News Minute: Here is the latest California news from The Associated Press at 5:40 a.m. PDT
RENO, Nev. (AP) - NASA has launched the final stage of a four-year effort to develop a national traffic management system for drones, testing them in cities for the first time beyond the operator's line of sight. Multiple drones took to the air at the same time above downtown Reno this week in a series of simulations testing emerging technology that someday will be used to manage hundreds of thousands of small unmanned commercial aircraft.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Two major police organizations are dropping their opposition to California legislation that would tighten the standard for use of deadly force. Spokesmen for organizations representing police chiefs and rank-and-file officers told The Associated Press on Thursday that they won't fight a measure responding to national unrest over fatal police shootings. The legislation would bar police from using lethal force unless it is deemed "necessary."
HOUSTON (AP) - Advocates for a 20-year-old Guatemalan woman shot dead by a U.S. Border Patrol agent last year are demanding $100 million in damages. The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas filed a legal claim Thursday one year after the death of Claudia Patricia Gómez González. She crossed the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas along with several migrants who were confronted by a Border Patrol agent, who opened fire and killed her.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - SpaceX has launched 60 little satellites, the first of thousands that founder Elon Musk plans to put in orbit for global internet coverage. The recycled Falcon rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, late Thursday night. The first-stage booster landed on an ocean platform as the tightly packed cluster of satellites continued upward. Musk said Friday that all 60 were deployed and online a few hundred miles above Earth.
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