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  • Russia's Interior Ministry has issued an arrest warrant for U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham following his comments related to the fighting in Ukraine. Graham met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Friday. Zelenskyy's office later released an edited video of the encounter in which Graham notes that "the Russians are dying" and describes the U.S. military assistance to the country as "the best money we've ever spent." Graham appeared to have made the remarks in different parts of the conversation. But the short video by Ukraine's presidential office put them next to each other.
  • A 25-year-old firefighter from South Carolina has died after part of a burning apartment building collapsed while firefighters were inside. Authorities said James Muller of the Irmo Fire District died Friday while he was providing aid during the response to a fire at an apartment building in Columbia. WLTX-TV reports that Muller was one of seven firefighters who were taken to the hospital after the collapse. Columbia-Richland Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins said the fire happened at Tropical Ridge apartments.
  • Authorities say a school bus crash in South Carolina has sent at least 18 people including several students to the hospital. The South Carolina Highway Patrol says the bus and a tanker truck collided Thursday afternoon near Gilbert, southwest of the capital of Columbia. The Highway Patrol says 36 passengers were aboard and a hospital says at least 17 children and an adult were transported there for treatment. The students were from Gilbert Middle School and Gilbert High School. There is no immediate information on their conditions or what caused the crash.
  • A longtime friend of convicted murderer Alex Murdaugh has admitted he helped his old college roommate steal more than $4 million meant for a wrongful death settlement after Murdaugh's housekeeper died in a fall. Cory Fleming pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to commit wire fraud in federal court. The 54-year-old lawyer faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced at a later date. After Murdaugh's maid, Gloria Satterfield, died following a fall at the family's home, Murdaugh convinced Satterfield's sons to hire Fleming as their lawyer, saying they could help get the family money for a wrongful death settlement. Fleming and Murdaugh then kept all the money for themselves.
  • The Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether South Carolina's congressional districts need to be redrawn because they discriminate against Black voters. The justices said Monday they would review a lower-court ruling that found a coastal district running from Charleston to Hilton Head was intentionally redrawn to reduce the number of Black Democratic-leaning voters to make it more likely Republican candidates would win.
  • Authorities say three people have died in a truck after someone in it fired at a different vehicle in South Carolina and then the truck crashed into a North Carolina house while trying to get away from law enforcement. Investigators say the chase started around 1 a.m. Sunday in Blacksburg, South Carolina, and ended with the pickup, which had turned off its headlights, slamming into a house in Shelby, North Carolina.
  • Authorities say a bride leaving her wedding reception was killed when a woman driving under the influence and well over twice the speed limit slammed into the back of a golf cart on a South Carolina beach road. Folly Beach investigators say data retrieved from Jamie Lee Komoroski's rental car indicated she was driving 65 mph and only briefly hit the brakes before she hit the golf cart around 10 p.m. Friday. Authorities say 34-year-old Samantha Miller of Charlotte, North Carolina, died in the wreck. Three others in the golf cart that was being driven legally were injured.
  • Authorities say a South Carolina man has been charged in a Michigan woman's 1988 slaying after investigators used forensic genetic genealogy to narrow the pool of suspects to a single family. St. Joseph County Prosecuting Attorney David Martin says 53-year-old Robert Odell Waters was arrested Sunday afternoon in Beaufort, South Carolina, in the killing of 19-year-old Cathy Sue Swartz. Swartz was beaten, stabbed and strangled in December 1988 in her apartment in Three Rivers, about 20 miles south of Kalamazoo near the Michigan-Indiana border. Police say her 9-month-old daughter was in the next room when her mother was killed.
  • Authorities say masked gunmen fired without warning into a crowd at a late night teen party at a South Carolina park over the weekend and wounded nine people. Richland County deputies say all nine hit by gunfire Saturday are expected to live. A woman who was injured when she was run over by a fleeing car and another person who was cut on the hand are also expected to recover. Deputies say teenagers from several high schools had gathered at Meadowlake Park near Columbia. The afterhours "flash party" had been announced on social media. Authorities say dozens of shell casings from several different weapons have been collected.
  • The final two former South Carolina lawmakers charged in a nearly eight-year investigation into corruption at the Statehouse have avoided time behind bars. The State newspaper reports former Sen. John Courson was ordered to serve 100 hours of community service and once he finishes, his probation will end. The Columbia Republican pleaded guilty in 2018 to taking $159,000 from his campaign account and using for personal expenses on the advice of a prominent Republican political consultant at the center of the corruption investigation. Former Republican Rep. Tracy Edge of Myrtle Beach was ordered to pay a $500 fine after he pleaded guilty to failing to fully report his campaign finances.