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Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks at the Iowa State Education Association Candidate Forum, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, in West Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Buttigieg shifts plans, will attend King holiday event in SC

Jan. 18, 2020 9:52 PM EST

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, who has been criticized for his slow outreach to black and other minority voters, has rearranged his schedule to make room for events in early-voting South Carolina that honor Martin Luther King Jr. Buttigieg’s campaign said in...

Democratic Presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks during a rally Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Can cash buy the Dem nomination? Two billionaires are trying

Jan. 11, 2020 12:51 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Billionaires Michael Bloomberg and Tom Steyer are testing an unproven theory in the contest for the Democratic presidential nomination: that their vast personal wealth can buy the trophy. Not since Texas businessman Ross Perot spent $63.5 million in 1992 (more than $100 million in today's...

FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2018, file photo, Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone speaks during a memorial service for fallen Florence County Sheriff investigator Farrah Turner at the Florence Center in Florence, S.C. Former Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone pleaded guilty Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, to embezzlement and misconduct in office, according to the state attorney general's office. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro File)

Sheriff admits stealing public money; avoids prison

Jan. 8, 2020 5:25 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A former South Carolina sheriff pleaded guilty Wednesday to committing crimes while in office, becoming the 10th sheriff to do so in the past decade. But like four of those other former lawmen, he won't spend any time in prison. Former Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone pleaded...

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) is congratulated after Clemson defeated Ohio State 29-23 in the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football playoff semifinal Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Delay of game: National title on hold amidst 2-week wait

Jan. 7, 2020 5:03 PM EST

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence was ready to get right back on the field to play for another College Football Playoff title after the Tigers'hard-fought semifinal win over Ohio State last month. That changed once he woke up the next day. “I was really sore so I was glad to...

Foundation: Damage to historic copter hit by car exceeds $6M

Jan. 3, 2020 8:25 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina aviation foundation is trying to raise money to repair a historic Vietnam War-era attack helicopter after the State Highway Patrol accused a man of crashing into it while driving drunk. The man behind the wheel was arrested for driving under the influence, a Highway...

Jones' 18 leads Stetson to 63-56 upset of South Carolina

Dec. 30, 2019 6:40 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Christiaan Jones thought one day he might play for South Carolina. Instead, the Stetson junior handed his hometown school one of its most disappointing losses. Jones, born in Columbia and a high school teammate of Gamecocks coach Frank Martin's son, scored 18 points to lead the...

Utility finishes removing toxic coal ash from SC power plant

Dec. 25, 2019 7:09 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A utility company in South Carolina finished removing all the coal ash from the site of a nearly 50-year-old power plant on the Wateree River. The work to remove the toxic ash byproduct of making power from burning coal was finished at the Wateree Station east of Columbia more than a...

SEC wins signing day with 6 teams ranked in top 10

Dec. 18, 2019 9:12 PM EST

CONFERENCE: SEC BEST IN CLASS (based on 247 Sports composite rankings through Wednesday afternoon): Alabama, Georgia and LSU each landed at least two five-star players, led by the Crimson Tide signing Bryce Young, Chris Braswell and Drew Sanders. Young, the sixth-ranked player in the nation, is a dual-threat...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, file photo, Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin speaks at a candlelight vigil in Birmingham, Ala. Woodfin is endorsing Joe Biden for the 2020 Democratic Party nomination just weeks after the vice president met with a group of Southern black mayors representing millions of voters in key early primary states. (Joe Songer/The Birmingham News via AP, File)

AP Exclusive: Birmingham mayor backing Biden for president

Dec. 16, 2019 6:20 AM EST

The mayor of Alabama’s largest city is endorsing Joe Biden for the 2020 Democratic Party presidential nomination just weeks after the vice president met with a group of Southern black mayors representing millions of voters in key early primary states. In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press on...

Democratic Presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg gestures while taking part in an on-stage conversation with former California Gov. Jerry Brown at the American Geophysical Union fall meeting Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, in San Francisco. Bloomberg made his first visit to California as a Democratic presidential candidate, appearing earlier with the mayor of Stockton who's championed universal basic income. Bloomberg and Brown talked about America's Pledge, bringing together leaders to ensure the U.S. remains a global leader in reducing emissions and delivering the goals of the Paris Agreement. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Bloomberg calls for 'war on poverty' on 1st California trip

Dec. 11, 2019 6:55 PM EST

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Michael Bloomberg took his Democratic presidential campaign to California on Wednesday, pledging to launch a “war on poverty” at an event in a city once known as the nation's foreclosure capital. “As president, my job will be to move all Americans ahead, and...