• American killed in Pakistan was working to develop business

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A 73-year-old American hostage killed by a CIA drone strike in Pakistan was an international development worker whose family described him as passionate about helping people out of poverty. President Barack Obama…

  • Va. panel to review police surveillance tools, weigh privacy concerns

    WASHINGTON – After a string of deaths at the hands of police officers across the country, and recent concerns about privacy and police surveillance, a new Virginia panel will examine whether state laws and policies…

  • FAA: Don’t post drone videos on YouTube

    WASHINGTON — Posting drone footage on YouTube apparently runs afoul of the Federal Aviation Administration’s rules against commercial use of drones. A Tampa-based drone hobbyist, Jayson Hanes, recently received a letter from the FAA, warning…

  • Hearing on drone legislation set in Maryland

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A measure in Maryland would establish that only the state may enact a law or take other actions to prohibit or restrict the use of unmanned aircrafts, not local governments. A…

  • Va. police to be allowed drones, with limits

    RICHMOND — After a two-year moratorium on drone use by Virginia law enforcement, the General Assembly is set to send the governor a bill allowing drone use only with a warrant or the permission of…

  • Legislative notebook: Va. hangs hat on new state songs

    WASHINGTON – After more than 15 years without a state song, Virginia is on track to get not one, but two new songs. The House of Delegates approved a Senate bill Tuesday that designates “Our…

  • Column: Understanding the new FAA drone regulations

    Q: Do the new FAA regulations mean I can finally use a drone in my real estate business soon? A: The Federal Aviation Administration on Sunday unveiled its proposed regulation for “unmanned aircraft systems” (UAS),…

  • Drone maker plans software to block Washington flights

    BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese maker of a drone that a hobbyist crashed at the White House says it is taking steps to ensure that cannot happen again. DJI Technology Co. said Wednesday it will…

  • Drone at White House raises privacy and security concerns

    WASHINGTON — Lawmakers and neighbors are discussing security breaches after a hobbyist claimed his drone landed on the White House grounds early Monday morning undetected. It’s raising questions about regulations, privacy and security. Drones are becoming hobbyists’ favorite new toy, and a…

  • Amazon threatens to abandon U.S. delivery drone testing

    Amazon is warning the Federal Aviation Administration it plans to move more of its drone testing overseas if the FAA doesn\’t grant quick permission to test outdoor flights.

  • Facility helping with research for drone use by businesses

    As interest in drones by businesses grows, the University of
    Maryland has opened a drone test facility on Maryland\’s Eastern Shore.

  • ISIL has a drone — now what?

    ISIL, worth close to $1 billion, spends a
    lot of money to carry out functions it deems necessary for the operation and
    protection of the \”Islamic State.\”

  • Legendary astronaut adapts with new-generation to drones

    Some Virginia grade school students have been spending many a day at Germanna Community College\’s Daniel Technology Center in Culpeper building drones.

  • Montgomery County buys four drones

    In some cases, drones are designed to take their targets by
    surprise. That\’s what happened in Montgomery County earlier this month when
    members of the Montgomery County Council\’s Public Safety Committee learned during
    a public session that the county had purchased four drones; three were being
    tested by the fire department and a fourth was in the office of the county\’s
    Chief Innovation Officer Dan Hoffman.

  • Lawsuits challenge FAA drone, model aircraft rules

    JOAN LOWY Associated Press 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…