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A devotee applies vermilion on the face of another during Durga Puja festival in Mumbai, India, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. The Hindu festival season is traditionally laced with an unmatched fanfare and extravaganza, with socializing being the hallmark of the celebration. But because of the coronavirus pandemic this year's festivities have started on a pale note. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

The Latest: India's daily infections at lowest in 3 months

Oct. 27, 2020 12:29 AM EDT

NEW DELHI — Authorities in India are reporting 36,470 newly confirmed coronavirus infections — that’s the lowest one-day tally in more than three months in a continuing downward trend. In its report Tuesday, the Health Ministry also listed 488 new fatalities from COVID-19 in the previous 24...

Large SC events almost always OKed as COVID-19 cases climb

Oct. 26, 2020 2:33 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's business agency has approved more than 90% of the more than 800 events that planned to attract at least 250 people since the governor removed the coronavirus-related ban on the gatherings in early August. While the state Commerce Department reviews the events and...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Oct. 21, 2020 12:02 PM EDT

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: ___ Oct. 18 The Times and Democrat on essential Election Day workers: The coronavirus emergency has changed so many things. Voting is one of them. Lines of people are voting early via absentee ballot in order to avoid going to a polling place on Election Day. But...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Oct. 14, 2020 2:50 PM EDT

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: ___ Oct. 13 The Post and Courier on involving police and state agencies in shutting down “super-spreader” events: In Murrells Inlet, an estimated 2,000 maskless patrons packed shoulder-to-shoulder into a biker bar, yelling enthusiastically toward the...

New S.C. law creates resilience office to address flooding

Oct. 13, 2020 6:43 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — After five years filled with unprecedented flooding, South Carolina has now established an office to marshal the state's efforts in stemming floodwaters and coordinating recovery and relief efforts. Gov. Henry McMaster held a ceremonial signing Tuesday in Charleston to commemorate the...

Judge: South Carolina commerce officials violated record law

Oct. 13, 2020 3:31 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina judge has ruled the state's Department of Commerce illegally withheld information about expensive economic development deals it was required to disclose to the public and to news outlets through records requests. Circuit Judge Robert Hood last week ruled the South...

South Carolina football food vendors limited during pandemic

Oct. 12, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — It’s not a RiverDogs game without a bag of Tony’s boiled peanuts and a $1 beer, just like it’s not a South Carolina football game without a tailgate in the parking lot beforehand. Pandemic-era sports have had to adjust this year, and while fans are back in football...

SC high court rejects governor's private school aid plan

Oct. 7, 2020 7:22 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Supreme Court ruled Wednesday a program created by Gov. Henry McMaster to allocate $32 million in federal pandemic aid to private and religious schools is unconstitutional because the public money would directly benefit the schools. In the court’s opinion,...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Oct. 7, 2020 1:24 PM EDT

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: ___ Oct. 7 The Times and Democrat on National Newspaper Week and South Carolina Manufacturing Week: It is fitting that National Newspaper Week and South Carolina Manufacturing Week fall during this same week in October. Manufacturing is vital to South Carolina...

Republican challenger and state Rep. Nancy Mace and Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham greet each other prior to their debate, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, at the SCETV studios in Beaufort, S.C., in South Carolina's 1st Congressional District seat race. (Grace Beahm Alford/The Post And Courier via AP)

Cunningham, Mace hit same themes at SC 1st District debate

Oct. 6, 2020 8:43 PM EDT

In their second and final planned debate for the 1st Congressional District seat in South Carolina, the surprise Democratic incumbent and his Republican challenger continued Tuesday to hit on the same themes of missing votes and the future of the Marine base on Parris Island. The attacks were still there, but a...