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Wounded Warrior donation MIA from lesbian waitress of anti-gay tip story

A former Marine and waitress said that any donations she received after a customer allegedly left an anti-gay screed in lieu of a tip would go to the Wounded Warrior Project — but the organization has not been able to verify that she made good on her vow. Published December 6, 2013

** FILE ** This undated image provided by Amazon.com shows the so-called Prime Air unmanned aircraft project that Amazon is working on in its research and development labs. (AP Photo/Amazon)

Hacking software could put 'zombie drone army' in user's hands

Civilian applications for domestic drones continue to evolve, but so do hackers. SkyJack, a "drone engineered to autonomously seek out, hack, and wirelessly take over other drones within wifi distance, creating an army of zombie drones under your control," is one such example, according to security analyst Samy Kamkar. Published December 4, 2013

** FILE ** Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y. (Associated Press)

House Dem cites satire piece to strike GOP, Obamacare critics

Rep. Carolyn Maloney used her time during Wednesday's House Oversight & Government Reform Committee hearing in a unique way: She criticized the Republican Party's reaction to the failed Obamacare rollout by referencing satire as "distinguished report." Published December 4, 2013

This 2013 file photo shows the NORAD Santa tracker. (North American Aerospace Defense Command)

Santa to get fighter escort for Christmas

The North American Aerospace Defense Command's popular Track Santa program is back for 2013, but the news that St. Nick will be getting fighter jet escorts isn't going over well with everyone, with some child advocates speaking out against the move. Published December 3, 2013

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U.S. drops 2,000 mice on Guam — by parachute — to kill snakes

U.S. helicopters descended upon Guam on Sunday with cargo meant to kill, although this $8 million mission was unlike most others — 2,000 mice on cardboard parachutes were released into the forest surrounding Andersen Air Force Base as bait for brown tree snakes. Published December 3, 2013