President Obama submits record setting $4.1B budget

President Barack Obama sent Congress his final budget on Tuesday, proposing to spend a record $4.1 trillion on a number of initiatives, from a new war on cancer to combating global warming to fighting growing threats from Islamic State militants. The spending plan, for the budget year that begins Oct. 1 – just 3½ months before he leaves office, is facing heavy fire from Republicans who hope to capture the White House. The proposal has dim prospects of winning approval in a GOP-controlled Congress. In all, Obama’s budget would increase taxes by $2.6 trillion over the coming decade.

Mazda recalls SUV’s over gas leak issue

Mazda is recalling some SUVs because the fuel filler pipe can rupture in a rear crash and cause a gas leak and possible fire.
The recall covers nearly 237,000 CX-5 SUVs from the 2014 and 2015 model years. The problem was discovered in crash testing when the pipe ruptured and spilled fuel that exceeded limits set by crash test standards. Mazda says it has no reports of any fires or injuries.
Dealers will remove a bolt on the left side of the pipe, redirecting the rear crash impact to prevent pipe ruptures, according to documents filed by Canadian safety regulators.

Crane collapse kills one, injres three in NYC

One person died and two others were seriously injured when a crane collapsed in Lower Manhattan during a snow squall Thursday, smashing the roofs of parked cars as it crashed onto the street, authorities said. The collapsed red boom of the mobile crane landed across an intersection and stretched much of a block after the accident, which occurred around 8:25 a.m. in the Tribeca neighborhood, about 10 blocks north of the World Trade Center. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says crews were trying to lower the crane when it toppled

North Korea may be prepping for rocket launch

A U.S. website says that North Korea appears to have brought in fuel in preparation for a rocket launch it plans to conduct in defiance of international sanctions this month. The North Korea-focused website is 38 North. It says commercial satellite imagery from Wednesday and Thursday shows tanker trucks at the launch pad, likely to fill fuel and oxidizer tanks. That doesn’t mean the North has starting filling a rocket with fuel, but is probably a preparatory step. It says that in the past, that has happened one to two weeks before blastoff. It is not yet clear if a rocket is on the launch pad.

Carson Cutting Campaign Staff

GOP Presidential hopeful Ben Carson is downsizing his campaign staff. Spokesman Larry Ross gave no details on how many staffers are being laid off or how many will remain, but tells the Associated Press the personnel cuts “were made to wisely and prudently position the campaign for the coming months.”

President Obama Speaks at National Prayer Breakfast

Delivering his last annual sermon to Washington’s elite, President Barack Obama on Thursday warned of the corrosive impact of fear in public life and urged a bipartisan group of powerbrokers to abide by their faith “even when no one is watching.

Investigation continues in Carlsbad shooting

Carlsbad Police want to know more about last week’s shooting on National Parks Highway.

It happened last Monday in a home at the Sweetwater Trailer Park.

Det. Lt. Jon Blackmon tells the Current-Argus that someone shot 34-year-old Dario Ortiz three times.

He says he does not know whether or not Ortiz can make a full recovery.

Additionally, Blackmon says detectives would like to speak to Sandra Perez and Ramon Horton Chavez, Jr.

Perez and Chavez apparently live in a trailer near where the shooting happened.

Yellen talks about prospect of rate hike at December Fed meeting

When the Federal Reserve meets again in mid-December, Chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday that an interest rate hike would be a “live possibility” if the economy stays on track. Yellen described the U.S. economy as “performing well” right now, with solid growth in domestic spending. At their meeting last week, policymakers believed that the threat of global headwinds had ebbed, Yellen said. What she and others want to see is the economy growing at a strong enough pace to add jobs and push inflation toward the Fed’s 2 percent target.

Obama signs two year budget bill into law

President Barack Obama on Monday signed into law a bipartisan budget bill that avoids a catastrophic U.S. default and puts off the next round of fighting over federal spending and debt until after next year’s presidential and congressional elections. Obama praised the rare bipartisan cooperation behind the deal, saying that 2-year agreement that funds the government through the 2017 fiscal year.

Two arrested in Vatican probe

A Spanish priest and an Italian laywoman who had served on a financial reform commission set up by Pope Francis have been arrested in the probe into yet another leak of confidential information and documents, the Vatican said Monday. A statement from the Holy See’s press office said that Vatican prosecutors on Monday upheld the arrests of the two, who had been interrogated over the weekend.