FTC – For-profit charitable callers must follow the rules.

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“I’m not calling for a donation.” (But really, I am.) Have you gotten this call? You already may know that The Do Not Call Registry is designed to stop unwanted sales calls, but it has some exceptions. One exception allows for-profit fundraisers to call you on behalf of charities even if your telephone number is listed on the Do Not Call Registry. But when these charitable fundraisers call you, they must still follow the Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR). For example: They can’t call you before 8 a.m. or after 9…

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Biological Threat Awareness.

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BIODEFENSE Federal Efforts to Develop Biological Threat Awareness What GAO Found Key biodefense agencies—the Departments of Homeland Security (DHS), Defense (DOD), Agriculture (USDA), and Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Environmental Protection Agency—conduct a wide range of activities to develop biological threat awareness for intentional and naturally occurring threats, and reported using that information to support investment decisions. • Intelligence gathering: Agencies use a combination of intelligence gathering on adversaries’ capabilities to cause harm with a biological weapon and global disease surveillance to monitor threats from naturally occurring health…

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Arizona Man Sentenced to Prison for Trafficking in Pet Products with Counterfeit Labels.

Arizona Man Sentenced to Prison for Trafficking in Pet Products with Counterfeit Labels An Arizona man was sentenced today to serve 37 months in prison for trafficking in pet products with counterfeit labels into the United States. Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson of the Southern District of Texas; Special Agent in Charge E. Spencer Morrison of the Food and Drug Administration – Office of Criminal Investigations (FDA-OCI) Kansas City, Kansas, Field Office and Special Agent in Charge Mark…

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UPDATE: How to place a fraud alert.

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Ok! Update: I found this information on the FTC website! From my other post.. Credit Fraud Seems the best way to protect your information from being stolen from the 3 national reporting companies is to complete the Fraud Alert.. Nice thing about it is you only have to do it one time then they are supposed to tell the other 2, by law, Here is the information and how to accomplish that from the FTC website. Place a Fraud Alert Ask 1 of the 3 credit reporting companies to put…

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Credit Fraud from three national credit reporting agencies.

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UPDATE: Be sure to look at the update how to deal with this issue,  UPDATE: How to place a fraud alert   Sorry I havent had a chance to uptate this site! I was looking to Lock my credit at the three national credit reporting agencies (Equifax, Experian & Transunion) in an attempt to stop theft of my identity after the resent theft of peoples information from Equifax. Information that should not even be available for people to steal! I landed here from a internet search (Credit Lock), https://membership.tui.transunion.com/tucm/orderStep1_form.page?offer=3BM10124&PLACE_CTA=credit_lock:center  the…

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FAA Air Traffic Report.

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Today’s Air Traffic Report: Thunderstorms could slow traffic in parts of the Midwest, including Chicago (MDW, ORD) and Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP). Wind will be a factor in delays at New York area airports (EWR, JFK, LGA). Clouds and high winds may result in delays at San Francisco (SFO). Pilots: Check out the new Graphical Forecasts for Aviation (GFA) Tool from the Aviation Weather Center. For up-to-the-minute air traffic operations information, visit fly.faa.gov, and follow @FAANews on Twitter for the latest news and Air Traffic Alerts. The FAA Air Traffic Report…

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FAA Promotes Air Travel Safety Tips.

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June 22– Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta is encouraging travelers to Fly Smart this summer. As we head into summer, Im asking air travelers to keep safety in mind as they pack their bags and during their flights, said FAA Administrator Huerta. Fly Smart and be prepared. Your actions can save your life and those around you. Flying has become so safe that many travelers take it for granted. Over the course of several decades, government and industry worked together to significantly reduce the risk of accidents and…

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FAA Establishes Drone I.D. Rulemaking Committee.

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June 21– Whose drone is that? Its a critical question for law enforcement and homeland security when an unmanned aircraft (UAS) appears to be flying in an unsafe manner or where its not supposed to fly. Currently, there are no established requirements or voluntary standards for electrically broadcasting information to identify an unmanned aircraft while its in the air. To help protect the public and the National Airspace System from these rogue drones, the FAA is setting up a new Aviation Rulemaking Committee that will help the agency create standards…

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SENSR Team Gets Green Light for Spectrum Analysis.

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A team comprised of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Department of Defense (DoD), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) received approval and approximately $71.5 million in funding from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to proceed with an effort to study the feasibility of making space on the radio spectrum available for auction. Increasing demand for spectrum space due to technological innovations such as 4G mobile services and the rapid expansion of wireless internet services led to the Spectrum Pipeline…

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FAA Evaluates Drone Detection Systems at DFW.

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This week, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and its partners are conducting detection research on unmanned aircraft (UAS) popularly called drones at Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW) Airport. The DFW evaluation is the latest in a series of detection system evaluations that began in February 2016. Previous evaluations took place at Atlantic City International Airport; John F. Kennedy International Airport; Eglin Air Force Base; Helsinki, Finland Airport; and Denver International Airport. Drones that enter the airspace around airports can pose serious safety threats. The FAA is coordinating with government and industry…

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FAA Issues Study on UAS Human Collision Hazards.

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April 28– What might happen if a drone hits a person on the ground? Whats the risk of serious injury? Although the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) cant yet definitively answer those questions, studies by a consortium of leading universities have made a start toward better understanding the risks of allowing small unmanned aircraft or drones to fly over people. The consortium that conducted the research includes the University of Alabama-Huntsville; Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; Mississippi State University; and the University of Kansas, through the Alliance for System Safety of UAS through…

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Fly Safe: Prevent Loss of Control Accidents.

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Mountain Flying: Experience and Training is Essential Mountain flying is exhilarating, exciting, and challenging. It can open up new flying opportunities, but you need training, experience, and careful preparation to safely navigate those lofty peaks and spectacular scenery. Your training should begin with a quality mountain flying course that includes adequate mountain ground and flight training. You have a narrow window of safety when flying around mountains so youll need the experience and knowledge gained from a recognized training program. After your training is complete, and before your first flight,…

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Watch US Navy Carrier Strike Groups Sail Near Korea.

fly in formation over the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan

The U.S. Navy on Thursday released video showing the Carl Vinson and Ronald Reagan carrier strike groups operating with Japanese navy ships in the Sea of Japan near the Korean Peninsula. The footage comes at a time of rising tensions with North Korea over its missile program and the same week the U.S. Air Force successfully intercepted a dummy intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM, over the Pacific Ocean. As my colleague Richard Sisk reported over at Military.com, the ICBM test was designed in part to simulate a North Korean launch.…

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