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One winner in record $1.6 billion US lotto jackpot

Oct 24, 2018 - 6:11 PM

A single ticket holder from South Carolina wins the mind-blowing $1.6 billion Mega Millions lottery jackpot

MIND-BLOWING. Mega Millions lottery tickets sit inside a convenience store in Lower Manhattan, October 23, 2018 in New York City. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. coast battered by wind, rain as Hurricane Florence closes in

Sep 14, 2018 - 8:54 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Reports say coastal streets in North Carolina are flooded and winds have bent trees to the ground as the storm prepares to make landfall at some point on Friday, September 14

FLORENCE. Rain begins to fall as the outer bands of Hurricane Florence make landfall in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on September 13, 2018. Photo by Alex Edelman/AFP

Hurricane Florence closes in on U.S. east coast

Sep 12, 2018 - 10:48 PM

(UPDATED) Florence has been downgraded to a Category 2 storm but the National Hurricane Center stresses it remains 'a life-threatening situation' due to the risks of storm surge around coastal areas

BOARDED UP. A sign is seen on a boarded up vacation rentals office near Wrightsville beach, North Carolina on September 12, 2018. Photo by Andrew Caballeron Reynolds/AFP

Residents told to 'get out now' as Florence takes aim at Carolinas

Sep 12, 2018 - 9:11 AM

(UPDATED) 'This is not a storm that people need to ride out. This is a storm that is historic, maybe once in a lifetime,' says North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper

HURRICANE FLORENCE. A mandatory evacuation is in effect in preparation of the approaching Hurricane Florence, on September 11, 2018 in Topsail Beach, North Carolina. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

At least 2 dead, more than 100 hurt in South Carolina train collision

Feb 04, 2018 - 8:56 PM

(UPDATED) It is the 3rd deadly incident involving an Amtrak train since December, raising questions about the safety of the US national railway service

COLLISION. An Amtrak train travelling between New York and Miami collided with a CSX freight train. Photo by Rappler

International players set to shine at NCAA Final Four

Mar 31, 2017 - 1:37 PM

International players have been pivotal for 3 of the 4 teams that have made it to the US college basketball semifinals

INTERNATIONAL GAME. Gonzaga freshman Rui Hachimura is believed to be the first Japan native to play in the Final Four. Photo from Wikipedia

Jury condemns U.S. church shooter to death

Jan 11, 2017 - 7:37 AM

Dylann Roof 22 was convicted last month of 33 federal charges – including hate crimes resulting in death – in connection with the shooting spree at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston South Carolina

A man stops to observe the makeshift memorial in front of Mother Emanuel AME Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina on January 4, 2017. Logan Cyrus/AFP

U.S. jury ordered to deliberate more over South Carolina shooting

Dec 03, 2016 - 8:15 AM

It isn t always easy for two people to agree says Judge Clifton Newman as he instructs the jury to try again

NO CONSENSUS? This handout photograph obtained April 8, 2015 courtesy of the Charleston County Sheriff's Office, shows the combination mug shot of Michael Slager, 33, who faces charges for murder in the death of Walter Scott, 50, in the city of North Charleston on April 4, 2015. File photo from the Charleston County Sheriff's Office / AFP

Hurricane Matthew weakens, makes South Carolina landfall

Oct 09, 2016 - 7:32 AM

In Haiti where Matthew was a monster Category 4 when it slammed into the poorest country in the western hemisphere Tuesday October 4 the official death toll rises to at least 336

Heavy waves caused by Hurricane Matthew pounds the boat docks at the Sunset Bar and Grill, October 7, 2016 on Cocoa Beach, Florida. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Hurricane Matthew lashes Florida, Georgia, South Carolina

Oct 07, 2016 - 6:16 PM

3rd UPDATE Emergency services are on lockdown and millions of people are urged to evacuate Matthew hit Haiti as a Category Four hurricane but weakened as it approached the US mainland

Commuters make their way past an electric board in Jacksonville, Florida, on October 6, 2016, ahead of hurricane Matthew. Photo by Jewel Samad/ AFP

#USVote: Lessons from Super Tuesday

Mar 02, 2016 - 2:22 PM

Four lessons learned from the events of Super Tuesday

epa05189535 Mary Austin hands out 'I Voted' stickers at a polling center in Edmond, Oklahoma, USA, 01 March 2016. People in 12 states are voting in primary elections to determine the candidates for president of the United States of America. EPA/J PAT CARTER

#USVote: Super Tuesday winners, state by state

Mar 02, 2016 - 10:53 AM

3rd UPDATE Here is a state by state breakdown of projected winners on the pivotal day of the 2016 White House race

Poll manager Ty Stepter hands a sticker to a voter after they cast their ballot at All Saints Episcopal Church, during the Super Tuesday US presidential primary voting in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, March 1, 2016. Erik S Lesser/EPA

US elections: Clinton, Trump win big on Super Tuesday

Mar 02, 2016 - 8:50 AM

UPDATED Super Tuesday is the most pivotal day of the presidential primary season so far with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump hoping to wipe out all rivals for their party nominations

BIG WINNER. US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton holds a campaign rally at a film studio in Miami, Florida, USA, March 1, 2016. Joe Skipper/EPA

Super Tuesday: Trump, Clinton eye big boost

Mar 02, 2016 - 12:29 AM

UPDATED Millions of people are taking part in Super Tuesday – a series of primary votes and caucuses in a dozen states stretching from Virginia on the east coast all the way to Alaska

SUPER TUESDAY. People wait in line to vote at a polling center in Edmond, Oklahoma, USA, March 1, 2016. Photo by J Pat Carter/EPA

FAST FACTS: US 'Super Tuesday'

Mar 01, 2016 - 9:18 AM

Here is what is at stake on Super Tuesday which could have a big impact on Democratic and Republican contenders still in the race for the White House

A poll worker at a polling station in a school gym during the Democratic presidential primary in Charleston, South Carolina, USA, February 27, 2016. Richard Ellis/EPA

Super Tuesday: Trump, Clinton heavy favorites

Mar 01, 2016 - 7:49 AM

UPDATED With just hours to go before polls open the Republican and Democratic frontrunners fend off rivals and appeal to supporters in a dozen states

SUPER TUESDAY COMBATANTS. This combination of pictures created on February 25, 2016 shows top US presidential candidates (L-R) Republican Marco Rubio on January 14, 2016; Republican Ted Cruz on February 23, 2016; Democrat Bernie Sanders on on February 04, 2016; Republican Donald Trump on February 23, 2016; and Democrat Hillary Clinton on February 04, 2016. AFP photos

Clinton, Trump shoot for inevitability on Super Tuesday

Feb 29, 2016 - 3:33 PM

Clinton and Trump are well positioned to secure the lion s share of the delegate bonanza in the 11 states voting in each party s primaries

DEMOCRATIC FRONTRUNNER. Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a 'Get Out The Vote' rally at the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff on February 28, 2016 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Clinton wins South Carolina primary as 'Super Tuesday' looms

Feb 28, 2016 - 8:26 AM

4th UPDATE Clinton gains momentum against Bernie Sanders before the high stakes Super Tuesday contest

US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton waves after addressing a primary night rally in Columbia, South Carolina, on February 27, 2016. Clinton defeated Bernie Sanders by an overwhelming margin in the Democratic primary in South Carolina, projections showed, seizing momentum ahead of the most important day of the nomination race: next week's "Super Tuesday" contests. / AFP / Nicholas Kamm

Wins for Trump and Clinton in White House race

Feb 21, 2016 - 8:03 AM

3rd UPDATE The wins for the brash billionaire and the former secretary of state give the candidates a major boost heading into the next major phase of the White House race – Super Tuesday on March 1

COMEBACK. Democratic presidential candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton greets supporters during a caucus day event at Caesers Palace on February 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

#USvote: Next key tests in White House race on Saturday

Feb 20, 2016 - 3:59 PM

The race for the White House heats up as Republicans and Democrats head into the South Carolina primary and Nevada caucus

PRESIDENTIAL RACE. Super Tuesday on March 1 marks the third test for the United States' presidential hopefuls. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

As South Carolina readies to vote, tensions ferment

Feb 18, 2016 - 5:37 PM

The hearts of the people have not changed says the brother of a black man shot by a white police officer

LAURENS, SC - FEBRUARY 14: A memorial to the Civil War sits on a town green along Route 176 in rural South Carolina on February 14, 2016 in Laurens, South Carolina. South Carolinians, who will vote in the Republican presidential primary this coming Saturday, are being inundated with signs, candidate appearances and newspaper and television advertising. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Trump attacked from all sides in bitter primary race

Feb 17, 2016 - 3:18 PM

With just 4 days until the state s crucial primary Trump becomes yet again the focus of attacks by challengers to his frontrunner status

Republican presidential candidate, US billionaire Donald Trump answers a question during a press conference at the Hanahan City Hall in Hanahan, South Carolina, USA, February 15, 2016. Richard Ellis/EPA

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Feb 10, 2016 - 7:00 PM

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Washington DC digs out after monster blizzard

Jan 26, 2016 - 8:12 AM

For many the thrill of a weekend spent playing in the snow or in warm homes watching a stunning display of nature s power gave way to the realization that in Washington DC at least the cleanup will be long and messy

BREAK TIME. Joel Clement, 50, left, and Brad Farster, 35, right, both U.S. government employees, take a break in front of the U.S. Capitol building after a day of cross country skiing on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. USA, January 25, 2016. Allison Shelley/EPA

Storm-hit US digs out as death toll rises to 25

Jan 25, 2016 - 8:38 AM

UPDATED The eastern United States emerge wearily from a massive blizzard that dumped huge amounts of snow and killed at least 25 people

AFTER 'SNOWZILLA' People take photographs in the snow with the New York City skyline in the background in Central Park in New York, New York, USA, January 24, 2016. Peter Foley/EPA

'Snowzilla': Massive blizzard paralyzes eastern US

Jan 24, 2016 - 10:55 AM

UPDATED 16 die in Arkansas Kentucky New York North Carolina Maryland and Virginia while more than 200 000 people are left without power and 2 200 National Guard personnel are drafted in

FROZEN. People walk across the Brooklyn Bridge in Brooklyn, New York, USA, January 23, 2016. John Taggart/EPA

FBI, Justice Department probe violent US school arrest

Oct 28, 2015 - 8:43 AM

The incident in South Carolina comes amid a heightened focus on police brutality in the United States after a string of incidents – some deadly – involving law enforcement officials and African Americans

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Record-setting rains submerge parts of US Southeast

Oct 05, 2015 - 9:33 AM

The states of North and South Carolina have been particularly hard hit by heavy flooding but the driving rain in recent days has spared almost none of the US East Coast

SUBMERGED. A boy pushes his bicycle as a driver seals his stranded car on a flooded street in downtown Charleston, South Carolina on October 4, 2015. Mladen Antonov/AFP

Blunders allowed Charleston accused to buy gun – FBI

Jul 11, 2015 - 11:03 AM

FBI chief James Comey admits the 21 year old alleged white supremacist should never have been able to get his hands on the 45 caliber weapon but was able to do so because of a breakdown in an FBI background check

Two dead as F-16, Cessna collide in South Carolina

Jul 08, 2015 - 8:01 AM

A supersonic F 16 fighter collides with a small Cessna trainer over South Carolina killing both people in the Cessna and spreading debris over a wide area

GRIM SEARCH. North Charleston police assist in a water search in a residential area where a US Air Force F-16 fighter aircraft collided with a small Cessna 150 private aircraft in Moncks Corner, South Carolina, USA, July 7, 2015. Richard Ellis/EPA

South Carolina senate votes to take down Confederate flag

Jul 07, 2015 - 9:01 AM

The proposal now is set to go before the House of Representatives amid growing public demands for the red white and blue banner to no longer fly outside the legislature in the state capital Columbia

STARS AND BARS. The Confederate flag flies on the Capitol grounds after South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley announced that she will call for the Confederate flag to be removed on June 22, 2015 in Columbia, South Carolina. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Obama tackles race, guns in eulogy for Charleston pastor

Jun 27, 2015 - 6:46 AM

UPDATED Obama having seen previous initiatives to control gun ownership fail in Congress has expressed anger and declared that at some point America would have to act

South Carolina governor calls for removal of Confederate flag

Jun 23, 2015 - 9:08 AM

UPDATED The flying of the Civil War battle flag – seen by some as a symbol of lingering racist sentiment in the American South but by others as a hallmark of Southern pride and heritage – has returned to the spotlight since the massacre

STARS AND BARS. The Confederate flag flies on the Capitol grounds after South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley announced that she will call for the Confederate flag to be removed on June 22, 2015 in Columbia, South Carolina. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

US church reopens in triumph over massacre

Jun 21, 2015 - 11:42 PM

UPDATED The service offers still grieving Charleston a chance to mark what many argue is its triumph in thwarting the shooter s reported aim to foment racial hatred

EMOTIONAL. Parishioners mourn inside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston, South Carolina, USA, 21 June 2015. The African-American church in the southern US city of Charleston where nine people were slain by a white gunman reopened for services the same day. PEPA/DAVID GOLDMAN / POOL

Charleston shooting suspect confesses

Jun 19, 2015 - 11:01 PM

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley says she believes Roof should face the death penalty

Frustrated Obama urges US to re-examine gun culture

Jun 19, 2015 - 10:49 AM

US President Obama s anger is made all the worse by the knowledge that none of the previous series of mass shootings on his watch have pushed fellow Washington politicians to act

OBAMA ON CHARLESTON. US President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the shooting deaths of 9 people at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, in Washington DC, USA, June 18, 2015. Michael Reynolds/EPA

Pastors, librarian among Charleston shooting victims

Jun 19, 2015 - 7:45 AM

With the southern coastal city and the United States reeling from the apparently racially motivated attack details emerge of the lives cut short by it

CHARLESTON. People are seen here hugging at the memorial site of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church where nine people were murdered in Charleston, South Carolina, USA, 18 June 2015.

Suspect caught in US black church 'hate crime' rampage

Jun 18, 2015 - 11:43 PM

2ND UPDATE Police detain 21 year old Dylann Roof after 9 churchgoers are shot dead during a Bible study class on Wednesday

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Jun 18, 2015 - 6:00 PM

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9 killed in South Carolina church shooting

Jun 18, 2015 - 1:13 PM

UPDATED A white gunman shoots and kills 9 people at a historic black church in downtown Charleston South Carolina an incident the police call a hate crime

CRIME SCENE. Police investigators are seen outside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston, South Carolina, USA, June 17, 2015. Richard Ellis/EPA

US cop indicted for murder in black motorist's fatal shooting

Jun 09, 2015 - 2:40 AM

A grand jury in South Carolina indicts a white former police officer on murder charges for fatally shooting a fleeing black motorist

INDICTED. This handout photograph obtained April 8, 2015 courtesy of the Charleston County Sheriff's Office, shows the combination mug shot of Michael Slager, 33, who faces charges for murder in the death of Walter Scott, 50, in the city of North Charleston on April 4, 2015. Photo from the Charleston County Sheriff's Office / AFP

Mourners gather for funeral of black man killed by US cop

Apr 12, 2015 - 12:12 AM

Scott Walter s death which a bystander caught on video has reignited debates about excessive police force and race relations in the United States

FOR WALTER. In this file photo, people at a small memorial on the site where Walter L. Scott, 50, was shot by a white police officer in North Charleston, South Carolina, USA, 08 April 2015, after the shooting death of an unarmed black man by a white police officer. Stephen B. Morton/EPA

Man who filmed police shooting 'knew the magnitude' of his video

Apr 09, 2015 - 9:59 AM

Feidin Santana: I won t deny I knew the magnitude of this and I even thought about erasing the video

FOR WALTER. People at a small memorial on the site where Walter L. Scott, 50, was shot by a white police officer in North Charleston, South Carolina, USA, 08 April 2015 after the shooting death of an unarmed black man by a white police officer. Stephen B. Morton/EPA

US cop charged with murder over shooting of black man

Apr 08, 2015 - 5:35 PM

Officer Michael Slager s arrest comes after video surfaced of the shooting that killed 50 year old Walter Scott in the coastal city of North Charleston South Carolina

First black senator elected in US South since Civil War era

Nov 05, 2014 - 1:30 PM

Tim Scott 49 was expected to easily win the historic vote after having been appointed un elected to the post in 2012 when the previous senator stepped down

Tim Scott in a post-election gathering in South Carolina. Image courtesy Tim Scott for Senator campaign

Finding home in the face of a tornado

Sep 18, 2013 - 4:15 PM

I slowly warmed up to the realization that this was a place I needed to know better and there were individuals who I could learn to care about

Scandal-tainted ex-governor wins US House seat

May 08, 2013 - 10:28 AM

A scandal plagued South Carolina ex governor completed a stunning political resurrection Tuesday May 7 winning back his old US House seat

INFOGRAPHIC: 2012 U.S. Electoral Map

Nov 11, 2012 - 2:07 PM

UPDATED Here is the 2012 US Election Map showing the distribution of the electoral votes as of Saturday November 10

#USvote: Electoral College tally

Nov 11, 2012 - 9:02 AM

UPDATED Nov 11 Here is the Electoral College tally for the 2012 US presidential election based on projections from the major US networks ABC NBC CBS CNN FOX and the New York Times

LIVE: Obama wins, say U.S. media

Nov 07, 2012 - 8:19 AM

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