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Scotch whisky makers welcome suspension of costly US tariffs

LONDON (AP) — Scotch single malt whisky makers breathed a sigh of relief Thursday after the United States agreed to suspend tariffs on one of Scotland’s main exports in the wake of the resolution of a long-standing transatlantic trade row…

City of Columbia passes ban on conversion therapy

Columbia, S.C. (WOLO)--The controversial practice of conversion therapy is now banned in the city of Columbia. Tuesday afternoon the Columbia City Council voted four to three to pass the ordinance which prohibits…

News execs protest seizing of journalists' phone, email records

Bruce Brown, second from right executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, speaks accompanied by Washington Post publisher Fred Ryan, left, Washington Post Executive Editor Sally Buzbee, Washington Post general counsel Jay…

Netanyahu ousted as Israel's prime minister

ASSOCIATED PRESS: Israel's parliament has voted in favor of a new coalition government, formally ending prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu's historic 12-year-rule. Naftali Bennett, a former ally of Netanyahu turned bitter rival, becomes prime minster, presiding over a diverse and fragile…

Senate panel votes no confidence in Juvenile Justice leader

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A group of state senators investigating South Carolina's juvenile prison system have voted they have no confidence in Department of Juvenile Justice Director Freddie Pough. The vote Wednesday by a Senate subcommittee investigating the agency came…

Federal judge asked to halt 2 South Carolina electrocutions

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) - A federal judge in South Carolina is considering a bid to block the upcoming electrocutions of two prisoners under the state's recently revised capital punishment law. U.S. District Judge Bryan Harwell heard arguments Wednesday on whether…

South Carolina judge refuses to block 2 scheduled executions

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina judge is refusing to block two executions set for later this month. The two condemned inmates, both men, have sued the state over a new law effectively forcing prisoners to choose between the…

US to swiftly boost global vaccine sharing, Biden announces

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says the U.S. will swiftly share millions more doses of COVID-19 vaccines with the world. The U.S. will be directing most of the excess doses through the lagging United Nations-backed international COVAX program. This…

Mia McLeod launching campaign for Governor

BENNETTSVILLE, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina state Sen. Mia McLeod says she's the person who can become the United States' first Black female governor. The Columbia Democrat is officially launching her campaign on Thursday. In an exclusive interview, McLeod told…

Execution set for 2nd SC inmate suing over death penalty law

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina Supreme Court has issued an execution date for a death row inmate suing the state over a new law forcing inmates to choose between a firing squad or the electric chair. Court documents…

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