800 workers from the plant are demanding better pay and health care benefits.
"Once" leads the Tony Award poll with 11 nominations29. The celebrated30 musical is based on a love story between an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant. In New York, the Tony committee gave ten nods each to “Nice Work If You Can Get It" and “The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess.” “Peter and the Starcatcher” about the origins of Peter Pan gets nine nominations. “Newsies” and “Follies” have each earned eight. CBS will broadcast Tony Awards on June 10th. 
I'm Lakshmi Singh, NPR News in Washington.


1 bin yR2yz     
n.箱柜;vt.放入箱内;[计算机] DOS文件名:二进制目标文件
  • He emptied several bags of rice into a bin.他把几袋米倒进大箱里。
  • He threw the empty bottles in the bin.他把空瓶子扔进垃圾箱。
2 laden P2gx5     
  • He is laden with heavy responsibility.他肩负重任。
  • Dragging the fully laden boat across the sand dunes was no mean feat.将满载货物的船拖过沙丘是一件了不起的事。
3 custody Qntzd     
  • He spent a week in custody on remand awaiting sentence.等候判决期间他被还押候审一个星期。
  • He was taken into custody immediately after the robbery.抢劫案发生后,他立即被押了起来。
4 inert JbXzh     
  • Inert gas studies are providing valuable information about other planets,too.对惰性气体的研究,也提供了有关其它行星的有价值的资料。
  • Elemental nitrogen is a very unreactive and inert material.元素氮是一个十分不活跃的惰性物质。
5 improvised tqczb9     
  • He improvised a song about the football team's victory. 他即席创作了一首足球队胜利之歌。
  • We improvised a tent out of two blankets and some long poles. 我们用两条毛毯和几根长竿搭成一个临时帐蓬。
6 activated c3905c37f4127686d512a7665206852e     
adj. 激活的 动词activate的过去式和过去分词
  • The canister is filled with activated charcoal.蒸气回收罐中充满了活性炭。
7 anarchists 77e02ed8f43afa00f890654326232c37     
无政府主义者( anarchist的名词复数 )
  • Anarchists demand the destruction of structures of oppression including the country itself. "无政府主义者要求摧毁包括国家本身在内的压迫人民的组织。
  • Unsurprisingly, Ms Baburova had a soft spot for anarchists. 没什么奇怪的,巴布罗娃女士倾向于无政府主义。
8 gathering ChmxZ     
  • He called on Mr. White to speak at the gathering.他请怀特先生在集会上讲话。
  • He is on the wing gathering material for his novels.他正忙于为他的小说收集资料。
9 allied iLtys     
  • Britain was allied with the United States many times in history.历史上英国曾多次与美国结盟。
  • Allied forces sustained heavy losses in the first few weeks of the campaign.同盟国在最初几周内遭受了巨大的损失。
10 handouts 447505a1e297b8bcf79fa46be9e067f8     
救济品( handout的名词复数 ); 施舍物; 印刷品; 讲义
  • Soldiers oversee the food handouts. 士兵们看管着救济食品。
  • Even after losing his job, he was too proud to accept handouts. 甚至在失去工作后,他仍然很骄傲,不愿接受施舍。
11 marine 77Izo     
  • Marine creatures are those which live in the sea. 海洋生物是生存在海里的生物。
  • When the war broke out,he volunteered for the Marine Corps.战争爆发时,他自愿参加了海军陆战队。
12 desperately cu7znp     
  • He was desperately seeking a way to see her again.他正拼命想办法再见她一面。
  • He longed desperately to be back at home.他非常渴望回家。
13 socialist jwcws     
  • China is a socialist country,and a developing country as well.中国是一个社会主义国家,也是一个发展中国家。
  • His father was an ardent socialist.他父亲是一个热情的社会主义者。
14 endorse rpxxK     
  • No one is foolish enough to endorse it.没有哪个人会傻得赞成它。
  • I fully endorse your opinions on this subject.我完全拥护你对此课题的主张。
15 ballot jujzB     
  • The members have demanded a ballot.会员们要求投票表决。
  • The union said they will ballot members on whether to strike.工会称他们将要求会员投票表决是否罢工。
16 inspector q6kxH     
  • The inspector was interested in everything pertaining to the school.视察员对有关学校的一切都感兴趣。
  • The inspector was shining a flashlight onto the tickets.查票员打着手电筒查看车票。
17 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。
18 retired Njhzyv     
  • The old man retired to the country for rest.这位老人下乡休息去了。
  • Many retired people take up gardening as a hobby.许多退休的人都以从事园艺为嗜好。
19 deactivated 7c04d50ec1496027d0ed6fd0d6f00a85     
v.解除动员( deactivate的过去式和过去分词 );使无效;复员;使不活动
  • \"The brain can be deactivated. It can be yours to command.\" “大脑计算机可以被停止。如果你下达命令的话。” 来自互联网
  • He successfully deactivated a nuclear reactor in a laboratory before meltdown. 他成功停用一个核反应堆在实验室之前崩溃。 来自互联网
20 lawsuit A14xy     
  • They threatened him with a lawsuit.他们以诉讼威逼他。
  • He was perpetually involving himself in this long lawsuit.他使自己无休止地卷入这场长时间的诉讼。
21 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。
22 immunity dygyQ     
  • The law gives public schools immunity from taxation.法律免除公立学校的纳税义务。
  • He claims diplomatic immunity to avoid being arrested.他要求外交豁免以便避免被捕。
23 abrupt 2fdyh     
  • The river takes an abrupt bend to the west.这河突然向西转弯。
  • His abrupt reply hurt our feelings.他粗鲁的回答伤了我们的感情。
24 initially 273xZ     
  • The ban was initially opposed by the US.这一禁令首先遭到美国的反对。
  • Feathers initially developed from insect scales.羽毛最初由昆虫的翅瓣演化而来。
25 prosecutors a638e6811c029cb82f180298861e21e9     
检举人( prosecutor的名词复数 ); 告发人; 起诉人; 公诉人
  • In some places,public prosecutors are elected rather than appointed. 在有些地方,检察官是经选举而非任命产生的。 来自口语例句
  • You've been summoned to the Prosecutors' Office, 2 days later. 你在两天以后被宣到了检察官的办公室。
26 decided lvqzZd     
  • This gave them a decided advantage over their opponents.这使他们比对手具有明显的优势。
  • There is a decided difference between British and Chinese way of greeting.英国人和中国人打招呼的方式有很明显的区别。
27 caterpillar ir5zf     
  • A butterfly is produced by metamorphosis from a caterpillar.蝴蝶是由毛虫脱胎变成的。
  • A caterpillar must pass through the cocoon stage to become a butterfly.毛毛虫必须经过茧的阶段才能变成蝴蝶。
28 picket B2kzl     
  • They marched to the factory and formed a picket.他们向工厂前进,并组成了纠察队。
  • Some of the union members did not want to picket.工会的一些会员不想担任罢工纠察员。
29 nominations b4802078efbd3da66d5889789cd2e9ca     
n.提名,任命( nomination的名词复数 )
  • Nominations are invited for the post of party chairman. 为党主席职位征集候选人。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Much coverage surrounded his abortive bids for the 1960,1964, and 1968 Republican Presidential nominations. 许多消息报道都围绕着1960年、1964年和1968年他为争取提名为共和党总统候选人所做努力的失败。 来自辞典例句
30 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。
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