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Democratic presidential rivals Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders link arms during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day march on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

2020 Democratic contenders link arms in MLK Jr. Day march

Jan. 21, 2020 1:26 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates hit pause on their recent feuds Monday as they walked shoulder to shoulder through the streets of South Carolina’s capital city to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and rally around their push to defeat President Donald Trump in...

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...

Police: Note alerted teacher to gun in student's backpack

Jan. 17, 2020 10:41 AM EST

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's Department of Juvenile Justice took a 13-year-old boy into custody after another student handed a teacher a note saying the teen claimed he was going to shoot people, and police found a handgun in his backpack. An administrator and a teacher at Haut Gap Middle...

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster speaks in support of a bill that would ban nearly all abortions in South Carolina at a rally on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in Columbia, South Carolina. The supporters of the heartbeat bill want Senators to vote on the proposal, while Senate leaders said they don't have the votes and it would bog down other debates. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

SC supporters of abortion restrictions vow to keep fighting

Jan. 15, 2020 1:48 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Supporters of a bill that would ban almost all abortions in South Carolina want some leaders in the South Carolina Senate to know they won't let the proposal quietly die. Hundreds of them packed a Statehouse lobby Wednesday to call for a vote on the bill whose only likely obstacle to...

This undated image released by the Marion County, S.C, Sheriff's Office Pfc. Michael Shawn Latu, who died early Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019, when the cruiser he was driving ran off the road and struck a bridge support just after 1 a.m., South Carolina Highway Patrol Cpl. Sonny Collins told news outlets.   Latu was named Marion County Sheriff's Office 2018 Deputy of the Year and 2018 Patrolman of the Year, according to the Marion County Sheriff's office. (Marion County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Deputy killed in single-vehicle crash on S Carolina highway

Dec. 17, 2019 12:28 PM EST

MARION, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina sheriff's deput y died in a single-vehicle crash while responding to an early morning call Tuesday. Marion County Pfc. Michael Shawn Latu was killed when the cruiser he was driving ran off a highway and struck a bridge pillar just after 1 a.m., South Carolina Highway...

Tootsie Holland speaks to a crowd supporting he Equal Rights Amendment at a rally calling for South Carolina to become the critical 38th state to pass the amendment to the U.S. Constitution as proposal sponsors state Sen. Tom Davis and state Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter listen at a Statehouse gathering on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, in Columbia, South Carolina. Holland pushed for the amendment when it was first proposed back in 1972. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

GOP, Democrats push 1970's Equal Rights Amendment in SC

Dec. 11, 2019 5:28 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — One of South Carolina's most liberal lawmakers and one of its most conservative are joining together to revive the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The 1970's proposal banning any discrimination based on sex is being revived in several state capitols across the U.S. It...

President Donald Trump gestures as he arrives at a campaign rally in Hershey, Pa., Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Judge: South Carolina GOP can cancel its 2020 primary

Dec. 11, 2019 12:56 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A judge on Wednesday upheld the South Carolina Republican Party's decision not to hold a 2020 presidential primary, a move taken by several states in erecting hurdles for the long-shot candidates challenging President Donald Trump. In her order, Circuit Judge Jocelyn Newman wrote the...

FILE - In this Monday, March 25, 2019 file photo, Former Ambassador to the U.N Nikki Haley speaks at the 2019 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference, at the Washington Convention Center in Washington. Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley says in an interview that a man who gunned down nine worshipers at an African American church in 2015 ‘hijacked’ the ideals many connected to the Confederate battle flag. Haley said that the flag had meant service, sacrifice and heritage to some. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

Haley: Killer 'hijacked' Confederate flag meaning for some

Dec. 7, 2019 4:23 AM EST

Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said in an interview that a man who gunned down nine worshipers at an African American church in 2015 “hijacked” the ideals many connected to the Confederate battle flag. Haley told conservative political commentator and Blaze TV host Glenn Beck that the flag...

S. Carolina civil right lawyer, 1st Amendment champion dies

Dec. 6, 2019 4:45 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina civil rights lawyer who helped redefine free speech rights for attorneys has died. Edna Smith Primus died Nov. 29 at age 75, The State newspaper reported. One of the first black women to practice law in South Carolina, Primus worked with the American Civil Liberties...

This undated photo provided by South Carolina Department of Corrections show inmate Oscar James Fortune, who has spent 13 years in a South Carolina prison, had his murder conviction overturned because a prosecutor suggested in his closing argument all defense lawyers lie. The state's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, that those comments were

SC court: Prosecutor's remarks in murder trial 'improper'

Dec. 5, 2019 4:24 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The state Supreme Court overturned the murder conviction of a man who served 13 years in a South Carolina prison because the prosecutor made comments suggesting that all defense lawyers and their clients lie. Oscar Fortune, 51, was convicted of murder in 2006 by a jury and sentenced...