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'They need a time out.' Black voters in South Carolina want Democrats to calm down

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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Darryl Thompson furrowed his brows, wearily rested his chin on his fist and kept repeating one phrase as he watched Democratic presidential candidates battle one another for the better part of two hours Tuesday night: "Come together."

Thompson, a 53-year-old truck driver, watched the debate with 50 other voters at a ...Read more

Democrats charge ahead after Charleston debate

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WASHINGTON -- With South Carolina and Super Tuesday looming, and the potential of a second term for President Donald Trump staring the party in the face, seven Democratic candidates didn't miss an opportunity to attack each other during the debate in Charleston, S.C., on Tuesday night. But will any of it matter?


Once again, ...Read more

Fidel Castro again haunts a presidential debate as rivals blast Sanders' Cuba views

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Fidel Castro has been haunting American politicians for decades. Now it's Bernie Sanders' turn.

During Tuesday night's presidential primary debate in South Carolina, Sanders, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination, was blasted by his rivals over comments he made in a "60 Minutes" interview that aired Sunday praising literacy rates on ...Read more

USC recalls students from South Korea and Italy due to coronavirus

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LOS ANGELES -- Any University of Southern California students studying abroad in South Korea or parts of Italy affected by the coronavirus outbreak are required to return home, university officials announced Tuesday evening.

"The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a Level 3 travel advisory for South Korea, which advises ...Read more

Sanders, Bloomberg draw fire as debate asks who can beat Trump

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CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Democrats running for president ripped into two of their own in the last debate before Super Tuesday, saying that nominating either front-runner Bernie Sanders or the best-funded candidate, Michael Bloomberg, would all but guarantee Donald Trump's re-election.

It's a grim prescription for a party that still can't believe it ...Read more

Rivals hammer Bernie Sanders at crucial South Carolina debate

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CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Rival Democratic candidates moved urgently to blunt Bernie Sanders' momentum Tuesday, charging in a crucial debate here that he is misleading voters about the cost of his ambitious agenda and warning that his nomination would cost Democrats not just the White House, but down-ballot races across the country.

The attacks were ...Read more

5 takeaways from the fiery Democratic debate as South Carolina and Super Tuesday loom

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CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The 10th Democratic presidential primary debate in South Carolina was a predictable sequel to last week's fiery fracas in Las Vegas. It was gloves off, bitter and, at times, personal.

But like most spin-offs, the novelty of a seven-way food fight lost its luster and appeared to wear on all of the candidates, who as a whole, ...Read more

5 takeaways from the South Carolina Democratic debate

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Well, that was spunky!

South Carolina has a history of rapscallion politicians and rowdy debates and Wednesday night's two-hour throw down in Charleston was no exception.

For those not named Michael R. Bloomberg or Bernie Sanders the debate may have been the last best chance for candidates to assert themselves ahead of Saturday's Democratic ...Read more

South Philadelphia to become site of nation's first supervised-injection facility, organizers say

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PHILADELPHIA -- The country's first supervised-injection site will open next week in South Philadelphia, the site's operators said Tuesday within hours of a federal judge's entering a final ruling that the proposed facility would not violate federal law.

The organizers behind Safehouse, the nonprofit formed to open the site, were expected to ...Read more

Free counseling offered to accusers in high-profile U-M sex assault cases

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DETROIT -- The University of Michigan sought Tuesday to reassure a growing number of accusers of two different employees that an independent investigation of sexual misconduct will get to the truth of what happened. At the same time, the school said it would pay for counseling for accusers of either former football team doctor Robert Anderson or...Read more

How Iran became a hot zone for coronavirus in Middle East

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Like many Iranians scared about contracting the deadly coronavirus, Omid Rahimi has been reading the news, tracking rumors and watching television for updates, which, in these unsettled times, has left him only more confused over what to believe and whom to trust.

With fears over a rapidly rising death toll, along with disclosures that a top ...Read more

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Roger Stone jurors say bias played no role in his conviction

NEW YORK -- Three of the jurors who convicted Republican operative Roger Stone for lying to Congress and witness tampering testified that political bias played no role in their decision, pushing back against Stone's contention that he deserves a new trial.

U.S. District Judge Amy ...Read more

Senate rejects effort to advance anti-abortion bills

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WASHINGTON -- The Senate fell short on Tuesday in limiting debate on whether to take up two bills that are abortion policy priorities for Republicans and President Donald Trump.

The votes come the week before the Supreme Court holds oral arguments in a highly anticipated case involving a Louisiana abortion law, which is the first abortion case ...Read more

Assange lawyers dispute US claims on publication of unredacted cables

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LONDON -- Lawyers for imprisoned WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Tuesday disputed claims that he was responsible for the release of unredacted U.S. cables containing the names of secret U.S. sources.

The U.S. Justice Department is seeking the extradition of Australian citizen Assange, 48, for conspiring with former U.S. military ...Read more

Senate confirms a second former lobbyist atop Interior Department

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WASHINGTON -- The Senate confirmed former lobbyist Katharine MacGregor by a 58-38 vote to be deputy secretary of the Interior Department, filing a post that sat vacant since late 2018.

The vote places two former lobbyists in the two highest-ranking positions of the agency: MacGregor and Secretary David Bernhardt.

A cluster of Democrats voted ...Read more

Mitch McConnell tempers GOP enthusiasm for Bernie Sanders

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WASHINGTON -- Republican lawmakers and campaign committees have jittered with excitement over the prospect of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, an avowed "democratic socialist," winning the Democratic presidential nomination and dragging down-ballot Democrats to their doom, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has stayed true to form, ...Read more

Back to the earth: Human composting could become legal in California

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SACRAMENTO -- In California, death could soon get a little greener.

California lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow for human remains to be composted into soil, a process called "natural organic reduction," with the end result being a nutrient-dense soil "that can be returned to families or donated to conservation land," according ...Read more

Who champions judicial nominees from Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico?

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WASHINGTON -- Senators play a crucial advisory role in championing federal court nominees from their states, but what about nominees who have no senators?

On Tuesday, the Senate voted 97-0 to confirm Robert A. Molloy as judge for the District Court of the Virgin Islands and 96-0 to confirm Silvia Carreno-Coll as judge for the District of Puerto...Read more

Jesse Jackson, DNC's Tom Perez weigh in on whether SC should hold nation's first primary

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- During a visit to the State House on Tuesday, civil rights icon Rev. Jesse Jackson said South Carolina should hold the nation's first presidential primary in future years.

Jackson, a Greenville native, told members of the S.C. Legislative Black Caucus that Iowa and New Hampshire, which currently are home to the first and ...Read more

Deputy and suspect killed in South Carolina's Sumter County shooting, sheriff says

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A South Carolina deputy was killed in the line of duty Tuesday morning, Sumter County Sheriff Anthony Dennis said Tuesday.

Cpl. Andrew Gillette, 37, died after he was shot in the chest by a suspect who opened fire on him and other deputies who were attempting to serve a detention order and an eviction notice, according to ...Read more