uBOSTON (AP) — Amazon-owned doorbell camera company Ring is facing questions from a U.S. senator over its partnerships with police departments around the country.
Sen. Edward Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, sent a letter Thursday to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos raising privacy and civil liberty concerns about Ring cameras that are capturing and storing footage of U.S. neighborhoods.
Markey is seeking more information from Bezos about Ring’s video-sharing agreements with law enforcement agencies. The lawmaker says he’s also alarmed that Ring may be pursuing facial recognition technology that could flag certain people as suspicious.
Ring says it’s reviewing the letter.
Many police agencies have said the partnerships with Ring’s crime-focused social network serve as a digital neighborhood watch . Critics complain it turns neighborhoods into places of constant surveillance and creates suspicion that falls heavier on minorities.
The Washington Post reported last week that more than 400 police agencies have signed agreements with Ring since the company began the partnerships last year.
uNEW TAHOE BOATING APP HAS INTERACTIVE MAPPING, GUIDES, TIPS: RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency has created a new app to help boaters and paddlers navigate Lake Tahoe’s expansive waters.
The free Tahoe Boating app available for download at tahoeboating.org provides information about no-wake zone boundaries, area attractions and responsible recreation.
TRPA says the interactive mapping feature gives boaters real-time location and direction of travel on the lake.
It provides detailed information and photos of points of interest, fuel stations and bathrooms as well as information about boating safety, aquatic invasive species, and emergency contacts.
The real-time mapping shows boaters how close they are to no-wake zones, where they’re required to stay 600 feet (180 meters) off shore, 200 feet (60 meters) away from structures and 100 feet (30 meters) from swimmers and paddlers.
uAir Force: Fighter jet accidentally fires rocket near Tucson: TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Air Force officials are investigating after an A-10C Thunderbolt II fighter jet on a training mission accidentally fired a rocket near Tucson.
Officials at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base say the M-156 rocket landed Thursday morning in a remote desert wash near Mount Graham.
They say there were no injuries, damage or fires from the accidental launch of the white phosphorus projectile in the Jackal Military Operations Area, which is about 60 miles (96 kilometers) northeast of Tucson.
White phosphorus is used by the military in various types of ammunition to produce smoke for concealing troop movement and to identify targets.
The A-10C Thunderbolt II was assigned to the 354th Fighter Squadron from the 355th Wing.
uAMERICAN AIRLINES MECHANIC ACCUSED OF SABOTAGING FLIGHT: MIAMI (AP) — An American Airlines mechanic is accused of sabotaging a flight over stalled union contract negotiations.
Citing a criminal complaint affidavit filed in federal court, The Miami Herald reports Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani was arrested Thursday on the sabotage charge and is accused of disabling the flight’s navigation system.
The July 17 flight from Miami International Airport to Nassau in the Bahamas was aborted when the tampering caused an error alert.
Alani told authorities he didn’t want to harm the aircraft or the 150 people aboard, but instead intended to cause a delay or cancellation “in anticipation of obtaining overtime work.”
Alani said the monthslong dispute between American Airlines and the 12,000-employee mechanics’ union had affected him financially.
uBURGLAR COOKS BREAKFAST, TELLS RESIDENT ‘GO BACK TO SLEEP’: SAFETY HARBOR, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a burglar broke into a Florida home, cooked himself an early morning meal and told the resident there to “go back to sleep.”
The home’s occupant told investigators he awoke to discover the man cooking and eating sometime after 4 a.m. Tuesday.
Fox 13 in Tampa reported the burglar ran from the house when the resident called 911. Deputies from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office tracked down the suspect in a wooded and swampy area behind the home.
Deputies said Gavin Crim, a 19-year-old Marine, allegedly entered the home through an unlocked rear door.
An arrest report mentioned that the suspect may have been under the influence of alcohol.
uTEXAS LAWMAN INDICTED AFTER 4-YEAR-OLD STEPSON SHOOTS SELF: HOUSTON (AP) — Prosecutors say a grand jury has indicted a Texas sheriff’s sergeant after his young stepson shot and injured himself last year with a weapon the deputy had left in an unlocked gun safe.
Authorities announced Thursday that Harris County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Tommy Anderson faces a charge of making a firearm accessible to a child.
Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg says Anderson was on a walk with his daughter in July 2018 when his then 4-year-old stepson found his handgun at their home in Hockley, located northwest of Houston, and accidentally shot himself in the head.
Prosecutors say the gun wasn’t Anderson’s service weapon.
The misdemeanor charge carries a sentence of up to a year in jail.
Court records didn’t list an attorney for the 49-year-old Anderson.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Two people have been arrested for flying a drone over Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor during the Wolverines’ football season opener against Middle Tennessee State.
The drone was reported about 10:17 p.m. Saturday. University Deputy Police Chief Melissa Overton says Thursday that the individuals arrested are not students at the school.
The arrests were made after the report. The suspects face misdemeanor university ordinance and Federal Aviation Administration violations. Overton did not release their names and said in an email that both were released pending the authorization of warrants.
The case remains under investigation. Overton says there was no threat to the community.
Game spectator Richard Sheridan told The Detroit News that he saw the drone hover over the stadium’s south end before flying away.