Americans use 300 million gallons of gasoline every day, so it's no surprise they keep a close eye on prices at the pump. Taxes, refinery regulations, transportation expenses and global crude oil supply and demand all influence rising costs.
-- First the Labor Department announced that while American workers were more productive at the end of last year, the gains in productivity slowed. The AP reports that could "signal that companies are ready to hire more workers."
As has been the case with all of Apple's product unveilings, there is a shroud of secrecy surrounding today's impending announcement.
Today, Apple has invited media to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco for a 1 p.m. ET. event. The only clue provided by Apple was a typically cryptic invitation with a picture of an iPad and a few words: "We have something you really have to see. And touch."
Our friends at It's All Politics have started to digest the results of Super Tuesday. In a nutshell, it pretty much left us where we were before the 10 big contests: All four candidates are still in the race and the campaign will go on and on.
There were two non-presidential pieces of news from last night, too:
Tuesday's primary results set up high stakes for fall races for U.S. Senate and a newly drawn U.S. House district along the Lake Erie shoreline.
Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel claimed the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate, as expected. He'll now face Democratic incumbent Sherrod Brown in a contest that promises to be intense and expensive. Mandel has already raised $4 million toward the fight, and Brown has a similar amount.
Mandel took 49 percent of the vote statewide in a race against five other GOP contenders.
Ohio's voter turnout for Super Tuesday is well short of the record rate logged for the primary election four years ago, when there were hot contests for both Republicans and Democrats in the presidential race.
Results posted by the Secretary of State's office show the turnout was just over 25 percent Tuesday. Ohio voters narrowly favored Mitt Romney over Rick Santorum as the Republicans battle for the chance to challenge President Barack Obama in November.
More than 1.9 million of Ohio's 7.7 million voters cast a ballot.