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U.S. consumer spending falls, inflation pressures muted

WASHINGTON - U.S. consumer spending fell for a second straight month in January, likely as lower gasoline prices continued to weigh on receipts at service stations.

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U.S. judge rules Nebraska same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

LINCOLN, Neb. - A federal judge on Monday ruled Nebraska's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional in a decision that could allow same-sex couples to marry in the state within a week.

Kerry rebukes U.N. Rights Council as 'obsessed' with Israel

GENEVA - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry accused the U.N. Human Rights Council on Monday of being obsessed by allegations of Israeli abuses and said the United States would defend Israel against efforts to isolate it.

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HP to buy Wi-Fi gear maker Aruba Networks for $2.7 billion

- Hewlett-Packard Co said it would buy Wi-Fi network gear maker Aruba Networks Inc for about $2.7 billion, the biggest deal for the world's No. 2 PC maker since its botched acquisition of Britain's Autonomy Plc in 2011.

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Buffett says 'no jockeying' between Jain, Abel for top post: CNBC

NEW YORK - Warren Buffett, the billionaire chief executive officer and chairman of Berkshire Hathaway , told CNBC on Monday that Berkshire executives Ajit Jain and Greg Abel were not angling for the top Berkshire job. | Video

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Iraq launches attack to retake Tikrit from Islamic State

BAGHDAD - Iraq's armed forces, backed by Shi'ite militia, attacked Islamic State strongholds north of Baghdad on Monday as they launched an offensive to retake the city of Tikrit and the surrounding Sunni Muslim province of Salahuddin. | Video

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Accused Boston bomber's lawyers seek to discuss brother early in trial

BOSTON - Lawyers for the Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and federal prosecutors sparred on Monday over how much evidence related to his motive and his brother's role in the attack can be presented in the opening weeks of his trial.