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Advisory Circular: Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Categories: Headlines,Laws/Regulations

http://www.faa.gov/documentLibrary/media/Advisory_Circular/AC_107-2.pdf

Final regulations relating to the use of  sUAS or drones.  The regulations, restricting flights to 400 feet or less during daytime,  are focused on the hobbyist flyer and not commercial applications.  From the Federal Aviation Administtration

 

Utah v. Strieff

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Drug Trafficking,Headlines,Supreme Court/courts

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/14-1373

5-3 Supreme Court decision that allows evidence uncovered after an “unconstitutional investigatory” stop by police to be used as evidence under some conditions.  The case involved a drug discovery after police stopped a car without adequate cause but found there was an outstanding traffic warrant on the driver.  From the Legal Information Institute of Cornell University

 

Documents Related to the Former Detention and Interrogation Program

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Govt/Business Scandals,Headlines,Homeland Security,Spying/Intelligence,Terrorism

https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/collection/documents-related-former-detention-and-interrogation-program

A collection of 50 declassified documents relating to the CIA’s program for interrogation of suspected Jihadist terrorists.  From the CIA’s Freedom of Information Act online reading room.

 

United States Telecom Association et al v. Federal Communications Commission

Categories: Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts,Telecommunications/Internet

https://www.cadc.uscourts.gov/internet/opinions.nsf/3F95E49183E6F8AF85257FD200505A3A/$file/15-1063-1619173.pdf

Decision of a three judge appellate court panel that supports the concept of net neutrality in affirming the FCC’s authority to reclassify broadband Internet as a telecommunications service and promote Internet openness.  Telecommunications companies had challenged the regulatory authority of the FCC in this area and argued it infringed on First Amendment rights. From the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

 

Puerto Rico v. Franklin Cal. Tax-Free Trust

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/15-233

5-2 Supreme Court decision that the government of Puerto Rico cannot pass legislation to enable public utility corporations to restructure their debt.   The court held that the federal Bankruptcy Code  pre-empts Puerto Rico’s Recovery Act.  From the Cornell University Law School Legal Information Institute

 

Mass Shootings and Terrorism: CRS Products

Categories: Crime/Justice,Guns,Headlines,Homeland Security,Laws/Regulations,Terrorism

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/terror/R44520.pdf

In the wake of the Orlando mass murders, this report provides a list of studies from the Congressional Research Service related to mass murder with firearms, firearms regulation, domestic terrorism, and hate crime.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

President Obama on the Tragic Shooting in Orlando

Categories: Crime/Justice,Guns,Headlines,Presidency

https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2016/06/12/president-obama-tragic-shooting-orlando

Contains excerpts and full statement of the president on the shooting massacre in Orlando.  From the White House

 

Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance, United States, 2015

http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/pdf/2015/ss6506_updated.pdf

Full results of a survey on health-related activities and behaviors of youth.  Includes smoking cigarettes and e-cigarettes, texting while driving, prescription drug misuse, and sexual behavior.  From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

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