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Bloomberg wins key SC endorsement ahead of possible 2020 bid

Nov. 18, 2019 11:15 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Before he’s officially a presidential candidate, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is picking up a key endorsement in South Carolina. Steve Benjamin, the mayor of Columbia, told The Associated Press on Monday that he’s ready to back the billionaire if he decides to...

2020 hopeful Harris focuses on black women in South Carolina

Nov. 18, 2019 6:04 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Kamala Harris is framing an upcoming campaign swing through early voting South Carolina around the voting demographic most sought after in the state’s Democratic primary: black women. On Saturday, Harris’ campaign is teaming up with black female organizers and volunteers...

Ex S. Carolina police chief sentenced for drug, gun charges

Nov. 14, 2019 5:21 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A former South Carolina police chief was sentenced to 30 months in prison for using drugs and illegally owning guns. News outlets report former Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott was sentenced Wednesday. He pleaded guilty in August to drug and gun charges. Scott was chief from 2011 to...

Minaya leads South Carolina to 77-55 win over Lions

Nov. 6, 2019 10:43 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Justin Minaya felt the emotions before stepping onto the court for his first game in nearly a year. Once things started, Minaya was his old self — making the right play, the critical basket and leading South Carolina to a season-opening victory Wednesday night. Minaya had 17...

Charleston Southern beats Columbia International 99-71

Nov. 5, 2019 10:37 PM EST

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Dontrell Shuler scored 22 points, tying his career high, as Charleston Southern defeated NAIA Columbia International 99-71 in a season opener on Tuesday night. Ty Jones added 20 points and seven rebounds for the Buccaneers. Phlandrous Fleming Jr. had 13 points and six rebounds for...

South Korean man crossing US on bicycle killed in crash

Nov. 5, 2019 3:24 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A 27-year-old South Korean man riding his bicycle across the United States has been killed in a wreck in South Carolina. Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said in a statement Sangyoon Jeon of Busan, South Korea, died around 12:15 p.m. Monday on U.S. Highway 378 east of Columbia. The...

Harris speaks at SC candidate forum after organizers nixed

Oct. 26, 2019 6:38 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris spoke at a criminal justice forum at a historically black college on Saturday after a group that honored President Donald Trump with an award was removed as the event sponsor. Organizers at Benedict College in Columbia say the candidate...

Kamala Harris skipping South Carolina forum over Trump award

Oct. 26, 2019 8:53 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential hopeful Kamala Harris is pulling out of a South Carolina criminal justice forum over organizers' handling of President Donald Trump's appearance. Soon after her announcement, the mayor of South Carolina's capital city, Columbia, and a co-host of the event said...

President Trump takes victory lap on criminal justice reform

Oct. 25, 2019 7:08 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — When President Donald Trump talks about how his policies are helping African Americans, he almost always mentions a new law that has allowed thousands of non-violent offenders to gain early release from federal prison. He made the pitch again Friday at a criminal justice conference in...

South Carolina reserve DB Cook dismissed after arrest

Oct. 20, 2019 7:10 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina reserve defensive back Jamel Cook has been dismissed from the team after his arrest for domestic violence Friday. Cook was charged with second-degree domestic violence. He was released on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond and has a court hearing date of Nov. 18,...