News bites: NSA allegedly spied on Brazil’s national oil company

The National Security Agency (NSA) spied on Petrobras, Brazil’s state-run oil producer, according to reports that cite documents provided by NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

The New York Times examines a Brazilian TV station’s report here, and The Washington Post explores it here.

Bloomberg checks in on oil prices.

The Associated Press reports that the Energy Department will lose roughly $42 million on a loan to a now-shuttered company that made natural-gas-powered vans for the disabled.

The Houston Chronicle describes (with photos!) the biggest mergers and acquisitions in the U.S. energy sector in recent years.