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Last Update on June 03, 2015 07:08 GMT

IN THE NEWS: FBI SURVEILLANCE FLIGHTS

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Associated Press has learned the FBI is operating a small air force with scores of low-flying planes across the country carrying video or, at times, cellphone surveillance technology.

The surveillance equipment is generally used without a judge's approval, and the FBI says the flights are for ongoing investigations. The planes can also capture video of unrelated criminal activity on the ground as evidence for prosecutions.

In a recent 30-day period, the AP found the government flew above more than 30 cities in 11 states across the country.

The FBI said the surveillance flights comply with agency rules that limit the types of equipment the agency can use, as well as the justifications and duration of the surveillance.

IN THE NEWS: NEW DISNEY TOYS COMBINE HIGH-TECH GADGETS, OLD-SCHOOL PLAY

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Disney is launching a line of toys that combines high-tech wearable gadgets and old-school superhero role-playing. The idea is to keep kids moving while engrossing them in sub-plots from "The Avengers," "Star Wars" and "Frozen."

It's Disney's most ambitious game concept meshing real objects and virtual worlds since August 2013, when the family entertainment giant released its Disney Infinity video game that featured figurines and digital characters from "Pirates of the Caribbean," "Toy Story" and other franchises.

The new line, called "Disney's Playmation," hits stores in October with the release of a forearm attachment called a "repulsor" that puts kids in the role of Marvel superhero Iron Man.

 
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