• Donald Trump October 27, 2019 12:54 am

    Harris Speaks at Criminal Justice Candidate Forum After Organizers Nixed

    A criminal justice forum planned for Democratic presidential hopefuls in South Carolina has been reconfigured after Kamala Harris withdrew from the event, citing a lack of access for students at the historically black college in Columbia where it’s being held. The city’s mayor, Steve Benjamin, tells The Associated Press he’s worked with Benedict College officials to coordinate what’s being called...

  • Donald Trump September 8, 2019 6:56 pm

    Ex-SC Gov. Sanford Adds Name to GOP Long Shots Against Trump

    Mark Sanford, the former South Carolina governor and congressman, joined the Republican race against President Donald Trump on Sunday, aiming to put his Appalachian trail travails behind him for good as he pursues an admittedly remote path to the presidency. “I am here to tell you now that I am going to get in,” Sanford said in an interview on...

  • PRESIDENT August 18, 2019 8:08 pm

    Sanders' Criminal Justice Plan Aims to Cut Prison Population

    Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is proposing a criminal justice overhaul that aims to cut the nation’s prison population in half, end mandatory minimum sentencing, ban private prisons and legalize marijuana. He says the current system does not fairly treat people of color, addicts or the mentally ill. “We have a system that imprisons and destroys the lives of millions...

  • PRESIDENT July 31, 2019 3:45 am

    ‘I Don't Think It Will Sell in Michigan': Hickenlooper Criticizes Sanders' Platform

    Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper shares his thoughts on Bernie Sanders’ policies.

  • Mayor June 22, 2019 1:09 pm

    Dems' Presidential Field Takes Spotlight at South Carolina's ‘World Famous Fish Fry'

    The fish fry is a highlight of a big political weekend in South Carolina. Candidates also attended the state party’s annual fundraising gala Friday evening ahead of the Clyburn party. The state party convention and a Planned Parenthood forum on abortion rights follow on Saturday. For South Carolina Democrats, it’s the culmination of several decades of work raising the state’s...

  • OFFICER February 1, 2019 8:14 pm

    The Art of Super Bowl Tickets

    From the first AFL-NFL game in 1967 to this year’s Super Bowl LIII, see the art of all 53 Super Bowl tickets through the years.

  • Governor December 9, 2018 4:31 pm

    South Carolina Ups Its Relief Request for Hurricane Florence

    South Carolina’s congressional delegation will be able to ask for more funds to provide relief following Hurricane Florence, thanks to a move by the state’s governor. In a letter obtained Saturday by The Associated Press, Gov. Henry McMaster told U.S. Rep. Tom Rice that he was increasing the estimate for community development block grant relief from $108 million to $435...

  • ATTORNEY November 29, 2018 2:43 am

    Inmates Ran $560K Online Dating Extortion Scheme: Officials

    Five inmates in the Carolinas extorted more than half a million dollars from military personnel throughout the country, using illegal cellphones to pose as women on dating sites, authorities said Wednesday. Standing in front of a state prison in Columbia, South Carolina, U.S. Attorney Sherri Lydon told reporters that five inmates had been indicted on federal charges including extortion and...

  • Donald Trump November 24, 2018 11:12 am

    California Billionaire Tom Steyer Makes Moves Toward 2020 Presidential Run

    California billionaire Tom Steyer made another move this week toward launching a potential 2020 presidential bid with an announcement that he’s planning to return to early-voting South Carolina next month for an event in Charleston.

  • Mayor September 14, 2018 11:30 am

    2 Years After Disastrous Flood, Florence Scares Small Town

    One woman left town. Another prays her house might somehow be spared again. And one man will just wait and watch and hope the water doesn’t rise. Few places in South Carolina are more worried about the possibility of disastrous inland flooding from Hurricane Florence’s heavy rain than Nichols. When Hurricane Matthew dumped a foot (30 centimeters) of rain on...

  • Donald Trump June 23, 2018 7:00 pm

    South Carolina Congressional Candidate Katie Arrington Seriously Injured in Crash: Spokesman

    A South Carolina lawmaker who defeated U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford in his re-election bid was seriously injured in a vehicle crash on Friday and will require weeks of recovery and more procedures, a spokesman said. State Rep. Katie Arrington underwent surgery for her injuries and was recovering Saturday at a Charleston-area hospital, Arrington spokesman Michael Mule said. Arrington and a...

  • California April 7, 2018 1:06 am

    History Repeats Itself? SC Reps Offer Secession Over Guns

    South Carolina debated seceding from the Union more than 150 years ago, one of the opening salvos of the Civil War. Now, the topic has come up again, amid a national debate over firearms and gun rights. A trio of state House Republicans on Thursday quietly introduced a bill that would allow lawmakers to debate seceding from the U.S. “if...

  • OFFICER December 7, 2017 6:36 pm

    Ex-Cop Gets 20-Year Sentence in Walter Scott Shooting

    A white former South Carolina police officer has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for shooting an unarmed black motorist to death in 2015. A federal judge handed down the sentence for Michael Slager on Thursday. Slager pleaded guilty to violating Walter Scott’s civil rights by unjustly shooting him in the back five times as he was running away...

  • ATTORNEY July 8, 2017 2:59 am

    South Carolina Inmate Captured in Texas After Second Escape

    An inmate was re-captured in Texas early Friday after his second escape from a maximum security prison in South Carolina, prison officials say.

  • OFFICER May 3, 2017 1:14 am

    Ex-SC Officer Michael Slager Pleads Guilty in Fatal Shooting of Fleeing Black Motorist

    A white police officer whose killing of a black man running from a traffic stop was captured on cellphone video pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal civil rights charges that could send him to prison for decades....
    The plea from Michael Slager, 35, came five months after a jury deadlocked on state murder charges against him in the 2015 slaying of Walter...

  • Indiana March 31, 2017 5:07 pm

    Charleston Church Shooter to Plead Guilty to State Murder Charges

    Convicted South Carolina church shooter Dylann Roof is set to plead guilty to state murder charges, avoiding a second death sentence and effectively bringing to a close the prosecutions against him for the 2015 slaughter. Solicitor Scarlett Wilson told The Associated Press on Friday that Roof is scheduled to enter a guilty plea during a hearing on April 10 in...

  • CONGRESS March 23, 2017 8:15 pm

    FCC Approves Measures Intended to Combat Prison Cellphones

    Federal officials took a step Thursday toward increasing safety in prisons by making it easier to find and seize cellphones obtained illegally by inmates. The Federal Communications Commission in Washington voted 3-0 to approve rules to streamline the process for using technology to detect and block contraband phones in prisons and jails across the U.S. The vote doesn’t make it...

  • JUDGE February 23, 2017 12:46 am

    After Shooting, Dylann Roof Went Toward 2nd Black Church, Documents Show

    The man convicted of killing nine worshippers during Bible study at a black church in 2015 drove toward a second black parish afterward, according to federal court documents unsealed Tuesday, but no one was there because that sanctuary’s class had been canceled.

  • JUDGE December 28, 2016 5:15 pm

    Dylann Roof Won't Work to Spare His Life in Charleston Church Massacre

    Dylann Roof told a judge Wednesday he doesn’t plan to call any witnesses or present evidence to ask a jury to spare his life for killing nine black worshippers at a Charleston church in a hate crime. But there also is mystery evidence that Roof is working hard to make sure the public never sees in his federal death penalty...

  • JUDGE December 16, 2016 12:04 am

    Dylann Roof Found Guilty on All Counts in Charleston Church Massacre

    Dylann Roof was convicted Thursday in the chilling slaughter of nine black church members who had welcomed him to their Bible study, a devastating crime in a country that was already deeply embroiled in racial tension. The same federal jury that found Roof guilty of all 33 counts will reconvene next month to hear more testimony and weigh whether to...

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