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national lead

December 10th, 2014
05:45 PM ET

Drones and planes: Too many close calls?

Washington (CNN) - The U.S. Government is expanding the number of commercial companies that can legally use unmanned aerial systems, often called UAVs or drones, but efforts to safely integrate them into the national airspace are not moving fast enough for some lawmakers.

Wednesday the Federal Aviation Administration granted five new exemptions to four companies to operate the remote controlled aircraft for commercial purposes.


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world lead

February 26th, 2014
06:15 PM ET

Military veteran weighs in on the 'zero option' in Afghanistan

(CNN) – The possible consequences of a complete U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan are theoretical at the moment, but they are not theoretical for those Americans who served in Iraq, especially those Marines who fought in Fallujah and Ramadi – Iraqi towns where much American blood and treasure was spent, and which extremists recaptured in recent months

Captain Perfecto Sanchez from Queens, New York, served two tours in Iraq, and fought in the 2006 battle for Ramadi, which TIME magazine then called "the most dangerous place" in Iraq. More than 80 U.S. service members were killed

"It was a very important time in the Iraqi War. It was a very dangerous city," Sanchez told CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

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politics lead

July 12th, 2013
07:17 PM ET

Napolitano leaving Obama cabinet

(CNN) - One of her first major tests came on her first Christmas in the job, heading the department created in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks when the failed underwear bomber Umar Abdulmutallab tried to destroy a northwest airlines plane full of passengers flying from Amsterdam to Detroit, thankfully prevented by the passengers and crew on the plane.

Abdulmutallab's presence on that plane with explosives was, as a Senate investigation would later conclude, an example of systemic intelligence failures and "failures of the systems and procedures in place to prevent suspected terrorists of entering the United States.”

But on the Sunday shows, two days later, Secretary Napolitano had a different focus.

“The system has worked really very, very smoothly over the course of the past several days,” she said on ABC’s “This Week” in December 2009. “Everybody reacted as they should. We trained for this. We planned for this. We exercised for this sort of event should it occur.”

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