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By Emily Miller
Obama is losing the debate on gun ownership, concealed-carry permits
Topic - Carlos Diaz
The Orioles have signed a pair of teenagers they hope will be able to produce big offensive numbers.
Despite the deep budget sequester cuts that have tightened belts across the government, the Coast Guard is in a rush to empty its budget coffers — the annual fourth-quarter push for federal agencies to spend all of their money or risk smaller budgets the next year.
U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Lance Leone survived a helicopter crash that killed three others and beat back criminal charges of negligent homicide — but now he says he is in a final battle to avoid being sacrificed on the altar of bureaucratic accountability.
"The standards haven't changed," said Carlos Diaz, a Coast Guard spokesman. "We've got to spend our entire operational budget every year."
"Rear Adm. [Thomas] Ostebo exercised his discretion as the convening authority and chose not to pursue criminal charges," Mr. Diaz said.