South Carolina - the best personalized free web-based Email en en South Carolina Condemned church shooter Roof seeks appellate court mercy COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A white supremacist petitioned a court for mercy, asking the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday to overturn his conviction and death sentence for killing nine black worshippers in a racist attack at a Charleston church. The notice filed by attorneys for Dylann Roof was an expected move in what's expected to be years of appe... Tue, 23 May 2017 17:54:00 GMT 2017-05-23T17:54:00Z Trump names nuclear chief Svinicki to a new five-year term WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has selected Kristine Svinicki, chairwoman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, to lead the panel for another five years. Trump had previously named her to lead the five-member panel through June. Svinicki, a Republican and a nuclear engineer, has served on the commission since 2008. Trump also ... Tue, 23 May 2017 17:13:00 GMT 2017-05-23T17:13:00Z AP Interview: WFP chief says 600,000 kids risk famine death AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A tough-talking former Republican governor with friends in the Trump administration has become the unexpected booster of one of the United Nations agencies facing potentially deep U.S. funding cuts. David Beasley, the new executive director of the World Food Program, told The Associated Press that he will use his Washington connection... Mon, 22 May 2017 10:34:00 GMT 2017-05-22T10:34:00Z The Latest: Last Confederate monument removed in New Orleans NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on the removal of Confederate-related monuments from New Orleans (all times local): 6 p.m. Workers in New Orleans have removed the last of four monuments to Confederate-era figures — a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee. The statue was lifted from its pedestal early Friday evening, capping a da... Fri, 19 May 2017 23:06:00 GMT 2017-05-19T23:06:00Z Police: Woman in dinosaur costume spooked carriage horses CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A woman wearing an orange dinosaur costume was charged with disorderly conduct after she scared two horses pulling a carriage of tourists in South Carolina, authorities said Friday. The owner of Palmetto Carriage Works suggested it was part of a stunt by animal activists who are becoming increasingly more brazen in protesting the p... Fri, 19 May 2017 19:19:00 GMT 2017-05-19T19:19:00Z The Latest: Police: Woman who spooked horses turns self in CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on Charleston carriage horses spooked by someone in a dinosaur costume (all times local): 2:30 p.m. A woman who police say wore a dinosaur costume and spooked carriage horses in South Carolina has turned herself in. Charleston Police spokesman Charles Francis said in a statement that... Fri, 19 May 2017 18:36:00 GMT 2017-05-19T18:36:00Z GOP runoff to replace SC Rep. Mulvaney will go to recount COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The runoff election for the Republican GOP nomination to replace Mick Mulvaney in South Carolina's 5th District was too close to call Tuesday night, with the slightest of margins separating the contenders. The difference in votes between former lawmaker Ralph Norman and state legislator Tommy Pope was less than 1 percent meaning a re... Wed, 17 May 2017 14:44:00 GMT 2017-05-17T14:44:00Z Dylann Roof jail videos: Jokes, spats, no mention of 9 slain CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A week before the sentencing phase of his trial, Dylann Roof got a visit in jail from his mother, who pleaded with him to reconsider his decision to act as his own lawyer in the fatal shootings of nine black worshippers at a South Carolina church. But Roof was more concerned with the clothes he would wear to court. Since he could n... Wed, 17 May 2017 08:20:00 GMT 2017-05-17T08:20:00Z GOP runoff to replace SC's Mulvaney too close to call COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The runoff election for the Republican GOP nomination to replace Mick Mulvaney in South Carolina's 5th District was too close to call Tuesday night, with the slightest or margins separating the contenders. The difference in votes between former lawmaker Ralph Norman and state legislator Tommy Pope was less than 1 percent, meaning a r... Wed, 17 May 2017 05:17:00 GMT 2017-05-17T05:17:00Z Jailhouse videos show quirks of Charleston church gunman CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A week before the sentencing phase of his trial, Dylann Roof got a visit in jail from his mother, who pleaded with him to reconsider his decision to act as his own lawyer in the fatal shootings of nine black worshippers at a South Carolina church. But Roof was more concerned with the clothes he would wear to court. Since he could n... Wed, 17 May 2017 00:01:00 GMT 2017-05-17T00:01:00Z The Latest: Videos show Dylann Roof, family in jail visits CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on videos recorded of Dylann Roof's visit with family in Charleston jail (all times local): 1:35 p.m. In nearly three hours of jailhouse video, church shooter Dylann Roof is seen joking with his family, asking about his cats and becoming upset when his relatives suggest he should use his lawyers. ... Tue, 16 May 2017 20:01:00 GMT 2017-05-16T20:01:00Z South Carolina voters face widening GOP breach Tuesday COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Tuesday's Republican runoff for the House seat Rep. Mick Mulvaney vacated to join the Trump administration has exposed a breach in the party that's so wide, some GOP voters are threatening to stay home. The two candidates are alike in many ways, but one is backed by business groups with mainstream appeal, while the other gets support... Tue, 16 May 2017 14:27:00 GMT 2017-05-16T14:27:00Z The Latest: Gowdy takes himself out of FBI director search WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's selection of a replacement for fired FBI Director James Comey (all times local): 5:40 p.m. Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina has taken himself out of the running to replace James Comey as FBI director. Gowdy is a former state and federal prosecutor an... Mon, 15 May 2017 21:34:00 GMT 2017-05-15T21:34:00Z The Latest: Miss District of Columbia wins 2017 Miss USA LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the 2017 edition of the Miss USA pageant taking place in Las Vegas (all times local): 7 p.m. The District of Columbia has won back-to-back Miss USA titles. Kara McCullough, a chemist working for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, was crowned Sunday during the event that took place at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on the Las Vegas Stri... Mon, 15 May 2017 02:34:00 GMT 2017-05-15T02:34:00Z Trump considering numerous candidates for FBI director WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is considering more than a dozen candidates to succeed ousted FBI Director James Comey, choosing from a group that includes several lawmakers, attorneys and law enforcement officials. White House officials said Friday the president was moving expeditiously to find an interim FBI director along with a permanent repl... Sun, 14 May 2017 02:34:00 GMT 2017-05-14T02:34:00Z Special spotlight: SC Republicans vie to replace Mulvaney COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The special election spotlight has rolled on to South Carolina, where two Republicans are vying to be the party's candidate in the race for the seat vacated by GOP Rep. Mick Mulvaney. Tommy Pope and Ralph Norman are up for election in Tuesday's GOP runoff in the 5th Congressional District, south of Charlotte. Both selectively align w... Sat, 13 May 2017 14:05:00 GMT 2017-05-13T14:05:00Z South Carolina: 56 students escape school bus fire unhurt SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Authorities in South Carolina say more than 50 students escaped without injury after the school bus they were riding caught fire. Local media reports say the bus was carrying students to three different Spartanburg schools on Tuesday morning when two pupils in the rear noticed smoke rising outside the bus. Melis... Wed, 10 May 2017 01:55:00 GMT 2017-05-10T01:55:00Z Trump preparing certified letter attesting to no Russia ties WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump is sending a certified letter to Sen. Lindsey Graham attesting that the president has no connections to Russia. Graham told CNN on Tuesday he wants to explore possible ties between Trump's businesses and Russia. The South Carolina Republican chairs a Senate Judiciary subcommittee that is investigating Russian inte... Tue, 09 May 2017 20:36:00 GMT 2017-05-09T20:36:00Z Correction: Police Shooting-Teen Killed story BALCH SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — In a story May 3 about the Dallas suburb where a white police officer shot and killed a black teenager, The Associated Press reported erroneously that a white officer in North Charleston, South Carolina, pleaded guilty to murder in the fatal shooting of a 50-year-old black man in 2015. That officer pleaded guilty to federal civil rights charges. ... Sat, 06 May 2017 00:06:00 GMT 2017-05-06T00:06:00Z Ex-officer's plea satisfies family, alleviates trial burden CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — It's now up to a judge to decide the fate of a fired white officer who pleaded guilty to violating the civil rights of a black motorist whose killing was recorded on a bystander's cellphone. Michael Slager could get life in prison or as little as probation. But prosecutors and the family of Walter Scott praised the plea agreement, ... Wed, 03 May 2017 19:42:00 GMT 2017-05-03T19:42:00Z Sheriff: 'Hungry' burglar ate cheese sandwich, dill pickle YORK, S.C. (AP) — Deputies in South Carolina have arrested a man who they say broke into his neighbor's house and made a sandwich. The Rock Hill Herald reports ( the York County Sheriff's Office says 55-year-old Joel Puglia of Rock Hill has been charged with burglary and petit larceny after authorities said he entered the locked house Saturday. ... Wed, 03 May 2017 12:34:00 GMT 2017-05-03T12:34:00Z Black lawmakers to protest over Confederate emblem on flag JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — In part of a sweeping debate about the public display of Confederate symbols across the South, some black legislators in Mississippi say they are boycotting a regional meeting that their own state is hosting this summer, to protest the rebel emblem on the state flag. The Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus is asking the Southern Leg... Wed, 03 May 2017 09:34:00 GMT 2017-05-03T09:34:00Z White ex-officer pleads guilty in black man's slaying CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A white former police officer whose killing of an unarmed black man running from a traffic stop was captured on cellphone video pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal civil rights charges that could send him to prison for decades. The plea from Michael Slager, 35, came five months after a jury deadlocked on state murder charges against ... Wed, 03 May 2017 04:05:00 GMT 2017-05-03T04:05:00Z Heritage, key Trump White House ally, overthrows leader WASHINGTON (AP) — The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, has ousted its leader after a power struggle. The Washington nonprofit's board of trustees unanimously asked for and received the resignation of Jim DeMint at a meeting Tuesday. The board chairman said in a pull-no-punches statement afterward that "significant and worsening management issues" led to the ou... Tue, 02 May 2017 23:45:00 GMT 2017-05-02T23:45:00Z Tim Tebow's 1st triple highlights latest week in the minors COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Tim Tebow had his best pro baseball game this week, going 3 for 4 with his first triple for the Columbia Fireflies, a New York Mets Class A affiliate. The former NFL quarterback who won the Heisman Trophy also scored two runs scored in the Fireflies' victory over the Asheville (North Carolina) Tourists last Wednesday. Columbia went 2-1 against Asheville... Tue, 02 May 2017 01:49:00 GMT 2017-05-02T01:49:00Z Haley remains boldly off-message as ambassador to UN WASHINGTON (AP) — Nikki Haley didn't wait to take office as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations to break with the Trump administration's foreign policy stances. At her Senate confirmation hearing, Haley bluntly accused Russia of being complicit in war crimes in Syria — going against the president-elect's talk of warmer relations with Moscow. ... Mon, 01 May 2017 12:37:00 GMT 2017-05-01T12:37:00Z Experts: Long road ahead for Trump offshore drilling order President Donald Trump's executive order seeking to find new ocean expanses in the Atlantic and the Arctic for offshore drilling isn't likely to reach its goals anytime soon, but instead will kick off a yearslong review and legal battle. Trump signed the order Friday aimed at dismantling a key part of former President Barack Obama's environmental legacy. ... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 07:13:00 GMT 2017-04-29T07:13:00Z Senator: Trump won't let NKorea build missile to reach US WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior Republican senator says he emerged from a dinner meeting with Donald Trump confident the president will not allow North Korea to build a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the United States. "If I were North Korea, I would not underestimate President Trump's resolve to stop them from getting a missile to hit our homeland... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:46:00 GMT 2017-04-25T18:46:00Z Rare leatherback sea turtles wash up dead in South Carolina ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (AP) — Two dead leatherback sea turtles have been discovered along South Carolina's coast. The Post and Courier reports ( ) that the large sea turtles are rarely seen in the area. One was found dead on the beach in front of Fort Moultrie on Friday, while another was first spotted already decomposing behind a sea wall on Isle of Palms ... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:29:00 GMT 2017-04-25T10:29:00Z New Orleans takes down white supremacist monument NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A monument to a deadly white-supremacist uprising in 1874 was removed under cover of darkness by workers in masks and bulletproof vests Monday as New Orleans joined the movement to take down symbols of the Confederacy and the Jim Crow South. The Liberty Place monument, a 35-foot granite obelisk that pays tribute to whites who tried to t... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 01:59:00 GMT 2017-04-25T01:59:00Z