(Changes dateline from FALLS CHURCH, Va., adds byline, analyst comment, background, updates stock price) By Mark Weinraub NEW YORK, Dec 19 (Reuters) - Defense contractor General Dynamics Corp. on Thursday said it would buy General Motors Corp.'s defense unit for $1.1 billion, giving it the top spot in the growing market for combat vehicles. General Dynamics, also a leading maker of combat ships and information systems, said it expects the all-cash deal to close in the first quarter of ...
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