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Roman Balbag and dozens of his local peers were in the spotlight May 18 at the USC Aiken Convocation Center, with their senior year winding down and the U.S. military on course to play major roles in their futures.

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Mercedes tells owners of 292K vehicles to stop driving them

Mercedes-Benz is telling the owners of more than 292,000 vehicles in the U.S. to stop driving them because the brakes could fail

Mercedes-Benz is telling the owners of more than 292,000 vehicles in the U.S. to stop driving them because the brakes could fail. The automaker is recalling the vehicles and says it will offer free towing so owners can get them to a dealership for service. The recall covers certain ML, GL and R-Class vehicles from the 2006 through 2012 model years. Mercedes says moisture can get into a brake booster housing and cause corrosion. That can cause a vacuum leak, which would decrease brake performance. Mercedes says in a statement Thursday that in rare cases the brakes can fail. The company says it has no reports of crashes or injuries. Dealers will inspect the booster and replace parts as needed. Owners will be notified by letter starting May 27.  Read more

McIlroy powers to a 65 for early lead at PGA Championship

Rory McIlroy has the early lead in the PGA Championship with a 65

Rory McIlroy has the early lead in the PGA Championship with a 65. Tiger Woods was alongside him at Southern Hills and shot a 74. They played two different games. McIlroy is blasting away with drivers and taking advantage of his length. Woods was picking his spots and not helped by less-than-stellar iron play. He also says his leg is feeling a lot more sore than it did early on at the Masters. McIlroy has a one-shot lead over Will Zalatoris and Tom Hoge. Justin Thomas played in the tougher afternoon conditions and was among those at 67. Read more

Rory McIlroy has the early lead in the PGA Championship with a 65. Tiger Woods was alongside him at Southern Hills and shot a 74. They played two different games. McIlroy is blasting away with drivers and taking advantage of his length. Woods was picking his spots and not helped by less-than-stellar iron play. He also says his leg is feeling a lot more sore than it did early on at the Masters. McIlroy has a one-shot lead over Will Zalatoris and Tom Hoge. Justin Thomas played in the tougher afternoon conditions and was among those at 67. Read more

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