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ID program sees few glitches

After more than a year of preparations, the Port of Charleston on Monday required that anyone coming onto its facilities unescorted carry a new federal identification badge. And despite the potential for mayhem from maritime workers showing up without the ID card, fewer than 3 percent of them did.

Retailers try to draw shoppers with deals

NEW YORK â€" Retailers who saw Thanksgiving holiday sales drop off as the weekend progressed stepped up online promotions on the day known as "Cyber Monday" to try to get consumers tired of the crowds at stores to keep shopping.

Boost sought for bank

First Financial Holdings Inc., the largest Charleston-based bank owner, is seeking a piece of the federal bailout program. The company, which owns First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Charleston, said Monday that it has been approved to participate in the U.S. Treasury Department's bank capitalization plan.

A&E requests another day in court with Davis

Television network A&E is blaming misplaced sympathy for a South Carolina jury's recent multimillion-dollar ruling in favor of local real estate investor Richard Davis and is seeking another day in court.

Wall Street hammered

NEW YORK â€" The stock market suffered one of its worst days since the financial meltdown Monday, slicing 680 points off the Dow Jones industrial average as Wall Street snapped out of its daydream of a rally and once again faced the harsh reality of a recession.










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