Google says EU OKs $12.5B Motorola Mobility deal

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google says European regulators have approved its $12.5 billion deal to buy Motorola Mobility.

U.S. regulators still need to clear the deal, though EU approval is a major step.

The union of Google Inc. and Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. could help Google advance its Android operating system for mobile devices. Motorola is one of the leading makers of Android-based phones and has been struggling lately.