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Happy Valentine's Day, everyone.

祝大家情人节快乐。

I'm Carl Azuz.

我是卡尔·阿祖兹。

Welcome to another lovely edition of CNN STUDENT NEWS.

欢迎收看另一个令人愉快版本的CNN学生新闻。

One thing that isn't lovely as far as many Americans are concerned, the weather.

而对许多美国人而言不是那么愉快的事情则是天气问题。

From North Carolina to Boston, another winter storm is frosting the East Coast, possibly theworst the northeast has seen this winter.

从北卡罗莱纳州到波士顿,另一场冬季风暴将东海岸冻结成冰霜,可能最糟糕的东北部已经见到这个冬天的严酷。

Ice, sleet, snow, freezing rain, all making it nearly impossible in some places to go anywhere.

冰、冰雹、雪、冻雨,一些地方几乎不可能前往任何地方。

And staying home wasn't great either for more than 700,000 power customers in the dark.

而呆在家里也不明智,因为有超过700000住户失去了电力在黑暗中度过。

New Yorkers were looking at 15 inchesof snow and that's just a snapshot of the eastern seaboard.

纽约人民看到15英寸的降雪,这就是东部沿海的情景。

Right now, Mother Nature is serving up tragedy and misery.

现在,大自然母亲为我们送来的是悲剧和痛苦。

There are ten confirmed deaths due to the storm.

因为这场风暴有10人已经被证实死亡。

Obviously, amid this tragedy, there also problems and pain, but some people are able to findsimple pleasures in so much wicked weather.

显然,在这次的悲剧中,也有问题和痛苦,但是有些人在如此恶劣的天气仍然能够找寻到简单的快乐。

A snowball fight in front of the Lincoln Memorial shows the lighter side of the storm, butgovernment agencies are taking the snow seriously.

在林肯纪念堂前的一场打雪仗展现了风暴并不强势的一面,但政府机构都在认真应对降雪。

Forecasters expect up to ten inches of snow in the nation's capital.

天气预报员预测首都10英寸的降雪。

Officials have ordered all federal offices closed.

官员们已经下令所有政府办公室关闭。

The plows were out on force Wednesday in Raleigh, North Carolina, but for a lot of strandeddrivers, it didn't do much good.

星期三北卡罗莱纳罗利的犁型铲雪机全面出动,但是对于很多被困司机而言并没有起到很大帮助。

Officials in the southeast urge people to stay home if they could as the road conditions gotprogressively worse.

东南部的官员们敦促随着道路状况日益恶化如果可能人们最好呆在家里。

Even first responders who are having a hard time getting around slipping and sliding as they tryto get their vehicles moving again.

即使那些最先的应对者们试图移动自己的车辆时也是艰难应对。

As if ice on roads wasn't bad enough, the weight of ice and snow brought trees down intopower lines and in some cases, into homes.

道路上的冰还不够糟糕,冰雪的重量压得树木进入电力线路而且在某些情况下,进入住户的家庭当中。

This "Roll Call" is going to the dogs, because Valentine's Day is all about puppy love.

今天的《点名》节目环节我们要说说狗,因为情人节都是关于早恋。

At Harrisburg High School in Harrisburg, Missouri, we've got the bull dogs.

在密苏里州哈里斯堡的哈里斯堡高中,我们这里有公牛狗。

Thanks for watching, yo.

谢谢观看。

Up to Chicago, Illinois, it's where we find the Uno Soccer Academy High School and thefearsome wolves.

伊利诺斯州的芝加哥,在那里我们可以发现乌诺足球学院高中还有令人生畏的狼狗。

And in Williston, North Dakota, some coyotes are watching CNN STUDENT NEWS.

而在北达科他州的威利斯,正在收看CNN学生新闻的是一些土狼狗。

Howlo to Williston High School.

威利斯高中的同学们你们好。

All right, big business is making big headlines this week.

好吧,大企业上了本周的头条新闻。

Cable and Internet provider Comcast is planning to buy Time Warner Cable for $45 billion.

有线电视及互联网服务提供商康卡斯特公司计划斥资450亿美元收购时代华纳。

This would combine the two biggest cable companies in the U.S.

这将使得美国两个最大的有线电视公司整合在一起。

And give Comcast $30 million customers.

而康卡斯特将被给予3000万美元。

The U.S. government must first approve the deal, and it may not, if it thinks it would give thenew company too much control over the market.

美国政府必须首先批准这次的交易,如果它认为将给新公司太多市场控制权,或许不会批准。

Both Comcast and Time Warner Cable say this is good news for customers, that the merger willmean higher broadband Internet speeds, faster Wi-Fi in people's homes, faster releases of newproducts.

康卡斯特和时代华纳有线电视表示这对消费者来说是个好消息,合并将意味着人们家里更快的宽带速度,更快的wi-fi,更快地发布新产品。

But critics are concerned it would limit people's choices and lead to higher prices.

但批评人士担心的它将限制人们的选择,导致更高的价格。

And last year, a consumer satisfaction index ranked the companies lowest in the nation for TVand Internet customer service.

去年的一项消费者满意指数排名中全国电视和互联网客户服务位列最后。

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