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COVID surge driving S Carolina pediatric ICUs to capacity

Aug. 02, 2021 14:53 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The recent surge in COVID-19 cases is pushing South Carolina’s pediatric ICUs to capacity, doctors said Monday. A drop in childhood vaccinations due to the pandemic and an increase in other viral diseases as people have stopped social distancing...

Medical Univ. of SC completes takeover of Midlands hospitals

Aug. 02, 2021 11:22 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Medical University of South Carolina on Monday completed its purchase of several hospitals and an emergency room in the Midlands. To celebrate the acquisition, MUSC changed the names of the four facilities and leaders traveled to the two...

The Latest: Australia city extends lockdown as clusters grow

Aug. 02, 2021 01:46 AM EDT

BRISBANE, Australia — A lockdown of Australia’s third-largest city Brisbane was extended until Sunday because of a growing COVID-19 outbreak. Brisbane and several surrounding municipalities in Queensland state were due to end a three-day lockdown on Tuesday. But the...

The Latest: Arizona reports over 2,000 new COVID-19 cases

Aug. 01, 2021 19:29 PM EDT

PHOENIX — Health officials in Arizona on Sunday reported more than 2,000 new COVID-19 cases for the second consecutive day. They say the 2,306 new cases and five additional deaths pushed the state’s totals to 929,541 cases and 18,251 known deaths since the pandemic...

U of South Carolina mandates masks again as COVID cases rise

Aug. 01, 2021 13:55 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The University of South Carolina is requiring students to wear masks indoors this fall as the spread of COVID-19 has sped up across the state. The mask requirement went into effect Friday. School officials cited new federal and state guidance...

Former Rhode Island priest faces sexual assault charges

Jul. 30, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A former Roman Catholic priest who was assigned to at least four Rhode Island parishes through the early 1990s faces three counts of first-degree sexual assault, according to court records. The records show that a statewide grand jury in May...

EXPLAINER: Why aid is slow to reach South Carolina tenants

Jul. 30, 2021 11:12 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A federal freeze on most evictions enacted last year is scheduled to expire Saturday, after President Joe Biden's administration extended the original date by a month. The moratorium, put in place by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in September, was...

Police: 1 dead, 1 hurt in early-morning assault in Ashland

Jul. 30, 2021 09:37 AM EDT

ASHLAND, Mo. (AP) — One man died and another suffered injuries in an early Friday morning assault in the central Missouri city of Ashland, police there said. Ashland police and Boone County Sheriff’s deputies were called around 1:30 a.m. Friday to East Liberty Lane...

South Carolina unemployment claims continue to drop

Jul. 29, 2021 14:48 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — First-time claims for unemployment benefits are continuing the drop, South Carolina officials said. The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce reported a total of fewer than 1,500 first-time claims for the week ending Saturday. That...

Newspaper sues school district after superintendent resigns

Jul. 29, 2021 10:00 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina newspaper is suing a school district over officials' lack of transparency in their handling of the resignation of a popular superintendent last month. The State newspaper in Columbia reports that it filed the lawsuit in state...