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US consumer spending dips 0.1 per cent

US consumer spending dips 0.1 per cent in July, first decline since January; income weak
Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - U.S. consumer spending fell in July, with a drop in auto purchases accounting for most of the weakness. Income growth also slowed.

Consumer spending edged down 0.1 per cent last month after a 0.4 per cent increase in June, the Commerce Department reported Friday. It was the first decline in spending since January. Income growth slowed to 0.2 per cent in July, the weakest showing in seven months.

Governor: Utah should defend anti-polygamy law

US governor says state should defend law anti-polygamy struck down in 'Sister Wives' case
Lindsay Whitehurst, The Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah's governor says the state should appeal a court ruling that favours the family on the TV show "Sister Wives" and strikes down key parts of a law criminalizing polygamy.

Republican Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday at his monthly televised news conference on KUED that state laws should be defended in court until all appeals are exhausted.

Sources: US considering new relief mission in Iraq

Sources: US considering humanitarian relief mission for ethnic Turkmen in northern Iraq
Robert Burns, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is considering launching a humanitarian relief operation for Shiite Turkmen in northern Iraq who have been under siege for weeks by Islamic State militants, U.S. defence officials said Wednesday.

Army officer recommends trial in WikiLeaks case

Army officer recommends court-martial trial for soldier charged in WikiLeaks case
David Dishneau, The Associated Press

An Army officer recommended a general court-martial Thursday for a low-ranking intelligence analyst charged with causing the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history.

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