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APNewsBreak: About 500 kids reunited with families since May

Jun. 21, 2018 10:30 PM EDT

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the separation of immigrant children from their parents following President Donald Trump's order allowing them to remain with their parents (all times local): 8:25 p.m. A senior Trump administration official says about 500 of the more than 2,000 children separated from...

At Mexico border, US mayors say humanitarian crisis persists

Jun. 21, 2018 3:58 PM EDT

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Mayors of major U.S. cities who gathered Thursday at a holding facility for immigrant children at Texas' border with Mexico said President Trump has failed to address a humanitarian crisis of his own making with an executive order to halt the separation of minors as families are...

Trump stresses support for SC governor

Jun. 21, 2018 9:15 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is stressing his support for South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, who is competing in a runoff election for the GOP gubernatorial nomination. Trump, who will appear in Columbia Monday for McMaster, tweets Thursday: "Henry worked so hard & was so loyal to me that...

Trump plays central role in South Carolina governor debate

Jun. 20, 2018 9:57 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster was an early supporter of presidential candidate Donald Trump, who had never run for political office. McMaster's opponent said Wednesday it's inconsistent for McMaster to now say there's no time for on-the-job training where the governorship is...

Suit dismissed over faulty gun check before church shooting

Jun. 20, 2018 2:51 PM EDT

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the FBI over a faulty background check that allowed Dylann Roof to buy the gun he used to kill nine people in a racist attack at a South Carolina church. But U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel also blasted the federal government for what he called its "abysmally poor policy...

The Latest: AMA calls for an end to border separations

Jun. 20, 2018 12:05 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress and immigration (all times EDT): 12:01 a.m. The largest U.S. doctors' group, the American Medical Association, is urging the Trump administration to end promptly the practice of separating children from their migrating families at the southern border. The AMA's...

Trump returning to campaign for McMaster in 11th-hour swing

Jun. 19, 2018 10:20 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump is returning to South Carolina next week to make a last-minute campaign appearance in Gov. Henry McMaster's bid for a first full term. The McMaster campaign said in an emailed statement on Tuesday night that Trump will join McMaster in Columbia on Monday. The...

South Carolina's Martin understands Bowen's choice to leave

Jun. 18, 2018 1:19 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's Frank Martin understood all along he might never get to coach Brian Bowen in a game and is just happy the 6-foot-7 forward whose name is part of the federal corruption case in college basketball had the chance to spend a few months with the Gamecocks. Bowen gave up...

Primary election lesson for GOP: Don't cross the president

Jun. 13, 2018 6:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Don't cross President Donald Trump. That's the lesson many Republicans are drawing from Rep. Mark Sanford's surprise defeat Tuesday in his primary election in South Carolina. The victor, state Rep. Katie Arrington, repeatedly highlighted Sanford's criticism of the president. The outcome...

Baptist church's 'Catholic' Jesus statue to find new home

Jun. 10, 2018 2:00 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A statue of Jesus that a Baptist church in South Carolina voted to remove because the congregation deemed it too Catholic has found a new home. The hand-carved, 7-foot (2-meter) statue and accompanying reliefs depicting scenes from Christ's life have been displayed outside the front...