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FIL - In this Nov. 7, 2020, file photo Vice President-elect Kamala Harris speaks in Wilmington, Del. Harris will make history Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, when she becomes the nation’s first Black, South Asian and female vice president. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Harris prepares for central role in Biden's White House

Jan. 18, 2021 12:52 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kamala Harris will make history on Wednesday when she becomes the nation’s first female vice president — and the first Black woman and the first woman of South Asian descent to hold that office. But that’s only where her boundary-breaking role begins. With the...

Circuit Judge Clyburn Pope administers the oath of office to Bamberg County Sheriff Kenny Bamberg, the rural South Carolina county's first Black sheriff,  as his granddaughter Aubree Bamberg holds the Bible on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, at the Bamberg County Courthouse in Bamberg, S.C. (Martha Rose Brown/The Times and Democrat via AP)

Rural South Carolina county elects its first Black sheriff

Jan. 18, 2021 12:01 AM EST

BAMBERG, S.C. (AP) — There’s a new sheriff in town and his name is Kenneth “Kenny” Bamberg. Bamberg, 57, recently took the oath as Bamberg County’s sheriff. “We’re going to do what we’re supposed to do: accountability and responsibility. We’re going...

Martin Szelag stands outside the state capitol in Lansing, Mich., Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Heavily fortified statehouses around US see small protests

Jan. 17, 2021 9:51 PM EST

Small groups of right-wing protesters — some of them carrying rifles — gathered outside heavily fortified statehouses around the country Sunday, outnumbered by National Guard troops and police brought in to prevent a repeat of the violence that erupted at the U.S. Capitol. As darkness fell, there...

Members of the Boogaloo Boys attend protest Sunday at the Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus, Ohio, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. (Barbara J. Perenic/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

The Latest: Sunday protests quiet; officials brace for more

Jan. 17, 2021 6:15 PM EST

The Latest on demonstrating Sunday at statehouses across the country. ___ After a small, peaceful protest at the Ohio Statehouse on Sunday, Gov. Mike DeWine says security levels will remain high in Columbus for Wednesday’s presidential inauguration. DeWine praised demonstrators for exercising their free...

Northeastern tops College of Charleston 68-66

Jan. 17, 2021 4:41 PM EST

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Jahmyl Telfort came off the bench to score 16 points, reserve Chris Doherty scored on a tipin with 15.2 seconds to go and Northeastern defeated College of Charleston 68-66 on Sunday. Shaquille Walters had 15 points and eight rebounds for Northeastern (7-5, 6-0 Colonial Athletic...

Ex-Myrtle Beach mayor dies of COVID-19 as S.C. cases grow

Jan. 17, 2021 4:03 PM EST

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — A former mayor of the South Carolina city of Myrtle Beach has died of complications from COVID-19, the city reported Sunday. The city’s website says John Rhodes died Saturday night. Rhodes served as mayor from January 2006 through December 2017. The news of his death...

SC's King Day at the Dome rally going virtual in 2021

Jan. 17, 2021 1:08 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — For the first time in more than 20 years, a South Carolina civil rights organization isn't holding a Martin Luther King Jr. Day rally at the Statehouse. The South Carolina NAACP will hold its annual King Day at the Dome celebration online Monday instead. The decision was made because...

Saving historic Charleston smokestacks to cost $3 million

Jan. 17, 2021 1:03 PM EST

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina city task force recommends that two towering historic smokestacks at a community center should be preserved — an effort that would require raising $1.5 million through fundraising efforts. The Post and Courier in Charleston reports that the stacks are 135...

Nonprofit in South Carolina plants, promotes trees

Jan. 17, 2021 12:01 AM EST

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Joelle Teachey is the friendly face of trees. She’s no “tree hugger,” but she probably wouldn’t object. She’s planted solidly in the real world. That’s the way she likes it – for her organization and for her trees, your trees. About...

After a stellar 2020, teenage golf star's rise continues

Jan. 17, 2021 12:01 AM EST

WEST POINT, Miss. (AP) — Rob Akins started coaching Emerson Blair when she was “a little teeny girl” weighing barely 60 pounds. But Akins, a PGA professional and golf instructor from Collierville, Tennessee, could tell one thing right away: The 10-year-old from West Point showed a talent and...