New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 18, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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ATUUfTA3 die of rm brain infection from amoeba
Two children and a young man have died this summer from a
brain-eating amoeba that lives in water, health officials say.
This month, the rare infection killed a T6-year-old Florida girl, who fellill after swimming,
and a 9-year-old Virginia boy, who died a week after he went to a fishing day camp. The boy had been dunked the first day of camp, his mother tolfi the Rlcnmond Times-Dis-
Those cases are consi«-tent with [)ast cases, which are usually kids — often boys who get exposed to the bug while swimming or domg water S|K)rts in warm ponds or lakes.
The third case, in Louisiana, was more unusual. It was a young man whose death in june was traced to the tap water he used in a device called a neti pot.
SAN FRANCISCOHacl(ers gain access to transit union site
Hackers iaunc he'd another txnllne attack Wt'dnesday against a Cali-tornia transit agency that found itself in thi‘ middk' of a debate alx>ut tree sfKHKh after it turnt^d oft c ell phone servici* in its stations to thwart a fX)ten-tial prott*st.
This time, hackers gaiíH»d ac ct*ss to the website of the union that ref)* rt'sents Bay Area Rapid Transit police and fxjstwl [K»rsonal information on more than KX) officers.
H Ki officeffKJfne and email addresses were leaked along with passwords.
NEWYORKThreat to Letterman on Muslim forum
A frequerit contributor to a ) ihadist website has threatened Oavid Letterman, urging Muslim followers to "cut the tongue" of the late-night host because of a joke the comic made on his CBS show.
The Site Monitoring Service, a private intelligence organization that watc hes online activity, said Wednesday that the threat was posted a day earlier on tne Shumuka al-lslam ft)rum, a popular Internet destination tor radical Muslims.
The contributor, who identified himself as Umar al-6asrawi, was reacting to what he said Letterman did after the U.S. military announced on june 5 that a drone strike in Pakistan had killed al-C.^aida leader Ilyas Kashmiri.
TAMPA, Ra.Police: Bomb plot aimed for casualties
f\)lice were already keeping an eye t)n 17-yearold ex|)elled student Jared Cano when they were tipp(‘d off that he was allegedly planning to bomb his old high school when classes resumed. In his apartment, they found shrapnel, plastic tubing, timing and fuse devices that he was amassing in a plot he intended to be worse than the Columbine mass killings, police said Wednesday.
Before Tuesday's discovery, ( ano has been arrested several times, most recently accused of breaking into a house and stealing a handgun, Tampa police said.
Obama's plan: New jobs proposals, challei^e GOP
Under fire in a nation desperate for jobs, President Barack Obama will soon announce a broad package of tax cuts, construction work and help for the millions of Ameri-cans who have been unemployed for months, a White House pfficia I said Wednesday. Republicans immediately cast doubt about any such plan, setting up a fresh economic showdown as the presidential campaign intensifies.
Obama will unveil his economic strategy in a speech right after Labor Day, hopine to frame the autumn jobs debate by pressuring Republicans in Congress to act or face the voters' wrath. The country is in a deep state of disgust about Washington politics, piling urgency on Toth parties to help the
economy quickly —- or somehow position the other side to take the blame.
To pay for his jobs ideas, Obama will challenge the new "super cf)mmittee" in Congress to go well beyond its goaI of finding $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction, with part of the savings used to cover some of his economy-jolting help without sinking the nation deept*r in debt. But there, tcx?, Obama already faces trouble from Re publican members who nave ruled out tax hikes.
It's all leading to a sharp campaign for public opinion, the outcome shaping the presidential and congressional elections in 2012.
Obama, as the most visible target for voter ire, is seeking re-election with unemployment north of 9 percent. No incumbent in
recent times has won a second term with the jobless rate anywhere near that high.
The final details of Obama's new economic plan have not been decided, and it is expected to be broader than the proposals known so far.
It is likely to include tax cuts to help the middle class, a build-up-America ( onstruction program that goes beyond any infrastructure proposal Obama has had already, and targeted help for the particularly worrisome group of people who have remained un(>mployed for many months in a row.
A White House official confirmed those details to The Associated Press, on condition of anonymity because the president has not disclosed them publicly.
America in midst of
Perry expresses doubts on manmade global warming
GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry told New Hampshire voters Wednt's-day that he does not believe in manmade global warming, calling it a sc i-entific theory that has not bc^c^n proven.
"I think we're seeing almost weekly, or even daily, scientists that are coming forward and questioning the original idea that manmade global warming is what is causing the climate to change," the Texas governor said on the first stop of a two-day trip to the first-in-the-nation primary state.
He said some want billions or trillions of taxpayer dollars spent to adclress the issue, but he add<‘d: "I don't think from my perspective that 1 want to be engagc'd in spending that much monc'v on still a scientific theory that has not b(‘en proven and from my perspective is more' and more being put into cjues-tion."
His comments came at a packed breakfast meeting with local business lead' ers in a region known for its strong environmental policies. And he made his global warming comment
in response to a question by an audience member who citc'd evidence from the National Academy of Sciencc's.
But Perry's o[)inion runs counter to thc> view held by an overwhelming majority of s( ientists that pollution released from the burning of fossil fuels is luxating u() the planet. Perry's home state of Tc'xas releases more heat-trap-ping |)ol1ution carbon dioxide the chief greenhouse gas — than any other state in the country, according to government data.
MEW YORK (AP)
For what is normally a sleepy month, there are so many customers at the Gold Standird, a New York ccxnpa-ny that buys jewelry; that it feels like Christmas in August.
Welcome to the new Aj^-ican gold rush. The price of gold is on a remarkable run, setting a record seemingly every other day. Stomach-churning volatility in the stock market this month has only made investors covet gold more.
Some want it as a safe investnxTit ffjr turbulent times. What worries some investors is that many c^*rs are buying simply because the price is rising and they want to make money fast.
"Is gold the next bubble?" asks Bill OiRocco, a golf conrv pany manager in Overland Park, Kan., who shifted 10 fX‘rcent of his portfolio earlier this year into an invc'stment fund that tracks the price of ^old. He stopped nuying Tc'cause the price kept rising.
In Oclol3er 2007, it sold for alx)ut $740 an ounce. A little over a year later, it rose abcn^ $ 1 ,(XX) for the first time. This [wst Marc h, it be*gan rex keting up. On Wednt^ay, it traded above $1,793 an ounce, just shy of last wec'k's record of $1,801.
Meanwhile, stcxrks, despite rising sharply in the last two and a half years, are only slightly higher in price than they were a decade ago. Since hitting a record high in (XtoixT 2(X)7, the Standard & Pcx)r's S(X) index is down 23 |x*rcent.
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