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USC-Upstate grad’s bold artwork is gaining global acclaim

May. 23, 2022 00:03 AM EDT

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Early on a school day sometime in 2014, a retired police cruiser pulled around to the loading dock at Dorman High School. Strapped to the top of the Crown Victoria were a pair of giant canvases, paintings in progress for Ludovic Nkoth, who was trying,...

Ex-'American Idol' star charged in crash granted bond

May. 20, 2022 17:23 PM EDT

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina judge granted bond on Friday to the former “American Idol” contestant accused of barreling into a man with his pickup truck and killing him. Caleb Kennedy, 17, received a $50,000 bond and was ordered to receive mental...

Gettysburg guides launch Culpeper battlefield tours

May. 08, 2022 09:07 AM EDT

CULPEPER, Va. (AP) — Gettysburg, America’s best-known Civil War battlefield, draws scads of visitors every year, many of them escorted by its renowned Licensed Battlefield Guides. Less so, Culpeper County, Virginia, whose Brandy Station battlefield is where the Gettysburg...

Pence: Leaked abortion draft opinion helps some '22 hopefuls

May. 06, 2022 00:09 AM EDT

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Former Vice President Mike Pence applauded the essence of a leaked draft opinion suggesting that the U.S. Supreme Court could be poised to overturn the landmark case that legalized abortion nationwide, predicting that the decision could have favorable impacts for...

Pence: Leaked abortion draft opinion helps some '22 hopefuls

May. 05, 2022 21:15 PM EDT

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Former Vice President Mike Pence applauded the essence of a leaked draft opinion suggesting that the U.S. Supreme Court could be poised to overturn the landmark case that legalized abortion nationwide, predicting that the decision could have favorable impacts for...

Bond denied for former 'American Idol' star charged in crash

May. 03, 2022 15:40 PM EDT

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina judge has denied bond for a former “American Idol” contestant accused of killing a man by barreling into him with his pickup truck after using a marijuana vaping device. Country music singer Caleb Kennedy will remain in jail after his...

Kansas man sentenced in shooting death of McConnell airman

Apr. 22, 2022 12:29 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita man has been sentenced to 27.5 years in prison for a shooting at a party that left a South Carolina man dead and three people injured. Markeithen “Red” McClaine, 28, was sentenced Thursday in the July 27, 2019, death of 20-year-old Airman 1st...

Court halts South Carolina plan for firing squad execution

Apr. 20, 2022 15:44 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina’s highest court on Wednesday issued a temporary stay blocking the state from carrying out what was set to be its first-ever firing squad execution. The order by the state Supreme Court puts on hold at least temporarily the planned April 29...

Daniel Morgan at Cowpens Medal gets record $960K at auction

Apr. 11, 2022 00:06 AM EDT

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — A unique gold medal celebrating a South Carolina battle victory that helped turn the tide in the American Revolution brought a world record $960,000 at auction. An anonymous buyer of the Daniel Morgan at Cowpens Medal won with a bid of $800,000 on April 4....

S. Carolina schedules 1st execution with firing squad ready

Apr. 07, 2022 18:37 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina has scheduled its first execution after corrections officials finished updating the death chamber to prepare for executions by firing squad. The clerk of the State Supreme Court has set a April 29 execution date for Richard Bernard Moore, a...