Ariz. AG drops suit opposing Citizen closure

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- The Arizona attorney general's office has dropped an antitrust lawsuit challenging Gannett Co.'s closure of the Tucson Citizen.

Attorney General Terry Goddard's office voluntarily withdrew the lawsuit.

Tuesday's filing said the complaint was being dismissed without prejudice, essentially preserving the right to refile the case later.

The 138-year-old Citizen published its last print edition on May 16 but maintains a presence on the Internet.

The May 15 lawsuit alleged Gannett conspired with Lee Enterprises Inc., owner of the morning Arizona Daily Star, to close the Citizen to make more money.

A federal judge last week refused to issue an order forcing Gannett to resume publishing the Citizen.

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