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PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The father of the youngest victim of a 2003 nightclub fire that killed 100 people has met with the new U.S. attorney for Rhode Island to ask federal authorities to investigate.
Dave Kane met for about 40 minutes Monday with Peter Neronha (neh-ROW'-nah), three members of Neronha's office and an FBI agent.
A spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office would not comment on the discussion.
Kane would not be specific. He says they discussed decisions that were made by state and local investigators before, during and after the fire. He says they seemed motivated by what he calls "an attitude of protecting each other."
Kane says the prosecutors did not say whether they would investigate, but said they would consider it.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A federal judge in Rhode Island has thrown out a $388 million patent infringement jury verdict against Microsoft.
A jury in April found that Microsoft, the world's largest software maker, had infringed on a patent owned by Uniloc Inc.
Irvine, Calif.-based Uniloc makes software that prevents people from illegally installing software on multiple computers. Uniloc says Microsoft's Windows XP and some Office programs infringe on a related patent.
U.S. District Judge William Smith dismissed the verdict Tuesday and ruled in Microsoft's favor. He sides with Microsoft's objection to a pie chart Uniloc used at trial showing $19.27 billion as the total revenue from Windows XP and some office programs.
Microsoft, based in Redmond, Wash., says it is pleased. Lawyers for Uniloc did not immediately return a call seeking comment Wednesday.