Reuters: U.S. consumer spending in December rose more than expected.
Reuters: Lawmakers unveiled a spending bill that aims to prevent another government shutdown and boost funding of military and domestic programs.
Reuters: Sexy sports cars are now being outfitted to counter concerns about energy and the environment.
USA Today: Groupon has acquired the flash sales fashion site, ideeli, to expand its apparel sector.
Reuters: Employers hired the fewest number of workers at the end of 2013.
BBC: The retailer says personal data was stolen from 70 million customers — 30 million more than first reported.
Reuters: Governor Chris Christie will hold a news conference today to discuss the scandal involving Christie's staff and the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee, NJ.
BBC: An Alberta resident has died from the H5N1 avian influenza strain, becoming the first fatal case in North America.
BBC: The move paves the way for firms such as Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft to enter a lucrative market.
WSJ: Private-sector payrolls rose by 238,000 in December, the highest gain since November 2012.
USA Today: JPMorgan Chase must pay $1.7 billion to settle criminal charges from the Bernard Madoff case.
CBS: The 29-year-old will skip the Winter Games in Russia due to a right knee injury.
Forbes: Taxes on legal marijuana have made its prices much higher than its black-market counterpart.