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Gadget Watch: PadFone novel as phone-tablet hybrid
NEW YORK (AP) -- Companies often blend old products to give you something new....

Medicare hospital fund to last 4 years longer
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Medicare's finances are looking brighter, the government said Monday. The program's giant hospital trust fund won't be exhausted until 2030 - four years later than last year's estimate....

US companies increasingly fish for growth overseas
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Major U.S. companies are starting to reap their most rapid growth in fertile lands of opportunity far from home....

FAA proposes to fines Southwest Airlines $12M
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it is proposing a $12 million civil fine against Southwest Airlines for failing to comply in three separate cases with safety regulations related to repairs on Boeing 737 jetliners....

Dollar Tree steps up fight, buys Family Dollar
NEW YORK (AP) -- The fight for penny pinchers is intensifying....

Russia ordered to pay $50 billion over Yukos
LONDON (AP) -- Russia was ordered Monday to pay more than $50 billion for expropriating what was once the country's largest oil producer, Yukos, in a court ruling that adds economic and diplomatic pressure on the country at a time of increasing isolation....

US stocks flip between slight gains and losses
NEW YORK (AP) -- Major stock market indexes drifted between slight gains and losses Monday afternoon, as traders prepare for a week full of reports on the economy and corporate profits....

Contracts to buy US homes slip in June
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes in June, as the real estate market appears to have cooled off this summer....

Zillow buying Trulia to build real estate titan
NEW YORK (AP) -- Zillow and Trulia, two companies that changed the way people shop for homes, are combining....

A look at how Dollar Tree, Family Dollar differ
NEW YORK (AP) -- Dollar Tree is stepping up its fight for penny-pinching customers. On Monday, the discounter said it would acquire rival discounter Family Dollar for $8.5 billion, making it the biggest player in the dollar store category. The acquisition comes as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is going after lower-income customers with smaller stores. Despite their names, Dollar Store and Family Dollar vary in their business models....

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