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Last Update on July 28, 2014 07:08 GMT
IN THE NEWS: PRO DRONES
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Thirty university and college professors say government restrictions on the use of small drones are likely to stifle academic research.
The professors said in a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration that a clarification the agency issued last month on rules model aircraft hobbyists must follow would eliminate the ability of researchers to use small unmanned aircraft on low-altitude flights over private property.
Model aircraft have increased in sophistication and capability to the point that they are virtually indistinguishable from small drones. And the price of the aircraft has been dropping, making them more affordable for researchers and other users.
The letter says the FAA rules would let a child operate a model aircraft but prohibit a researcher from using the same technology.
IN THE NEWS: HIDDEN BATHROOM CAMS AT UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
NEWARK, Del. (AP) -- State officials say hundreds of women may have been secretly videotaped by cameras found hidden in bathrooms at the University of Delaware.
On Friday, authorities announced the July 1 arrest of a University of Delaware graduate student after cameras were found in women's restrooms on campus. They said 38-year-old Javier Mendiola-Soto, a doctoral student from Mexico, has been charged with 21 counts of felony violation of privacy and was being held in Wilmington. A lawyer for the suspect could not immediately be located.
Police told The News Journal (http://delonline.us/1k2vzGE ) there may have been hundreds of victims.