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  • Squirrel population boom frustrates fruit growers Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 2:39 AM ET

    MONTPELIER, Vt.-- Don't let the bright eyes and bushy tails fool you. In southern Vermont, Clarence Boston said he hasn't seen such an infestation of pests in the 33 years he has been an orchardist on 60 farms in five states. This year's squirrel boom in parts of Vermont followed two seasons of bountiful acorn and beechnut crops and last year's mild winter.

  • Jasper port opening could be later than projected Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 5:46 PM ET

    CHARLESTON, S.C.-- A $5 billion Savannah River container ship terminal planned since before the Great Recession may not be needed as early as projected because of the world economic slowdown.

  • Jasper Terminal board meeting in Charleston Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 3:32 PM ET

    CHARLESTON, S.C.-- The two-state board working to build a $5 billion steamship terminal on the South Carolina side of the Savannah River is meeting in Charleston. The Georgia- South Carolina board working to develop the Jasper Ocean Terminal meets Monday at the South Carolina State Ports Authority.

  • Company expands SC operations, adds 50 jobs Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 11:49 AM ET

    ABBEVILLE, S.C.-- A company that does screen printing and embroidery for promotional products is adding 50 new jobs at its facility in South Carolina's Abbeville County. Company president Kevin Nord says the company needs to expand to meet increasing customer demand.

  • SC jobless agency cutting more than 100 positions Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 11:06 AM ET

    COLUMBIA, S.C.-- The agency that tracks South Carolina's unemployment rate is downsizing. The Department of Employment and Workforce said Monday it would cut more than 130 jobs statewide. South Carolina's jobless rate held fast at 9.6 percent in August, essentially remaining the same as in July.

  • $300 million harbor deepening moves to water Sunday, 14 Oct 2012 | 9:43 AM ET

    CHARLESTON, S.C.-- For the past several weeks, James Phillips and Jeff Marshall have been up before dawn streaks the sky, taking their 24- foot research boat to a ramp on Charleston Harbor. The work by the Coastal Carolina University researchers is all part of a sheaf of studies needed for a planned $300 million deepening of the Charleston Harbor shipping channel.

  • AKRON, Ohio, Oct 12- A man lured to Ohio by a phony Craigslist job ad testified on Friday that a teenager charged with trying to kill him waited in a car while an accomplice walked into a heavily wooded area with the victim and shot him last November.

  • TEXT-Fitch cuts 16 classes of JPMCC 2008-C2 Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 6:04 PM ET

    Oct 12- Fitch Ratings has downgraded 16 classes and removed from Rating Watch Negative 15 classes of J.P. Morgan Chase Mortgage Securities Trust, series 2008- C2.

  • TEXT-Fitch cuts some RBSCF 2009-RR1 ratings Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 6:01 PM ET

    Oct 12- Fitch Ratings has downgraded 16 classes and removed from Rating Watch Negative 15 classes of J.P. Morgan Chase Mortgage Securities Trust, series 2008- C2.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 10- In 2008, singer will.i.am provided Barack Obama's presidential campaign with music for its signature anthem, "Yes We Can." On Tuesday, at a rally for Obama in Columbus, Ohio, the performer chose to play something new: the theme song for "Sesame Street."

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 10- In 2008, singer will.i.am provided Barack Obama's presidential campaign with music for its signature anthem, "Yes We Can." On Tuesday, at a rally for Obama in Columbus, Ohio, the performer chose to play something new: the theme song for "Sesame Street."

  • Highlights from the Fed's US economic survey Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 4:56 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- A Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday found that the economy grew modestly in the late summer, bolstered by solid gains in housing. The report is based on anecdotal information from the regional districts and covers the period from mid-August to Sept. 28. The region's economy expanded modestly.

  • NAGOYA, Japan, Oct 10- A Boeing Co official said the planemaker has its sprawling global supply chain under control for its lightweight Dreamliner jet and plans to ratchet up production, a jump in output a Japanese supplier said could expose new supply bottlenecks.

  • Group promotes vehicles that use alternative fuel Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:10 AM ET

    COLUMBIA, S.C.-- A group that promotes the use of alternative fuels is taking part in an event at the University of South Carolina. National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day Odyssey was created by a program of West Virginia University in 2002 and has been held every two years since.

  • Could pepperoni spoil presidential debate? Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 6:14 AM ET

    Pizza Hut is offering a lifetime of free pizza _ one large pie a week for 30 years _ or a check for $15,600 to anyone who poses the question to either President Barack Obama or Republican candidate Mitt Romney during the live Town Hall- style debate next Tuesday.

  • NAGOYA, Oct 10- Boeing Co is on course to achieve a difficult production target for its fuel-efficient 787 Dreamliner jets, an executive said on Wednesday, after the company fell behind its initial delivery schedule due to development delays. Boeing now makes three and a half of the new carbon-composite jets a month.

  • Jury being picked in teen Craigslist killings case Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 3:06 PM ET

    AKRON, Ohio-- Jury selection began Tuesday in the murder trial of a teenager who was befriended by a self-styled chaplain accused in a deadly scheme to lure victims with phony Craigslist job offers. He and his co-defendant, Richard Beasley, 53, of Akron, have pleaded not guilty.

  • In Ohio, Mandel's Senate bid faces Dems' scrutiny Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 1:03 PM ET

    CHILLICOTHE, Ohio-- Josh Mandel, the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate, declines to take a stand on the 2009 bailout of the auto industry and reserves judgment on vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan's plans for Medicare.

  • WHO: 'Brain-eating amoeba' kills 10 in Pakistan Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 11:04 AM ET

    ISLAMABAD-- A waterborne parasite commonly known as "brain-eating amoeba" has killed 10 people in Pakistan's largest city, a Pakistani official with the World Health Organization said Tuesday. Musa Khan, in charge of WHO's Disease Early Warning System in Pakistan, said the deaths were reported in the city of Karachi from March to September.

  • WHY IT MATTERS: Labor Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 9:04 AM ET

    A unionized job once meant a secure path to a middle-class life. President Barack Obama has signed a series of executive orders that encourage the use of union labor in federal construction projects, ease union financial reporting requirements and more.