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Looks like the world's largest airlineis becominga reality. The government has settled its lawsuit and will allow American Airlines and USAirways to merge.Thatmerger maymean lowerticket prices for you.That'sbecause the terms of the deal are going to provide and opportunity for low-cost airlines to fly more flights out of some of the nation's biggest airports.The next hurdle the merger must overcome is approval by a US BankruptcyCourt. That's expected totake place nextmonth.

Apple began selling its new iPad mini online Tuesday. Right now it is not available in Apple stores. But you can get the smaller speedier tablet from select retailers and fromApple's wireless partners AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon. Four-hundred dollars is the starting cost for the iPad mini.

The price ofFrancis Bacon's 'Three Studies of Lucian Freud' went for more than $142 million at auction yesterday. That makes it the most expensive painting ever sold at auction. So far the buyerhas not been identified.

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