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Drones need huge tracking network for expanded flights, FAA says

All but the smallest civilian drones would have to broadcast radio tracking data to ensure greater safety and prevent terrorism under a sweeping proposal unveiled by U.S. regulators Thursday.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 19, 2019

Walgreens, Google affiliate to test drone deliveries

Walgreens and a Google affiliate are testing drone deliveries that can put drugstore products on customer doorsteps minutes after being ordered.


Hezbollah leader: Israeli drones over Lebanon will be downed

The leader of Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah says his group will confront and shoot down any Israeli drones that enter Lebanese airspace from now on, raising the potential for conflict amid …


Drone war takes flight, raising stakes in Iran, U.S. tensions

A drone war has taken flight across the wider Middle East, raising the stakes in the ongoing tensions between the U.S. and Iran.


UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019

Boeing drone unit Insitu cuts workforce, dealing a blow to Columbia Gorge community

Boeing drone unit Insitu, which employs about 1,000 people in the Columbia River Gorge and about 500 elsewhere, said Tuesday it is cutting its workforce due to competitive pressures and …


UPDATED: Wed., May 1, 2019

Drone used to aid 3D remake of Japanese internment camp

A University of Denver team is using drone images to create a 3D reconstruction of a World War II-era Japanese internment camp in southern Colorado


UPDATED: Tue., March 26, 2019

Hospital using drones to fly blood samples between buildings

A pioneering use of drones to fly blood samples across a North Carolina hospital campus launched Tuesday in the latest move to expand their roles in business and health care.


Drone activity halts air traffic at Newark Liberty International Airport

Air traffic at Newark Liberty International Airport was temporarily halted early Monday evening after two drones were spotted in the area.


London’s Heathrow briefly halts flights due to drone report

London’s Heathrow Airport briefly halted departing flights on Tuesday after a reported drone sighting – a development that came just three weeks after multiple reports of drone sightings caused travel …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 21, 2018

2 arrested for drone use in London Gatwick Airport case

British police say two people were arrested early Saturday morning for suspected “criminal use of drones” in the Gatwick Airport case that has created nightmarish holiday travel delays for tens …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 6, 2018

Researchers to use drones to collect data on pygmy rabbits

Researchers working with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will fly a drone over pygmy rabbit reintroduction sites located in Beezley Hills, Grant County and portions of the Sagebrush …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 3, 2018

Where are the drones? Amazon’s customers are still waiting

The day may not be far off when drones will carry medicine to people in rural or remote areas, but the marketing hype around instant delivery of consumer goods looks …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 16, 2018

City Council authorizes drone use by the Spokane Police Department

The Spokane Police Department is now authorized to use drones when investigating crimes and trying to locate missing or fleeing people after the City Council approved a resolution 5-2 Monday …


Spokane Police Department could use drones in investigations

The Spokane Police Department could soon use drones to search for missing people and reconstruct crimes, if a resolution authorizing the use of unmanned aerial vehicles passes City Council next …


UPDATED: Wed., June 27, 2018

Facebook gives up on building internet-beaming drones

Four years after starting a project to bring internet access to remote locations using internet-beaming drones, Facebook is giving up on designing its own aircraft.


Drones beneath the Christmas tree: What to know before you fly

This winter, airports have more to worry about than just snowy weather and slick runways. There’s a new source of anxiety waiting under the Christmas tree: drones.


Drone to be used to document moose in northeast Washington

Over the next few days wildlife researchers plan to use a drone to document moose calves in northeast Washington.


Trump OKs test program to expand domestic drone flights

Some Americans could see a lot more drones flying around their communities as the result of a Trump administration test program to increase government and commercial use of the unmanned …


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 22, 2017

New York advances drone industry with testing corridor

Envisioning a day when millions of drones will buzz around delivering packages, watching crops or inspecting pipelines, a coalition is creating an airspace corridor in upstate New York where traffic …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 24, 2017

U.S. drone strikes kill 17 Islamic State fighters in Libya, military says

The U.S. military launched six drone strikes against Islamic State positions in Libya on Friday, months after militants were driven from safe havens there.


Iran strikes IS bases on Syria-Iraq border with drones

Iran’s state TV is reporting that the country’s elite Revolutionary Guard has targeted bases belonging to the Islamic State group in eastern Syria with drone strikes.


Firefighting drones to assist Spokane police on investigations of fatal car crashes

The fire department’s fleet of unmanned fliers may now take aerial images of wrecks, which will eliminate the need to send investigators up in engine ladders to survey a scene.


France to arm military surveillance drones

France’s defense minister says that the French military will arm drones that are currently used for surveillance and intelligence only.


After Harvey, insurance drones take to the Texas skies

WINDSOR, Conn. – Insurance adjusters are bringing more drones with them than ever before as they head to Texas to assess the damage from Harvey. Companies are using them on …


Iran’s drones pose rising threat to U.S. in Persian Gulf

High above the Persian Gulf, an Iranian drone crosses the path of American fighter jets lining up to land on the USS Nimitz.


UPDATED: Sun., July 2, 2017

Police: Suspect posted photos from drone in Arizona wildfire

A man accused of flying a drone over a major Arizona wildfire posted the aerial photos on his website, authorities said Saturday, leading to his arrest for hampering firefighting efforts …


Trump administration OKs drone sale to India, manufacturer says

The Trump administration has authorized the sale of unarmed surveillance drones to India, the manufacturer said Friday, as the two nations’ leaders prepare for their first face-to-face meeting.


ISP looks to ease worries about drone program

The Idaho State Police trooper in charge of a burgeoning drone program is touring the state to educate the public about how the agency is using the technology.


UPDATED: Sat., May 13, 2017

Paul Allen goes digital to save world’s most-endangered animals

If he has his way, Paul Allen will have 90,000 square miles of African territory covered with smart sensors and drones by the end of this year to bring hyper-connectivity …


Privacy issues take center stage in Pullman drone discussion

How to ensure privacy remains a major consideration for the Pullman Police Department, as it refines its policies and procedures for the use of aerial drones.