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Couple sentenced in South Carolina for rent-to-own scheme

Sep. 29, 2020 8:25 PM EDT

ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) — A couple who ran a rent-to-own scheme that marketed itself as a Christian organization promising to create a “win-win” scenario for home buyers and sellers were sentenced to prison Tuesday in South Carolina. Federal Judge Timothy Cain also ordered Michael...

A worker holds stickers at a polling place for the South Carolina primary election, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Changing absentee rules leave South Carolina voters confused

Sep. 29, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A flurry of federal court rulings this month over whether South Carolinians need witnesses to sign their mail-in ballots this November has left many confused and frustrated as voting registration deadlines approach, with absentee voting beginning in less than a week. The rulings stem...

Police search for fetus buried in backyard after tip

Sep. 29, 2020 6:08 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Authorities were digging in the backyard of a South Carolina home Tuesday after getting a tip a human fetus was buried there, officials said. Several sources told Lexington Police a woman delivered the fetus in a home in Lexington and then drove over to a Columbia home and buried it...

Advocates want recognition of school desegregation landmarks

Sep. 29, 2020 4:46 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A group of historians wants a national site dedicated to the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling that declared school segregation illegal to incorporate locations in South Carolina that helped pave the way for the case. Historians and family members of those who fought for equal...

Tennessee's Will Brooks (35) and Deandre Johnson (13) converge on South Carolina quarterback Collin Hill (15) during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)

Johnson helping No. 21 Tennessee answer pass rush question

Sep. 29, 2020 4:08 PM EDT

Senior linebacker Deandre Johnson is helping answer the questions about who would replace Darrell Taylor for No. 21 Tennessee. Johnson had a career-high 2 1/2 sacks, a career-high six tackles and a forced fumble helping Tennessee open the season beating South Carolina 31-27 for the Vols' first win in Columbia...

FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2019, file photo, Rep. Joe Cunningham, D-S.C., walks to a closed Democratic Caucus meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington. The candidates in South Carolina's most competitive U.S. House race debate for the first time Monday, Sept. 28, 2020.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

1st District debate turns on missed votes; working mothers

Sep. 29, 2020 4:07 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's most competitive U.S. House race also became its nastiest Monday night as U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham accused his Republican challenger of missing dozens of votes in the South Carolina House last week. State Rep. Nancy Mace repeated several times during Monday's first...

Woman in small South Carolina city dies in crossfire

Sep. 29, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

NEWBERRY, S.C. (AP) — A 72-year-old woman getting out of her car in a small South Carolina city died after being caught in the crossfire between people in two vehicles, authorities said. Carolyn Sims was able to tell police officers in Newberry that people in a truck and a car were shooting at each other...

S Carolina police find guns in car surrounded by protesters

Sep. 28, 2020 5:22 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Police in South Carolina spotted a truck surrounded by protesters over the weekend and discovered two men inside with loaded handguns, a rifle, a wooden club, knives and a stun gun, among other weapons. Charleston police intervened when they saw a group of protesters leave the main...

Hundreds mourn Myrtle Beach civil rights leader

Sep. 28, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Hundreds of people shuffled into the Myrtle Beach Convention Center Friday morning to memorialize civil rights leader Bennie Swans Jr., who died last week. Those close to him celebrated his life with a number of gospel songs, memories that sometimes caused laughs and calls to...

SC city plans diversity training after social media posts

Sep. 27, 2020 12:53 PM EDT

MAULDIN, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina city will spend $50,000 on diversity training and programs after one of its city council members drew objections for sharing social media posts defending the Confederate flag and criticizing racial justice protests as “getting out of hand.” The Mauldin...