Macron promises help, Beirut residents vent fury at leaders

Lebanese officials targeted in the investigation of the massive blast that tore through Beirut sought to shift blame for the presence of explosives at the city’s port, and the visiting French president warned Thursday that without serious reforms the country would “continue to sink.”
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  Capitol negotiators still stuck, still trying on virus aid

After more than a week’s worth of meetings, at least some clarity is emerging in the bipartisan Washington talks on a huge COVID-19 response bill.

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Famously Hot New Year organizers say celebration will likely be virtual due to COVID-19

Clemson ranked No. 1 in preseason Coaches Poll

  S.C. unemployment filings count since start of pandemic now tops 700K

53-year-old woman missing from West Columbia since Saturday

  S.C. representative says resuming face-to-face learning during high COVID-19 spread is ‘irresponsible'

Wendy Brawley has her concerns about students heading back to the classroom this fall.
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  Bride in Beirut wedding photo shoot speaks about explosion

Video captured the special moment turning into chaos, as the bride can later be seen being whisked away into a building.

  Fact or Fiction: Profiting off pandemic patients?

  Only slight improvement in available child care, organizations can now apply to temporarily fill that need

Horry County crews help battle multiple house fires in Ocean Isle Beach

  DSS: Staffers and sheriff’s departments going door-to-door to locate 3,030 unaccounted for students

  SC announces 1,175 new COVID-19 cases, 45 more deaths Wednesday

  SC education leaders discuss survey results regarding teachers’ COVID experiences

  Community effort needed to keep Lexington One school doors open

  SC school districts work to finalize meal programs

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1.2 million seek jobless aid after $600 federal check ends

Nearly 1.2 million laid-off Americans applied for state unemployment benefits last week, evidence that the coronavirus keeps forcing companies to slash jobs just as a critical $600 weekly federal jobless payment has expired.

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Clemson ranked No. 1 in preseason Coaches Poll

  SCHSL sets new dates for fall sports, football season to start Sept. 25

The league voted to begin football’s regular season on September 25.

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  Fight over private school grants could be heading to the SC Supreme Court

  Gilbert Elementary prepares to reopen with new learning environment amidst pandemic

Free meals for children available from Columbia Parks and Recreation Aug. 10 to 28

  New poll shows Graham, Harrison within points of each other but experts say path for Harrison is ‘very narrow'

Pair of Gamecocks have opted out of upcoming football season

Head coach Will Muschamp said both players will remain on scholarship, but they both have returned home to be with their families.
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‘Heroine’ nurse protected 3 newborns at hospital hit by Beirut explosion

Authorities say the explosion killed at least 135 people and wounded about 5,000 others.

SC Tax Free Weekend to be held August 7-9

Coroner identifies pedestrian killed in crash on I-20 at Clemson Road

Coroner: Newberry Co. man identified as victim of motorcycle crash in Chapin

Missing 16-year-old from Columbia found safe in Alabama