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Church's Drones Will Drop Bibles on ISIS Territory

Swedish church wants to convert Syrians

(Newser) - What people living in ISIS-controlled areas really need is Christianity delivered by drone, an evangelical church in Sweden has decided. The Uppsala-based Word of Life church says it plans to use military drones to drop thousands of Bibles over parts of Syria in the hope of converting Muslims, CNET reports.... More »

US Releases First Estimate of Civilian Deaths in Drone Strikes

At least 64 since 2009, a figure lower than independent estimates

(Newser) - After years of pressure, the White House has released details about the number of civilians accidentally killed by US drone strikes—though the information comes with plenty of asterisks. The official estimate is that between 64 and 116 civilians have been killed in such strikes since 2009, reports USA Today... More »

Medieval 'Knight' Knocks Out Drone With a Spear

Nice shot, sire

(Newser) - We now know what would happen if a drone traveled back in time to the Middle Ages. A talented knight—more precisely, a talented medieval reenactor—at Russia's Rusborg festival managed to down a drone with a throw of his spear. The drone was recording the event from about... More »

Drone May Have Hit Plane Landing at Heathrow

British Airways plane landed safely; London police investigating

(Newser) - In what the UK's Civil Aviation Authority says would be "a totally unacceptable" first, a British Airways plane landing at Heathrow appears to have been hit by a drone on Sunday, the BBC reports. The Airbus A320 coming into London from Geneva had 132 passengers and five crew... More »

What It's Like to Be on America's 'Kill List'

Malik Jalal describes his life, being hunted by drones

(Newser) - Malik Jalal has been targeted by drones four times, resulting in the death of many innocent bystanders and members of Jalal's own family being killed and seriously injured. He's on the "Kill List" of America and its allies, he explains in an essay for the Independent , and... More »

Drone Catches Hooker, Elderly Client in the Act

Amanda Zolicoffer pleads guilty to public lewdness

(Newser) - A camera-equipped drone has apparently caught a prostitute and her john having sex in the front seat of his truck. It all began in March 2015, when self-proclaimed "video vigilante" Brian Bates saw Douglas Blansett, 76, appear to pick up 27-year-old prostitute Amanda Zolicoffer in Oklahoma City, the Smoking... More »

US First: Drone Delivers Package to Residential Area

We're now 'closer to the day that drones make regular deliveries to your front doorstep'

(Newser) - A drone has successfully delivered a package to a residential location in a small Nevada town in what its maker and the governor of the state said Friday was the first fully autonomous urban drone delivery in the US. Flirtey CEO Matt Sweeney said the six-rotor drone flew about a... More »

Drone Comes Within 200 Feet of Plane Near LAX

Police are looking for its owner

(Newser) - Officials say a drone came within about 200 feet of a commercial airliner as it approached Los Angeles International Airport on Friday, the AP reports. An FAA spokesperson says the pilot of the Lufthansa A380 reported that the drone had flown closely over it when the plane was about 5,... More »

Coming Soon: Official Death Toll of US Drone Strikes

But it won't cover those in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria

(Newser) - The White House has for the first time promised to release the death toll of civilian and non-civilian casualties from US drone strikes going back to 2009, reports the Guardian . Or at least some drone strikes: The disclosure won't cover those in areas of "active hostilities" such as... More »

Eagles Are Being Trained to Take Down Drones

It's not yet clear if the process is safe for the birds

(Newser) - Dutch police have come up with a pretty crazy way of taking out drones: eagles. Law enforcement in the Netherlands is teaming up with a raptor training company to train the birds of prey to "intercept" quadcopters, the Verge reports, citing local media and a video report . Wired reports... More »

Kickstarter Digs Deep Into Case of Doomed Drone

Was Europe's largest Kickstarter ever a scam?

(Newser) - It had all the makings of fraud, or at least some level of incompetence: a Kickstarter product that raised a ton of cash, didn't ship on time to backers, didn't work properly, and sent the manufacturer into bankruptcy. Not only that—it was the largest project out of... More »

Shots Fired After S. Korea Spots Pyongyang Drone

The drone got away, Seoul says

(Newser) - South Korea on Wednesday fired 20 machine gun warning shots after a North Korean drone briefly crossed the rivals' border, South Korean military officials say. It's the first time shots have been fired in what has so far been a Cold War-style standoff between the Koreas in the wake... More »

China's New Drone May Be Based On Stolen US Blueprints

'Basically a clone of the Reaper'

(Newser) - China is closing the drone-gap with the US military, and it may be thanks to stolen designs. The Asia Times reports China's newly unveiled UAV—the Caihong-4—bears a striking resemblance to the US military's MQ-9 Reaper, especially it its size, landing gear, engine, and tail. The Caihong-4—... More »

Drone Gets Too Close to Obama Motorcade

The Secret Service stepped in

(Newser) - A drone nearly crashing into a champion skier is one thing; one coming perilously close to President Obama's motorcade—definitely not cool. That's what the Secret Service is miffed about after an incident in Hawaii Monday, in which a drone cruised next to the convoy— CNN says the... More »

World Cup Skier Nearly Taken Out —by Drone

Austrian Marcel Hirscher: 'This can never happen again'

(Newser) - A four-time defending ski champ competing in the World Cup finals in Italy nearly saw his attempt derailed when a camera drone crashed on the slope perilously close to where he was skiing, the BBC reports. Austria's Marcel Hirscher was doing his second run in a slalom race in... More »

FAA: Merry Xmas, Now Register Those Drones

Ahead of anticipated holiday onslaught, feds roll out new regulations

(Newser) - If you are one of the hundreds of thousands of Americans expected to be clogging the skies with drones they receive over the holidays, the FAA would like a word, and that word is "registration." As the Washington Post reports, the feds announced Monday new regulations that would... More »

Report: 90 'Near Collisions' Between Drones, Commercial Jets

Nearly 30 aircraft actually had to veer out of the way

(Newser) - There has yet to be a confirmed US collision between a drone and a manned aircraft, but there's a growing number of close calls as drones fly where they least belong—near airports. A report released Friday counted at least 241 reports of close encounters between drones and manned... More »

Errant Drone Cuts Toddler's Eyeball in Half

Mom says injury was 'the worst thing I've ever seen'

(Newser) - A toddler has lost an eye in an awful accident with an errant drone in the UK. Sixteen-month-old Oscar Webb was outside his family's home in Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire, while a family friend was flying a drone seven weeks ago. "It was up for about 60 seconds," Simon... More »

Woman's Good Aim Against Drone Costs Her $600

Her neighbor wasn't too happy

(Newser) - A western Pennsylvania woman has been ordered to pay $600 for hurling driveway gravel at her next-door neighbor's drone. Mark Shock says he was finishing up a flight in Harwick on Aug. 30 when Martina Wlodarski hit the remote-controlled aircraft. A video shows the drone going haywire after being... More »

Feds: Step Right Up, Register Your Drones

No, really: FAA setting up panel to determine which to regulate as more clog skies

(Newser) - The federal government will require many drones to be registered, a move prompted by the growing number of reported close calls and incidents that pose safety risks, officials announced Monday. Pilot sightings of drones have doubled since last year, including sightings near manned aircraft and major sporting events, and interference... More »

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