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NPR英语新闻:美国评估对埃援助 纪念华盛顿大游行50周年

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From NPR News in Washington, I'm Louise Schiavone.

Two major decisions in military court-martials today. At Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington State, Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales was handed the sentence of life in prison without parole. He had apologized yesterday for massacring 16 civilians in Afghanistan last year. NPR's Martin Kaste describes the response from several victims of the attack.

Some of the Afghans were flowing for this trial, spoke to the press outside the court room. They were all males, mainly men and a few boys. Three boys clearly, one boy who had been shot in the leg by Sergeant Bales and he actually showed his scar to the media. They took turns, talked about how upset they still were, how they basically thought that this was not justice, that anything short of the death penalty was not justice.

NPR's Martin Kaste.

At Fort Hood, Texas, army psychiatrist Major Nidal Hasan has been convicted of murder in a November 2009 shooting rampage. Hasan was accused of opening fire at the military base killing 13, wounding more than 30. At trial he acted in his own defence, but former military judge Geoffrey Corn, a professor at South Texas College of Law, does not believe that it affected the verdict.

"But never was in doubt, even if he had been represented by his very able and capable defense lawyers, he still would been convicted of all sentences."

Hasan could be sentenced to death.

President Obama says violence in Egypt heightens concerns about the continuation of military aid to that nation, something the Obama Administration is still evaluating. NPR's Ari Shapiro has more.

Some leading Republicans in Congress say it's time for the U.S. to make a firm decision on whether it will continue sending money to Egypt's military. President Obama told CNN that even if the U.S. cuts off that funding, it may not make a huge difference.

"The aid itself may not reverse what the interim government does... But I think what most Americans would say is that we have to be very careful about being seen as aiding and abetting actions that we think run contrary to our values and our ideals."

He went on to say "we can’t return to business as usual, given what’s happened." Ari Shapiro, NPR News, Washington.

The Commerce Department is reporting the sales of newly built homes drop 13.4% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 394,000. That's the lowest pace in nine months. Mark Zandi,chief economist at Moody's Analytics, blames rising mortgage rates.

"It's showing that the high mortgage is doing damage, intruding the housing market and this is important to the economic recovery because we need housing to really kick into a higher gear." Mark Zandi at Moody's.

On Wall Street, the Dow up 57.

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President Obama is in no rush to condemn the National Security Agency despite new revelations the Intelligence Agency scooped up as many as 56,000 e-mails and other communications annually over three years by Americans not connected to terrorism. President said today the action was inadvertent.

Civil rights advocates and scores of organizations and activists from around the country are gearing up for the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. NPR's Allison Keyes reports.

From NWACP to the International Brotherhood Of Teamsters, people are preparing for a host of events commemorating the August 28th, 1963's march that which the late Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his "I Have a Dream" speech. In a march set for this Saturday, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocates such as Reverend Darlene Nipper at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force say they join the civil rights movement and the work still to be done.

"Our histories, as Martin Luther King, Jr. said himself, are indelibly linked."

Activists are focused on pressuring law-makers for new voting rights legislation, job creation and fighting Stand Your Ground laws among many other issues. Allison Keyes NPR News Washington.

It looks like Philadelphia healthy Chinese take-out Initiative is yielding some results. As a result of the effort, Chinese restaurant in the city are replacing heavy sodium content with chilies or garlic instead of salt. They have also modified cooking methods and reduce distribution of soy source packets. More than 200 take-out Chinese restaurants are participating. Early result shows sodium in some dishes reduced by as much as 20%.

I'm Louise Schiavone, NPR News, Washington.

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