IN THE NEWS: MORE BLACK FRIDAY SPENDING MOVING TO ONLINE
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Instead of lining up to storm the doors of brick-and-mortar stores on Black Friday, looks like more people went online -- and stormed websites in search of bargains. The latest numbers show a trend toward kicking back at home to snatch up deals. Sales a retail stores on Black Friday fell to $10.4 billion this year, down from $11.6 billion in 2014. A big reason for the decline is increased online shopping. Another factor is that many retailers offer bargains long before Thanksgiving. That tends to limit the impact of Black Friday specials. We'll soon see what effect all of this will have on Cyber Monday -- when traditionally people hit the computers at work to buy things online. But with the spread of broadband service in homes and the increased use of smartphones, it's possible the Cyber Monday effect on the holiday shopping season may be blunted.
IN THE NEWS: DOMESTIC SURVEILLANCE QUESTIONED IN WAKE OF PARIS ATTACKS
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Paris terrorist attacks served to put a renewed spotlight on domestic surveillance laws -- laws put into place after the Sept. 11 attacks rocked the United States in 2001. Two of the Republican presidential candidates are on opposite sides of the issue. Marco Rubio supported those who wanted the National Security Agency to keep collecting. But Ted Cruz was one of the few GOP members who joined with Democrats to curb the NSA. With polls showing the public is more concerned with security after the Paris attacks, Rubio and Cruz have been hammering each other on the issue, in an effort to make a distinction with would-be voters.
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