U.S. commercial drone operations could take flight on a large scale by this time next year, as federal regulators finalize rules allowing widespread unmanned aerial system use by companies, according to congressional testimony on Wednesday. A senior Federal Aviation Administration official said the agency expects to finalize regulations within the next 12 months. "The rule will be in place within a year," FAA Deputy Administrator Michael Whitaker said in testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
The largest union representing workers at Atlantic City, New Jersey's hard-hit casinos plan to rally outside the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort on Wednesday to protests a bankruptcy court-approved cut to benefits for some 1,000 casino workers. The protest over cuts sought by billionaire investor Carl Icahn in exchange for keeping the casino open comes at a time when the Jersey Shore resort city is suffering as gambling revenue drops and casinos close. Gamblers placed about $2.74 billion in bets at Atlantic City casinos last year, down 4.5 percent for the year and well below the $5.2 billion peak in 2006 before neighboring states allowed casinos to open.
BOSTON (AP) — In an elaborate ceremony steeped in tradition, a time capsule dating to 1795 was returned Wednesday to the cornerstone of the Massachusetts Statehouse, with a set of 2015 U.S. mint coins and a silver plaque added to its contents for a future generation to discover.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — In a story June 16 about the resignation of Archbishop John Nienstedt of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Jennifer Haselberger was an archivist in the church. Haselberger, who accused church leaders of covering up allegations of clergy abuse, was a canon lawyer for the archdiocese.
A former Iron Workers bank employee is facing multiple charges for stealing more than $430,000 over a ten-year period from elderly bank customers and from the estates of the deceased, Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan announced Wednesday.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Minnesota's sex offender treatment program is unconstitutional, saying it violates the "fundamental rights" of more than 700 people locked up indefinitely after completing their prison sentences.
HOUSTON (AP) — About eight hours after relatives found 75-year-old James Syvertson fatally beaten inside his auto repair shop in Tyler, Texas, police in nearby Longview pulled over a man driving Syvertson's Chevrolet in front of a known drug house.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Borrowing a pizza delivery motto, online retail giant Amazon told Congress Wednesday it is developing the technology to use drones to deliver packages in 30 minutes or less, a broad expansion of unmanned flight that is raising concerns about safety, security and privacy.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama continues to have confidence in Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta despite recent cyber data breaches at the agency, the White House said on Wednesday. (Reporting By Julia Edwards; Editing by Bill Trott)