Travelers left behind a record $531,395.22 in loose change at security checkpoints in US airports in fiscal 2012, the Transportation Security Administration says. In a report to Congress, seen by the Washington Post, the TSA said more than $10,000 in change was forgotten at each of 13 major airports in such cities as New York, Dallas, Atlanta and San Francisco. Passengers at Miami International Airport, a prime gateway for Latin American travellers, left $39,613, more than at any other airport. Under US law, the TSA -- with a $7.6 billion budget for the fiscal 2012 year that ended September 30 -- is supposed to spend any loose change it finds on civil aviation security.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide on a key software industry issue of which kinds of computer-related software are eligible for patent protection. The court said in a one-line order that it would hear a case brought by Alice Corporation Pty Ltd, which holds a patent for a computer system that facilitates financial transactions. The patent is challenged by CLS Bank International. The court took no action on another case raising the same issue involving a patent dispute between WildTangent Inc and Ultramercial Inc.