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Lawsuits challenge FAA drone, model aircraft rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — Model aircraft hobbyists, research universities and commercial drone interests filed lawsuits Friday challenging a government directive that they say imposes tough new limits on the use of model aircraft and broadens the agency's ban on commercial drone flights.<p>The three lawsuits …

California firefighters encounter civilian drone for first time

California fire officials said they encountered a civilian-piloted drone over the weekend for the first time while fighting a large wildfire, and that it was banished from the sky to keep it from disrupting flight operations.<p>Sheriff's officials asked the owner of the unmanned craft — spotted Sunday …

Drones

Israel military says it has shot down drone along southern coastline

Israel's military said Monday it downed a drone along its southern coastline, and fired two deadly airstrikes into the Gaza Strip, in its week-long campaign against Islamic militants.<p>The drone came from Gaza and was shot down by a Patriot surface-to-air missile near the southern city of Ashdod, the …

New York police see risks with drones' popularity

NEW YORK (AP) — One private drone crash-landed in midtown Manhattan. Another caused alarm by hovering over Times Square amid tight security during Super Bowl week. Most recently, authorities say, another had a close brush with a police helicopter near the George Washington Bridge.<p>Even though it's …

US flying armed drones over Iraq, official says

The United States is flying armed drones over Iraq, a senior U.S. Defense official confirmed to Fox News, though the aircraft are not being sent at this time to engage Sunni militant fighters.<p>The U.S. already was flying surveillance drones over the country, and the decision to dispatch armed drones …

National Parks

National Park Service plans to ban drones over 84 million acres

The National Park Service on Friday announced it was moving to ban drones on all its lands.<p>The move comes amid growing concern about hobbyists using drones to create dramatic videos.<p>The ban would cover more than 84 million acres of public land. The director of the parks service cited safety …

National Parks

Britain offers spy plane in search for Nigerian schoolgirls

Britain has offered surveillance aircraft to help search for kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls, PM says<p>British surveillance aircraft and a military team have been offered to the Nigerian government to assist in the search for more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram militants.<p>David Cameron …

Africa

3 found drones came from North Korea, South's defense ministry says

Call them drones; call them toy airplanes with digital cameras dropped into their girths.<p>Either way, South Korean defense officials said on Friday they were sure that they came from North Korea and that they were up to no good.<p>Three diminutive single-engine unmanned propeller planes that look like …