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Sheriff: Teen's racist videos show SC needs hate crime law

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina sheriff said Thursday that the state needs a hate crime law after his deputies couldn't initially charge a 16-year-old Catholic school student who made videos using racial slurs and shooting a box that he...

 

Parents weren't told of student's racist video, threats

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A Catholic school in South Carolina waited more than two weeks to tell parents a student was expelled and arrested after making racist videos and threatening to shoot black people. The videos of the white, 16-year-old male...

 

Jury sentences father to death for killing his 5 children

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina father was sentenced to death Thursday for killing his five children with his own hands. After they were dead, he drove around with their bodies for nine days before dumping them in garbage bags on the side...

 

Doctor says dad who killed kids is insane, defense rests

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina father charged with killing his five children was insane at the time of the slayings, a psychiatrist testified Friday — the final defense witness but the first to say that about the defendant. Lawyers...

 

Court appearance for suspected shooter

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — David Belnap stood on his North Carolina college campus aching from the latest U.S. school shooting as he held a candle and wore a homemade T-shirt with "Riley Howell is a hero" written on the back. Howell died in his...

 

Chief: Ride-share mistake led to death of SC college student

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The man accused of killing a woman who got into his car thinking it was her Uber ride had activated the child locks in his backseat so the doors could only be opened from the outside, police in South Carolina say. Columbia...

 

Hot-shooting Oklahoma beats Ole Miss 95-72 in NCAAs

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Nine days off, a few good practices and shootarounds, and suddenly Oklahoma looks like a new team. The ninth-seeded Sooners used a balanced attack, with four players scoring at least 18 points, to beat Mississippi 95-72 on...

 

Blackface scandal prompts others to confront their memories

Mark Acosta remembers so many of the details. He was in fourth grade in a predominantly Hispanic mining town in Arizona and his teachers painted his face black for a play where he portrayed comedian Flip Wilson and his character Geraldine. Acosta,...

 

School shooter's case to test life sentence for juveniles

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina school shooting will soon become a test case for court rulings that restrict life-without-parole sentences for juveniles, after a 16-year-old pleaded guilty to two counts of murder. Jesse Osborne pleaded...

 

SC teen pleads guilty to murder in death of father, boy

A 16-year-old pleaded guilty Wednesday to two charges of murder for fatally shooting his father in their home and a 6-year-old boy at the South Carolina elementary school he once attended. Jesse Osborne faces 30 years to life in prison without parole...

 

Estimated 129 guns found in home of police ambush suspect

Authorities found approximately 130 guns inside the South Carolina home of a man who set up his house in an upscale neighborhood to ambush police officers coming to question his son about a possible child sex assault, the sheriff investigating the...

 

Suspect in shooting of 7 officers bragged about gun skills

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — The Vietnam veteran and disbarred lawyer accused of shooting seven law enforcement officers, killing one, bragged online about his marksmanship and love for the "smell of gunpowder" in the years before the deadly standoff,...

 

Officer killed, 4 other officers shot in South Carolina

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — Five South Carolina law enforcement officers were shot Wednesday — including one fatally — in a Florence County shooting in which the suspect has been taken into custody, authorities said. Sheriff's Deputy Chief Glenn...

 

When will it end? Florence's floodwaters rising in Carolinas

GALIVANTS FERRY, S.C. (AP) — With muddy river water still washing over entire communities on Friday, eight days after Hurricane Florence slammed into land with nearly 3 feet of rain, new evacuation orders forced residents to flee to higher ground...

 

Storm's uncertain track sows fear; 10 million in crosshairs

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Hurricane Florence put a corridor of more than 10 million people in the crosshairs Wednesday as the monster storm closed in on the Carolinas, uncertainty over its projected path spreading worry across a widening swath of...

 

Court rules no privacy for cellphone with 1-2-3-4 passcode

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A man serving 18 years in prison in South Carolina for burglary was rightfully convicted in part because he left his cellphone at the crime scene and a detective guessed his passcode as 1-2-3-4 instead of getting a warrant, th...

 

South Carolina Senate mulling ban on nearly all abortions

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Senate debated Thursday whether to ban nearly all abortions in the state, a surprise move suggested by a Democrat who has long fought abortion restrictions. Sen. Brad Hutto told Republicans if the bill...

 

Billy Graham will lie in honor in the US Capitol Rotunda

MONTREAT, N.C. (AP) — The Rev. Billy Graham's body will lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda next week, the first time a private citizen has been accorded such recognition since civil rights hero Rosa Parks in 2005. The two-day viewing in...

 

Lawsuit: Bad mental health care led to 4 prison stranglings

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Counselors at a South Carolina prison wing where four inmates were strangled to death in a cell last year routinely announced a prisoner's mental health diagnosis out loud to embarrass him, according to a lawsuit filed by the...

 

Inmate details 4 prison killings: 'I did it for nothing'

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Guards at the Kirkland Correctional Institution rushed to Denver Simmons' cell and made a grisly discovery: Four men from the unit for mentally ill prisoners had been beaten and strangled. Simmons, 35, and Jacob Philip, 26, bo...

 

Dylann Roof sentenced to death for killing 9 church members

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — An unrepentant Dylann Roof was sentenced to death Tuesday for fatally shooting nine black church members during a Bible study session, becoming the first person ordered executed for a federal hate crime. A jury deliberated f...

 

Church attack survivor recalls loud noise, then darkness

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A survivor of last year's massacre at a black South Carolina church testified Wednesday that her Bible study group had just closed their eyes and started praying when a loud sound shattered the stillness. The basement room...

 

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