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Privacy advocates criticize map tool that shows photos

Google Street View has arrived in the Lowcountry and could be looking in your window. But don't close the blinds now. The mapping tool, which provides an eye-level photograph of a requested address, gathered its images here months ago.

Most shoppers cutting back on holiday spending, survey shows

WASHINGTON â€" If it makes you feel any better, you're not the only one keeping tight reins on holiday shopping. Fifty-three percent say they expect to spend less on holiday gifts than they did last year, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll released Wednesday. An additional 40 percent say they will spend about the same.

Home sales down; so are home prices

First, the bad news. Charleston-area home sales plunged a dramatic 46 percent last month compared to the same month last year, marking the steepest year-over-year slide since the local housing slump began. Only 435 homes sold during November, a figure so low that the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors, which tallies the figures, couldn't find a lower monthly sales number in its database, which dates to 2003.

Review sought for coal plant

The South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce and the state Wildlife Federation said at a news conference that Santee Cooper has no outside body to oversee its operations the way the Public Service Commission regulates investor-owned utilities. Officials from the two organizations asked Gov. Mark Sanford and the other four members of the Santee Cooper Advisory Board to review the company's plan for a $1.25 billion coal-fired power plant along the Great Pee Dee River. Also on the board are the attorney general, the secretary of state, the comptroller general and the state treasurer. All are elected constitutional officers.

Commodities tick up, lifting stock market

NEW YORK â€" Wall Street resumed its rally Wednesday, rising moderately as investors saw rebounding commodities prices as a reason to snap up energy and materials stocks.

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