Archives for February 2016

Gatest on government’s side in iPhone controversy

Bill Gates is siding against Apple in saying the firm should help the U.S. government to hack into a locked iPhone as part of an investigation into the San Bernardino shooting. Apple has resisted providing a piece of programming that would help the FBI access the phone. Apple argues that governments, both in the U.S. and overseas, are likely to use the program in other cases, undermining data privacy. In an interview with the Financial Times, Microsoft founder Gates says “this is a specific case where the government is asking for access to information.” He likened it to the police getting records from a phone company.

Obama has plan to close Guantanamo Bay

President Barack Obama on Tuesday vowed to “once and for all” close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and transfer the most detainees to a facility in the U.S., submitting a plan short on specifics and unlikely to make headway with opponents in Congress.
Obama cast his proposal as a moment to turn the page on a facility that for years has raised nettlesome legal questions, become a recruitment tool for violent extremists and garnered strong opposition from some allies abroad.
President Obama says any number of dangerous terrorists are being held in domestic prisons

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.