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Killer drones may soon save lives, too

Unmanned Predator is being tested for search-and-rescue and anti-smuggling roles

The pilotless Guardian - an unmanned version of the Predator B drone - is operated remotely from the ground.Predator drones similar to those that attack terrorist strongholds in Afghanistan soon might be deployed for search-and-rescue and tracking drug and migrant smugglers in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean.

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Saffir-Simpson scale revised and renamed

The new hurricane scale doesn't take storm surge into account but includes damage estimates

The National Weather Service is using a revised Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale for the upcoming hurricane season.

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Dispatches - May 2010

A Carolina-bred 28-footer

The Harrison Boatworks 28 Center Console Sportfisherman has relatively flat aft sections for an efficient running bottom.With its broken sheer, flared bow and cold-molded construction, the Harrison Boatworks 28 Center Console Sportfisherman is about as Carolina as you can get.

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22-year-old is youngest to row across an ocean

After 70 days, 5 hours and 22 minutes on the Atlantic, 22-year-old Katie Spotz became the youngest person to row across an ocean alone and the first American to row unassisted from mainland to mainland.

Spotz, an endurance athlete who ran her first marathon at age 18, set out on the 2,817-mile passage Jan. 3 from Dakar, Senegal, and arrived March 14 in Georgetown, Guyana.

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EPIRB avoids déjà vu in Florida waters

Rescued anglers were in the same area as the three football players who died in 2009 off Clearwater

Nearly a year after three football players died on an offshore fishing trip in the Gulf of Mexico, another trio of anglers avoided the same fate - in the same area - because their 32-foot boat was equipped with an EPIRB and other survival equipment.

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