The Environmental Protection Agency Monday issued final regulations that ease the annual requirements for ethanol in gasoline, a response to market restraints and other conditions that are preventing the Obama administration from meeting goals laid out in a 2007 law.
The government on Sunday ended a National Security Agency program that collected the phone records of millions of Americans thanks to the USA Freedom Act. But there are a few reasons it's unclear how much of the data is still in government hands -- and how long it will stay there.
In some ways, it seems like Cyber Monday should have been no big deal for e-commerce this year. Smartphones have put the Internet in our pockets, meaning there’s less need to wait until Monday morning when people return to their office computers to scope out the digital deals. Plus, holiday shoppers have already been on a digital spending tear for several days: 103 million people shopped online between Thanksgiving and Sunday, and consumers spent a record $8.03 billion online during that time period, a 17 percent increase over last year.