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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 12, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas HERALD-ZEiTUNG.COM | Tuesday, July 12. 2011 | 7 KAZAK, RuMhi ueaih ioii in Volga sinking at 5S Rescuers scoured the wide waters of a Volga River reservoir on Mondav, searching with dimming hopes for survivors after an aged, overloaded cruise ship sank amid wind and rain. Fifty-five people vvere confirm^ dead, but d()zens remained missing Emergencies Minister Obama wimts bi^ debt deal Associated Press Shoigu was quoted bv Russian new s agencies as sa\ -ing Mondav that 208 X'ople were X’lieved to ha\i’ been aboard the Bulgaria when it sank Sundav atter-n(K)n. That's nearK 75 |x‘r-cent more than the 120 the boat was lic(*nsed to carr\, otticials said. As ot mid-atternoon, 41 [bodies had been tf)und, inc luding tive thildren, actf>rding to the regional Fmergem les Ministrv' t)nice. The ministrx said 7*^ nir-V Ivors were rescued, all ot them Russian; it was unclear whether an\ tor-t'lgners were aboard. River c ruise boats suth as the I Bulgaria are highiv p)(>u-lar among Russian holi-da\-makers, conducting (ruises ranging from a few ■ (lavs to two week‘s. BAGHDAD One of Iraq's 3 vice presidents resigns One ot Iraq s thrt*e vice president'' resigned \^on-dav in an apparent attempt to distance himself trom what IS sc*en as an increas-inglv dvstunctional government. Shiite\'ice President •\del Al>dul-Mah(li, a membc^r t)t the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council, c ould not be reached tor comment. No formal rcw son was given for his resignation, after tour vears in office. Abdul-,Mahdi had threatened tor months to leave his post. President Jalal Talabani., a Kurd tinallv accepted his rc'signation \U>ndav. We (ieepiv rc^gret having to ac( ept the resignation Of our triend and brother Talabani said in the statement, adding that he attempted for manv wc*eks to persuade ,Abdul-\Aahdi to stav. He was w ith us during the struggle against the dictatorship and we worked together to achieve a tree dc^mocratic and federal Irac], Talabani said. LONDON Murdoch scandal spread to new papers The scandal engulfing Rupert Murdoch’s media empire exploded in several directions Mondav, with fresh re[)orts of f)hone hacking attacks against some of the nation's most powerful figures, including royals and former Prime* .Minister Gordon Brown. Adding to the intrigue, Scotlanci Yard rc^leased an unusual statement accusing unidentified individuals of trv ing to sabotage its sprawling invc'stigation. The police — themselves accused of accepting bribes from Murdoch s jijurnalists — said some-l)ody was deliberately planting distracting information in the [)ress. No one, it seems, had been sate from the f)rying eyes of corrupt journalists. Police officers betrayed membc'rsof the rciyal family to the News of The World, according to several reports. British media were rep()rting that Brown was one of thousands whose personal details were targeted l)y peo|)le working for News International titles includingThe Sun and the Sunday Times. BfyAndriw Taylor rndBrnmrn Associated Press WASHM6T0N Imploring both polilicaI parties to give ground, Pre^sident Barack f )bama declared Monday he would reject anv stopgap extension of the nation s borrowing limit, adding fresh urgency for Republicans and fellow i)em<w -rats to r(«^olve intense tax and sp('nding dis|)utes and head off economic calamitv If not now, wHen^ Obama said in a news conference just ahead of his latest bargaining scission with congressional leaders at the White House That me<'ting lasted about minuter Obama told reporters he would meet ever\ dav with fop lawmakers until thev found igreementon a dial and he refused to even entertain the idea of a bac kup plan shciuld thev fail and the gpvemmeht should del auIt on Aug. 2. We are J^ >i ng to ^ this done,' Obama insisted Thfn have two weeks or less to do <^) in order to get anv deal thrrHjgh Congress in time >^t the path to an agre<" m(*nt remained hard to see Even as he spoke Republicans affirmed their opposition to the tax increases he sees as crucial along with spending cuts for reducing huge federal deficits and restraining the soaring natif)nal debt. A potential deal — a package of spending cuts and tax increases that could total $2 trillion fjf more war a decade — is considered necessarv tor Congress to lift the natiofi’s 5!4 1 trillkm debt limit Failure to lift that cap could cause the >v-ernment to default on itv bills and smk the ono-mv and the world mto ftet‘fX‘r trouble. Obarna renewed his cast* Mondav for a package that would put a historic dent in the counfn s deficits bv Intending fxilit-icallv |K>isonouS elements for }>ofh parfies; tax hikes for the wealthv and liig corfX)rations opjxisfd bv RepubI ic anand k ia I service cuts that Ocmoc-rats d(*c r\. SfK'aking shortlv before heading to the \\ hrte House, House Speaker lohn Boehner stood firm in his opposition to including tax increast^s. Do vou neefl to raise taxes in order to get crm- i trol of sjiending^ I think thé answer is no, be said. Said House siajoritv Lead<*r Fnc Cantoroi Virginia: A\e are not goinv» to raise faxf*s. s all, Oiiama tried to alter the (ii4>ate bv sav mg that anv |)otenfial tax incrf»ases on weallhuT |>eople would not takt'effcH t until 2ÎH i. That would tall atter the* nc*xt ek*c tion wh€*n OI)a-ma will stH*k r«>-ele(fion and control ot the Hou'e and the Senat<‘ will Ix* at slake* Weanwhile. a short-fi*rm ilebt-limit increase would ket»!) the issue lx)il-ing during the ( ampaign. The presidc'nt said he would refust* to accept stopgap legislation Iranian weapons all^edlyused against troops BAGHDAD (AP) A blunt and frustrated I S. [lefenst* Secretar\ l.eon Panetta cvpresstHi exasfXTation \tondav with Iraqi indecision on whether It wants I s, troo()s to stav next war. He threatened stronger I ,S. action to stop Iran-ian-sup[)lied weapons from kiiling Amt'ncans as thc*v prepare* to depart To reinforc e the mc*^'>age of coHi ern al><)ut Iran îht> L S mil liars 14a ve rc'porter'. a rare look at sam[iles of what tht'v described as improvised rocket" and i)ther dev it es that have ix*en uhhI to t,ir-gc*t .•\mc'ncai> in Baghdad, Iranian influciice in Irac] is a kev issue — diplomat-icallv as well as militariK — for Uashinufon as it f)repares to ¡mil ouï its remaininu 4(> IHH) troops. Before meeting with Prime Ministc'r \ouri a1-Maliki and President lalal Talab.ini to push for a decision on <t post-2ù! 1 I.S. troop presence, Panc*tîa told .American soldiers {liat the Iraqis need to ac t swiftlv on two matters critital to their future sc*c uritv : namini; a defc'tist' minister and deciding w hether lrac]i forces need U.S. helc) longer than ( ¡rig-mallv plannc'd. "Damn it, make a dec 1-sion,' Panetta said, adding that while Washington is getting frustrated if also recognizes that Iraq s democ racv is in its intancv. (>n his first visit to Iracj sin(c‘ succeeding Robert (uifc'S as Pc-ntagon chief tulv 1. I’anetta flashed a more candid, unconventional stv le than his prc*d-c‘( essor His language was more* c oiorful. tiM). sf)rmkling m a tew curs(> words as he* iiave tr(H)ps a jx-p talk and fic'lded th(‘ir questions about L S policv. \s he has on everv stof) on his first overseas trip which he<4an last Fridav Panetta made f)rominent note Mondav of his role as ( l,'\ director in puttinii together the plan that killc'd Osama bin Lade*n 'H f\ikis*an in \Uvv. He* reic'rre'd to the former al-(^)aida leader as that son (it a b"* ‘ Panc*tta <ip[>e*arc*d to slip (-n the politics of the Iraq war, which was starte*d bv the Bush .idministration in March 2tH)i on grounds that then-ruler Saddam Hussein had weaj)ons of mass dc'strucIron. Some in the* Bush \\ hite House also su'^gestc'd a Saddam link to the Sept. I 1, 2(H)!, terrorist attacks on the i S. bv al-Qaid<i - a connection that President Barac k ()bama and i)ther Democ rats have called wrong and Lin[)rov ed. Egypt PM to reshuffle cabinet amid public ire CAIRO (AP. - Fgvpt's prime nunistc’r savs he* will reshuffle his ( abine*t w ith-in a week, but doe*sn t sav which ministers he'll re*plate. Monday's annouiu e-ment bv Prime* Minister Essam Sharat comes amid rising public anger over the slow pate of reform since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak in fc’bruarv. Sharat also called tor swift trials of membe*rs of the sc'c urit\ force*s sus|x*c t' c*d in the killings of nearly 9(H) Egv'ptians during the an t i - M u l>a ra k u () ri s i n g. A Cabinet reshuffle would be tgv )t's tourth since MubaraK's ouster. The (ountr> is being le*d by interim rulers who are to pave the* way fi>r tall elcH tions. Since the weekend, protest tent Ciimps have sprung u|) in key i gypt citic's, with dc'monstrateyrs saying thev won't Ic'ave until thev see radical reforms. The head of Egvpl's security forceps has defied orde*rs (jy the* prime minister to fire pi)lice officers N. Y. gay marriage raises prospect of adoption boom NEW YORK (AP) F irst conu‘s lo\t then conic’S marnaye \ow ado[)tion lavwe'^s and age*nc ie*^ in New sav the'v re getting readv tor a babv Ixnim as same-s« \ couple*s e-n'iboldent'd h\ the* state s new ua\ mar riaúe* law take* ‘ht/ ne‘\t step and trv to acii »pt chH dre*n, \t‘W Nork w iP a.lltn\ sa me-sex ma rr 1 aues bei^mnmii luK 24 IxKommu m< »st ¡x »pu-lous statt' to let^ali/f sucH weddings Thoiis.,nds nr coujilc's aM‘ expt I 'ed N > tit* the knot The statt* alre.uiv pe' mits unma-ric'd > .j[)les both qav and stra^ht adt)pt children But a weddin.; - ' an imf)ort,int mii>-si(.»ne "1 a relationshij) ¡nd i à’: also bolster a t > tuple ' c ase as th'\ tn> to mif)ft s^ sot ia1 workers*»ptni'"' auencit*s and birth motlv tTs fiuTing tht' ((tten i i im-['H'ti'i’.e adoption irm t>ss couples and adtiption e\pe'-‘s sav l! s sort o! *he next natural pn )grt‘ss|on. s.ufl k>nathan Truonii of Brt »ok-hn who decidt*d tc) adopt a lx)v atter marrv-ing bis lonutime partner f cl (owen in ( anada >ou have that teelini; ot wantmg ti i N» in a tam-t|v fAperts I knovv tor sure whethtT ad<iptions havf ;nt reased in the tive otht statfs. plus V\ash-inu'on {) ( that have lec*ii‘Vcd .;a\ m,iriia'4e unt : Hit* M'sjits 11! *he JiM'' i: ensiis art' re!ejs:ed this \t ar viid C'iarv i iatt*s a demoarajiher at the \\ ilhanis Insti-tLite a ’hink tank at the l niversit\ C)t ( al'tornia-lÍIS -Xnm'lt's, Hut naftoivAidt* about 1    s^av \ ouples had aiiop'ed th.ldren as oí JOO" hesaid. Ma onnool in Smart case SALT LAKE CnY (AP) A formef street preac her sentwted to life m prison for the 2002 kidnapping ar^ rape of Elizalicth Smart vmII not appeal hisconvk" tii)n, com ludmg a case that riveted the nation and lex used attention on child abduction Law vers for Brian David Mitchell cewld rkit e*lal> orate (Ki his de< i^on. Rolx*ft Steele Mitchell s ft*deral fHibiit detende*r told The AsscKiatcxI Prt'ss on Mondav, the deadline for fiTmg an apfx'al ste*f‘le* has maintaine‘d ^hat Mitche‘li who dtsruf)te*tj dai-K Court proce*edings with h\mn singing is mcomfx*-tent and c ould not partic ipate in his osvn dett'nsp, lurors re|e*cted ^he ins<initv dt‘fense saving that he knew he was breakin<4 the law, Elizabeth Smart sa iri ,us-tic e had beN*n servt'd Its ntc e to st‘t‘ the dt'fense do the ri^ht thing tor a (hange she' told the *\f’on Mondav Her lather Id smart said Mitcht'll s dt'i ision f^ot to appeal brmt^s tmalitv to the entire t ase Pm grateful that he s not af)peal;ng smart said. We ve ft*!t ()re*tt\ i’txKl stnte •he trial that things were '4» )ing t() t omc' I)ut this wav It s gooti to now ix* a’ this ¡>ornt v\here* things art* what thev are and it s ntit ^tiino to be fought, Ltan s [ s attc»rnev otf It e spokesw (tman \U*lotiie Rvciaith said m a statement that the a^encv s also plt'ased with *he detiston.. sItc said the decision br::\^s t^^alitv and closure tor tli/aiieth and her lamiU A tedt*ral |urv in t Vh env bt*r unanimc)uslv tonvitft*d Wttc liell on o.nt’ ttiun? t-ach <)t krdnappin'4 and .inlaw-tul transj>ortation ot >1 minor across state* lint's tor the purpose or tllt'^al st'x. \btiheli was Sfntentfd in \Kiv to twt) liie sentent es. Your Water Supply is wtiat matters. Current Water Restriction Status: St^e2 NBU customers are now allowed to use a sprinkler or irrigation system one day per week based on the last digit of your address: at cusc'd t)f killing prott*st-ers during the nation s [)opular u[)rising, in a dispute illustrating the strains of a govc'rnment facing escalating public pressure to bring former rc*gime figures to (ustice. Egv ptians have again taken to the stre*e*ts, furious over the failure* to c Ic'anse the taintc'd polic e and over a leade*rship tht'v tomplain is bt)tching an alreadv t haoiic transition tt) democ racv. Protc'sters have camfied out in main sc|uares in ( airo, Suez and other tities since Friday, (bmanding the rc'signation of the mterit)r minister who heads the police, the )urging of foriTier reginx* oyalists from the t ivil service* and greater actic>n to tac kle c'conomic woes. The issue of justice tor |)rolesters slam during the 18-da\ uprising that leci te> I losni Mubarak's Eel). 11 is the most explosive amid rising frustration with the hanoling of the political transition by the military generals who now lead the country. Last Digit Watering Dayi"’ W- f Oor1 Monday 2 or 3 Tuesday 4 or 5 Wednesday 6or7 Thursday 8 or 9 Friday Ever\'one is asked to l)econie more aware of vvatei arid use it responsibly. Ext->erts estimate that more than 60°o ot our water supply goes toward outdcx)r use. It is also the type of usage where 'eductions can create the largest benefit. TTiete are a numbei of tec'hniques which ran help you prepare tor more severe drouglit without advetsely affecting youi lifest\'teor ycxir budget. NBU offers tree water audits for its customers to help identify areas where reductions in water consumption can be made. Just call (830) tS08-8925 to schtxiule an audit. Note: VVatenng with a hand-held hose, bucket, soaker tiose that dcx3S not spray water in tlie air, or a drip irrigation systeiTT is still allowed on ariy day, but only l.>efore 10am aixf aftet 8pm.    SPRINKLERS TTiere is al^ complete informatoT al3out the days you may use a sprinkler during any stage of conservation and helpful water conseivation ideas available at utidei the Conservation tab or by calling (830) 608-8925. NBU Here is what matters. ;