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NC city lowers fluoride levels because of concerns

Asheville has reduced the amount of fluoride in its regional water supply after new studies prompted the federal government to recommend smaller doses of the substance that has been promoted for decades as an aid against tooth decay. Full story

Jeweler loses $400,000 white Christmas bet

A North Carolina jewelry store owner made a $400,000 bet against a white Christmas — and lost. Full story

Fed bans dividends at Westar Financial

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve said on Tuesday it ordered Weststar Financial Services Corp <WFSC.OB> to refrain from paying dividends or otherwise reducing the capital from its main subsidiary, The Bank of Asheville, in North Carolina. Full story

Fall foliage, Southern charm in Asheville, N.C.

They're called the Blue Ridge Mountains, but in Asheville in the fall, they might as well be called the orange, red and yellow. Full story

Obama’s start weekend getaway with ribs

   President Obama and the first lady flew a smaller version of Air Force One to Asheville, North Carolina on Friday for a bona fide vacation. NBC's Brian Williams reports.

Gerald Ford's former press secretary dies

Jerald terHorst, who resigned as White House press secretary rather than defend President Gerald Ford's pardon of Richard Nixon, is dead at age 87. Full story

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Fall color
Fall color

This undated photo provided by the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau shows a view of Asheville's fall foliage from a hot air balloon ride.

Fall on the Blue Ridge Parkway
Fall on the Blue Ridge Parkway

This Sept. 2007 photo released by the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau shows a motorcyclist on a scenic fall drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville, N.C. There's no better place in the Asheville area to see the leaves than the Blue Ridge Parkway, which is celebrating its 75th annive

This undated photo provided by the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau shows a view of Asheville's fall foliage from a hot air balloon ride. The mountains that surround Asheville, N.C., are called the Blue Ridge. But in the fall, they might as well be called the orange, red and yellow. (AP