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Homeland Security drones resume flying after crash PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by ALICIA A. CALDWELL, Associated Press   
Saturday, 08 February 2014 06:51

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department is back to flying drones along the country's borders more than a week after one crashed into the Pacific Ocean.

Customs and Border Protection spokesman Michael Friel said an initial investigation concluded that the drone crashed due to a generator failure. The department is making mechanical upgrades to the remaining drones in the fleet to safeguard against future malfunctions.

The $12 million surveillance drone was flying a border security mission along the southern border when the generator failed and the Texas-based crew decided to down it in the ocean about 20 miles southwest of San Diego.

The crashed aircraft was one of 10 drones used by the government to patrol the borders from the air.


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Senators seek $30M for Great Lakes infrastructure PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, 08 February 2014 06:46

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A group of U.S. senators is asking the Army Corps of Engineers to pump more money into maintaining harbors in the Great Lakes region, which has a backlog of projects.

A letter sent Friday and signed by 13 members of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force says the region should receive at least $30 million from a spending bill approved last month by Congress.

Sens. Carl Levin of Michigan and Mark Kirk of Illinois are co-chairmen of the task force.

They say the Great Lakes are a vital shipping route for many raw materials, but their navigational infrastructure needs work such as dredging harbors and channels, maintaining piers and jetties and repairing lock systems.


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California leaders push for smartphone kill switch PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by TERRY COLLINS, Associated Press   
Saturday, 08 February 2014 06:50

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Legislation unveiled Friday in California would require smartphones and other mobile devices to have a "kill switch" to render them inoperable if lost or stolen — a move that could be the first of its kind in the country.

State Sen. Mark Leno, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon, and other elected and law enforcement officials said the bill, if passed, would require mobile devices sold in or shipped to California to have the anti-theft devices starting next year.

Leno and Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, both Democrats, co-authored the bill to be introduced this spring. They joined Gascon, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and other authorities who have been demanding that manufacturers create kill switches to combat surging smartphone theft across the country.

Leno called on the wireless industry to step up as smartphone robberies have surged to an all-time high in California.

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Owner jailed after puppies saved from Vegas arson PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by KEN RITTER, Associated Press   
Friday, 07 February 2014 16:52

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas pet shop owner who prosecutors say was seen on security cameras torching her store with 27 puppies inside was handcuffed and taken to jail on Friday after a judge raised her bail by more than $250,000.

Animal rights advocates who held signs outside the courthouse hailed the determination by Justice of the Peace Janiece Marshall that defendant Gloria Eun Hye Lee is a danger to the community and a flight risk.

"We're elated she was remanded today," said Gina Grieson, the head of the advocacy group Nevada Voters for Animals. "We'll be following this case all the way through."

The judge raised Lee's bail amount from $40,000 to $310,000 two days after prosecutor Shanon Clowers filed additional charges and said Lee's criminal record included felony and misdemeanors convictions that included a 2001 escape in California.

Las Vegas firefighters rescued the puppies alive and credited fire sprinklers with dousing flames early Jan. 27 inside the Prince and Princess pet store southwest of the Las Vegas Strip.

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