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Iran: We Shot Down Israeli Drone

Revolutionary Guards say aircraft was near Natanz

(Newser) - Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards is saying its forces have shot down an Israeli drone as it approached an Iranian nuclear site. The Guards issued a statement saying forces fired a missile at the drone as it neared its uranium enrichment facility in Natanz, more than 185 miles south of... More »

Huge Crack Appears in the Earth

Underground stream may have caused fissure in Mexico

(Newser) - Scientists are scratching their heads over a crack in the Earth that's more than half a mile long, Sky News reports. A drone captured video footage of the 16-foot-wide, 26-foot-deep crack, which appeared last week in remote farmland and cuts across Highway 26 between the coast and Hermosillo in... More »

Tourist Crashes Drone Into Yellowstone's Prized Spring

National Park Service isn't sure if geothermal basin is damaged

(Newser) - It's been a rough summer for Yellowstone. First, one of the national park's roads was closed in July because it was melting —now a tourist trying to score some pictures with his drone has accidentally crashed it into one of the area's most famous hot springs,... More »

Drone With Drugs, Phones Crashes Outside Prison

Police say two men tried to fly it over wall at Lee prison on South Carolina

(Newser) - Old school for prison smugglers is to chuck a football stuffed with drugs and contraband over the wall. New school? Drones, of course. Authorities in South Carolina say two men tried to fly one onto the premises of the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, reports AP . Alas, it didn't... More »

Martha Stewart Explains Her Drone Obsession

They offer a bigger view of the world, she writes

(Newser) - Martha Stewart is, apparently, a really big fan of drones. She told Vanity Fair all about her love for drone photography, she's celebrated it on her blog, and now she's explaining her feelings in Time . She received a photo-taking drone for her birthday, she writes, and has used... More »

Cops: Guy's Drone Films Windows of Medical Rooms

Patients were inside; man charged with surveillance

(Newser) - In the age of drones, maintaining privacy apparently requires drawing the blinds—even when on an upper floor of a hospital. Police in Ulster, NY, charged a 49-year-old man with flying his camera-equipped drone outside the windows of a medical facility, reports the Daily Freeman of Kingston. Cops charged David... More »

Israel: We Shot Down Drone From Gaza

Gazans flee homes; fake texts rattle Israelis

(Newser) - More new weaponry from Hamas? Israel says it shot down a drone launched from the Gaza Strip today, the first time it has encountered a drone in an offensive that is now in its seventh day, Reuters reports. It's not clear whether the drone shot down by a Patriot... More »

Amazon to FAA: Let Us Test Delivery Drones

Company seeks permission for commerical flights

(Newser) - Amazon's vision of a fleet of delivery drones is apparently closer to reality than realized: The company has asked the FAA for permission to run test flights on its own property, reports theStreet . Amazon says it's on a ninth-generation prototype that can carry packages up to 5 pounds... More »

NYPD Chopper Nearly Downed —by 2 Guys With Drones

Pilots had to change course to avoid collision over George Washington Bridge

(Newser) - An NYPD helicopter nearly collided with two drones over the George Washington Bridge yesterday, resulting in a matching pair of felony reckless-endangerment charges for two men. The chopper pilots said in a police report that they were patrolling just after midnight when they "observed flying object[s] at 2,000... More »

National Park Service Bans Drones

Agency says it's concerned about safety

(Newser) - If you were planning on bringing a drone to any of the national parks in the US, think again: The National Park Service is banning them from all sites under its jurisdiction. Officials say it's all about safety and noise complaints, and making sure that animals don't get... More »

Rescuers Hope Harmonica Music Helps Find Missing Man

His dog, also missing, is familiar with the sound

(Newser) - Rescue crews in Southern California are using tools of the high- and low-tech variety in their increasingly desperate search for missing firefighter Mike Herdman. The 34-year-old was on camping trip deep in Los Padres National Forest with a friend last Friday when his dog, a 50-pound Vizsla named Duke, ran... More »

Rioting Hockey Fans May Have Taken Out LAPD Drone

Videos appear to show the drone going down

(Newser) - As is traditional after a sports team snags a championship, LA Kings fans went a little crazy Friday night after the Kings won the Stanley Cup —and they may have destroyed an LAPD drone in the process. Business Insider notes that multiple videos online appear to show the incident... More »

US Flew Secret Drone Missions Over Iraq

Embassy evacuation plans stepped up

(Newser) - The US rebuffed Iraq's request for airstrikes as insurgents gained strength, but American drones were already collecting intelligence on the militants. The secret drone program, carried out with the consent of the Iraqi government since last year, failed to predict the rapid advance of militants who have now seized... More »

Teen Attacked for Flying Drone Over Beach

In viral video, woman hits 'pervert' boy with camera copter

(Newser) - A woman who appeared to believe that assaulting a teenager was somehow less illegal than flying a camera-equipped drone over a beach has been charged in an attack captured on video. "He's taking pictures of people on the beach with a helicopter plane," a woman identified as... More »

Feds OK Commercial Drone Flights Over Land

'Puma' will keep watch over BP's pipelines in Alaska

(Newser) - The aircraft now keeping an eye on BP's pipelines near Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, has an unusual way of taking off: It gets thrown. That's because it's a drone called Puma, and it happens to be the first drone approved for commercial flights over land in the US,... More »

FAA: Passenger Jet Nearly Collides With Drone

Official says it's become a 'very real' problem for pilots

(Newser) - A US airliner nearly collided with a drone in the sky over Tallahassee, Florida, say federal officials.The FAA's Jim Williams acknowledged the incident Thursday at a San Francisco drone conference, citing it as an example of the "very real" risks posed by integrating drones into US airspace.... More »

Now Google's Getting Drones

Firm purchases Titan Aerospace in push to spread Internet access

(Newser) - Amazon's not the only big tech firm with drones in its future . Google has agreed to purchase Titan Aerospace, a New Mexico-based drone maker, NBC News reports. With two-thirds of the world's population still lacking Internet access, "Atmospheric satellites could help bring Internet access to millions of... More »

Pakistani Girl's Face Greets US Drone Operators

Artists unfurl huge poster to deter airstrikes

(Newser) - In a field in Pakistan, an international group of artists has installed a huge portrait of a girl's face to remind US drone operators who's really living down there, Yahoo reports. Locals helped unroll the 90'x60' poster two weeks ago in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa area of northwest... More »

S. Korea Finds North's Crashed 'Toy' Drones

But the 'rudimentary aircraft' can still 'find a blind spot': experts

(Newser) - A pair of crashed drones found in South Korea came from the North, Seoul officials say, and they weren't exactly state-of-the-art, with one defense expert telling the Wall Street Journal that they "both look like rudimentary model aircraft." Both drones turned up near the countries' border. One... More »

Facebook Wants to Deliver Internet From Drones

New lab aims to 'beam Internet from sky'

(Newser) - Facebook has followed up its leap into virtual reality with an ambitious plan to deliver the Internet around the world with drones, satellites, and lasers. "We've been working on ways to beam internet to people from the sky," Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post explaining the... More »

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