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FILE - In this July 29, 2020 file photo, South Carolina's fairgrounds sit mostly empty in Columbia, S.C.  Organizers say thousands of people turned out to peer at agricultural exhibits from their car windows and grab to-go funnel cakes at a drive-thru fair in South Carolina. The more than 150-year-old South Carolina State Fair couldn't go off as normal this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, so organizers devised a drive-thru version that was held Tuesday, Oct. 20 and Wednesday in Columbia.  (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

Funnel cakes to go: Drive-thru fair draws thousands in SC

Oct. 22, 2020 9:08 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Organizers say thousands of people turned out to peer at agricultural exhibits from their car windows and grab to-go funnel cakes at a drive-thru fair in South Carolina. The more than 150-year-old South Carolina State Fair couldn't go off as normal this year because of the coronavirus...

Toby Gregory's yard that is adorned with 1,006 white crosses to represent Oklahoma deaths due to COVID-19, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, in Tulsa, Okla. Gregory was able to keep up with the state death toll until last week, and then it became too many. He says he doesn't have the room or supplies to keep up with the current death toll, but will do about 50 more crosses. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World via AP)

The Latest: Ireland sets new virus restrictions for 6 weeks

Oct. 19, 2020 8:12 PM EDT

LONDON — Ireland’s government is putting the country at its highest level of coronavirus restrictions for six weeks in a bid to combat a rise in infections. Premier Micheal Martin said Monday the measures take effect at midnight Wednesday and run until Dec. 1. People are being asked to stay at home,...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus pass by a statue with a face mask at a park in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. South Korea's daily coronavirus tally has dropped below 50 for the first time in more than two weeks despite reports of small-scale local infections. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

The Latest: S. Korea increases hospital, nursing home tests

Oct. 18, 2020 10:16 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported 76 new cases of the coronavirus as officials begin testing tens of thousands of employees at hospitals and nursing homes to prevent transmissions at live-in facilities. The figures released by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on Monday brought...

Auburn wide receiver Eli Stove (12) celebrates a touchdown with Ze'Vian Capers (80) during the first half of an NCAA college football game against South Carolina, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)

Nix picks cost No. 15 Auburn in 30-22 loss to South Carolina

Oct. 17, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's Jaycee Horn was tired of hearing he didn't have the ball skills to be a truly exceptional cornerback. His play against No. 15 Auburn proved he did — and led the Gamecocks to a breakthrough win over the Tigers on Saturday. Horn had the first two interceptions...

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn walks the sideline during the second half of the team's NCAA college football game against Arkansas on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Gamecocks' improving offense set for test vs No. 15 Auburn

Oct. 15, 2020 9:13 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina quarterback Collin Hill sees his offense getting better. Hill and the Gamecocks will get the chance to show how improved they are against No. 15 Auburn. Hill is the graduate transfer who followed his former coach, first-year Gamecocks offensive coordinator Mike Bobo,...

Missing U. of South Carolina student found dead near quarry

Oct. 12, 2020 6:05 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A University of South Carolina student who went missing while walking home with friends over the weekend was found dead near a quarry after a two-day search by air and foot, according to authorities. Rescue crews in Columbia found a body matching the description of Samuel Laundon,...

LSU head coach Ed Orgeron congratulates players after a score against Vanderbilt in the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. LSU won 41-7. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Hurricane forces move of LSU-Missouri game out of Louisiana

Oct. 7, 2020 12:12 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — No. 17 LSU will travel to Missouri's home stadium for a late-morning kickoff on Saturday instead of hosting the game at night as originally scheduled because of Hurricane Delta's expected landfall in or near Louisiana later this week. The Southeastern Conference announced the move...

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham faces off in the South Carolina U.S. Senate debate with challenger Jaime Harrison at Allen University in Columbia, S.C., Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020. (Joshua Boucher/The State via AP)

Graham, Harrison both tout bipartisanship in 1st SC matchup

Oct. 3, 2020 10:46 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — In their first debate in a race that has shattered fundraising records and become among the more closely watched Senate contests of this cycle, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison drew multiple contrasts between their campaigns but also...

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham speaks at a campaign event for U.S. House candidate Nancy Mace on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in North Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

South Carolina's Graham, challenger to meet in 1st debate

Oct. 2, 2020 9:56 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and his Democratic challenger are set to meet in their first face-to-face matchup, amid record-breaking fundraising and a Supreme Court nomination debate that means Graham will be spending much of the remaining campaign in Washington. On Saturday, Graham and...

People wearing masks and face shields wait for their turn to pick up student electronic tablets as online classes are scheduled to start next week in the Dona Rosario High School in Quezon city, Philippines, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. Public schools will hold online classes using electronic gadgets and educational materials provided to students as the opening got delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

The Latest: 2 Philippine tourist spots partially reopen

Oct. 1, 2020 11:47 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines — Two of the most popular Philippine tourist destinations, including the Boracay beach, have partially reopened with only a fraction of their usual crowds showing up given continuing coronavirus restrictions. Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said Friday that 35 local tourists,...