New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, May 14, 2011, Page 7

Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung May 14, 2011

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 14, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas FROM THE WIRE From The Associated Press Saturday, May 14, 2011 — Herald-Zettunc — Page 7 A STATE DEPARTMENT GLITCH SENDS OUT VISA NOTICES IN ERROR WASHINGTON — jackpot! Not so fast. For a few joyful days, more than 20,000 people around the world thought they literally had hit the lottery and won a chance to come and live legally in the United States. Oops, the State Department said Friday, we had computer problems and have to run the annual visa lottery again. The decision reopens competition for 50,000 wildcard visas for people who otherwise would have little hope of qualifying. About 15 million had applied, so it’s good news for many people who thought they had lost. But the glitch, which the State Department blamed on an in-house programming error, dashes the hopes of people like Max, a 28-year-old German man. He had recently checked a department website and found what he’d hoped for: Out of a random drawing with overwhelmingly long odds, he was one of the lucky few who might get one of the visas. DEMJANJUK RELEASED FROM GERMAN PRISON MUNICH —john Demjanjuk left prison in an unmarked vehicle on Friday for a nursing home after a judge ordered him released pending an appeal of his conviction for serving as a guard at a Nazi death camp. Michael Stumf, director of the Stadelheim prison, said authorities had difficulty finding a home that would take in the 91-year-old on such short notice. Stumf refused to give any details about where Demjanjuk was headed, other than to say it was in the greater Munich area. "He asked us to respect his privacy,” Stumf said. TALIBAN SHOW RESOLVE TO FIGHT ON AFTER BIN LADEN ISLAMABAD — A double Taliban suicide attack Friday that killed 66 paramilitary police recruits represented the deadliest terrorist strike in Pakistan since the killing of Osama bin Laden. It sent a strong signal that militants mean to fight on and to try to avenge the al-Qaida leader. The attack came as both the Pakistani and Afghan wings of the Taliban have been carrying out attacks to prove they remain a potent force and bolster their profiles in case peace talks prevail in Afghanistan. U.S. and Afghan officials have said they hope the Afghan Taliban will use bin Laden’s death as an opportunity to break their link with al-Qaida — an alliance the U.S. says must be severed if the insurgents want peace in Afghanistan. La. spillway to open, flooding Cajun area LAKE PROVIDENCE, La. (AF*) — In an agonizing tradeoff, Army engineers said they will open a key spillway along the bulging Mississippi River as early as Saturday and inundate thousands of homes and farms in Louisiana’s Cajun country to avert a potentially bigger disaster in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. About 25,000 people and 11,000 structures could be in harm’s way when the gates on the Morganza spillway are unlocked for the first time in 38 years. Opening the spillway will release a torrent that could submerge about 3,000 square miles under as much as 25 feet of water but take the pressure off the downstream levees protecting New Orleans, Baton Rouge and the numerous oil refineries and chemical plants along the lower reaches of the Mississippi. Engineers feared that weeks of pressure on the levees could cause them to fail, swamping New Orleans under as much as 20 feet of water in a disaster that would have been much worse than Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Instead, the water will flow 20 miles south into the Atchafalaya River. From there it will roll on to the Gulf of Mexico, flooding swamps and croplands. Morgan City, an oil-and-seafood hub and a community of 12,000, shored up levees as a precaution. The corps said it will open the gates when the river’s flow rate reaches a certain point, expected Saturday. But some people living in the threatened stretch of countryside — an area known for small farms, fish camps and a drawling French dialect — have already started fleeing for higher ground. Finances look grim for Medicare, Social Security WASHINGTON (AP) —The bad economy is worsening the already-shaky finances of Medicare and Social Security, draining the trust funds supporting them faster than expected and intensifying the need for Congress to shore up the massive benefit programs, the government said Friday. Both Medicare and Social Security are being hit by a double whammy: the long-anticipated wave of retiring baby boomers and weaker-than-expected tax receipts, according to the annual report by the trustees who oversee the programs. The Medicare hospital insurance fund for seniors is now projected to run out of money in 2024, five years earlier than last year’s estimate. The Social Security trust funds are projected to be drained in 2036, one year earlier than the last estimate. Once the trust funds are exhausted, both programs can only collect enough money in payroll taxes to pay partial benefits, the report said. More immediate bad news for seniors: After they’ve gone two years with no cost-of-liv- ing increase in Social Security payments, the trustees project a 0.7 percent increase for next year, a raise so small that it will probably be wiped out by higher Medicare Part B premiums for most beneficiaries. “There can no longer be any doubt or denial: Our nation’s Medicare and .Social Security programs are unsustainable and will run out of money sooner than expected,” said Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. Congress and the Obama administration are negotiating possible changes to Medicare and other benefit programs as part of a deal to increase the government’s ability to borrow. The $14.3 trillion debt ceiling will be hit Monday, though TYeasury officials are taking measures to put off an unprecedented default on government bonds until August, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said. LANDMARK NEW BRAUNFELS, TX Now Open in the Atrium. 830.626.1400 www.landmarklofts.com (ftay 27th 7 pm & Brauntex Theatre Two hrrte World Champion Elvis Tribute Artist fir ,'ìiis! .-ir ABC S The Ne>* Bes! r,i Mon-Thurs 7am-l0:30pm Friday    7am-Midnight Saturday    9am-1 am Sunday    Noon-8pm Have hin with us in the cate. bar. atrium, clubroom or the patio on the river! I riend us at Ms l anda Perk' Cate & liar 830.632.5141 landmarkAalonxndspa.com M-F....................9 am-7pm Sat......................9am-5pm Closed Sunday We are a Full Service Salon! Services includes: Color, highlight*, massage, facials, pedicures & manicures. $1060 off any service j per person, per visit    J m ■. mmmmm TODAY ri'V. ■L WINDY Sunny with near average temperatures 84°/56° difPWlMP Temperature Yesterday’s High / Low 91°/60° Normal High / Low 85° / 64° Record High    100° in 1967 Record Low    47°    in    1960 Precipitation Yesterday’s    0.01* Month to Date    -j    .07" Avg. Month to Date    1 [gg* Year to Date    4.64“ Avg. Year to Date    1LQ2" Departure from Avg.    -6.38“ Temperature and precipiation as of 3pm yesterday. Taken from New Braunfels airport. recast SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY BMRBHNNNNNRNHNNi ** <- -v WEDNESDAY 0 s A ß> Mostly sunny, breezy at times 80°/55° Partly cloudy, more mild weather 85°/55° Sunny 87°/ 59° The next storm system arrives, PM showers 81°/68° CL|CK è Levels/Flows    5/13 Edwards Aquifer (ft)    653.7 Comal Springs (cfs)    234.0 5/13 56 905.9 Canyon Dam Inflow Outflow(Guad'pe R. at Sattler) Lake Level NBU Pumping Report Millons 5/13 of gallons 5/13 Surface water 7.587 Ground water Change -2.6 +/-0 Change Hid* +1 -0.01 Millons of gallons 3.557 Updated forecasts: www.srh.noaa.gov Type “city, state” or zip code into space provided and click “go” button. 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Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

Issue Date: May 14, 2011

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