Daily business briefing: FAA OKs commercial drone flights over land

June 10, 2014 

The Federal Aviation Administration has granted commercial drone flights over land. The first flight took place on Sunday as the BP energy corporation and drone maker AeroVironment of Monrovia, California, used a Puma drone to survey pipelines, roads and equipment at Prudhoe Bay in Alaska. For more information, go to http://www.bnd.com/business. ...

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Travelers who fly the most and pay the most will soon earn more miles on United Airlines' frequent-flier program. Starting next March 1, elite-level members of MileagePlus will earn between 7 and 11 miles for every dollar they spend on tickets, not counting taxes. To find out more, go to http://www.bnd.com/business. ...

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More automakers are switching to lighter materials, such as roofs made of carbon fiber, plastic windshields and bumpers fashioned out of aluminum foam to adapt to tougher gas mileage standards. To learn more, go to http://www.bnd.com/business. ...

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The price of oil has risen to almost $105 a barrel. Brent crude, a benchmark for international oils, is up 26 cents to $110.25 a barrel. Read more at http://www.bnd.com/business.

--Will Buss, BND business writer

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