At a Monday night school board meeting, officials announced that schools will remain on the hybrid model until winter break. This schedule is where students spend half of the week doing in-person learning and the other half receiving online instruction. 

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In the span of just nine months, the novel coronavirus went from a mere trickle of cases to a sweeping scourge that has now sickened nearly 200,000 South Carolinians and killed more than 4,000. The speed with which it has done so has surprised even medical experts.


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Purdue Pharma pleaded guilty Tuesday to three criminal charges, formally taking responsibility for its part in an opioid epidemic that has contributed to hundreds of thousands of deaths but also angering critics who want to see individuals held accountable, in addition to the company.

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded above 30,000 points for the first time Tuesday as investors were encouraged by the latest progress on developing coronavirus vaccines and news that the transition of power in the U.S. to President-elect Joe Biden will finally begin.

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Despite the expected arrival of COVID-19 vaccines in just a few weeks, it could take several months — probably well into 2021 — before things get back to something close to normal in the U.S. and Americans can once again go to the movies, cheer at an NBA game or give Grandma a hug.

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Amid a program-defining victory for its football team, hundreds of fans were defying statewide orders on Saturday afternoon at Brooks Stadium. A lack of masks and social distancing throughout the stadium — both mandated by the South Carolina Department of Commerce — cast a dark cloud over No. 16 Coastal Carolina’s 34-23 nationally televised win over hated rival Appalachian State.

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More than 1 million Americans a day packed airports and planes over the weekend even as coronavirus deaths surged across the U.S. and public health experts begged people to stay home and avoid big Thanksgiving gatherings.

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"I think these are really exciting results," Dr. Andrew Pollard, chief investigator for the trial, said at a news conference. "Because the vaccine can be stored at fridge temperatures, it can be distributed around the world using the normal immunization distribution system. And so our goal … to make sure that we have a vaccine that was accessible everywhere, I think we've actually managed to do that."

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The National Retail Federation, the nation's largest retail trade group, expects that holiday sales could actually exceed growth seen in prior seasons, despite all the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic.

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Hospitals in South Carolina have received at least $664 million in "provider relief" funds to help them weather the COVID-19 pandemic, with the lion's share heading toward the state's largest health systems.

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The surging coronavirus is taking an increasingly dire toll across the U.S. just as a vaccine appears close at hand, with the country now averaging over 1,300 COVID-19 deaths per day — the highest level since the calamitous spring in and around New York City.

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U.N. agencies have warned that some 250 million people in 20 countries are threatened with sharply spiking malnutrition or even famine in coming months.

The United Nations humanitarian office this week released $100 million in emergency funding to seven countries, but David Beasley, head of the World Food Program, says billions in new aid are needed. Without it, "we are going to have famines of biblical proportions in 2021," he said in an Associated Press interview last week.

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The coronavirus pandemic has increased stress and anxiety among Palmetto State families; over 100,000 of those families say money for food is scarce and nearly half the parents here say child care has been disrupted, according to a new report by the Children’s Trust of South Carolina.

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Pfizer said Friday it is asking U.S. regulators to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine, starting the clock on a process that could bring limited first shots as early as next month and eventually an end to the pandemic — but not until after a long, hard winter.

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The nearly 28,000 people who returned to work last month is a positive sign for South Carolina's economy as the state tries to recover from a recession that was brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Dan Ellzey, the Director of the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, called October's employment report a "remarkable development." 

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It was some of the firmest guidance yet from the government on curtailing traditional gatherings to fight the outbreak.

The CDC's Dr. Erin Sauber-Schatz cited more than 1 million new cases in the U.S. over the past week as the reason for the new guidance.

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With coronavirus cases surging and families hoping to gather safely for Thanksgiving, long lines to get tested have reappeared across the U.S. — a reminder that the nation's testing system remains unable to keep pace with the virus.

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With more shutdowns looming and a vaccine months away from wide distribution, governors across the U.S. are pleading for more help from Washington ahead of what is shaping up to be a bleak winter.

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Coastal Carolina University plans to host two graduation ceremonies at Brooks Stadium in December for students graduating this fall and students who graduated in virtual ceremonies during the spring and summer semesters, the university announced Tuesday afternoon.

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President-elect Joe Biden is set to outline his plans to revive the nation's economy in the midst of a global health crisis on Monday as he pushes forward with his transition to the White House despite President Donald Trump's refusal to accept the election results.

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Moderna said Monday its COVID-19 vaccine is proving to be highly effective in a major trial, a second dash of hope in the global race for a shot to tame a resurgent virus that is now killing more than 8,000 people a day worldwide.

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