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FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, file photo, an Isle of Palms resident clears the drain on Hartnett Blvd. during Hurricane Dorian at the Isle of Palms, S.C., in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Mic Smith, File)

2020 Democrats, corruption and another hurricane: 2019 in SC

Dec. 28, 2019 8:46 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Some traditional things about living in modern South Carolina — visits from presidential candidates, evacuations from hurricanes and lawmakers touting reform — dominated the news in 2019. There was plenty of high-profile crime, too, including a father sent to death row...

This undated photo provided by NerdWallet shows Liz Weston, a columnist for personal finance website NerdWallet.com. Companies are experimenting with employee emergency fund programs to help workers meet unexpected expenses. Some are even offering an employer match. (NerdWallet via AP)

Liz Weston: How to make your money biases work for you

Dec. 16, 2019 11:33 AM EST

The way our brains work can cost us a lot of money. But some of our mental quirks can be turned to our advantage. Cognitive biases are the faulty ways of thinking that can persuade us to run up debt, save too little and make stupid investment decisions. The bandwagon effect, for example, entices us to buy the hot...