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Members of the Boogaloo Boys attend protest Sunday at the Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus, Ohio, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. (Barbara J. Perenic/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

The Latest: Sunday protests quiet; officials brace for more

Jan. 17, 2021 6:15 PM EST

The Latest on demonstrating Sunday at statehouses across the country. ___ After a small, peaceful protest at the Ohio Statehouse on Sunday, Gov. Mike DeWine says security levels will remain high in Columbus for Wednesday’s presidential inauguration. DeWine praised demonstrators for exercising their free...

Officials clean up the scene following a small plane crash during dense fog in a residential neighborhood on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in Columbia, S.C. Authorities say the woman in the home was able to get out safely and have not given information on the condition of anyone aboard the plane. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

Small plane crashes in South Carolina neighborhood in fog

Jan. 13, 2021 3:28 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A small plane crashed into a neighborhood in dense fog and set a home on fire Wednesday near an airport in South Carolina’s capital city, authorities said. A woman inside the home apparently escaped injury from the crash, although Columbia Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins the woman...

FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2018, file photo, Shane Beamer, then-assistant football coach at Oklahoma, speaks during a news conference in Norman, Okla. South Carolina's Shane Beamer hasn't had the smooth start every first-time football coach dreams about after getting the job. (Steve Sisney/The Oklahoman via AP, File)

Beamer off to bumpy start as South Carolina's football coach

Jan. 12, 2021 3:52 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina coach Shane Beamer can't look at his phone these days without worrying if it's bad news. Player transfers, de-commitment by recruits and offensive assistants Beamer hired opting to leave for a Southeastern Conference rival is not the smooth transition the first-time...

This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows LaKeith Stanfield, foreground, and Daniel Kaluuya in a scene from the upcoming film

Sundance adds Coogler-produced ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’

Jan. 12, 2021 3:35 PM EST

The Ryan Coogler-produced Fred Hampton film “Judas and the Black Messiah” will have its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival before heading to HBO Max and theaters, programmers announced Tuesday. Daniel Kaluuya plays the Black Panther Party chairman and his “Get Out” co-star Lakeith...

The statue of former U.S. vice president and slavery advocate John C. Calhoun hovers above its monument after contractors completed a 17-hour removal process on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

Confederate statues likely to go undisturbed in SC in 2021

Jan. 11, 2021 2:14 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Republican South Carolina legislative leaders are unlikely to give permission this year to local governments or colleges who want to take down Confederate statues or rename buildings honoring segregationists. A state law passed in 2000 when lawmakers removed the Confederate flag from...

Aspiring rapper admits fires at SC governor's rental homes

Jan. 7, 2021 10:28 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — An aspiring rapper who performed under the name “Dank Frank” won't spend any more time in jail for burning down two rental houses owned by South Carolina's governor. Frank Wilberding, 23, was sentenced Wednesday to the more than 600 days he has spent in jail in Richland...

Pedestrians wearing masks to protect against coronavirus pass a sign for doctors rooms in Johannesburg Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared the wearing of masks compulsory and has reimposed a ban on the sales of alcohol and ordered the closure of all bars as part of new restrictions to help the country battle a resurgence of the coronavirus, including a new variant. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

The Latest: Louisiana congressman-elect dies from COVID-19

Dec. 29, 2020 10:29 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. — Luke Letlow, who was to have been Louisiana’s newest Republican member of the U.S. House, has died from complications related to COVID-19 only days before being sworn into office. He was 41. Letlow spokesman Andrew Bautsch confirmed the congressman-elect’s death Tuesday at...

Alabama head coach Nick Saban, center, watches play against Florida during the first half of the Southeastern Conference championship NCAA college football game, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

AP All-SEC: No. 1 Alabama leads the way for top awards

Dec. 23, 2020 1:18 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — No. 1 Alabama is on top of the Southeastern Conference again. The SEC champions dominated all-SEC honors as voted on by a panel of members of The Associated Press. Nick Saban was voted the league's coach of the year, receiver DeVonta Smith nabbed SEC offensive player of the year...

Volunteers wearing face masks wave after they load boxes onto a delivery truck during an event to send Christmas gifts for the underprivileged in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020. The Korea Youth Foundation sent Christmas gifts using a courier to help prevent against the coronavirus as the social distancing measures. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: Coronavirus cases keep rising in South Korea

Dec. 22, 2020 11:34 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has added 1,092 new coronavirus cases in a resurgence that is erasing hard-won epidemiological gains and eroding public confidence in the government’s ability to handle the outbreak. The national caseload has jumped by a quarter in the last two weeks alone, the...

FILE - Former Chairman of the Democratic National Committee Don Fowler takes the oath as he appears before the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs in Washington, in this Tuesday, Sept. 9, 1997, file photo. Don Fowler, a former chair of the Democratic National Committee and mainstay of South Carolina and national politics for decades, has died. He was 85. Trav Robertson, chairman of South Carolina's Democratic Party, said on Twitter Fowler died Tuesday night, Dec. 15, 2020, calling him “the ”Democrat's Democrat.

Former DNC leader, mainstay of SC politics Don Fowler dies

Dec. 16, 2020 3:48 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Don Fowler, a former chair of the Democratic National Committee and mainstay of South Carolina and national politics for decades, has died. He was 85. Trav Robertson, chairman of South Carolina's Democratic Party, told The Associated Press that Fowler died Tuesday night, calling him...