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U.S. TO BLOCK MERGER DEAL

The Justice Department filed suit Tuesday to block General Dynamics Corp. from buying Newport News Shipbuilding about an hour after the Pentagon threw its support behind a competing bid by Northrop Grumman Corp.

The Justice Department said a merger between the Newport News, Va.-based shipbuilder and General Dynamics would result in a monopoly for building nuclear submarines, a weapon vital to national security.

General Dynamics and Newport News are the nation's only nuclear submarine builders.

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