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The tiny nano-drone Zano promises to take the ultimate selfie. (Lantronix)

Dronies, anyone? Tiny drone packed with technology aspires to deliver the ultimate selfie

- The Washington Times

Now creating buzz: Zano, a powerful little drone that comes with a promise: "Taking your selfies to new heights." It can perch on a palm then rise up to snap high quality still or video images with a 5-megapixel camera. "Oh, the noble quest for the perfect selfie," says Jill Scharr, a staff writer for Tom's Guide, an industry review. "Meet the Zano, a camera-equipped drone barely bigger than a person's hand, and designed to let users take high-quality photos that even a selfie stick can't reach."

A letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service moves a cart of mail to his truck. (Associated Press)

Red letter day: The U.S. Postal Service poised to deliver 'frank appraisal' of its status

- The Washington Times

Now that the holiday rush is over, change is afoot in the nation's mail. On Tuesday, outgoing Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, who has led the oft-challenged U.S. Postal Service for four years, heads to the National Press Club for some candid talk about the future of an organization that handles 40 percent of the world's total mail volume - that's 158 million assorted pieces of mail a year. Some change is already underway though. On Monday, the service lowered its standards for mail delivery across the nation - delivery will be slower in some cases - and consolidated some facilities in a cost-cutting measure to counter financial losses of $26 billion in the last three years.

Twitter (Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire via AP Images)

The most Twitter followers on the planet: Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, President Obama

- The Washington Times

The Digital Policy Council, a nonpartisan think tank, has analyzed the tweeting realm to reveal that 82 percent of world leaders use Twitter, sending out their 140-character missives to a combined audience of 116 million followers. "President Obama confidently retains the No. 1 spot with a vast following of 51 million. The U.S. president actually holds the third largest number of followers in the entire world."

The 'camo casket' is gaining in popularity among devoted sportsmen, say Outdoor Hub reporter Daniel Hu. (Image from Outdoor Hub)

Great outdoors meets Great Beyond: Sportsmen and hunters now opt for the 'Camo Casket'

- The Washington Times

Business is getting brisk. Hunters with an eye for camouflage patters, natural wood and 18-gauge metal are now pre-purchasing, well, caskets themed around their favorite activity. Yes, it's the "camo casket," lined with camouflage material and personalized embroidered panels of turkeys, bass, deer and pheasant - with special display features to show off a favorite rifle or shotgun.

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2009 file photo provided by the Mesa County, Colo., Sheriff's Department, a small Draganflyer X6 drone makes a test flight in Mesa County, Colo. with a Forward Looking Infrared payload. The drone, which was on loan to the sheriff's department from the manufacturer, measures about 36 inches from rotor tip to rotor tip and weighs just over two pounds. Wyoming lawmakers are considering a bill to ban law enforcement use of drones without a warrant. Members of the Wyoming Legislature's Joint Judiciary Committee are set to hear a draft bill beginning Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, in Laramie. If it's approved, the full Legislature could consider the measure early next year. (AP Photo/Mesa County Sheriff's Unmanned Operations Team, File)

Tour guide advice to Americans: Don't take your drone to Antarctica

- The Washington Times

The public is either uncomfortable with drones or fascinated by them. Those novel flying machines with nifty cameras and technical embellishments have their charm. The presence of drones overhead is multiplying, however, and concerns about their intrusions are now reaching to the far ends of the Earth. Really. The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators is cautioning all potential travelers to Antarctica, who pine to fly a drone to check with their travel agent or tour operator before packing their device. So reports Travel and Tour World, an industry source.

FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2014 file photo, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas speaks in Washington. The 2016 presidential race was about the new Republican-controlled Congress even before the 2014 polls closed. As the GOP rout became clear late Tuesday, would-be Democratic frontrunner Hillary Rodham Clinton was granted a ready-made foil in the Republican-led Congress that begins next year just as a handful of high-profile senators seized on their new status as a springboard into 2016. Key Republican governors, meanwhile, have already begun to distinguish themselves from unpopular congressional leaders in both parties. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

At last: Ted Cruz wins a 2016 presidential straw poll - Rand Paul in second place

- The Washington Times

A certain Texas Republican still has plenty of fans. Sen. Ted Cruz has won the Federalist Today Presidential Straw Poll with 26 percent of the nearly one thousand votes cast. "Placing a respectable second and third, Senator Rand Paul (22 percent) and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (16 percent) showed that they also have considerable support among the 'lovers of freedom and anxious for the fray' Federalist faithful," report David Corbin and Matt Parks, two analysts for The Federalist - a learned but vibrant online journal.

Nancy Joy casts her vote at the Stone Center, in Oxford, Miss. on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. Voters in Oxford went to the polls today to vote in national mid-term elections as well as school board positions. (AP Photo/Oxford Eagle, Bruce Newman) NO SALES

Undecided and unconvinced voters: 'Other/Not sure' currently leads GOP presidential pack, poll finds

- The Washington Times

This could annoy Republican presidential hopefuls who are racing to make a footprint on the 2016 campaign. "In a potentially huge field of candidates vying for the Republican nomination for president in 2016, the winner today is Other/Not Sure with 19 percent of the vote," reports pollster John Zogby, who surveyed several hundred likely Republican primary voters.

Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of Tea Party Patriots (Associated Press)

Message to the IRS from the tea party: 'We will not be silenced'

- The Washington Times

"There is no question that the IRS as an agency, and its leaders individually, directed and implemented a scheme to silence and demoralize tea party groups. We knew it was going on before Congress and the Treasury Inspector General confirmed it," declares Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of Tea Party Patriots.

Travel to Cuba will soon be a reality for many more Americans. (Image from Insight Cuba)

Hola: American tourists ready to scurry to exotic 'enchanting' Cuba

- The Washington Times

Well that did not take long. President Obama's announcement of a major policy change towards Cuba is only days old, but would-be turistas are already scurrying towards the allure of the long isolated nation. Insight Cuba, a non-profit travel organization that has specialized in legal "people-to-people" travel to Cuba for Americans for years, has just added 70 additional departure dates to keep up with the sudden surge in interest and bookings since Mr. Obama's revelations.

A Nativity Scene (AP Photo)

Americans do believe - in 'historic accuracy' of Christmas story

- The Washington Times

It is not much reported in the mainstream media, but huge majorities of Americans back the "historical accuracy" of the Christmas story, as revealed in the Bible's New Testament. The manger, the guiding star, the virgin birth - most support the idea according to a new Pew Research Center poll. Eight-of-10, in fact say they believe "Baby Jesus was laid in a manger," the research states.

FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2010 file photo, a student uses an Apple MacBook laptop in his class in Palo Alto, Calif. New warnings are emerging of a security flaw known as the "Bash" bug, which cyber experts say may pose a serious threat to computers and other devices using Unix-based operating systems such as Linux and Mac OS X. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

Tech experts warn of an escalating cyber 'arms race'

- The Washington Times

Now that the first cyberwar is underway, the IT experts are taking a close look about the particulars. And with every war comes weaponry, and predictions that privacy technology must keep up with aggressive hackers. It's a reality of the "knowledge economy" - where business and enterprise is fueled by data at lightening speed, and often personal data at that. But it’s complicated. Even the United Nations is laboring on a resolution to put before the General Assembly that calls upon nations to "respect and protect a global right to privacy." Is it possible?

Ben Carson and Armstrong Williams plus a security detail during their eight-day journey to Israel (Photo from Armstrong Williams Productions)

Ben Carson, midway through a trip to Israel - sees the realities of the Holy Land

- The Washington Times

Ben Carson is midway through a significant trip to Israel to see the Holy Land for himself - including the spiritual, political and security-minded factors that are realities for the nation. His journey includes a visit to Nazareth, Galilee and Bethlehem - along with tours of the Gaza strip, terrorist tunnels, a military base and Hadassah Medical Center

The World War II era Civil Air Patrol has been awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for their intrepid service. (Image from CAP Historical Foundation)

They flew 24 million miles: World War II-era Civil Air Patrol awarded Congressional Gold Medal

- The Washington Times

At long last, a Congressional Gold Medal has been awarded to the founding members of the Civil Air Patrol, which began operation under the Office of Civilian Defense on Dec. 1, 1941. Using civilian aircraft and their own money, the unpaid volunteers provided essential support to the U.S. Army and Navy, including armed convoy and antisubmarine patrols off the Atlantic and Gulf coasts.

FILE - This  July 16, 2014, file photo shows the U.S. Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington.  America's unofficial end of summer this week marked the unofficial beginning of the campaign that may give Republicans control of the Senate, an outcome that could utterly close down President Barack Obama's legislative agenda in his final two years in the White House. Republicans already have an unassailable majority in the House of Representatives. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Fed-up Americans take political gridlock personally: 86 percent say nothing can be done

- The Washington Times

Politicians who think that Americans overlook the constant, stubborn impasse on Capitol Hill are kidding themselves. The public takes it to heart: 71 percent report that the problem of political gridlock is "very important to them personally," this according to a new Associated Press poll released Wednesday. Sadly enough, another 86 percent say there's nothing that can be done about it. And the most cited reaction to the current political climate is "disappointment," the survey found, followed by "frustration."

Passersby exit an entrance to the main campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Sunday, May 31, 1998. The university's endowment of nearly $13 billion makes it the richest in the world and, if ranked against Fortune 500 companies it would be in the top 25 percent, The Boston Globe reported Sunday. (AP Photo/Patricia McDonnell)

All about feelings: Ivy League law students now too 'traumatized' over Ferguson to take exams

- The Washington Times

It is a new educational phenomenon: Ivy League law students at three major universities - Columbia, Harvard and Georgetown University - are now exempt from taking final exams if they feel "traumatized" by the grand jury decisions made in Ferguson and New York City. The students are also being offered counseling if they need it. A few professors with impressive credentials now have a few questions.

Buttons are laid out at the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee booth at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Gaylord Hotel, National Harbor, Md., Friday, March 7, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

The $10.5 million Draft Ben Carson PAC opens a N.H. office — it's 'just the beginning'

- The Washington Times

The same group that has already rounded up 23,000 volunteers for Ben Carson and raised $10.5 million for his potential White House campaign are upping their ante. The National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee, an independent political action committee formed to draft the retired neurosurgeon and author has opened a 1,700-square-foot "Draft Ben Carson for President Victory Center" in Manchester, New Hampshire.