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FBI has been using drones since 2006, agency watchdog says

Washington

Report: The FBI has been using drones since '06

Operating with almost no public notice, the FBI has spent more than $3 million to operate a fleet of small drone aircraft in domestic investigations, according to a report released Thursday by a federal watchdog agency. The unmanned surveillance planes have helped FBI agents storm barricaded buildings, track criminal suspects and examine crime scenes since 2006, longer than previously known, according to the 35-page inspector general's audit of drones used by the Justice Department. The FBI unmanned planes weigh less than 55 pounds each and are unarmed, the report said. The FBI declined requests to discuss its drone operations.

Giglio, Italy

Suspected human remains found

Divers searching for the bodies of the last two people missing from the capsized Costa Concordia cruise ship have found what are thought to be human remains, Italian officials said Thursday. DNA tests will be conducted to determine whether they are the remains of an Italian passenger, Maria Grazia Trecarichi, and an Indian waiter, Russel Rebello, who disappeared when the ship ran aground in January 2012 off the island of Giglio.

Elsewhere

The Hague: A U.N.-backed court Thursday upheld the war crimes conviction and 50-year sentence of jailed former Liberian President Charles Taylor, regarded as one of Africa's most brutal warlords.

Afghanistan: A U.S. soldier was killed Thursday in the eastern Paktia province when a man in an Afghan National Army uniform opened fire at a joint military training base, provincial officials said. The Taliban claimed responsibility.

Sudan: Authorities deployed troops Thursday around vital installations and gas stations in Khartoum after days of rioting over gas price hikes that killed at least 30 people.

Times wires

FBI has been using drones since 2006, agency watchdog says 09/26/13 [Last modified: Thursday, September 26, 2013 10:07pm]
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