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The Skinny: FAA grounds brewery's beer drone

Beer drone

FAA grounds brewery's flight plan

The Federal Aviation Administration has stalled beer deliveries by drone to ice fisherman on lakes in Minnesota. Inspired by Amazon's idea to deliver packages by air, Lakemaid Beer president Jack Supple brewed up his plan this winter, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The craft brewer tested his drone by plugging in GPS coordinates and flying a 12-pack to anglers on Lake Mille Lacs. The six-bladed unmanned craft glided over fish houses and gently set down a box of Frosty Winter Lager. When a video of the drone at work went viral, Supple was contacted by the FAA and emailed "a stack of documents that broke his printer." Drones' commercial use isn't permitted yet for safety reasons. So the drone beer delivery is on ice for now.

Swimming in pot

Police find grow operation in pool

In a part of Florida where creative criminal enterprises are often over the top, Miami-Dade police were dismantling one on Thursday, the Miami Herald reports. A sophisticated marijuana patch was hidden in an unused swimming pool, covered by a slab of concrete, wired with electricity and operating right under the noses of neighbors in a quiet Homestead community. Detectives said the pool was connected to the house by a tunnel. The grow operation contained 82 live plants and could have been going on for years, police said.

suds alert

Boxes labeled 'TNT' cause alarm

A bomb squad in Utah checking out two boxes labeled as explosives says the containers turned out to be full of homemade soap. Police say a Tooele homeowner was doing maintenance Wednesday evening when he found boxes labeled "Explosives/TNT." The soap got wet and started to foam, which is a common phenomenon of aging and volatile dynamite. About 20 homes were evacuated. X-rays determined the packages weren't explosives.

Ringside wake

Unusual vigil for a slain boxer

Christopher Rivera was memorialized at his wake standing up in a makeshift boxing ring set up in the community center of a San Juan, Puerto Rico, public housing complex. The 23-year-old wore sunglasses, boxing gloves and a boxing uniform. Police said he was shot on Jan. 26. Marin Funeral Home vice president Elsie Rodriguez told the Associated Press Friday that Rivera had told his relatives that if he died, he wanted his boxing career acknowledged at his funeral.

Compiled from wire services and other sources.

The Skinny: FAA grounds brewery's beer drone 01/31/14 [Last modified: Friday, January 31, 2014 8:40pm]
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