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People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus hold portable fans to cool themselves in the heat in Tokyo, Wednesday, Aug, 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

The Latest: Japan region declares coronavirus emergency

Aug. 5, 2020 11:10 PM EDT

TOKYO — The governor of Japan’s Aichi Prefecture has announced a regional “state of emergency” seeking to curb the coronavirus. Gov. Hideaki Ohmura on Thursday asked businesses to close altogether or close early and urged people to stay home at night. The measures continue through Aug....

South Carolina's fairgrounds sit mostly empty on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Columbia, S.C., as officials with the South Carolina State Fair announced plans to hold a scaled-down, drive-thru version of of the event this year. Fair officials are calling the free event an effort to give the community a bright spot amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

There's only 1 ride at this year's SC State Fair -- your car

Jul. 29, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — There will be no rides or rows of games like ring toss, basketball or Whac-a-Mole, but officials with the South Carolina State Fair are still planning to hold a scaled-down version of the event this year in what they’re calling an effort to give the community a bright spot amid...

Corporal Andrew Gillette is seen in an undated photo provided by the Sumter County, S.C., Sheriff’s Office. Gillette, died of wounds suffered in the line of duty early Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 while attempting to serve a detention order and eviction notice. (Sumter County, S.C Sheriff’s Office via AP)

Prosecutor: Slain deputy a 'hero' for firing back

Jul. 23, 2020 5:52 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina deputy shot and killed while serving an eviction notice and two fellow officers did nothing wrong when a man suddenly pulled a gun and fired on them, a prosecutor said Thursday. Both Sumter County Sheriff’s Cpl. Andrew Gillette and the tenant, 56-year-old Terry...

Former SCANA Corp. Senior Vice President Stephen Byrne enters the Matthew J. Perry, Jr. Courthouse in Columbia, S.C. to enter a guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud Thursday, July 23, 2020. Byrne agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in a federal investigation into the failed V.C. Summer nuclear project in South Carolina. (AP Photo/Michelle Liu)

Ex-utility exec pleads guilty to $1B fraud in South Carolina

Jul. 23, 2020 1:01 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Nearly three years after leading a failed project to build two nuclear reactors in South Carolina, an executive in charge of the construction pleaded guilty Thursday to taking more than $1 billion from the pockets of ratepayers and investors. Former SCANA Corp. Executive Vice...

$520 million settlement approved in Santee Cooper lawsuit

Jul. 21, 2020 3:10 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina state judge on Monday approved a $520 million settlement in a customer class action lawsuit against state-owned utility Santee Cooper over increased rates for a failed nuclear construction project. Judge Jean Toal signed off on the deal, which will provide refunds for...

A demonstrator protests in front of a civil war statue at the State House on Friday, July 10, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. Demonstrators on both sides gathered for the five year anniversary after the Confederate battle flag was removed from the State House grounds after a two-thirds vote by the Legislature. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

South Carolina man charged with pointing gun at protesters

Jul. 13, 2020 9:40 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Police in South Carolina have arrested a man accused of pointing a gun at some “Black Lives Matter” demonstrators as he drove past the State House. Authorities said Walter Peter Matulis Jr. was charged Saturday with pointing and presenting a firearm at a person, news...

Demonstrators dressed in civil war attire participate in a flag ceremony in front of a Confederate statue at the Statehouse, Friday, July 10, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. Demonstrators gathered for the five year anniversary after the Confederate battle flag was removed from the Statehouse grounds after a two-thirds vote by the legislature. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Protester: Man pulls gun on anniversary of flag’s removal

Jul. 10, 2020 7:01 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Counterprotesters said a passing driver pointed a gun at them Friday and said “All Lives Matter,” as competing groups gathered in front of South Carolina’s capitol building to mark the five-year anniversary of the state's removal of the Confederate battle flag...

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2020 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg pauses as he speaks to supporters at a primary night election rally in Nashua, N.H. Buttigieg’s presidential candidacy, though ending far short of its goal, will likely go down in history books as a success: proof of the remarkable advances made by LGBT Americans in their quest for equality and acceptance.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Buttigieg, South Carolina mayor teaming up on COVID effort

Jul. 2, 2020 4:24 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Former South Bend, Indiana, mayor and presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has teamed up with the mayor of South Carolina's capital city to help municipalities stem the spread of the coronavirus. Columbia, South Carolina, Mayor Steve Benjamin said Thursday that he and Buttigieg have...

Marc Brown, who is representing Sir Brandon Legette in a lawsuit against the Columbia Police Department,  talks to reporters Friday, June 25, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. Legette filed a complaint in federal court alleging the officer, Sean Rollins, used unjustified force when he shot Legette near a grocery store parking lot during the early hours of Aug. 24. (AP Photo / Michelle Liu)

Man shot in back of head by S. Carolina cop sues department

Jun. 26, 2020 7:43 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A Black man who was shot in the back of the head during a traffic stop in South Carolina last fall is suing the Columbia Police Department, the city and the officer. Attorneys for Sir Brandon Legette, 29, filed a complaint in federal court Friday morning alleging the officer, Sean...

Fifth Circuit Solicitor Byron Gipson highlights the gun that Joshua Ruffin was carrying when he was shot by City of Columbia police officer, Kevin Davis, during a press conference Wednesday, June 24, 2020 concerning the police officer shooting of Joshua Ruffin. Ruffin, 17, was killed April 8 after he ran away when the police officer started asking him questions and pointed a gun at the officer chasing him, Columbia police Chief Skip Holbrook said.  (Tracy Glantz/The State via AP)

Prosecutor decides not to charge officer who shot Black teen

Jun. 24, 2020 7:47 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina prosecutor said Wednesday that he will not file charges against the white police officer who fatally shot a Black teenager who pointed a gun at the officer as he ran away. Josh Ruffin, 17, was an immediate threat to the safety of the officers and others when he...