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Gas, food prices hit rural families hard

Twice a week, Myriam Garcia puts snow chains on her 22-year-old gas guzzler and noses two miles down the hill from her trailer in rural western Montana. Then, instead of turning south and driving the 45 miles to Helena for grocery shopping like she used to, she parks on the side of the road and waits for a friend or neighbor heading into town to give her a lift. In Helena, Jackie Merenz loads her beat-up SUV with juice boxes, graham crackers and apple sauce she bought at Walmart for her 6-year-old daughter’s birthday party. The 60-mile round trip she
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AT&T buys T-Mobile

AT&T Inc plans to pay $39 billion for Deutsche Telekom AG’s T-Mobile USA to create a new U.S. mobile market leader, but the pricey purchase is likely to attract intense antitrust scrutiny over potentially higher customer bills. The deal gives AT&T, the No. 2 US mobile service often criticized for its poor network performance, additional capacity to expand and meet ever increasing demands for videos and data from devices such as Apple Inc’s iPhone. For Deutsche Telekom, the deal offloads an asset that was declining in profitability and provides it with funds to pay down debt and buy back shares.
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Coalition claims success in Libya

Coalition strikes have succeeded in crippling the air defenses of Moamer Kadhafi‘s Libyan regime and a no-fly zone is effectively in place over the country, the US military said Sunday. “We judge these strikes have been very effective in significantly degrading the regime air defense capability,” vice-admiral Bill Gortney told a Pentagon briefing. French, American and British forces have launched the biggest intervention in the Arab world since the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq, firing more than 120 Tomahawk Cruise missiles and conducting bombing raids on key Libyan targets. “The no-fly zone is effectively in place,” the Pentagon spokesman said,
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Cruise missile hits Gadhafi’s compound

A cruise missile blasted Moammar Gadhafi‘s residential compound in an attack that carried as much symbolism as military effect, and fighter jets destroyed a line of tanks moving on the rebel capital. The U.S. said the international assault would hit any government forces attacking the opposition. Oil prices jumped to nearly $103 a barrel Monday in Asia after the Libyan leader vowed a “long war” amid a second night of allied strikes in the OPEC nation. Jubilant rebels said they expected to bring him down in a matter of days. It was not known where Gadhafi was when the missile
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Japan evacuates workers from nuke plan

Operators evacuated workers from Japan’s tsunami-damaged nuclear plant Monday after gray smoke rose from one of its reactor units, the latest of persistent troubles in stabilizing the radiation-leaking complex. The evacuation brought to a standstill some of the work on restoring the plant’s electrical lines and restarting the water pumping systems needed to keep nuclear fuel from overheating and releasing even greater amounts of radiation. Tokyo Electric Power Co. spokesman Hiroshi Aizawa said the evacuation was prompted by smoke rising from the area of the spent fuel storage pool at the plant’s Unit 3 reactor building. However, nuclear safety agency
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