Two people were killed and at least 30 others wounded in mass shootings overnight in three states, authorities said Saturday, stoking concerns that a spike in U.S. gun violence could continue into summer as coronavirus restrictions ease and more people are free to socialize.

A project spearheaded by Clemson University's Warren Lasch Conservation Center, located on the former Charleston Naval Base, will ensure the fragile canoe can be preserved. The conservation team is seeking guidance from representatives of South Carolina's many Native tribes.

Leaders of the world's largest economies unveiled an infrastructure plan Saturday for the developing world to compete with China's global initiatives, but they were searching for a consensus on how to forcefully to call out Beijing over human rights abuses.

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The newspaper's staff was recognized in the local reporting category for its work on the project, which was published between April and December of last year. Rising Waters documented how the accelerating forces of climate change pose an existential threat to the Lowcountry, from wetter hurricanes to “rain bombs” to flooding high tides.

Recovery from the pandemic was set to dominate their discussions, with members of the wealthy democracies club expected to commit to sharing at least 1 billion vaccine shots with struggling countries. That includes a pledge from U.S. President Joe Biden to share 500 million doses, and a promise from Johnson for another 100 million shots.

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Another 16 deaths from coronavirus disease were also reported to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, bringing the total number of COVID-19-related deaths to 8,616 since the start of the pandemic.

U.S. regulators are allowing for the release of 10 million doses of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine from a troubled Baltimore factory, but material to make many more must be thrown out because of possible contamination, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Friday.

With inequities in vaccine supplies around the world becoming alarmingly pronounced in recent months, some expressed hope that the pledge would encourage more such promises to fill a gaping need. Others stressed that the doses needed to roll out quickly.

If it becomes law, House Bill 453 would require North Carolina abortion providers to sign a statement confirming that a woman isn't seeking to end her pregnancy to avoid having a child with Down syndrome, or a baby of an unwanted race or gender.

President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson met for the first time Thursday, looking to highlight their nations' famed "special relationship" but doing so against a backdrop of differences both political and personal.

The increased consumer appetite is bumping up against a shortage of components, from lumber and steel to chemicals and semiconductors, that supply such key products as autos and computer equipment, all of which has forced up prices. And as consumers increasingly venture away from home, demand has spread from manufactured goods to services — airline fares, for example, along with restaurant meals and hotel prices — raising inflation in those areas, too.

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