MIDDAY UPDATE: Waters off S.C. beach open after possible shark bites

The waters off a 7-mile stretch of South Carolina beach were reopened Friday following reports of two possible shark bites a day earlier, a town official said. The waters off the Isle of Palms near Charleston were closed Thursday afternoon when a 9-year-old boy and 30-year-old man suffered leg injuries within three hours of each other, said Isle of Palms administrator Linda Tucker. The injuries were separated by about four miles, Tucker said. She could not confirm they were shark bites. Both were treated at the scene and taken to local hospitals. Their names and conditions were not immediately available, Tucker said.

After the boy was injured, beachgoers were asked to leave the water along 400 yards of beach for about 45 minutes, she said.

The city’s entire beachfront was closed for the rest of the evening following the second injury about 4:40 p.m.

Helicopters, boats and officials on the beach were to patrol the coastline Friday, Tucker said.

Tucker said it has been at least five years since anyone was bitten by a shark along the Isle of Palms, which is about 15 miles north of Charleston.— Associated Press- Associated Press

Wall Street off to another bad start

Wall Street skidded further this morning as investors again succumbed to anxiety over tight credit conditions even after the Federal Reserve said it would do all it can to ‘‘facilitate the orderly functioning of financial markets.’’ The Dow Jones industrials at times was off more than 200 points.

The market, which has been gyrating for weeks over fears that credit is drying up, moved lower although the Fed also injected cash into the banking system this morning. The drop showed the depths of fear that have investors yanking money out of stocks.

In late morning trading, the Dow Jones industrials dropped 122.34, or 0.92 percent, to 13,148.34, adding to a 387-point plunge on Thursday and extending a series of triple-digit moves that began in late July. The Dow earlier fell more than 200 points.

Today’s pullback followed the zigzag trading and triple-digit moves in the Dow since the index closed at a record 14,000.41 on July 19. As of Thursday’s close, the Dow was down about 730 points, or 5.2 percent, from its record close.

Broader stock indicators also declined today. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 9.54, or 0.66 percent, to 1,443.55, and the Nasdaq composite index fell 26.19, or 1.02 percent, to 2,530.30.- Associated Press


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