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Twitter bans account of Iran's top leader after Trump threat

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Twitter said on Friday it had permanently banned what it called a "fake" account thought to be connected to the office of Iran's supreme leader, shortly after … more

Fauci unleashed: Doc takes 'liberating' turn at center stage

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dr. Anthony Fauci is back.In truth, the nation's leading infectious-diseases expert never really went away. But after enduring nearly a year of darts and undermining comments … more

Austin wins Senate confirmation as 1st Black Pentagon chief

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lloyd J. Austin, a West Point graduate who rose to the Army's elite ranks and marched through racial barriers in a 41-year career, won Senate confirmation Friday to become the … more

Biden ordering stopgap help as talks start on big aid plan

BALTIMORE (AP) — President Joe Biden plans to take executive action Friday to provide a stopgap measure of financial relief to millions of Americans while Congress begins to consider his much … more

Hank Aaron, baseball's one-time home run king, dies at 86

ATLANTA (AP) — Hank Aaron, who endured racist threats with stoic dignity during his pursuit of Babe Ruth's home run record and gracefully left his mark as one of baseball's greatest all-around … more

Russia welcomes U.S. proposal to extend nuclear treaty

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin on Friday welcomed U.S. President Joe Biden's proposal to extend the last remaining nuclear arms control treaty between the two countries, which is set to expire in … more

Lucky few hit COVID-19 vaccine jackpot for rare extra doses

Fortune struck one man in the bakery aisle at the supermarket. Two others were working the night shift at a Subway sandwich shop. Yet another was plucked from a list of 15,000 hopefuls.With millions … more

Trump impeachment to go to Senate Monday, launching trial

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to send the article of impeachment against Donald Trump to the Senate on Monday, launching the start of the former president's trial on a … more

Outpatient infusion treatment for COVID-19 available at McLeod Health Clarendon with doctor's referral

FROM STAFF REPORTSMcLeod Health has expanded access to the monoclonal antibody therapy Bamlanivimab as an outpatient infusion treatment for patients at high risk of developing severe COVID-19 … more

Health experts blame rapid expansion for vaccine shortages

Public health experts Thursday blamed COVID-19 vaccine shortages around the U.S. in part on the Trump administration's push to get states to vastly expand their vaccination drives to reach the … more

U.S. jobless claims decline to a still-high 900,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell slightly last week to 900,000, still a historically high level that points to ongoing job cuts in a raging … more

Sheriff: Man captured in S.C. after Forsyth, Georgia school lockdowns

FORSYTH, Ga. (AP) — A Virginia man has been apprehended after leading police on a chase in South Carolina and prompting schools to be locked down in a Georgia county.Monroe County Schools in … more

Lilly: Drug can prevent COVID-19 illness in nursing homes

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Drugmaker Eli Lilly said Thursday its antibody drug can prevent COVID-19 illness in residents and staff of nursing homes and other long-term care locations.It's the first … more

Who's in charge: Career staffers move to acting Cabinet head

Like 8,000 flying trapeze artists passing in midair, the Biden and Trump administrations swapped out senior leadership of the federal government on the fly as Joe Biden was inaugurated as the … more

EXPLAINER: What's next for WHO after U.S. takes steps to stay

GENEVA (AP) — The Biden administration has taken quick steps to keep the United States in the World Health Organization and reinforce financial and staffing support for it — part of his … more

Bush calls Sumter native, House Majority Whip Clyburn a 'savior' for boosting Biden

COLUMBIA - As they witnessed President Joe Biden take the oath of office on Wednesday, House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, D-S.C. and a Sumter native, said former Republican President George W. Bush lauded him as a "savior" for helping get Biden … more

Biden takes helm as nation's 46th president

WASHINGTON - Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, declaring that "democracy has prevailed" and summoning American resilience and unity to confront the deeply divided nation's historic confluence of … more

Vice President Harris breaks barriers as next chapter in U.S. begins

WASHINGTON - Vice President Kamala Harris broke the barrier Wednesday that has kept men at the top ranks of American power for more than two centuries when she took the oath to hold the nation's second-highest office. Harris was sworn in as the … more

Trump bids farewell, hints of comeback

WASHINGTON - His term at an end, President Donald Trump said farewell to Washington on Wednesday but also hinted about a comeback despite a legacy of chaos, tumult and bitter divisions in the country he led for four years. "So just a … more

'We know this is real': New clinics aid virus 'long-haulers'

NEW YORK - COVID-19 came early for Catherine Busa, and it never really left. The 54-year-old New York City school secretary didn't have any underlying health problems when she caught the coronavirus in March, and she recovered at her Queens … more
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