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could take 25
years to recover
official sets dire
timetable of city's rebirth
WASHINGTON (AP) - A full
recovery in New Orleans could take
25 years as homeowners, businesses
and tourists are coaxed back to the
city devastated by Hurricane Katrina,
the Bush administration's Gulf Coast
recovery coordinator said yesterday.
In an interview with The Associ-
ated Press, Don Powell said that much
of the city's rebirth will hinge on fac-
tors he said were "out of our control,"
including restoring housing, ensuring
safety and encouraging robust invest-
ment by the private sector.
"We kind of want it to happen
overnight, or I do, but it's going to
take some time," Powell said. "This
could be five to 25 years for it all to
fit into place."
Powell also said the Army Corps of
Engineers now estimates it will cost
an additional $5.9 billion to repair
levees enough to fully protect and
insure nearly 1.1 million residents of
the greater New Orleans area.
That is in addition to the $3.5 bil-
lion the Bush administration has so
far sought to bring the levees back
to at least their pre-Katrina levels by
June 1, the start of the 2006 hurricane
Powell said the Corps recently told
him the administration must commit
to spending as much as $5.9 billion
more before it could fully certify the
levees, as needed to issue flood maps
that determine insurance rates and
allow rebuilding to begin.
Powell said he does not know how
many more federal dollars Wash-
ington will commit to the region, or
whether some of the money will come
from state and local governments.
"We haven't decided what to ask for,"
But he said that decision and the
release of new flood maps would like-
ly happen in a "relatively short period
of time - in a matter of days."
Over the next 60 days, Powell said,
the Corps will be strengthening levees
and building storm-proof pumping
stations and flood gates to close cer-
tain parts of the City's canals in the
event of a major storm.
New Orleans is crowded with Mardi Gras revelers walking along the parade
route Feb. 26, 2006 in a file photo. A Bush administration official in charge of
the city's recovery said it may take five to 25 years for the city to recover.
Bush, neighbors work for economic edge
President Bush and the leaders of Canada and Mexico worked to iron out dis-
agreements over trade and border security yesterday and to keep a North American
economic edge against competition from rising powers like China.
The three leaders, dressed casually in open-collared shirts, strolled together
among the ancient Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza before sitting down for more intense
one-on-one meetings at a beachfront resort hotel. Mexican President Vicente Fox
planned a lavish dinner for his guests.
The trilateral meeting was expected to be Fox's last since he is set to leave office
this year due to term limits. Bush lauded Fox for stabilizing the Mexican economy
and improving the net worth of his people.
"That's important for the American economy as well," Bush said. "The more net
worth there is in Mexico, the more likely it is the Mexican may be wanting to buy
a U.S. product. And vice versa, by the way"
Ferry carrying up to 150 people sinks
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) - A ferry carrying up to 150 people sank last night
in the Persian Gulf off the coast of Bahrain, and at least 44 bodies have been recov-
ered, the country's interior minister said. American divers and a U.S. helicopter
aided the rescue effort.
Interior Minister Sheik Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa said at least 52 people
had been rescued.
The official Bahrain News Agency said the ferry was on an evening cruise that
was to last several hours. It overturned less than a mile off the coast, it said.
There was no indication of what caused the ferry to sink in what appeared to be
ideal weather conditions. The government dismissed terrorism as a cause, and the
news agency quoted Interior Ministry spokesman Maj. Mohammed Ben Dayna as
calling the sinking an accident.
Baseball launches probe into steroids, Bonds
Baseball launched its probe yesterday into steroids use by Barry Bonds and oth-
ers, and right away the head of the investigation came under attack.
Commissioner Bud Selig said former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell
- and a director of the Boston Red Sox - will lead the inquiry. Mitchell said he
will not resign his position.
The probe will be limited to events since September 2002, when the sport banned
performance-enhancing drugs. No timetable for the investigation was announced.
Study: Praying for heart patients has no effect
In the largest scientific test of its kind, heart surgery patients showed no benefit
when strangers prayed for their recovery.
And patients who knew they were being prayed for had a slightly higher rate of
complications. Doctors could only guess why.
Several scientists questioned the concept of the study.
Science "is not designed to study the supernatural," said Harold Koenig,
director of the Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health at the Duke Uni-
versity Medical Center.
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Court: Out-of-state gay couples can't marry
rules gay marriage for
BOSTON (AP) - In a disappointment for the
gay rights movement, the state's highest court ruled
Thursday that same-sex couples from states where
gay marriage is prohibited cannot tie the knot in
Gov. Mitt Romney, a Republican who is a con-
sidering a run for president in 2008, welcomed the
decision, saying he did not want MassacLusetts to
become "the Las Vegas of same-sex marriage."
The Supreme Judicial Court upheld a 1913 state
law that forbids nonresidents to marry in Massachu-
setts if their marriage would not be recognized in
their home state.
If the court had struck down the law, Massachu-
setts would have been thrown open to gay couples
from across the country to get married. Then they
could have returned to their home states to fight for
legal recognition for those marriages.
Massachusetts "has a significant interest in not
meddling in matters in which another state, the one
where a couple actually resides, has a paramount
interest," Justice Francis Spina wrote.
The state "can reasonably believe that nonresi-
dent same-sex couples primarily are coming to
this commonwealth to marry because they want to
evade the marriage laws of their home states, and
that Massachusetts should not be encouraging such
The ruling leaves in legal limbo an undetermined
number of out-of-state gay couples who got married
in 2004 in Massachusetts when it became the first
state to let gays wed.
Arline Isaacson of the Massachusetts Gay and
Lesbian Political Caucus called the decision "a
painful reminder that we remain second-class citi-
"It's painful to know you'll be treated equally
under the law if and only if you happen to live here,"
she said. "Otherwise, you are completely unequal as
a gay person."
But the governor said: "It's important that other
states have the right to make their own determina-
tion of marriage and not follow the wrong course
that our Supreme Judicial Court put us on."
More than 6,000 gay couples have married in
Massachusetts since the same court ruled in a land-
mark decision in 2003 that the state Constitution
gives same-sex couples the same right to marry as
Eight gay couples from surrounding states had
challenged the 93-year-old law. Five of those eight
couples received marriage licenses in Massachusetts
before the governor ordered city and town clerks to
enforce the 1913 law.
In Thursday's ruling, six justices ruled against
the gay couples in two separate opinions. Only one
member of the seven-justice court dissented.
However, the court sent the cases involving
couples from Rhode Island and New York back to
a lower court, saying it was unclear whether those
states prohibit same-sex marriage.
New York's top officials have said same-sex mar-
riage is illegal in the state, although that interpreta-
tion is being challenged.
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claims last year
WASHINGTON (AP) - Research-
ers have analyzed 50 years of clergy
sex abuse claims for the nation's Roman
Catholic bishops and concluded that
the number of new molestation cases
has been declining for years.
The problem is, there seems to be no
end to the damage that the old cases are
Dioceses last year received 783
credible abuse claims, most of which
date back decades: The total number
of accusations against Catholic clergy
now stands at more than 12,000 since
On the financial front, abuse-related
church expenses in 2005 were likely the
largest ever for a single year - nearly
$467 million, according to Teresa
Kettelkamp, director of the bishops'
Office of Child and Youth Protec-
tion. The abuse problem was already
known to have cost dioceses more than
$1 billion since 1950, including some
expenses paid last year.
Bishop William Skylstad, president
of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bish-
ops, talked of "the power of this crisis"
as he released the statistics yesterday.
He called the experience "humbling."
Skylstad, of Spokane, Wash., has
been accused of sexually abusing a
woman decades ago, and is leading
a diocese that filed for bankruptcy in
response to abuse lawsuits. He denies
the claim against him.
The new figures were part of the
third audit U.S. bishops commissioned
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abuse allegations soared in 2002. Audi-
tors found that 88.5 percent of dioces-
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for children required by the bishops'
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