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June 23, 2012 | Wire reports
Tyler Webb and Matt Price combined for seven innings of shutout relief, and two-time defending national champion South Carolina returned to the College World Series finals with a 3-2 win over Arkansas on Friday night at Omaha. The Gamecocks (49-18) took the lead in the bottom of the seventh inning on Barrett Astin's two-out, bases-loaded walk to Adam Matthews. South Carolina will play Arizona in the best-of-three finals beginning Sunday. The Gamecocks are trying to become the first team to win three titles in a row since that other USC, the one in Los Angeles, won five in a row from 1970-74.
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April 25, 2014 | By David Zucchino
LATTA, S.C. - Police Chief Crystal Moore was born and raised in this tiny farming crossroads and served as a volunteer police dispatcher while she was still in high school. She became the town's first female officer with a sterling 23-year record on the force - until she was ordered into the mayor's office this month and summarily fired. Mayor Earl Bullard handed Moore a list of seven reprimands citing, among other alleged transgressions, questioning authority and failing to maintain order at a council meeting.
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January 18, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
Mitt Romney still holds a double-digit lead in South Carolina ahead of the state's potentially decisive Republican primary, but Newt Gingrich has narrowed the gap some, according to a new CNN/Time poll. Romney has the support of 33% of likely Republican primary voters in South Carolina, good for a 10-point advantage over Gingrich. That's down, however, from an 18-point lead Romney held over Rick Santorum in a poll earlier this month. Santorum is now down to 16% in the new poll, followed by Ron Paul at 13% and Rick Perry at 6%. For Romney, a win in South Carolina on Saturday could essentially end the GOP nominating race.
NATIONAL
April 5, 2014 | Lisa Mascaro
PEARL, Miss. - Sen. Thad Cochran is a portrait of the genteel Southern politician, known for three-piece suits, a shock of white hair and shoveling billions of government dollars back to his impoverished home state to repair levees, construct research facilities at Ole Miss and bolster catfish farms. That spending prowess once reaped rewards for the Mississippi senator, with buildings bearing his name, easy reelection campaigns and so much public affection that he's known here simply as "Thad.
SPORTS
October 27, 2012 | By Chris Dufresne
South Carolina star running back Marcus Lattimore appeared to suffer a serious right knee injury during Saturday's game against Tennessee. Lattimore missed the last six games last season after tearing ligaments in his left knee. Saturday's injury hushed the crowd at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C., as players for both teams expressed their concern for one of the SEC's top backs. "It looked severe on the field," South Carolina Coach Steve Spurrier said. "But we'll have to wait and see. " The junior back became an instant star as a freshman when he rushed for 1,149 yards and 17 touchdowns.
NATIONAL
March 9, 2012 | By Richard Fausset
South Carolina Lt. Gov. Ken Ard resigned Friday morning, declaring it was in the "best interest" of the state after a months-long probe into abuses of his campaign war chest, including allegations that he spent the money on a video game console and expensive clothing for his wife, among other things. Ard, who was elected in November 2010, had his resignation letter delivered to the office of fellow Republican Gov. Nikki Haley Friday morning. In a separate statement, Ard issued an apology to his staff, family and the people of South Carolina.
NEWS
October 14, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Travel magazines routinely pick Charleston, S.C., as a must-see U.S. destination, and this year is no exception. Travel + Leisure readers named it the country's best city to visit, over bigger hubs like San Francisco and New York City. Here's a tour package that's flexible and inexpensive -- and provides a taste of  the city's Southern cuisine. Wild Dunes Resort is on a barrier island called Isle of Palms about a half hour from Charleston. The package includes staying in a one-bedroom condo and taking one of four culinary tours of the city.
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December 17, 2012 | By Melanie Mason and Michael A. Memoli, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Tim Scott, a freshman tea party Republican, will become South Carolina's first black senator, Gov. Nikki Haley, announced Monday, appointing the congressman to fill the seat left vacant by Jim DeMint. "It is a great day for South Carolina," Haley said, speaking at the statehouse in Columbia. "It is a historic day for South Carolina. " Haley was joined by Scott and DeMint, as well as the state's senior senator, Lindsey Graham, and members of its congressional delegation.
NEWS
January 21, 2012 | By Maeve Reston
Despite Mitt Romney's loss in the South Carolina primary, few of his supporters seemed worried about his prospect of clinching the nomination.   David Smoot, a real estate developer who drove down to Romney's primary party from his home in Raleigh, N.C., said he believed Romney's second-place finish would encourage him to defend his record more forcefully. He chalked up the loss to "unthinking voters" and insisted that Gingrich would never become the Republican nominee.   "If you want someone to lead the country, why would you let a serial adulterer be our standard-bearer?"
NEWS
January 11, 2012 | By John Hoeffel
The day after he finished last in New Hampshire's Republican presidential primary, Texas Gov. Rick Perry launched a packed day of events in South Carolina, where he has staked the future of his campaign. Speaking to about 55 people in a side room at the Lizard's Thicket restaurant in Lexington, just west of the state capital, Columbia, an animated Perry dismissed Iowa as “interesting” and New Hampshire as “a fine place,” but said: “South Carolina is who picks presidents.” Since 1980, every winner of the GOP primary in South Carolina has gone on to take the party's presidential nomination.
NATIONAL
March 29, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
RIDGELAND, Miss. - Over the bass beat coming from the band, the Rev. Charles Miller is leading his congregation in boisterous prayer. As his voice rings out, blessing the community and the oppressed, the congregation affirming each line, he names a new group that he says deserves God's attention. "We pray for the employees who are working at Nissan," Miller says, and the dozens of women and men in the pews say amen to that, too. "We pray you wake up the conscience of those that are oppressing them," he says.
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March 22, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Cal State Northridge's women's basketball team is focused on Sunday's NCAA tournament game against South Carolina. But when the Matadors arrived in Seattle on Friday, one of their topics of discussion was 14th-seeded Mercer's upset of perennial power Duke in the NCAA men's tournament. "It lets you know that anything can happen on any given day," Northridge guard Ashlee Guay said during a phone interview. "It's motivational. " Northridge (18-14), the No. 16-seeded team, will try to knock off top-seeded South Carolina (27-4)
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March 17, 2014 | By Gary Klein
No. 16 CSUN (18-14) vs. No. 1 South Carolina (27-4) Sunday at Alaska Airlines Arena, Seattle How they got here: Northridge won the Big West Conference regular-season championship and also won the conference tournament. South Carolina won the Southeastern Conference regular-season title but lost to Kentucky in the SEC tournament semifinals. Last 10 games: Northridge 8-2, South Carolina 8-2. Cal State Northridge lineup: Starters - G Ashlee Guay (16.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg)
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March 17, 2014 | By Gary Klein
USC's women's basketball team gathered Monday among family, fans and athletic department personnel to learn its NCAA tournament opponent and destination. A stirring run to win the Pac-12 Conference tournament March 9 ensured there would be no sense of bubble-induced foreboding, only eager anticipation. When USC's name flashed during the televised announcement of the 64-team field, the reception room in the Galen Center erupted in cheers and applause. USC, making its first tournament appearance since 2006, will play St. John's on Saturday in Knoxville, Tenn.
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March 17, 2014 | By Gary Klein
USC will play St. John's and Cal State Northridge will play South Carolina in the first round of the NCAA women's basketball tournament. Connecticut (34-0), Notre Dame (32-0), South Carolina (27-4) and Tennessee (27-5) are the top-seeded teams in a 64-team bracket that was announced Monday. The tournament begins Saturday and ends with the Final Four April 6-8 in Nashville. USC (22-12), which won the Pac-12 Conference tournament,  is seeded ninth in the Louisville Regional and will play eighth-seeded St. John's (22-10)
NATIONAL
March 13, 2014 | By August Brown and Matt Pearce
AUSTIN, Texas - Rashad Charjuan Owens was a music producer with hopes of stardom. He lived in Killeen, Texas, about 70 miles from this city's famed South by Southwest Conference, the annual festival where the worlds of music, film and technology blur. Police said an officer on drunk-driving patrol tried to stop a gray sedan about 12:30 a.m. Thursday. But the car took off, weaving, then accelerating the wrong way on a one-way street. It went through police barricades that were set up on Red River Street to protect pedestrians, then dashed through the entertainment district, where the bands X and TEEN had just wrapped up. Rapper Tyler the Creator was scheduled to perform at 1 a.m. During the chaotic flight under pursuit by the police, the vehicle - which authorities said may have been stolen - hit a moped, a taxi and a bicyclist, then went onto a sidewalk and hit a van, police said.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 6, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg
There was a reason Alan Moore's "Neonomicon" was shelved in the adult section of the library in Greenville County, South Carolina: It contains adult content. And it was checked out with an adult library card -- but that adult library card was in the hands of a 14-year-old girl. When the girl asked her mother about an unfamiliar word she found in "Neonomicon," the trouble started. The mother, Carrie Gaske, filed an official challenge against the graphic novel in June. An official decision has now been made to ban it from the library.
NEWS
January 17, 2012 | By Kim Geiger
Texas Gov. Rick Perry continued his push to woo South Carolina veterans, proposing a five-year income tax exemption for wounded service members and assembling a team of well-known veterans to campaign on his behalf. Perry raised the tax holiday idea during a Tuesday morning appearance at a local Veterans of Foreign Wars post, just moments after he blasted President Obama for failing to hold a parade to commemorate the end of the Iraq war.  “I want to offer up for this country to consider a wounded-warrior tax exemption,” Perry said.
NATIONAL
March 6, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Snow, sleet and frozen rain damaged a year's worth of South Carolina's timber harvest last month, making it the most damaging storm in the region since 1989, officials reported. About 11% of the forestland was significantly affected by the pre-Valentine's Day storm, which left an inch of ice across half of the state. Though most of the $360 million in damage was considered “light” by the South Carolina Forestry Commission because some of it could be salvaged, the agency declared a disaster and called on timber companies Wednesday to save as much as they could.
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March 4, 2014 | By Ralph Vartabedian
The Energy Department, dealing with twin setbacks in its long effort to deal with Cold War-era radioactive waste, said Tuesday it was stopping construction of a massive plant in South Carolina to handle surplus plutonium and proceeding with an investigation into a leak at a nuclear dump in New Mexico that exposed 13 workers to airborne plutonium. In releasing its fiscal 2015 budget, energy officials said they were stopping construction of the "mixed oxide fuel" plant at the Savannah River site in South Carolina.
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