New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 23, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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Officials: Rian linked to DC-area shootings
Officials say they have evidence linking a Marine reservist who was detained near the Pentagon last week to the 2010 shootings at several D.C.-area military buildings.
The officials said Wednesday authorities
Yonathan Melaku in the shootings. Melaku was detained Friday after he was spot-
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backpack near the Pentagon containing what initially was feared to be bomb-making material. Authorities said the items were not explosive.
Fed: Economy slow going
Bemanke admits growth moving more sluggishly than expected
The Federal Reserve acknowledged Wednesday that the economy is grow-ing more slowly than it expected. But it said it will complete its $600 billion Treasury bond buying program by June 30 as planned and announced no further efforts to boost the economy.
Ending a two-day meeting, the Fed repeated a pledge to keep interest rates at record lows near zero for "an extended period," a promise it's made for more than two years.
Fed officials said in a statement that they think the main causes of the
economy's slowdown, such as high gas prices and supply disruptions from Japan's disasters, are temporary. Once those problems subside, Fed officials said the economy should rebound.
But at a news conference after the statement, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke acknowledged that some of the problems slowing the economy could persist into next year.
"Maybe some of the headwinds that are con
cerning us, like weakness in the financial sector, problems in the housing sector ... some of these headwinds may be stronger and more persistent that we thought," Bernanke said. He was responding to a question about whether more permanent factors had led to the dimmer outlook.
Stocks, which had been mixed most of the day, began to slide around 2:30 p.m. That was when Bernanke acknowledged that some of the problems affecting the economy may go beyond temporary fac
The Dow Jones industrial average closed down 80 points for the day. All of losses occurred in the final 90 minutes of trading.
The Fed also offered its latest forecast for the economy Wednesday. It predicts the economy will grow between 2.7 percent and 2.9 percent this year. That's down from its April estimate of between 3.1 percent and 3.3 percent.
Growth at the rate the Fed is projecting won't be enough to significantly lower unemployment.
Fried foods make way for fried Kool-Aid
Afghanistan: Army ready for drawdown
Move over funnel cakes and corn dogs, deep-fat fried Kool-Aid is here.
San Diego County fair goers can't seem to get enough of the newest, oily treat tnat debuted at "Chicken Charlie's" food stand about two weeks ago when the annual event kicked off at the Del Mar horse race track and fairgrounds.
Joe Cocoba, a 31-year-old nursing student, bit into the glistening brown dough ball with a pink fluffy interior: "I can taste it (the Kool-Aid)! It's good."
Cocoba said biting into a kid's drink only made him want to try more of the deep-fried offerings such as Klondike ice cream bars, Girl Scout cookies, Twinkies, avocados and the ultimate cholesterol-builder: a Krispy Kreme Chicken Sandwich.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP)
Afghanistan's NATO-trained military is ready to take responsibility for fighting Taliban insurgents and securing key parts of the country that will be the first to transition as the U.S. begins a troop drawdown in July, the Defense Ministry said Wednesday.
Many Afghans are eager to see an American departure nearly 10 years after U.S. forces invaded to oust al-Qaida's Taliban hosts from power, and President Barack Obama is expected to announce plans later Wednesday to bring roughly 10,000 American troops home in less than a year.
But the drawdown, before a full pul lout by 2014, carries enormous risks for a U.S.-allied government still beset by attacks from Taliban and other insurgents.
"There will be some battles, there will be suicide
attacks, and bomb attacks," said Defense Ministry spokesman Gen. Mohammad Zahir Azimi said of the coming transition period. "But we in the Afghan forces are prepared to replace the foreign forces and I'm confident the army has enough capacity and ability."
About 100,000 U.S. troops are in the country, three times as many as when Obama took office. In a prime-time address from the White House, Obama is likely to outline a phased withdrawal that will bring 5,000 troops home this summer and an additional 5,000 by winter or spring 2012, according to a senior U.S. defense official
As the U.S. drawdown nears, there's more pressure on the Afghan government to find a mediated peace with the Taliban to the nearly decade-long war.
Self-help author convicted in 3 sweat lodge deaths
CAMP VERDE, Alta.
A jury has convicted a self-help author who led a sweat lodge ceremony in Arizona that left three people dead.
Jurors reached their verdict Wednesday after a four-month trial. James Arthur Ray was found guilty of three counts of negligent homicide.
More than 50 people participated in the October 2009 sweat lodge that was meant to be the highlight of Ray's five-day "Spiritual Warrior" seminar near Sedona.
Three people died following the sauna-like ceremony meant to provide spiritual cleansing. Eighteen were hospitalized, while several others were given water to cool down at the scene. Prosecutors and defense attorneys disagreed over whether the deaths and illnesses were caused by heat or toxins.
Ray's attorneys have
maintained the deaths were a tragic accident. Prosecutors argued Ray recklessly caused the fatalities.
Ray used the sweat lodge as a way for participants to break through whatever was holding them back in life. He warned participants in a recording of the event played during the trial that the sweat lodge would be "hellacious" and that participants were guaranteed to feel like they were dying but would do so only metaphorically.
"Tne true spiritual warrior has conquered death and therefore has no fear or enemies in this lifetime or the next, because the greatest fear you'll ever experience is the fear of what? Death," Ray said in the recording. "You will have to get a point to where you surrender and it's OK to die."
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Artist Ai Weiwei
released by China
Renowned artist Ai Weiwei, the most high-profile target of a sweeping crackdown on activists in China, returned home late Wednesday after nearly three months in detention. Looking tired and
thinner, he said the conditions of his release meant he could not talk more.
The official Xinhua News
Agency said Ai confessed to tax evasion, accusations his family had long denied and which activists had denounced as a false premise for detaining him. He has spoken out strongly against the ruling Communist Party, and his family and supporters say he was being punished for speaking out about the communist leadership and social problems.
Al-Qaida suspects tunnel out of prison
Nearly 60 suspected al-Qaida militants tunneled their way out of a Yemeni prison in the lawless south on Wednesday, deepening the chaos of a nation where protesters are trying to topple the autocratic regime.
The escape from the Mukalla prison in Hadra-mout province is the latest sign that Islamic militants are seizing on the mayhem to operate more freely, something the U.S. fears will become an increasing international threat if the impoverished nation grows even more unstable. Hundreds of militants have also taken control of two towns in recent weeks.
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