CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Ohio political leaders plan to examine any merger of Continental Airlines and United Airlines to see if consolidating the carriers into the world's largest airline would lead to higher ticket prices and fewer flight choices.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson said Thursday he's retained a law firm with expertise in antitrust issues and airline mergers to investigate the impact of a Continental-United union. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown wants federal regulators to skeptically weigh such a deal to judge how it would affect passengers.

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