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Bye bye, bile? Websites try to nix nasty comments 


(AP) — Mix blatant bigotry with poor spelling. Add a dash of ALL CAPS. Top it off with a violent threat. And there you have it: A recipe for the worst of online comments, scourge of the Internet.

Obama signs bipartisan budget deal, defense bill

(AP) — President Barack Obama signed a bipartisan budget deal Thursday easing spending cuts and a defense bill cracking down on sexual assault in the military, marking a modest end to a challenging year for the White House and Congress.

Stocks up on job market news; Bond yields rise

(AP) — The stock market continued its upward climb Thursday as traders went back to work after the Christmas holiday, adding to what has already been a historic year for the market.

Online shopping grows, with some growing pains

Americans waited until the last minute to buy holiday gifts, but retailers weren't prepared for the spike.

Rams claim state overtaxes team

(AP) — Attorneys for the St. Louis Rams have filed a tax appeal with the state of Missouri, seeking a refund of about $400,000.

Santa's sleigh delayed after snags at UPS, FedEx

(AP) — Santa's sleigh didn't make it in time for Christmas for some this year due to shipping problems at UPS and FedEx.

McDonald's closes employee website amid criticism

McDonald's Corp. has shut down a website intended to provide employees with work and life guidance after it generated negative publicity for the fast-food company.

Stocks end on a high note before Christmas

(AP) — Stocks rose in a holiday-shortened trading day Tuesday, helped by a report that showed American companies were investing in their businesses at the fastest pace since January.

Health care site put to the test as deadline nears 


(AP) — The government's revamped health care website was put to its biggest test yet as a record-breaking surge of Americans rushed to beat Tuesday's extended deadline for signing up for coverage.

Holiday sales down for 3rd week 


(AP) — Stores are hoping Americans who've been tight-fisted with their money will get the last-minute itch to buy in the final week of the holiday shopping season.