Trade panel delays decision in Apple-Samsung fight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. International Trade Commission, which hears many patent fights, on Friday extended its deadline for ruling on whether Apple Inc infringes patents owned by Samsung Electronics Co Ltd in making the iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad.

Man in California dog mauling murder case held on more than $1 million bail

LANCASTER, California (Reuters) – A Southern California dog-owner arrested after four pit bulls attacked and killed a woman near her home was ordered held on $1.05 million bail on Friday after being charged with second-degree murder.

U.S. military reveals timing of future F-35 fighter’s use to Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – America’s newest warplane, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, will reach operational milestones in 2015 for the Marine Corps, 2016 for the Air Force and 2019 for the Navy, according to details formally provided to the U.S. Congress on Friday.

B.C.’s opposition to Northern Gateway pipeline plan sends strong message

Those who hoped the re-election of Christy Clark’s Liberal government in British Columbia would mean her eventual endorsement of the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline were reminded Friday the project has a long way to go to win the province’s essential backing.

In its final submission to the Northern Gateway Pipeline Joint Review Panel, B.C. says it cannot support the project as presented because proponent Enbridge Inc. has been unable to address British Columbians’ environmental concerns.

“We have carefully considered the evidence that has been presented to the Joint Review Panel,” B.C. environment minister Terry Lake in a statement. “The panel must determine if it is appropriate to grant a certificate for the project as currently proposed on the basis of a promise to do more study and planning after the certificate is granted. Our government does not believe that a certificate should be granted before these important questions are answered …‘Trust me’ is not good enough in this case.”

While environmental organizations applauded the tough talk, B.C. also said its position on Northern Gateway is not a rejection of heavy-oil projects. It says all proposals, such as Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion or David Black’s Kitimat Clean refinery project, would be judged on their merits.

B.C. said it stands by its five conditions — including top oil spill response and a fair share of the benefits for the province to offset the environmental risks — to allow heavy oil pipelines through B.C.

The province’s statement was submitted to the panel as it concludes its regulatory review. Final arguments start June 17 in Terrace, near Kitimat, the proposed pipeline’s end point.

The province’s position is a blow to Enbridge, which has maintained the pipeline will use the top safety measures available.

“As a British Columbian, I am personally committed, as is Northern Gateway, to building a pipeline project that meets the highest possible safety and environmental standards anywhere in the world and a project that creates new jobs and opportunities for British Columbians,” Enbridge executive vice-president Janet Holder said in a statement.

B.C.’s stance gives it a strong position as it enters into discussions with Alberta and Saskatchewan on how to make heavy oil pipelines more acceptable in the province.

In an interview on Wednesday, during a visit to Alberta, Mr. Lake, said provinces’ premiers are expected to meet “shortly” and B.C. has left open “a pathway to yes” to the projects that involves meeting the five requirements laid out last July.

If Alberta, in particular, didn’t take seriously B.C.’s message that it needs to see a fairer tradeoff between the pipeline’s risks and rewards, it should have gotten it now.

Read B.C.’s full submission to the Joint Review Panel on Northern Gateway below:

BC Submission to NGP JointReviewPanel 130531 by National Post

Bills to legalize online poker will be introduced in Congress

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Legislation to allow online poker gambling in the United States will be introduced in Congress that would give casinos a larger market than the current few states which allow it, like New Jersey and Nevada.

NYSE asks SEC to reinstate volatility curbs

NEW YORK (Reuters) – NYSE Euronext asked U.S. regulators on Friday to allow it to reintroduce rules to curb excessive trading volatility after several New York Stock Exchange-listed securities recently experienced sharp unintended drops.

Someday you may ditch your two-factor authenticator for an electronic tattoo

Electronic “tattoos” and pills that turn your body into an authenticator are two next-steps in password protection that Motorola is working on, as described at a session Wednesday at AllThingsD’s D11 conference. Regina Dugan, senior vice president of the Advanced Technology and Projects group at Motorola Mobility, showed off two “wearable computing” oriented methods that remove the security tokens from the two-factor equation.

The electronic tattoos described must strike a balance between the “mechanical mismatch” of hard, rigid machines and soft, pliable humans, Dugan said. The “tattoo” Dugan wore, which appeared to be more like a sticker on her left wrist, uses “islands of high-performance silicon connected by accordion-like structures” that allow the tattoo to flex and move with her skin to stay on and remain functional. Presumably, the silicon and wires would eventually be embedded into the skin to make the user a proper bionic human.

The pill, on the other hand, turns one’s entire body into an authenticator. Dugan described the pill as a vitamin “reverse potato battery” that uses stomach acid as the electrolyte to power a switch. As the switch pulses on and off, it “creates an 18-bit EKG-like symbol in your body, and your body becomes the authenticator,” Dugan said.

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Man Says Foreclosure Led Him To Crime Against Ex-Official

Terrence Edwards told police his home was facing foreclosure. That’s apparently what drove him to the drastic action that landed him in prison, a botched stick-up of Michigan’s former state treasurer.

An Ingham County Circuit Court judge sentenced the 56-year-old Okemos man to five years behind bars Wednesday after he pled guilty to gun and armed robbery charges, the Lansing State Journal reports.

On the morning of August 31, 2012, Edwards confronted ex-state treasurer Douglas B. Roberts at his home in East Lansing, Mich. After a verbal dispute that lasted about 90 seconds, Edwards pulled a gun on the former state official, according to MLive.

Edwards, who reportedly worked in former Gov. John Engler’s administration with Roberts, later told police he thought the ex-treasurer could help him come up with $170,000 to save his home from foreclosure. The plan never developed that far, though. Roberts distracted Edwards with a contrived story about being terminally ill with cancer while his wife snuck off and called 911, according to the Journal.

Confused, Edwards walked away and was picked up by police about a mile from the home near the East Lansing Fire Department, according to MLive. After Edwards was charged with multiple felonies, Judge Clinton Canady III deemed him competent to stand trial, but said he thought Edwards had suffered “some kind of break with reality,” the Journal reports.

Michigan was hit especially hard by the housing market crash of the late 2000s. In 2007, Metro Detroit led the nation with nearly five percent of properties in some stage of foreclosure.

The threat of foreclosure and eviction has sometimes driven some state residents to take unusual measures to save their homes, though few as desperate as Edward’s actions. In 2012, with the aid of an anti-eviction coalition, Detroiter Jennifer Britt engaged in a vigil and peaceful blockade that resulted in a deal to keep her home. That year, Kelly Parker, a mother with cancer, also spray painted her Detroit residence in an effort to keep it from being bought at a county auction.