Kodak patent sale starts today
The sale of 1,100 digital imaging patents owned by Eastman Kodak begins today as the company makes a desperate bid to pull itself out of bankruptcy. Kodak says it needs to make $2.5 billion from the patent sale in order to meet current financial needs. Rivals Apple and Google have already bid $250 million and $150 million respectively.
2012 hottest year on record in northeast
Thus far, 2012 has been the hottest year for the northeastern United States. The average temperature for the region from January to July is 49.9 degrees. The next warmest January to July cycle was in 1921, when the average was 49.2. The data was reported Tuesday by Cornell University scientists. The scientists cautioned against attributing the warm weather to alleged global warming because the data sets and areas studied were too small.
Bath salts were major topic at law enforcement conference
Synthetic marijuana and other synthetic drugs were a major focus at the law enforcement summit sponsored by U.S. attorney William Hochul. New laws at both the state an federal level are targeting the drugs which have been blamed for serious health problems among users. The drugs, which are sold as “bath salts” in convenience stores, and are often marked as not for human consumption. New regulations from the New York State department of health are the latest in efforts to control the substances. “Bath salts and other synthetic drugs pose a direct, serious threat to public health and safety, and we must do everything we can to remove these harmful substances from sale and distribution in New York,” said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.