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An attendee shoots video of a Parrott Mini Drone during the CES Unveiled press event in Las Vegas on Jan. 5, 2014.

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An attendee shoots video of a Parrott Mini Drone during the CES Unveiled press event in Las Vegas on Jan. 5, 2014.

Drone Deliveries as Publicity Stunts

If there’s a quick route to media attention these days, it involves drones. First, Amazon.com unveiled a proposal on CBS’s “60 Minutes” to deliver packages via small unmanned copters. Lakemaid Beer of Wisconsin became a darling of the Internet last...

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An employee loads a truck at the Amazon.com Inc. fulfillment center in Phoenix, Arizona.

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An employee loads a truck at the Amazon.com Inc. fulfillment center in Phoenix, Arizona.

Amazon’s Paint Can Invites FAA Fine — 45 Minutes of Profits Will Cover the $78,000

Amazon.com may have to pay a penalty to federal regulators for violating  hazardous materials law. Hazardous materials in transportation have been big in the news lately, with concerns about thousands of gallons of crude oil being shipped on trains. A...

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This undated image provided by Amazon.com shows the so-called Prime Air unmanned aircraft project that Amazon is working on in its research and development labs.

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This undated image provided by Amazon.com shows the so-called Prime Air unmanned aircraft project that Amazon is working on in its research and development labs.

Neither Snow Nor Rain Nor Heat — Yet the FAA Slows Amazon’s Drones

Jeff Bezos, meet the FAA. The entrepreneur behind Amazon.com may have his eyes on the skies, with a vision of ultra-swift delivery of goods by drones. Yet the Federal Aviation Administration plans to bar operation of unmanned aircraft flying a...

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President Barack Obama pauses while speaking during a news conference in the White House briefing room in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 8, 2013.

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President Barack Obama pauses while speaking during a news conference in the White House briefing room in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 8, 2013.

Shutdown Journal: Day 10

Updated at 10:05 through 6:53 pm EDT President Barack Obama neither accepted nor rejected the House Republicans’ plan to increase the debt limit short-term and end the government shutdown as the two sides entered further talks tonight, Bloomberg’s Roxana Tiron,...

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A passenger walks on the platform of the Metrorail train next to the air-traffic control tower at Reagan National Airport in Washington.

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A passenger walks on the platform of the Metrorail train next to the air-traffic control tower at Reagan National Airport in Washington.

Congressmen: Not My Tower

Few issues in Congress inspire more bipartisan agreement than the notion that every air-traffic control tower is indispensable, regardless of the amount of work controllers have to do. As Bloomberg News reported in November, Congress has for years pressured the...

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Sen. Charles Schumer, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin hold a news conference at the Capitol on the eve of the budget sequester on Feb. 28, 2013 in Washington.

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Sen. Charles Schumer, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin hold a news conference at the Capitol on the eve of the budget sequester on Feb. 28, 2013 in Washington.

Danger: Debate Breaks out in Senate

If the first rule in “Fight Club” is not to talk about fight club, the first rule in the U.S. Senate is to never acknowledge its shortcomings. Senators pretend to be cordial, part of the most deliberative body in the...

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A Boeing Co. ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) flies over the ocean.

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A Boeing Co. ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) flies over the ocean.

FAA Going Slow on Drones as Privacy Concerns Studied

The Federal Aviation Administration told Congress it’s further delaying the naming of six test sites for unmanned aircraft, as called for in a law passed Feb. 14, as it weighs the privacy implications of the new technology. FAA acting chief Michael Huerta’s letter...

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FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt speaks in front of the Oakland air traffic control tower, under construction, near the Oakland Airport in this file photo.

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FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt speaks in front of the Oakland air traffic control tower, under construction, near the Oakland Airport in this file photo.

FAA’s Babbitt Lands at Southwest

Randy Babbitt, the former head of the Federal Aviation Administration, is returning to his union roots. Babbitt, 66, who resigned from the FAA in December 2011 after an arrest on drunk-driving charges for which he later was acquitted, is joining...

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