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Are Filmmakers Using Drones Illegally? Looks Like It

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As Drones Fly In Cities And Yards, So Do The Complaints

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North Dakota farmer Jim Reimers shows off one of the drones he uses to collect data on his family's 30,000-acre farm. Steve Henn/NPR hide caption

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High-Ho, The Derry-O, The Farmer And The Drone

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Drone Journalism Can't Fully Take Flight Until Regulators Act

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A water-collecting drone hovers at a testing site in Lincoln, Neb., in 2013. The Federal Aviation Administration is working on rules for the commercial use of unmanned aircraft. Nati Harnik/AP hide caption

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FAA Head: Safety, Privacy Concerns Abound In Regulating Drones

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Drones can provide information about temperature, humidity and pressure that current radar systems can't provide. Above, the Talos drone, which has a 15.5-foot wingspan. Jamey Jacob/Oklahoma State University hide caption

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Tornado Tech: How Drones Can Help With Twister Science

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Under The Radar: Some Pilots Of Small Drones Skirt FAA Rules

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Joe Kummer, president of Propulsive Wing in Elbridge, N.Y., is rooting for having a drone test site in upstate New York. He says it could save him trips to the West Coast to try out new drone prototypes. Ryan Delaney/WRVO hide caption

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Seeking A 'Field Of Dreams' For A Rising Drone Industry

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Brian Bills, a flight operations analyst for Lockheed Martin, demonstrates the Procerus VTOL (vertical takeoff and landing) Flight System — a surveillance drone for commercial, civil and military customers — at the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International conference in Las Vegas. (Watch a demo video.) Kainaz Amaria/NPR hide caption

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