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U.S. Navy’s sub-hunting drone ships will hit the open ocean this summer

Drones may known for their prowess in the skies, but thanks to some new developments at the U.S. Navy, they’ll soon be turning the open seas into …

Military

If the FAA Regulates Drones, Why Doesn't It Regulate Laser Pointers? | Inc.com

Eight years ago I entered the model aviation field as a hobbyist (that's not me in the picture...), and I got hooked. "Drones" as we know them today didn't exist when I started. My smallest drone today costs $49, and my biggest and fastest radio controlled airplane costs #$%& (there is a clear and …

New Report: Drone Risk To Airplanes Is Minuscule

A fatality "once every 1.87 million years of operation"<p>On January 15th, two unseen assailants disabled the engines of an Airbus 320, sending it crashing into the Hudson River. Thanks to the design of the airplane, the heroic work of the pilot, and luck, everyone on board the flight survived. The …

Unregulated drones are accidents – and worse – waiting to happen

Dozens of near-misses between drones and manned aircraft took place last year – one drone passing within 25 metres of a Boeing-777 near Heathrow airport, according to the UK Airprox Board, which investigates incidents in British airspace.<p>Last week the British Airline Pilots Association (Balpa) …

Heathrow

Man arrested after saying he wanted to join Oregon militia to kill federal agents

Oregon police have arrested a man after he said he wanted to join Ammon Bundy’s armed militia occupying a wildlife refuge and intended to “help with killing federal agents”.<p>Oregon militia standoff: One dead after Ammon Bundy and others arrested<p>Read more<p>Joseph Stetson, 54, was armed with a pellet …

Forests

Austria, Germany and Sweden – which have taken in about 90% of asylum seekers over past year – begin to row back on liberal admission policies<p>Greece is under concerted pressure from European governments to do much more to halt the influx of refugees and migrants from Turkey, as the EU scrambles …

Europe

Immigration in reverse

THE ANTI-ILLEGAL immigrant rancor and outright nativism afoot in the Republican primary field give rise to the impression that illegal immigration has soared to unprecedented levels and that the border is no more than a line in the sand, scarcely monitored and easily crossed. The truth diverges …

Man who accidentally shot a woman during '13 Hours' had the gun because he was 'concerned about mass shootings'

Dane Gallion, 29, was at a screening of Michael Bay's "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi" on January 21, when his gun discharged, hitting a 40-year-old woman in the shoulder. She was in serious condition, but was in stable condition by Saturday.<p>In a statement released by police, Gallion …

Here's How Every Aircraft Carrier in the World Stacks Up to the U.S. Navy's

There are only 36 total carriers at sea.<p>Only a handful of countries have aircraft carriers in their arsenals. They form an exclusive club, one whose members have decided their interests stretch so far from their own waters they need to put air power at sea.<p>Broadly speaking, today there are three …

Illinois professor says Christian college is wrong to try firing her for Islam comments

A professor at a Chicago-area Christian college said Wednesday that administrators were wrong in taking steps to fire her after she asserted that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.<p>Larycia Hawkins told reporters she met with Wheaton College administrators several times and provided …

America’s latest round of anti-immigrant racism has some disturbing historical parallels

After the Paris attack, calls to bar immigrants and refugees from the U.S. have reached a disturbing fever pitch<p>On Tuesday, the Daily Mail—always one of Britain's more caustically jingoistic newspapers—was raked over the coals for running a political cartoon depicting Middle Eastern refugees as a …

Try It Now

French president calls for coalition to ‘fight terrorist army’ and dispatches aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle to eastern Mediterranean<p>In a dramatic escalation of France’s war against Islamic State, François Hollande has pledged to intensify his country’s airstrikes against the terror group, as …

Terrorism

The countries that don’t exist

There really is a secret world of hidden independent nations, with their own populations, governments – and football leagues. In fact, you’ve almost certainly visited one without realising.<p>When I first see Nick Middleton, he is surrounded by globes and atlases showing the most exotic places on the …

Rocky Mountains

“Oh my God, I just shot myself! I just got my conceal and carry”

Mayhem and chaos at a Kansas theater when a genius takes his gun and permit to the movies, then shoots himself<p>A man in Salina, Kansas shot himself last Friday night in a cinema - by accident.<p>A couple sitting in the theatre heard a shot fire but thought it could have been a bag of candy being popped …

FAA chief cites ‘troubling trend’ of close calls with pilots and wildfire-fighting operations in creating taskforce to determine regulation of private drones<p>Hobbyist drone owners have flown too close to the fire for the last time: the US government announced this morning that it would require some …

FAA

A Second Snowden Has Leaked a Mother Lode of Drone Docs

It's been just over two years since Edward Snowden leaked a massive trove of NSA documents, and more than five since Chelsea Manning gave WikiLeaks a …

Surveillance

All drones to require federal registration

Have a drone? You’re going to have to register it with the U.S. Department of Transportation, according to NBC News.<p>The federal government will …

Police describe suspect, seek clues after ZombiCon shooting

Fort Myers police released a vague description of a suspect who shot into a crowd during a zombie festival over the weekend, causing people dressed …

Migrant in Israel dies after security guard shoots him, mob beats him

The death of an Eritrean migrant who was shot and beaten by a mob that mistakenly believed he was a Palestinian attacker set off a round of soul-searching Monday amid the jittery atmosphere sweeping Israel in a wave of unrest.<p>Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the vigilantism. Some critics …

Trump Is Right About 9/11

George W. Bush didn’t do all he could to prevent the attack—and it’s time Republicans confronted that fact.<p>Donald Trump utters plenty of ugly untruths: that undocumented Mexican immigrants are “rapists,” that Syrian refugees are committing “all sorts of attacks” in Germany and represent a “Trojan …

National Security

Handheld DIY Railgun Created Using Arduino And 3D Printer (video)

If you are looking for a project to keep you busy for the next few weekends you may be interested in a handheld DIY railgun that has been created by …

Impact Tornado Grenade Brings Airsoft Combat To New Heights

Often, in airsoft competitions, the idea is raised of creating some form of explosive device. After all, it’s just not a simulated form of combat …

The Scary Supreme Court Case That Could Set Off A Literal Arms Race In The United States

The Supreme Court appears to be giving serious consideration to a case that, if taken up by the justices, could strip lawmakers of much of what …

Guns

Utah Supreme Court: Employees Cannot Be Fired For Self-defense

Threats to Second Amendment liberties come in many forms. According to the so-called “state action” doctrine, only those acting on behalf of a public …

Surrender: San Fran's iconic, last gun shop to close over new regulations

Ever since it was opened in the 1950s by a celebrated Olympic shooter, High Bridge Arms has been a defiant fixture in San Francisco's Mission District, but a coming wave of new firearms restrictions has prompted the last gun shop in the liberal City by the Bay to pack it in.<p>The proposed new city …

Guy Makes Fully Functional Guitar From Lego Blocks