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FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2020 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg pauses as he speaks to supporters at a primary night election rally in Nashua, N.H. Buttigieg’s presidential candidacy, though ending far short of its goal, will likely go down in history books as a success: proof of the remarkable advances made by LGBT Americans in their quest for equality and acceptance.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Buttigieg, South Carolina mayor teaming up on COVID effort

Jul. 2, 2020 4:24 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Former South Bend, Indiana, mayor and presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has teamed up with the mayor of South Carolina's capital city to help municipalities stem the spread of the coronavirus. Columbia, South Carolina, Mayor Steve Benjamin said Thursday that he and Buttigieg have...

Marc Brown, who is representing Sir Brandon Legette in a lawsuit against the Columbia Police Department,  talks to reporters Friday, June 25, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. Legette filed a complaint in federal court alleging the officer, Sean Rollins, used unjustified force when he shot Legette near a grocery store parking lot during the early hours of Aug. 24. (AP Photo / Michelle Liu)

Man shot in back of head by S. Carolina cop sues department

Jun. 26, 2020 7:43 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A Black man who was shot in the back of the head during a traffic stop in South Carolina last fall is suing the Columbia Police Department, the city and the officer. Attorneys for Sir Brandon Legette, 29, filed a complaint in federal court Friday morning alleging the officer, Sean...

Fifth Circuit Solicitor Byron Gipson highlights the gun that Joshua Ruffin was carrying when he was shot by City of Columbia police officer, Kevin Davis, during a press conference Wednesday, June 24, 2020 concerning the police officer shooting of Joshua Ruffin. Ruffin, 17, was killed April 8 after he ran away when the police officer started asking him questions and pointed a gun at the officer chasing him, Columbia police Chief Skip Holbrook said.  (Tracy Glantz/The State via AP)

Prosecutor decides not to charge officer who shot Black teen

Jun. 24, 2020 7:47 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina prosecutor said Wednesday that he will not file charges against the white police officer who fatally shot a Black teenager who pointed a gun at the officer as he ran away. Josh Ruffin, 17, was an immediate threat to the safety of the officers and others when he...

The entrance to the H Mart Groceries & More store posts several signs letting customers know that face masks are required to enter the store, Wednesday, June 17, 2020, in Mesa, Ariz. The number of new coronavirus cases in Arizona has increased significantly over the past several weeks. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

US virus outbreaks stir clash over masks, personal freedom

Jun. 17, 2020 9:07 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — When the coronavirus flared in China's capital this week, Beijing canceled flights, suspended reopenings and described the situation as “extremely grave.” But with cases rising in some U.S. states, local officials have balked at even requiring people to wear masks. In the...

FILE - In this May 31, 2016, file photo, a statue of Vice President John C. Calhoun, whose ideas on state rights were a spark of the Civil War, looms over a public park in Charleston, S.C. Despite a South Carolina law protecting monuments, officials in the historic city of Charleston announced Wednesday, JUne 17, 2020, that they plan to remove a statue of slavery advocate John C. Calhoun. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins, File)

Charleston officials to remove statue of slavery advocate

Jun. 17, 2020 7:20 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Despite a South Carolina law protecting monuments, officials in the historic city of Charleston announced Wednesday that they plan to remove a statue of slavery advocate John C. Calhoun from a downtown square. Mayor John Tecklenburg announced he will send a resolution to the City...

Clemson drops pro-slavery Calhoun's name from honors program

Jun. 12, 2020 11:32 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Clemson University trustees voted Friday to rename its honors college, stripping from the program the name of former vice president and slavery proponent John C. Calhoun. The university's board also publicly requested permission from the state legislature to change the name of Tillman...

Officers in swat gear work at the intersection of West Fond du Lac Avenue and West Burleigh Street near a Jet Beauty store that was looted in Milwaukee on Sunday, May 31, 2020. (Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)

The Latest: 10 resign from SWAT team amid safety concerns

Jun. 12, 2020 11:21 PM EDT

TOP OF THE HOUR: — Dallas officials agree to 90-day ban on use of tear gas against demonstrators. — Judge orders pause on use of tear gas against protesters in Seattle. — Minneapolis council takes step toward abolishing police department. ___ HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. — Ten members of a...

1st city in US named for Columbus puts his statue in storage

Jun. 12, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The first city in the United States named for Christopher Columbus has removed a statue of the explorer and placed it in storage for safekeeping after it was vandalized several times in a week. Workers in Columbia, South Carolina, dismembered the statue early Friday, and by...

South Carolina officials decry 'confusion' during primary

Jun. 10, 2020 3:07 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Citing “extreme wait times and confusion at polling places” in some precincts in and around South Carolina's capital city during Tuesday's primary, state election officials said they are sending help before upcoming runoffs, including poll manager training and equipment...

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Columbia Police Department shows Nathaniel Rowland. The man accused of killing a South Carolina woman who got into his car thinking it was her Uber ride is seeking to get out of jail while he awaits trial. Prosecutors say Nathaniel Rowland is scheduled to have a hearing via video conference before a Columbia judge on Tuesday morning, June 9, 2020. (Columbia Police Department via AP, File)

Judge denies bond for man accused in Uber rider's death

Jun. 9, 2020 4:28 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A judge has denied bond for a man accused of killing a South Carolina woman who got into his car thinking it was her Uber ride. The ruling involving suspect Nathaniel Rowland came Tuesday during a hearing before a Columbia judge held via video conference. Rowland has been held in the...