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Berkshire Hathaway owns 31 pct of wallboard maker (access required)

OMAHA, Neb.  — Warren Buffett’s company now owns nearly 31 percent of the world’s largest manufacturer of wallboard, USG Corp. Berkshire Hathaway Inc. filed an update with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday showing that it now owns 43.4 ...

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NC, SC populations keep growing (access required)

RALEIGH — North Carolina and South Carolina keep growing at a strong clip. The U.S. Census Bureau announced Monday its national and state-by-state population estimates. It projected North Carolina’s population at nearly 9.85 million people as of July 1. That’s an increase of almost 100,000 people compared ...

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NC firm hopes to improve blight with towers (access required)

CHAPEL HILL  — Chapel Hill-based Eco-Site Inc. wants to give blighted properties in urban areas a second chance as wireless communication tower sites. The approximately year-old company, which received an $80 million equity financing commitment last year, is looking to ...

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Average US 30-year mortgage rises to 4.48 percent (access required)

WASHINGTON  — Average U.S. rates for fixed mortgages crept higher this week but remained low by historical standards. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the rate on the 30-year loan increased to 4.48 percent from 4.47 percent last week. ...

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PNC paying $35M to resolve loan claims (access required)

WASHINGTON  — PNC Financial Services Group is paying $35 million to resolve government claims of discrimination in residential loans against a Cleveland-based bank that PNC bought in 2009. The agreement announced Monday by the Justice Department and the Consumer Financial ...

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