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Amateurs' Drone Video Catches Hollywood's Attention

Director Lee Unkrich says bowling alley clip is 'one of the most amazing things I've ever seen'

(Newser) - Filmmakers who posted an 87-second video to YouTube earlier this month are now getting calls from Hollywood directors. That's how impressive "Right Up Our Alley" is. The continuous clip, shot March 2 with a "first-person view" racing drone, offers a zigzagging view inside Minneapolis' Bryant-Lake Bowl, which...

Embassy to Americans in Saudi Capital: 'Stay Alert'

Kingdom claims missile or drone interception in Riyadh, maybe launched by Yemen's Houthi rebels

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia said Saturday it intercepted an apparent missile or drone attack over its capital, Riyadh, amid the kingdom's yearslong war against neighboring Yemen's Houthi rebels. Social media users posted video of what appeared to be an explosion in the air over Riyadh. Saudi state TV quoted authorities...

Confusion Abounds Over Tweet Showing 'Golfing Trump'

Twitter suspended 'fake' Khamenei account over apparent threat, but Iranian leader's site has the pic

(Newser) - Log onto the website of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and an unusual photo appears on the homepage: a graphic representation of a man who appears to be Donald Trump, playing golf in a red shirt. Look more closely, however, and the image turns more ominous, with the...

Feds Get First Conviction for Unsafe Drone Operation

Man almost brought down an LAPD helicopter

(Newser) - A man whose drone almost caused an LAPD helicopter to crash is the first person convicted under a 2018 federal law against unsafe drone operation, prosecutors say. Andrew Hernandez, a 22-year-old Hollywood resident, pleaded guilty to unsafe operation of an unmanned aircraft and faces a maximum penalty of up to...

FAA: Drone Operators Will Need to Provide Location

Requirement for most operators will go into effect in 2023

(Newser) - Your drone will soon need a license plate of sorts. The FAA issued new rules for unmanned aerial vehicles on Monday, and for the first time, specially trained operators will be allowed to fly small drones at night, so long as they're equipped with anti-collision lights that can be...

Flamethrower Drone Is Put Into Action

'Now we don't have to worry about being stung'

(Newser) - A drone has been converted into a flying flamethrower in central China in a fiery campaign to eradicate more than 100 wasp nests, the AP reports. Blue Sky Rescue, a volunteer group that conducts search and rescue and other emergency work, have teamed up with villagers in Zhong county near...

New Taliban Tactic Is a Big Worry for US

Afghan security forces might not be able to deal with drone attacks

(Newser) - As US forces prepare to fully withdraw from Afghanistan, militants have used what officials believe is a new and potentially devastating tactic. An attack that killed four of the governor's security guards and injured at least eight others in Kunduz province Sunday night is believed to have been carried...

Cubs Game Is Delayed Over Unexpected Visitor

'Just experienced my first drone delay at Wrigley Field,' tweets a broadcaster

(Newser) - Umpires cleared the field during a game between the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night when a small drone flew into Wrigley Field over the bleachers and landed on the grass in deep left center, per the AP . As Willson Contreras came to bat with two outs in...

Amazon Gets OK for Drone Deliveries
Amazon
Drones Win
FAA Approval

Amazon Drones Win FAA Approval

Certification allows for the next step in testing, with the goal of 30-minute deliveries

(Newser) - We don't know how customers will feel about having drones buzz past on their way to drop off packages, but Amazon has won an important approval. The Federal Aviation Authority has certified the Prime Air delivery fleet good to go, NBC reports, granting permission for the company's small...

Bald Eagle, 1. Drone, 0
Bald Eagle, 1.
Drone, 0

Bald Eagle, 1. Drone, 0

Bird sends government device into Lake Michigan

(Newser) - A bald eagle in Michigan made it very clear he's not happy about government drones in its territory. The eagle attacked a $950 drone being used to map shoreline erosion on Lake Michigan and sent it to the bottom of the very lake it was studying, reports MLive . The...

Company Says Its Drones Will Plant 1B Trees by 2028

Canadians say their tech can plant trees 10 times faster than humans

(Newser) - Drone projects don't get much more ambitious than the one envisioned by Flash Forest, which plans to plant a billion trees by 2028—helping save the planet in the process. The Canadian startup says its drones, which can identify the best planting sites before dropping specially designed seed pods,...

In Florida, a High-Tech Way to Get Prescriptions

Drones are delivering them to retirement communities

(Newser) - The coronavirus pandemic has made the idea of going out to the pharmacy a harrowing one, but not all prescriptions can be sent via mail. Enter CVS and UPS, which partnered up back in October to explore drone deliveries—and are now expanding that service, the Verge reports. Starting in...

The Drones Fly at Night, in a Grid. No One Knows Why

FAA, Air Force, Amazon deny responsibility

(Newser) - A proposed FAA rule that would require drones to broadcast a radio signal for tracking by law enforcement would surely clear up a mystery in Colorado. Since mid-December, residents in rural counties have seen drones, some with 6-foot wingspans, flying in a grid-like pattern at night in groups of six...

After 17 Years on the Lam, the Drones Came
Drone's Find in Mountain Cave:
Man on the Run for 17 Years
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Drone's Find in Mountain Cave: Man on the Run for 17 Years

Chinese fugitive found barely able to communicate, his body 'devastated'

(Newser) - In 2002, Song Jiang broke out of a prison camp in China, where he was serving a sentence for human trafficking. He wasn't seen for 17 more years—until earlier this month, when a drone finally found him in a cave in Yunnan province, per the BBC and Sky...

Authorities: Man Used Drone to Drop Explosives at Ex's Place

Jason Muzzicato is also accused of illegally owning weapons while using meth

(Newser) - Authorities say a 44-year-old Pennsylvania man used a drone to drop explosive devices onto his ex-girlfriend's property. Jason Muzzicato of Washington Township hasn't actually been charged with detonating the devices, but the Morning Call reported back in June that he was suspected in a "series of explosions"...

Burning Oil Facility Lights Up the Sky
Drones Strike
Major Oil Facility

Drones Strike Major Oil Facility

Iranian-backed Houthis strike in Saudi Arabia

(Newser) - Drones launched by Yemen's Houthi rebels attacked the world's largest oil processing facility in Saudi Arabia and another major oil field Saturday, sparking huge fires at a vulnerable chokepoint for global energy supplies, the AP reports. It remained unclear hours later whether anyone was injured at the Abqaiq...

The Middle East Has a New Kind of War

Israel, Iran, and Syria are involved in drone combat

(Newser) - From the vast deserts of Saudi Arabia to the crowded neighborhoods of Beirut, a drone war has taken flight across the wider Middle East, raising the stakes in the ongoing tensions between the US and Iran, the AP reports. Since the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal last year,...

US Official: A Missile Downed Our Drone in Yemen

Houthis have claimed responsibility

(Newser) - Two US officials confirmed to Reuters what a Houthi military rep has claimed: that a US drone was shot down over Yemen on Tuesday night. What is less established is whether the Iran-allied Houthi rebels downed the MQ-9 drone. That's what the rep claims; one official tells CNN a...

Saudi Oil Field Attacked
Saudi Oil Field Attacked

Saudi Oil Field Attacked

Yemen's Houthi rebels cause a fire at the Shaybah oil field

(Newser) - Drones launched by Yemen's Houthi rebels attacked a massive oil and gas field deep inside Saudi Arabia's sprawling desert on Saturday, causing what the kingdom described as a "limited fire" in the second such recent attack on its crucial energy industry, the AP reports. The attack on...

He Headed Out With a Drone. Then, a Man 'Just Lying There'

Jason Blake Mabee had been missing for 5 days in Maryland woods

(Newser) - A Maryland man who was missing for five days was found severely injured in the woods Saturday with the help of a search party volunteer using his drone, the AP reports. Julian Bustos confirmed to WTTG he was using his personal drone to search for 44-year-old Jason Blake Mabee when...

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