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FAA Proposes New Rules for Commercial Drones

February 17, 2015 After months of delay, the Federal Aviation Administration on Sunday proposed a set of rules and regulations for flying commercial drones. The rules, which would allow commercial users to fly drones that weigh less than 55 pounds, require operators to fly the devices within their sight during daylight hours only....

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The Feds Want Your Grandma to Teach You How to Be Safe on the Internet

February 11, 2015 Older Americans are avoiding using the Internet—or are using it less than they would otherwise—because of security and privacy concerns. And efforts by government and nonprofit groups to educate seniors about safe Internet practices have been met with limited success. Now, they're taking a different approach—one that leverages older adults'...

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Few Privacy Limitations Exist on How Police Use Drones

February 6, 2015 As drones become cheaper and more capable, more police departments across the country are asking for and getting federal approval to use them for law enforcement. But the Federal Aviation Administration only takes safety into consideration when it grants a law enforcement agency approval to use drones, leaving privacy protections...

Few Privacy Limitations Exist on How Police Use Drones

February 6, 2015 As drones become cheaper and more capable, more police departments across the country are asking for and getting federal approval to use them for law enforcement. But the Federal Aviation Administration only takes safety into consideration when it grants a law enforcement agency approval to use drones, leaving privacy protections...

Obama Calls for Regulations After Drone Crashes Near White House

January 27, 2015 President Obama on Tuesday emphasized a need for regulations on commercial drones, just a day after a drone crash-landed near the White House. The regulations should ensure that drones are operated safely and do not violate others' privacy, the president said. Obama said he directed federal agencies such as the...

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Obama to Agencies: We Need More Regulations on Commercial Drone Use

January 27, 2015 President Obama on Tuesday emphasized a need for regulations on commercial drones, just a day after a drone crash-landed near the White House. The regulations should ensure that drones are operated safely and do not violate others' privacy, the president said. Obama said he directed federal agencies such as the...

After Drone Crashes in its Backyard, White House Calls for New Regulations

January 27, 2015 President Obama on Tuesday emphasized a need for regulations on commercial drones, just a day after a drone crash-landed near the White House. The regulations should ensure that drones are operated safely and do not violate others' privacy, the president said. Obama said he directed federal agencies such as the...

Instability in Yemen Could Delay Guantanamo's Closing

January 26, 2015 The collapse of the Yemeni government, whose president tendered his resignation Thursday after a days-long siege on his residence, poses a challenge to a number of President Obama's priorities in the Middle East, among them a drone program that relied on the Yemenis' cooperation to carry out hundreds of strikes...

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Barack Obama and David Cameron Speak Out After Terrorism in Europe

January 16, 2015 After a tumultuous two weeks of terror and emotional responses in Europe, British Prime Minister David Cameron is in Washington to meet with President Obama, largely about security and cyber issues. On Friday, they used a joint news conference to show off the strengths of their "special relationship" to the...

Lawmakers Want Investigation of VA Hospital Known as 'Candy Land'

January 14, 2015 Members of the Wisconsin congressional delegation are jumping on an investigative report that suggests that doctors at a Wisconsin Veterans Affairs hospital prescribed pain medication to patients "like candy." Republicans Sen. Ron Johnson and Rep. Sean Duffy on Wednesday called for an investigation into a Veterans Affairs hospital in Tomah,...