Local & State
Ports Authority seeks new terminal for cruise liners
The South Carolina Ports Authority wants to replace its aging terminal with a new one built by renovating an old waterfront warehouse now that Carnival Cruise Lines has based its 2,056-passenger liner Fantasy in the city.
The DHEC permit allows placing five additional clusters of pilings in the water beneath the warehouse where there are now 1,008 pile clusters.
Opponents say the new terminal will mean more pollution and will affect property values and quality of life in historic Charleston. But State Administrative Law Judge Ralph K. Anderson ruled last April the opponents lack legal standing to challenge the permit.
Nation & World
Household spending ticks upward
American households picked up spending in the fourth quarter and remained confident in early 2015, indicating the economy is poised to overcome any bumps caused by slower global demand.
The biggest gain in consumer purchases in four years helped gross domestic product expand at a 2.2 percent annualized rate at the end of 2014, although that was less than previously estimated, according to Commerce Department data issued Friday.
An improving job market and generally cheaper fuel probably will help sustain consumer spending, which accounts for almost 70 percent of the economy.
Economic expansion slowed late in 2014
The U.S. economy expanded at a slower pace than initially thought in the fourth quarter of 2014, as a weaker trade balance and less stockpiling by businesses weighed on growth. Overall, economic output rose at an annual rate of 2.2 percent in October, November and December, below the initial estimate of 2.6 percent issued last month, according to government data released Friday.
Uber’s driver data breached
Uber says a database containing the names and drivers’ license numbers of 50,000 of its drivers was breached in May.
The ride-sharing service says it has notified the drivers and hasn’t received any reports of the information being misused. Uber says it will offer a one-year membership in Experian’s ProtectMyID Alert identity theft protection service to the drivers involved.
The company said Friday the breach affects drivers in multiple states, but involves only a “small percentage” of its current and former drivers.
• Every day, Warren Buffett drinks his first Coke of the day for breakfast and guzzles 32 ounces by the end of his day. “I’m one quarter Coca-Cola,” Warren Buffett told Fortune magazine this week. “If I eat 2,700 calories a day, a quarter of that is Coca-Cola.” That’s nearly 200 grams of sugar in soda alone, or roughly eight times what the World Health Organization recommends anyone eat in total each day.
• Apparently Google bloggers like to post porn. A lot. Just three days after saying sexually explicit material would be banned from public Blogger forum sites, Google is backing down. Faced with “a ton of feedback,” Google said Friday that it instead will “step up enforcement” against commercial and illegal porn.