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[AP news in a minute] 【整理】2008-06-15

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1.Crews in Iowa have been ordered to abandon a half-mile-long wall of dirt and sandbags because they're worried it's about to break. The wall was built after the Des Moines River punched a 100-foot wide hole in a levee allowing water to pour into a portion of downtown.

 

2.Washington D.C. is remembering longtime newsman Tim Russert. At the Newseum exhibits highlight the political analyst. And at NBC, flowers serve as a makeshift memorial for the network's bureau chief. Russert died of a heart attack yesterday. He was 58.

 

3.It's been less than a month since the U.S. declared polar bears a threatened species. But now the Bush administration's giving seven oil companies permission to potentially harm them while looking for oil and natural gas. The Fish and Wildlife Service issued regulations providing legal protection.

 

4.NASA is congratulating the space shuttle crew on a 'beautiful landing.' Discovery glided back to Earth after a 14-day trip that NASA says was about as smooth as it gets. The shuttle delivered a billion-dollar science lab to the International Space Station.

 

1.punch  n  冲压机, 冲床, 打孔机  vt.冲孔, 打孔

2.portion  n  一部分, 一分

3.NBC  abbr   <> National Broadcasting Company国家广播公司

4.makeshift  n  将就, 凑合, 权宜之计    adj.权宜之计的, 凑合的

5.bureau   n 办公桌, 衣柜   <>, 办公署

6.glide  v  滑行, 悄悄地走, (时间)消逝, 滑翔  n.滑行, 滑翔, 滑移, 滑音

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