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Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal says Apple Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. are trying to stop competitors from offering lower e-book prices.

Blumenthal announced Monday that his office is investigating agreements made by the two companies that deter publishers from giving discounts to other e-book providers.

Blumenthal says the agreements hurt competition. He says he hopes to meet with representatives from both companies to discuss them.

Telephone messages left for and e-mails sent to Amazon and Apple representatives on Monday were not immediately returned.

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