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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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