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Colorado Town May Issue Licenses To Shoot Down Drones

Drones have not been spotted flying over the little town of Deer Trail, Colo., about 55 miles east of Denver.<p>But that hasn't stopped an effort by some in the town of 550 residents to make it legal to shoot down the unmanned aerial vehicles.<p>On Oct. 8, people there "will vote on whether to issue …

Obama meets with tech execs on surveillance, privacy

WASHINGTON — President Obama hosted top executives from Apple, AT&T, Google and other tech and civil liberties groups at the White House on Thursday to discuss government surveillance, a White House official confirmed.<p>The meeting, which was first reported by Politico, was not on the president's …

NSA loophole allows warrantless search for US citizens' emails and phone calls

The National Security Agency has a secret backdoor into its vast databases under a legal authority enabling it to search for US citizens' email and phone calls without a warrant, according to a top-secret document passed to the Guardian by Edward Snowden.<p>The previously undisclosed rule change …

Farmers Rip Up Experimental Golden Rice Plants In The Philippines

As scientists prepare to submit the genetically engineered rice for regulatory approval, some locals protest.<p>A decade and a half after it was first invented, genetically engineered rice may soon grow in farmer's fields for the first time, in the Philippines. Just as some in the U.S. oppose GMO …

FCC Acting Chairwoman Threatens to Step Into CBS, Time Warner Cable Standoff

Federal Communications Commission acting chairwoman Mignon Clyburn threatened Friday to take action if CBS and Time Warner Cable are unable to …

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Did Tyson Ban Doping Cows With Zilmax To Boost Foreign Sales?

Tyson Foods Inc. announced this week that it would soon suspend purchases of cattle that had been treated with a controversial drug, citing animal welfare concerns.<p>But many in the industry wonder if the real reason is the battle for sales in other countries, where certain drugs that make livestock …

Newtown group objects to gun rights rally at Starbucks

A gun control group in Newtown, Conn., is standing up against gun rights advocates planning a rally at a local Starbucks.<p>Newtown Action Alliance, an advocacy group formed after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, objected to a "Starbucks Appreciation Day" Friday, saying the community was …

DEA Passed Secret Data, Tips For Covering Up To IRS

Shh. It turns out that Big Brother is doing a bit more than looking for terrorists.<p>Information uncovered this week indicates that one of the beneficiaries of government surveillance programs is none other than the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The IRS was reportedly the recipient of information …