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Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer speaks at a campaign event in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Key questions heading into South Carolina Democratic primary

Feb. 29, 2020 5:02 AM EST

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina primary is certain to be a fork in the road for Democrats’ 2020 presidential nominating contest. But there’s no reliable map showing where voters’ choices might lead once the state's voters — the first 2020 contest where black voters...

Landmarks tell story of Miami’s rich black cultural history

Feb. 29, 2020 3:01 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — “Moonlight” helped cast a national glow on Miami’s Liberty City neighborhood when it won the Oscar as the best film of 2016. Filmmaker Barry Jenkins and playwright/actor Tarell Alvin McCraney grew up in Liberty City and made it a focal point of “Moonlight.”...

In this Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020 photo, a customer eats a bowl of soup at a deserted food court in the Koreatown section of Los Angeles. Fears of the coronavirus combined with the speed and reach of social media can quickly cripple the healthiest of businesses. That's what happened to several Korean restaurants in Los Angeles. Their business was hit hard by false rumors spread on social media that a Korean Air flight attendant with coronavirus dined there last week. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

Restaurants in LA's Koreatown reel amid coronavirus rumor

Feb. 29, 2020 1:12 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a Koreatown restaurant known for its beef bone broth soup, the lunchtime crowd Friday was half its normal size. The reason was a virulent rumor about a customer with coronavirus. Han Bat Shul Lung Tang was one of five restaurants that lost business after being named in posts on a...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden meets with attendees during a campaign event, Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, in Spartanburg, S.C. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Biden looks for first 2020 victory in South Carolina primary

Feb. 29, 2020 12:03 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Democrats' 2020 nominating fight turned to South Carolina on Saturday for the first-in-the-South primary, with Joe Biden confident that his popularity with black voters will seal him a victory and help blunt some of front-runner Bernie Sanders' momentum. The primary stands as the...

In this Jan. 16, 2020 photo,  Joseph 'Sonny' Vickers, poses at the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park, in Valdosta, Ga. The Valdosta city councilman said he believes African Americans have made great strides since the historical era of slavery and segregation. (Amanda M. Usher/The Daily Times via AP)

Racial progress not as simple as black and white

Feb. 29, 2020 12:01 AM EST

VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) — Roy Copeland knew he was dressed “shabbily” but he didn’t expect a group of people to avoid him. He was strolling downtown, not unusual for the African American attorney on a weekend, when he encountered a group of white people walking toward him. “They see...

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a campaign rally in Aiken, SC., Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. (Michael Holahan/The Augusta Chronicle via AP)

'Bernie or brokered': Democratic race at critical crossroads

Feb. 28, 2020 9:02 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Democrats' 2020 primary season enters a critical four-day stretch that will help determine whether the party rallies behind Bernie Sanders or embraces a longer and uglier slog that could carry on until the national convention. This marks a dangerous moment for a political party...

Utah Legislature passes bill to tighten license plate rules

Feb. 28, 2020 7:25 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Lawmakers in Utah have passed a tighter ban on personalized license plates that have disparaging words or messages after a plate spelling out ‘deport them' sparked debate on social media. The Friday vote at the Utah Senate sends to Republican Gov. Gary Herbert the bill that...

Oklahoma University students participate in a sit-in organized by the Black Emergency Response Team student group outside of the office of OU provost Kyle Harper in Evans Hall at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. The protest comes after two incidents where faculty members used a racial slur while teaching. (Nate Billings/The Oklahoman via AP)

Students stage sit-in outside University of Oklahoma offices

Feb. 28, 2020 6:28 PM EST

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Dozens of University of Oklahoma students staged a sit-in that continued Friday outside OU's administrative offices following two instances of professors using racial slurs in the classroom. However, OU Interim President Joseph Harroz Jr. has rejected the demands of the school's Black...

FILE - In this Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden acknowledges applause from parishioners as he departs after attending services at the Royal Missionary Baptist Church in North Charleston, S.C. His campaign hired a South Carolina faith outreach director in August 2019 and announced the endorsement of 100 local faith leaders in December. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Activism cuts into the political might of S.C. black church

Feb. 28, 2020 6:20 PM EST

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Before delivering his Sunday sermon this week, Rev. Joseph Darby took a moment to address the elephant in the room: the upcoming South Carolina Democratic primary. Just because a candidate “ran strong in two of the whitest states in America, that doesn’t mean they’re...

Man charged with killing black men set for mental evaluation

Feb. 28, 2020 5:25 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Two Louisiana doctors will examine a man accused of fatally shooting two black men and determine whether he is mentally competent to stand trial. State District Judge Beau Higginbotham also ordered the doctors to determine whether Kenneth Gleason, 25, was sane during the suspected...