Senate: Drones require new privacy laws

As domestic surveillance drones proliferate, the public needs greater protection experts tell hearing Full story

Drone legislation under fire

SALEM — Critics of a bill that would attempt to tightly regulate the use of drones and other unmanned aircraft by both private citizens and law enforcement agencies turned out in force for an initial public hearing Wednesday at the state Capitol. Senate Bill 71 would stiffen existing penalties for … Full story

Fort Hood trial will stay in Texas

FORT HOOD, Texas, March 21 (UPI) — The Army psychiatrist charged with killing 13 people at Fort Hood in Texas cannot plead guilty because he faces the death penalty, a judge said Wednesday. Full story

Pentagon May Take Over Drone Program From CIA

The Obama administration is taking steps to put the CIA’s drone program under Pentagon control. The CIA has been covertly using drones to target and kill suspected terrorists. Putting the program under Pentagon control would make it more transparent and legally restricted. Steve Inskeep talks to NPR’s Tom Gjelten about the move. Full story

Why CVS want workers to reveal their weight

Does a new wellness initiative promote healthy living, or encroach on employees’ privacy? Full story

Congress examining non-military use of drones

WASHINGTON — Amid a growing backlash against the use of military and non-military “unmanned aerial vehicles,” Congress on Wednesday took a tentative first step toward legislation to rein in their domestic, non-military use in U.S. airspace. Full story

National news in brief, 3/21

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CIA drone program may return to Pentagon

WASHINGTON, March 21 (UPI) — The White House is working to move the CIA’s lethal drone program to the Pentagon and return the CIA to spying on enemies for the military, U.S. officials said. Full story

North Korea's Kim Jong Un threatens attack on US bases in Pacific

Kim Jong Un said on Wednesday that North Korea would attack U.S. military bases in the Pacific in addition to South Korea if its “enemies … make even the slightest movement,” according to the North’s official KCNA news agency.The North also hit out over deployment of a U.S. B-52 bomber to South Korea, warning of ...

Senate Panel Weighs Privacy Concerns Over Use of Drones

There is little in privacy law that would limit the use of drones for surveillance in the United States because the laws were not written with the aircraft in mind, witnesses said at a hearing. Full story