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Posted: June 11, 2014 at 4:55 a.m.

Drone OK’d to work for BP in Alaska WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday that it has granted the first permission for commercial drone flights over land.

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Names and faces

In this Nov. 3, 2012 file photo, comedian Tracy Morgan performs at "Eddie Murphy: One Night Only," a celebration of Murphy's career at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills, Calif. Morgan is recovering but is expected to remain hospitalized for several weeks after having surgery on a broken leg suffered in a chain-reaction crash on the New Jersey Turnpike early Saturday, June 7, 2014, that left two others critically injured and one dead.

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Narcotics trade threatens Afghan improvement

John Sopko, special inspector general for Afghan reconstruction, told lawmakers Tuesday that the possibility of Afghanistan becoming “a narco-criminal state” cannot be ruled out.

Afghans are growing more opium poppies than ever before, and it's threatening to wipe out gains made in improv... Read »