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Secret US Spy Program Tracks Cellphone Users

Planes carrying 'dirtboxes' trick phones into sending identifying data and location

(Newser) - The extent to which the US government spies on US soil continues to unfold. The latest revelation: Using Cessna aircraft over at least five metropolitan-area airports, the Justice Department oversees (albeit to an unknown extent) a program that indiscriminately accesses large amounts of cellphone data, including identifying information and people'... More »

Now Patrolling the Mexico Border: Drones

Predators have monitored nearly half of border since 2013

(Newser) - Predator drones guard nearly half the US-Mexico border where camera towers, ground sensors, agents, and fences are absent. Able to patrol remote areas like mountains and canyons, the drones capture high-resolution footage of an area every three days, the AP reports in an exclusive. Analysts then check the videos using... More »

Iran Shows Off Its Copy of a US Drone

Video allegedly reveals replica in flight

(Newser) - Back in 2011, Iran captured a US stealth drone that had moved into its airspace from Afghanistan. The country says it's made a copy of the drone , and new footage allegedly shows it in flight for the first time, the AP reports. The video, shown on state TV, reveals... More »

France Mystified by Drones Buzzing Its Nuclear Sites

Spate of 15 or so illegal flights in the past month

(Newser) - French security chiefs are investigating a spate of mysterious, illegal flights by tiny unmanned drones over the nation's nuclear power stations. A government official says that authorities have counted about 15 drone flights over a half-dozen nuclear sites since Oct. 1. "Drone overflights are currently being carried out... More »

Drone Sparks Political Uproar at Soccer Game

Albanian leader's brother denies flying device bearing controversial message

(Newser) - A soccer game turned into an international incident in Serbia yesterday after a drone bearing a controversial political message flew over the game. The atmosphere was already fraught; amid tensions between the countries, Albania's team hadn't been to Belgrade since 1967. During the game, a drone appeared carrying... More »

Remote Island to Get Medicine Via Drones

Germany's DHL will start deliveries soon to Juist

(Newser) - For the first time, an unmanned drone will be delivering packages to residents of a remote European island. The company behind the industry first isn't Amazon or Google, but DHL. Deutsche Post AG, better known in the US as DHL, is Europe’s largest parcel service. Their taxi-yellow quadcopters... More »

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 »

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