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October 19, 1996

``Obviously we’re pleased. When we announced the merger in February we did not anticipate any regulatory hurdles.″ _ U S West spokeswoman Lois Leach after the Federal Communications Commission on Friday approved U S West’s $10.8 billion acquisition of Continental Cablevision.


``I haven’t decided, and I don’t plan to decide until after the election, and after I sit down and talk to the president about it.″ _ Defense Secretary William Perry on whether he’ll stay in his job if he is asked to after the election.


``France has been less eager to adopt modern communication devices than other industrial countries.″ _ Thierry Mileo, an executive at the cellular phone operator Bouygues Telecom, as the state-owned phone company, France Telecom, introduced new 10-digit numbers, greatly expanding its telephone capacity.