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The Associated Press

Total solar eclipse marks state’s largest tourism event

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Last month’s eclipse saw at least 1.6 million people travel to or within South Carolina, making it the largest single tourism event in the state’s history.

Pedestrians walk by a flooded car on a street as Tropical Storm Irma hits Charleston, S.C., Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

The Latest: Big tree falls on building owned by SC governor

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Irma (all times local):

Cory Donoher pulls Linda DeWalt and her dogs on his kayak down a street in Jacksonville, Fla., Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, after it was flooded from the Ortega River when Hurricane Irma passed over the region. (Dede Smith/The Florida Times-Union via AP)

WHAT’S HAPPENING: Irma spreads rain, high winds to Southeast

MIAMI (AP) — Once-fearsome Hurricane Irma weakened Monday to a still-dangerous tropical storm as it spread high winds and rain across the Southeast, one day after engulfing most of the Florida peninsula. Both of Florida’s coasts were pounded by storm surges, thousands of its residents remain in shelters and millions of homes and businesses around several states are without power.

Pedestrians try to walk as waves crash at The Battery as Tropical Storm Irma hits Charleston, S.C., Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

South Carolina officials watching Hurricane Irma’s approach

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Emergency officials in South Carolina are warning residents to remain alert as Hurricane Irma approaches.

Hurricane Irma slams Caribbean islands as Category 5 storm

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua (AP) — Hurricane Irma roared into the Caribbean with record-setting force early Wednesday, shaking people in their homes on the islands of Antigua and Barbuda on a path toward Puerto Rico and possibly Florida by the weekend.

Men load recently purchased wood panels to be used for boarding up windows in preparation for Hurricane Irma, in Carolina, Puerto Rico, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017. Irma grew into a dangerous Category 5 storm, the most powerful seen in the Atlantic in over a decade, and roared toward islands in the northeast Caribbean Tuesday. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

Want to help? Here’s how to give in Harvey’s wake

NEW YORK (AP) — Charities are stepping up their donation requests in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, which has devastated South Texas and on Wednesday hit southwestern Louisiana. At least 18 people have died, and countless residents are displaced from their homes.

Volunteer Elizabeth Haley organizes boxes of infant diapers donated for hurricane Harvey victims at a North Dallas donation drop off location, Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

The Latest: Houston to open up at least 2 more big shelters

HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on Tropical Storm Harvey (all times local):

Lupe Tijerina, left, and Andy Guerra, center, and Felix Tijerina, right, work to salvage items from their family home that was destroyed in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, in Rockport, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Group says South Carolina DUI video law is too complicated

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina’s drunken driving laws are tilted too far in favor of people who drive under the influence and that shows up in the willingness of authorities to take plea bargains to lesser charges, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

College football on Facebook: Site to stream 15 games in ‘17

Facebook has struck a deal for exclusive rights to live stream 15 college football games this season, beginning next week.

Official: Those rescued not getting to shelters

HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on Tropical Storm Harvey (all times local):

Wilford Martinez, right, is rescued from his flooded car by Harris County Sheriff’s Department Richard Wagner along Interstate 610 in floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Houston, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

The Latest: Hostage situation over; gunman wounded

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on shooting and hostage situation in Charleston, S.C. (all times local):

Police gather near the scene of a reported shooting in Charleston, S.C., on Thursday, Aug.24, 2017. Authorities say a disgruntled employee shot one person and is holding hostages in a restaurant in an area that is popular with tourists. Mayor John Tecklenburg said at a news conference that the shooting was not an act of terrorism or racism. (Grace Beahm Alford /The Post And Courier via AP)

Fired dishwasher shoots chef; takes hostages in Charleston

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A fired dishwasher shot a chef and was holding a “small number” of people hostage at a crowded restaurant in a tourist-heavy area of downtown Charleston, South Carolina, on Thursday, authorities and one of the restaurant’s owners said.

Police gather near the scene of a reported shooting in Charleston, S.C., on Thursday, Aug.24, 2017. Authorities say a disgruntled employee shot one person and is holding hostages in a restaurant in an area that is popular with tourists. Mayor John Tecklenburg said at a news conference that the shooting was not an act of terrorism or racism. (Grace Beahm Alford /The Post And Courier via AP)

Mayor: Angry worker shoots 1, holds hostages in restaurant

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — An angry employee shot one person Thursday and was holding “a couple” of others hostage at a crowded restaurant during lunchtime in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, authorities said.

The Latest: Charleston Mayor: 1 shot, hostages being held

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on shooting and hostage situation in Charleston, S.C. (all times local):

The Latest: Harvey now a hurricane, likely to become major

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Harvey (all times local):

Chris Mathew fills his vehicle and five gas cans at Costco in preparation for tropical weather on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, in Pearland, Texas. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the tropical depression was expected to intensify over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico before reaching the Texas coast Friday. (Steve Gonzales/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Man charged federally for torturing, killing victim in 2008

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A man accused of torturing his victim with a hot screwdriver before killing him in 2008 faces federal charges, a year after the South Carolina Supreme Court threw out his state conviction.

Agents: Police officer in Hampton sold drugs

HAMPTON, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a Hampton police officer sold cocaine and marijuana to an undercover agent.

Body found in river matching description of missing girl

JOHNS ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Officials say a body matching the description of an 11-year-old girl has been recovered from a South Carolina coastal river.

Police: Grudge against state agency led to funeral attack

<p>COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) &mdash; An investigator says a man who drove his car into mourners at a South Carolina graveside had a grudge against the state mental health agency where the woman being buried worked.</p>

This undated photo made available by the Richland County Jail, SC., shows James Kester under arrest. Kester drove into a gravesite at a South Carolina cemetery hitting 12 mourners on Wednesday, July 19, 2017. Kester is charged with 12 counts of attempted murder. (Richland County Jail via AP)