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Club Car recalling cars for tank issue

Club Car is recalling 600 Precedent golf cars, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced Wednesday, because a fuel tank seam can separate and allow fuel to leak, causing a fire hazard.

The golf carts, made in Augusta, were sold at dealers around the U.S. in April and May.

Club Car has received three reports of incidents involving splits in the seams of the fuel tank. No injuries or fires have been reported.

Blockbuster stores to liquidate, close

Blockbuster stores on Washington and Peach Orchard roads will liquidate their inventories and close in early 2012.

The inventory liquidation will begin Dec. 27, according to a store manager who refused to give her name.

Messages sent to Blockbuster corporate officials were not returned Wednesday.

Blockbuster declared bankruptcy this year and was acquired by Dish Network. At the time of the bankruptcy auction in April, there were 1,700 Blockbuster stores nationwide. Shortly after the acquisition, nearly 200 stores closed, including one in Evans.

Outlook bleak for deal to save euro

BERLIN — German and French officials lowered expectations Wednesday for a deal to save the euro at this week’s European summit, deflating investors’ hopes for an imminent resolution to Europe’s debt crisis.

On the same day that German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy released the details of a plan for European nations to submit their economies to tighter scrutiny, a senior German official suggested a deal could be weeks away.

The summit, which begins tonight, has been described as do-or-die for the 17 countries that use the euro. A growing number of eurozone economies are being dragged down by crippling debt.

In other news

J.C. PENNEY CO. is buying a minority stake in Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. for $38.5 million, the latest move by the department store to attract new customers and perk up lackluster sales.

– From staff and wire reports


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