New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 8, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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Thousands ordered out of Ariz. town
Authorities have ordered about 2,000 residents of the eastern Arizona town of Eagar to evacuate as a raging forest fire approaches.
The order came late Tuesday afternoon after a day in which residents prepared to leave. Firefighters spent the day working fever-ously to prepare a defense for Eagar and neighboring Springerville.
The Apache County Sheriff's Office issued the order for areas south of highway 260 and east of Greer. The highway will be closed after the evacuation is complete.
CDC: Salmonella poisoning up in U.S.
More Americans got food poisoning last year, with salmonella cases driving the increase, the government reported Tuesday.
Illness rates for the most common serious type of E. coli fell last year. There was a rise in cases caused by other strains of the bacteria, although that bump may just reflect more testing was done for them, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
An unusually aggressive strain of E. coli is behind the current large outbreak of food poisoning in Europe, mostly in Germany. That strain has never caused an outbreak in the U.S.
Slow, not steady, path
Obama’s approval rating on his handing of the economy
Americans are growing more optimistic about President Barack Obama s handling of the US economy despite public disenchantment to recoveiy with rising gasoline prices and swollen government budget deficits
March 30, 2009: Obama continues and expands the bailout of the auto industry
Nov. 3, 2010: The Federal Reserve says it wilt purchase $600 billion of Treasury securities in an effort to hold down long-term interest rates, including mortgage rates
Obama signs the stimulus bill and announces the Home Affordable Modification Program.
Nov. 6, 2009: Obama signs a $24 billion bill to spur the economy, it extends unemployment benefits and provides tax credits to small business and homebuyers
Dec. 17, 2010: Obama signs a bill extending tax cuts enacted in 2001 and 2003 for two years It also cuts the taxes employees pay for Social Security and Medicare by half for a year Jobless benefits extended for 13 months
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Obama concerned about economy
With few options at hand and his poll numbers sagging, President Barack Obama expressed concern Tuesday about the sudden slowdown in the economy but said he is not worried about a second recession and the nation should "not panic."
The president spoke about tne new economic trouble in detail for the first time since a report late last week showed job growth had slowed sharply in May. He tried to reassure Americans worried about high unemployment and expensive gas that the nation is on a slow, if not steady, path to recovery.
"I am concerned about the fact that the recovery that we're on is not producing jobs as quickly as I want it to happen," Obama said at an appearance with visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel. "We don't yet know whether this is a one-month episode or a longer trend."
Either way, there appears to be little Washington can do about it.
Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke, speaking in Atlanta on Tuesday, acknowledged the economy has lost momentum but said nothing to suggest the Fed was about to take any bold new action to fur
ther shore it up.
And with lawmakers fighting over the nation's budget deficit and longterm debt, there is no political appetite for a second major federal stimulus bill like the one passed by Congress in 2009.
At the same time, the president is confronted with a slate of figures presenting challenges to both the economic recovery and his own re-election prospects, just as the field of Republican challengers begins to take shape, a Washington Post-ABC News survey found that public disapproval of Obama's handling of the economy has reached a record
high, 59 percent.
The poll found that Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney are tied among all Americans in a hypothetical race for president. It gave Romney a slight edge, less than the margin of error, among registered voters.
Seventeen months before the election, unemployment is 9.1 percent. When Obama took office, it was 7.8 percent.
Most economists think the rate will be above 8 percent at election time next year. Since World War II, no president has been re-elected with unemployment higher than 7.2 percent.
Leader ‘cautiously optimistic’ on debt talks
Blagojevich ends testimony at retrial
Twice-elected Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich ended the most important campaign of his life Tuesday, stepping down from the witness stand at his corruption retrial after speaking to jurors for seven days.
In often long-winded answers, Blagojevich insisted before jurors that he never sought to sell or trade President Barack Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat for a top job or campaign cash, or ever tried to shake down executives for contributions.
He argued that his talk captured on FBI wiretaps was merely brainstorming, and tnat he never took the schemes seriously or decided to carry them out.
Testimony focuses on car smell
An attorney for a mother charged with killing her 2-year-old daughter suggested Tuesday that a crime scene investigator altered crucial evidence.
Casey Anthony's defense attorney questioned crime scene investigator Gerardo Bloise about why he dried out garbage found in a bag in Anthony's car. The bag is important since defense attorneys say a foul odor in the car came from the garbage, while prosecutors contend the smell was from decomposing human remains.
"You had no idea it would alter significant items in this case?" defense attorney Jose Baez said during cross-examination.
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A key GOP negotiator in talks on lifting the government's borrowing cap said Tuesday that it may take more than a decade to accumulate savings to pay off the approximately $2.4 trillion in new debt needed to keep the government afloat for about a year and a half.
Sen. jon Kyi, R-Ariz., also said that he believes any agreement to raise the so-called debt ceiling — and avoid a market-rattling, first-ever default on U.S. obligations — should be
enacted sometime next month, before an Aug. 2 deadline. Kyi is a participant in top-level talks aimed at producing spending cuts to pass in concert with the debt limit
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savings could play out (over) more than a decade," Kyi told reporters. The time frame is important because spreading the cuts over a longer period means that they would be less severe than if they
were imposed over a decade, as is typical for legislation considered by Congress.
Kyi's comments came as House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., told his GOP colleagues that he's "cautiously optimistic" that ongoing budget talks led by Vice President Joe Biden will produce an agreement on budget cuts at least as large as the accompany
ing increase in the government's ability to borrow.
Cantor, R-Va., representing the Republican-controlled House, told fellow lawmakers in an email Monday that the Biden-led group is scrubbing all of the major spending programs of the federal budget for potential savings, including health care programs for the elderly and the poor.
Gadhafi’s daughter sues over ‘war crimes’
Lawyers for Moammar Gadhafi's daughter filed suits Tuesday in Paris and Brussels, claiming war crimes by NATO and the alleged assassination in late April of four of the Libyan leader's relatives.
Attorneys for Aisha al-Gad-hafi say the complaint do not name a specific defendant, but center on the recent bombing raids in Libya by the Brussels-based military alliance and France's role in them.
State prosecutors said officials are assessing whether the case can be admitted, a process that could take weeks.
A NATO-led alliance has launched air strikes on Libya under a U.N. Security Council resolution aimed to protect civilians from Gadhafi's forces. Tuesday marked the heaviest and most punishing NATO airstrikes yet — with more than 40 daylight attacks.
Dominique Atdjian, one of three French attorneys behind both filings, said the Brussels suit accuses NATO for alleged "war crimes."
The Paris complaint, he said, asks judicial authorities in France to "find, identify and punish the perpetrators and the accomplices" involved in the April 30 airstrike by the alliance, that authorities in Tripoli say killed Gadhafi's son Seif al-Arab and three of Gadhafi's grandchildren.
The complaint says tha-tone of the grandchildren killed in the compound was Aisha's daughter.
There have been conflicting accounts about whether Gadhafi's relatives even died in the April 30 airstrike.
Libyan officials said Gad-hafi was in the compound when that strike occurred but escaped unharmed.
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