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A woman wipes tears from her eyes during the remembrance service for six-year-old Faye Swetlik at Trinity Baptist Church in Cayce, S.C., Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. (Josh Morgan/The Greenville News via AP)

City that prayed, searched for missing girl says goodbye

Feb. 21, 2020 10:18 PM EST

CAYCE, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina community that searched, prayed and then cried for a missing 6-year-old girlsaid goodbye Friday to the youngster, who disappeared from her front yard and was found dead three days later. A sea of bright colors, especially pink and purple, filled Trinity Baptist Church...

Lawsuit: 52 people faked Uber accidents for insurance money

Feb. 20, 2020 9:36 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Some South Carolina residents deliberately caused hit-and-run accidents while in Uber rides as part of an insurance scam, a car insurance company says in a lawsuit. The lawsuit from James River Insurance says 52 people were involved in an insurance scheme that cost the company more...

FILE - In this  Jan. 20, 2020, file photo Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., left, and businessman Tom Steyer sit together at the beginning of a Martin Luther King Jr. Day rally in Columbia, S.C. With more visible support among black voters than seen in his 2016 South Carolina campaign, coupled with momentum from earlier contests, fierce competition for the crucial support of black voters and a wildcard GOP effort, Sanders could be poised either for an upset victory or a close second-place finish, a damaging blow to the “firewall” of support needed by Joe Biden in the state. If either scenario were to become reality following the Feb. 29 vote, Sanders may have Steyer to thank for eating into the former vice president’s support among black voters. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard, File)

In S Carolina, Sanders may get boost from billionaire Steyer

Feb. 19, 2020 4:15 PM EST

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Billionaires are the consistent villains in Bernie Sanders' campaign narrative. He rails against what he perceives as the undue influence their wealth wields and how that contributes to the yawning inequalities of American life. His criticisms are unsparing, and his most recent...

This undated photo provided by the Cayce Department of Public Safety shows Faye Marie Swetlik, who has been missing since shortly after getting off her school bus near her South Carolina home Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. Investigators say they have no evidence that the girl was kidnapped from her neighborhood in the state's central city of Cayce, S.C. Authorities have not ruled out that the girl was abducted (Cayce Department of Public Safety via AP)

Police: Girl, 6, was killed by neighbor who then killed self

Feb. 18, 2020 10:46 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A 6-year-old girl who disappeared from her front yard after school was killed by a neighbor who then killed himself, authorities said Tuesday. Faye Marie Swetlik died of asphyxiation just hours after she was abducted, Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher told reporters Tuesday,...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the Clark County Democratic Party

The Latest: Nevada's lieutenant governor endorses Biden

Feb. 16, 2020 6:47 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 presidential campaign (all times PST): 3:30 p.m. Joe Biden has picked up another endorsement from a top Nevada politician, with Lt. Gov. Kate Marshall announcing that she will back the former vice president’s White House bid. Marshall joins two of the...

Kat Taylor, wife of Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer, speaks with reporters during an open house at the home she's renting in Columbia, S.C., on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

Steyer foundation mulling SC investments - after the primary

Feb. 16, 2020 5:57 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Ahead of this month’s crucial South Carolina primary, the wife of presidential candidate Tom Steyer said that the foundation she runs is interested in considering an investment proposal from one of the state’s largest black church congregations. But she said the...

Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden, takes photos with supporters after speaking at a campaign event in Columbia, S.C., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Democratic hopefuls now test strength among minority voters

Feb. 16, 2020 2:58 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — For I.S. Leevy Johnson, the Democrats’ search for a challenger to take on President Donald Trump is personal. “There is what I call an ‘ABT mood’ in the black community: Anybody but Trump,” said the 77-year-old who was the first black graduate of the...

This undated photo provided by the Cayce Department of Public Safety shows Faye Marie Swetlik, who has been missing since shortly after getting off her school bus near her South Carolina home Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. Investigators say they have no evidence that the girl was kidnapped from her neighborhood in the state's central city of Cayce, S.C. Authorities have not ruled out that the girl was abducted (Cayce Department of Public Safety via AP)

Evidence in trash can links dead neighbor to missing SC girl

Feb. 14, 2020 2:05 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Investigators found a man dead inside his South Carolina home shortly after finding an item from a missing 6-year-old girl who lived in his neighborhood inside his trash can, authorities said. Three days after Faye Marie Swetlik's mother frantically called 911 to report her daughter's...

2 killed, 2 hurt in southern Minnesota interstate crash

Feb. 14, 2020 11:14 AM EST

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — Two people were killed and two others were injured in a rollover crash in southern Minnesota. The westbound driver of a pickup truck lost control of the vehicle on Interstate 90 in Mower County, rolled into the median and landed in the eastbound lanes, according to the Minnesota...

Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg greets supporters after speaking at a campaign event in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

2020 Democrats step up attacks to blunt Bloomberg's rise

Feb. 14, 2020 7:31 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates hoping to revive their flagging campaigns increasingly took aim at Mike Bloomberg, blasting their billionaire rival for trying to buy his way into the White House and raising questions about his commitment to racial equality. Struggling to recover from...