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Northern California Agencies Sue PG&E Over 2019 Wildfire

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — Sonoma County and several Northern California agencies sued Pacific Gas & Electric Co. on Tuesday over damage caused by a wildfire that burned a large swath of land last year and caused nearly 100,000 people to …

Gusty Winds Fan Big Rocky Mountain and Sierra Nevada Wildfires

CreplaceENNE, Wyo. — Two big Rocky Mountain wildfires flared up again Monday as dry, gusty winds blew embers past areas where firefighters had been making progress. Firefighters at the Mullen Fire on the Wyoming-Colorado line and the Cameron Peak Fire …

Report of Drone Strike on News Chopper Reveals Other Incidents

A small drone was almost certainly the object that damaged a news helicopter flying over Los Angeles last year, and the remote-controlled devices are suspected in two other mid-air impacts with aircraft, according to U.S. investigators. A KABC-TV chopper was …

UPS Seeks Airline-Type Status for Long-Distance Drone Deliveries

United Parcel Service Inc. is seeking approval to operate delivery drones under the same rules as a private jet service, unlocking the potential to carry health-care packages over long distances between hospitals. The company is working with the U.S. Federal …

Amazon Unveils Futuristic Helicopter-Plane Hybrid Drone for Deliveries

Amazon.com Inc. has unveiled a revolutionary new drone — part helicopter and part science-fiction aircraft — that the company expects to use for test deliveries of toothpaste and other household goods starting within months. The new device takes off vertically, …

Drone Impact Ruled Out as Cause of Incident With Damaged Jetliner

A Grupo Aeromexico SAB airliner said to have been hit by a drone last December was actually damaged when a poorly done repair on the plane caused its nose to collapse and crack as it prepared to land. An examination …

Traffic Crash Site Assessments Safer, Faster and More Accurate Using Drones

Idling in a long highway line of slowed or stopped traffic on a busy highway can be more than an inconvenience for drivers and highway safety officers. It is one of the most vulnerable times for “secondary accidents,” which often …

New Jersey First Responders Plan to Use Drones for Emergencies

Joe Sterling has spent 36 years as a volunteer with the Leesburg Fire Department, but he’s recently taken on a new title – the township’s very own licensed drone pilot. The township is the first in Cumberland County to have …

State Farm Gets OK for Long Range Drone Flights to Assess Hurricane Damage

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently granted a waiver to State Farm to allow the insurer the ability to inspect damage caused by Hurricane Florence. The approval, received just last week, allows State Farm to operate drones on longer range …

Drone’s Ease Piercing New York ‘No-Fly’ Zone Underscores Risks

A recreational drone operator whose device smashed into a U.S. Army helicopter in September flew undetected into a no-fly zone over New York set up to protect President Donald Trump and the United Nations. The National Transportation Safety Board on …