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ATLANTA — Demonstrators marched, stopped traffic and in some cases lashed out violently at police as protests erupted Friday in dozens of U.S. cities following the killing of George Floyd after a white officer pressed a knee into his neck while taking him into custody in Minnesota. In Phoeni…

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The chairman of the S.C. Democratic Party on Friday accused U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, the upper chamber's only black Republican, of being "horrifyingly quiet" after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, even though Scott was quick to call for the arrest of the officers involved.


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There's mounting support in the South Carolina Legislature to rid the state of its 1866 citizen's arrest law, which gives civilians legal cover to kill if they suspect a person of committing a nighttime felony. There's no record it's been used, but in the wake of Ahmaud Arbery's death, lawmakers here want to eliminate the possibility of something like that happening here.

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Mortgage delinquencies have not been a major issue since the ensuing years after the Great Recession more than a decade ago, but effects of the coronavirus on job losses and income could cause the number of missed payments to rise considerably by 2021, according to a report from property information service CoreLogic.

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President Donald Trump said Friday the U.S. will terminate its relationship with the World Health Organization over its handling of the coronavirus outbreak in China and will begin the process of withdrawing special trade benefits for Hong Kong because of the Chinese government's imposition of a new security law in the semi-autonomous city.

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New U.S. Commerce Department statistics showed a record-shattering 13.6 percent drop in spending in April, a day after a federal jobs report showed another 2 million-plus Americans went out of work last week. The depth of the spending drop is particularly damaging because consumer spending is the primary driver of the economy.

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Lifeguards flew purple flags warning swimmers of the jellyfish-like creatures, whose tentacles can cause biting stings, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C. No injuries have been reported so far.

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Unless there’s an epic spike in coronavirus deaths over the summer, South Carolina public schools will reopen this fall. Nobody’s exactly sure what that will look like yet, but one thing’s for certain: Parents won’t be happy, and a good number of them will blame their local school board.

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President Donald Trump escalated his war on social media companies Thursday, signing an executive order challenging the liability protections that have served as a bedrock for unfettered speech on the internet.

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Since May 1, when Gov. Henry McMaster announced he was loosening restrictions on on-premise dining, South Carolina restaurant owners have grappled with how to best serve their patrons: Their decisions run the gamut from still-closed kitchens to fully opened dining rooms. But at least in the Charleston area, it appears black and white restaurateurs have on balance reached different conclusions about which course to take.

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An estimated 2.1 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week despite the gradual reopening of businesses around the country, bringing the running total since the coronavirus shutdowns took hold in mid-March to about 41 million, the government said Thursday.

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At the start of the pandemic, the only thing people knew for sure was that nothing would ever be the same again, restaurants most especially. If restaurants managed to reopen, they would have to be reconfigured as space age catacombs replete with plexiglass, instant read thermometers and shiny sanitation contraptions.

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A shift to mail voting is increasing the chances that Americans will not know the winner of November's presidential race on election night, a scenario that is fueling worries about whether President Donald Trump will use the delay to sow doubts about the results.

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