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SC DHEC announces furloughs, program reviews

Posted: 12/18/2008 - Staff of the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control will take five days of unpaid leave beginning next month, the agency announced today.

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Police looking for cat-tossing robber

Updated: 12/18/2008 - Police are looking for a man they say robbed a forestry building and then flung a cat several feet into the air as he escaped.

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Patrol Predicts 19 Christmas Holiday Deaths

Posted: 12/18/2008 - The Georgia State Patrol predicts 19 traffic deaths over the Christmas holiday weekend, a 102-hour period that begins Christmas Eve at 6 p.m. and will end at midnight Sunday, Dec. 28.

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Hundreds Flock to Georgia City for Postmark

Posted: 12/18/2008 - Hundreds of people flock to the northeast Georgia city to mail their holiday cards and letters. The post office's processing staff increases from three to six people, each taking turns using the postmark machine that's nearly 100 years old to cancel letters.

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Kerry: US Must Win Hearts, too, in Afghanistan

Posted: 12/18/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama campaigned on a push to shift troops from Iraq into Afghanistan. Kerry says he plans to tell Obama and National Security Adviser-to-be James Jones a surge alone won't solve all the nation's problems and that troops need to win over locals.

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SC volunteer firefighter charged with arson

Posted: 12/17/2008 - A Kershaw County firefighter has been arrested and charged with setting several fires, including a blaze that destroyed a community center.

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Black Mafia member sentenced to 20 years

Posted: 12/17/2008 - A man prosecutors call a "senior member" of the Black Mafia Family has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for cocaine conspiracy.

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Face transplant recipient doing well

Posted: 12/17/2008 - The woman who received the first-ever face transplant in the United States is said to be doing well. Doctors in Cleveland say she's showing no signs of rejecting the new face.

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Obama considers $1 trillion plan to jolt economy

Posted: 12/17/2008 - They've been talking with outside economists from across the political spectrum -- and now, advisers to Barack Obama seem determined to make an economic stimulus package even bigger than the $600 billion they initially envisioned.

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Georgia black colleges’ merger idea stirs resistance

Posted: 12/17/2008 - A Republican state senator has proposed merging two of the historically black schools with nearby predominantly white colleges to save money. He says the mergers would erase a vestige of the Jim Crow era.

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More than 1/6 of households have only cell phones

Posted: 12/17/2008 - The numbers show the portion of homes with cell phones but no landlines has grown to 18 percent, led by adults living with unrelated roommates, renters and young people.

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Tire Plant Closing

Posted: 12/17/2008 - Up to 1300 jobs will be lost in Albany.

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Sagging Pants Outlawed in SC's Jasper County

Posted: 12/17/2008 - The Jasper County council passed an ordinance Monday prohibiting sagging pants in public. It prohibits anyone from wearing pants more than three inches below the hips exposing skin or underwear.

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Georgia Black Colleges Merger Idea Stirs Resistance

Posted: 12/17/2008 - A Republican state senator has proposed merging two of the historically black schools with nearby predominantly white colleges to save money. He says the mergers would erase a vestige of the Jim Crow era.

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AP poll: Most Say They, Pets Understand Each Other

Posted: 12/17/2008 - Two-thirds of pet owners responding to an Associated Press-Petside.com poll say they understand the woofs, meows or other sounds their animal pals utter. This includes 18 percent who say their comprehension is total.

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SC Automotive Plant to Close, Jobs Go to Virginia

Posted: 12/16/2008 - Automotive supplier Continental AG is creating 318 jobs at its Newport News facility, closing a plant in Blythewood, S.C., that employs 440 people by the end of 2010.

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Feds Seize $250,000 in Counterfeit Goods

Posted: 12/16/2008 - Agency spokeswoman Barbara Gonzalez in Miami says some 13,000 items bearing brand names including Coach, Gucci and Nike were confiscated when four search warrants were executed at different locations last week after a 16-month investigation.

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