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Which do you think was the most important news story last week?
Which story do you think is going to dominate the news this week?

2 Before listening, try to complete the first headline using the initial letters to help you. Then
listen and check your ideas.
A proposed b________ on a type of ammunition designed for use in
AR-15 rifles catching heat from c______________ lawmakers and
gun rights advocates. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms
and Explosives says a proposed b____________ ban is intended to
protect law enforcement while respecting the i________________
of sportsmen and the industry. House Judiciary chairman Bob
Goodlatte is one of 239 m______________ of Congress who have
signed a letter to ATF director Todd Jones expressing concern
about the Obama administrations plan to ban popular a_____________ for the AR-15. We
hope that they will follow the law and make sure that this is a transparent p______________
and identify a reason why this should be c_____________ when for 30 years this bullet has
been acceptable on the m______________. In Washington, Mike Emanuel, Fox News Radio.

2 Before listening, add vowels to the consonants in brackets to make words for the gaps. Then
listen and check your ideas.
Actor Harrison Ford said to be in fair _______________
(cndtn) after crash-landing his plane near an ______________
(rprt) in Santa Monica, California. The pilot reported a loss of
_______________ (ngn) power and was attempting to return to
the _______________ (rnwy). Patrick Jones with the NTSB. It
appears that he ______________ (clppd) the top of a tree and came
to rest on the golf course. No one else was on the ___________
(pln), a World War II vintage _______________ (rcrft).

2 Before listening, order the phrases to make the next story. Then listen and check your ideas.
___ linked to a tainted medical scope
___ medical center in Los Angeles
___ have been infected
___ with an antibiotic resistant superbug
___ four patients at Cedars-Sinai
___ at the UCLA medical center
___ this weeks after a similar outbreak
___ seven patients were sickened
___ and two of those died

2 Before listening, complete the next headline with the appropriate prepositions. Then listen and
check your ideas.

A report due _____ today says black people are far more subjected
_____ excessive force and traffic stops and petty citations. Former
Ferguson mayor Brian Fletcher hopes the city takes a deeper look
_____ whats _________ those findings. Just throwing numbers
_____, theres reasons why African Americans might be pulled
over more, they tend to live more _____ poverty, we know that.
City leaders will wait to comment after the Department _____
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Justice makes all _____ its report public.

2 Before listening, rearrange the letters in brackets to make words for the gaps.

Then listen and

check your ideas.


Americans dont just treat ________ (tspe) like family, they spend like it. Pet lovers putting
their _____________ (letwal) where their heart is. In the US alone
$58 billion spent on pets last year, thats about five times more than
what was spent on _____________ (iesmov). The annual report
from an industry ____________ (adtre) group, the American Pet
Products Association, covers 397 million pets ranging from cats
and dogs to fish and ______________ (ilerepts). The most money
spent was on food, $22 billion, the rest broken into four categories
including _______ (evt) care, other services and other supplies
such as collars, ___________ (wlsbo) and beds. Pet spending more
than tripling since the groups first ___________ (veysur) in 1994.

2Before listening, put the verbs in brackets in the correct form to complete the next headline.
Then listen and check your ideas.

As snow ______________ (blanket) the nations capital civil


disobedience with sleds _____________ (defy) a Capitol Hill ban
on sledding. Parents pushing kids on sleds, after all the federal
government ______________ (close) along with various schools,
but this scene on the west front of the Capitol is also a civics lesson.
We ask people not ____________ (sled) on Capitol grounds. Despite
that warning from Capitol Hill police Lieutenant Eric Graves, Tim
Krepp, ______________ (keep) pushing his daughters down this
modest ice-caked hill. We _________________ (sled) here for
many years now, we _____________ (come) in 2009 with no issues. DC Congressional delegate
Eleanor Holmes Norton asked the Sergeant at Arms _____________ (rescind) the sledding
ban this week, that request _______ not ______________ (grant), sparking this protest of
sorts, a few sledders ______________ (bring) signs that say sled free or die.

2 Before listening, complete the next headline with the appropriate words. Then listen and check
your ideas.

Oklahoma would be the first state to ______________ nitrogen


gas executions under a bill that won state house ______________
today, proposed after a botched ______________ that led to a US
Supreme Court review of the current three drug ______________.
The nitrogen gas proposal now ______________ to the Oklahoma
Senate. All executions now on hold in Georgia after the lethal
______________ of the only woman on the states death row was
postponed last night over the cloudy ________________ of a drug.

b How are American gun laws viewed where you live?

How clean are hospitals in your country?


Are any minorities treated worse than the general public by the authorities where you live?
Which pets are the most popular in your country?
What are the most positive acts of civil disobedience you have heard of?
What are the pros and cons of having execution as a punishment?
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A proposed ban on a type of ammunition


designed for use in AR-15 rifles catching heat
from conservative lawmakers and gun rights
advocates. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,
Firearms and Explosives says a proposed bullet
ban is intended to protect law enforcement
while respecting the interests of sportsmen and
the industry. House Judiciary chairman Bob
Goodlatte is one of 239 members of Congress

who have signed a letter to ATF director Todd


Jones expressing concern about the Obama
administrations plan to ban popular ammo for
the AR-15. We hope that they will follow the law
and make sure that this is a transparent process
and identify a reason why this should be changed
when for 30 years this bullet has been acceptable
on the market. In Washington, Mike Emanuel,
Fox News Radio.

Actor Harrison Ford said to be in fair condition


after crash-landing his plane near an airport in
Santa Monica, California. The pilot reported a loss
of engine power and was attempting to return

to the runway. Patrick Jones with the NTSB. It


appears that he clipped the top of a tree and came
to rest on the golf course. No one else was on the
plane, a World War II vintage aircraft.

Four patients at Cedars-Sinai medical center


in Los Angeles have been infected with an
antibiotic resistant superbug linked to a tainted

medical scope, this weeks after a similar outbreak


at the UCLA medical center. Seven patients were
sickened and two of those died.

A report due out today says black people are far


more subjected to excessive force and traffic stops
and petty citations. Former Ferguson mayor
Brian Fletcher hopes the city takes a deeper look
at whats behind those findings. Just throwing

numbers out, theres reasons why African


Americans might be pulled over more, they tend
to live more in poverty, we know that. City leaders
will wait to comment after the Department of
Justice makes all of its report public.

Americans dont just treat pets like family, they


spend like it. Pet lovers putting their wallet where
their heart is. In the US alone $58 billion spent on
pets last year, thats about five times more than
what was spent on movies. The annual report
from an industry trade group, the American Pet
Products Association, covers 397 million pets

ranging from cats and dogs to fish and reptiles.


The most money spent was on food, $22 billion,
the rest broken into four categories including vet
care, other services and other supplies such as
collars, bowls and beds. Pet spending more than
tripling since the groups first survey in 1994.

As snow blankets the nations capital civil


disobedience with sleds defying a Capitol Hill
ban on sledding. Parents pushing kids on sleds,
after all the federal government is closed along
with various schools, but this scene on the west
front of the Capitol is also a civics lesson. We ask
people not to sled on Capitol grounds. Despite
that warning from Capitol Hill police Lieutenant
Eric Graves, Tim Krepp, will keep pushing his

daughters down this modest ice-caked hill. Weve


been sledding here for many years now, we came
in 2009 with no issues. DC Congressional delegate
Eleanor Holmes Norton asked the Sergeant at
Arms to rescind the sledding ban this week,
that request has not been granted, sparking this
protest of sorts, a few sledders bringing signs that
say sled free or die.

Oklahoma would be the first state to allow


nitrogen gas executions under a bill that won state
house approval today, proposed after a botched
execution that led to a US Supreme Court review
of the current three drug method. The nitrogen

gas proposal now heads to the Oklahoma Senate.


All executions now on hold in Georgia after the
lethal injection of the only woman on the states
death row was postponed last night over the
cloudy appearance of a drug.