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Report warns of rising sea levels, floods on Beaufort County coast + interactive map

A national climate-policy group warned Monday that billions of dollars in property and infrastructure would be at risk in extreme floods as sea levels...

FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2012 file photograph a development along the Intracoastal Waterway in Mount Pleasant, S.C., is seen. On Monday, July 25, 2014, the nonprofit group Climate Central released a new report that sea level rise is expected to contribute to extreme floods along the South Carolina coast in the next four decades. The report concluded that $24 billion in property and 54,000 homes are at risk.

State judge denies Coral Resorts' request to suppress sealed transcript

A state judge has denied Coral Resorts' request to stop The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette from continuing to publish a sealed transcript of...

The Coral Sands Resort property at 66 Pope Avenue on June 11, 2014.

Photos: Ducklings rescued from storm drain by Bluffton firefighter

A Bluffton firefighter rescued a family of ducklings trapped in a storm drain earlier this month, according to a news release.

A Bluffton firefighter rescued a family of ducklings trapped in a storm drain earlier this month, according to a news release.

Sailboat sinks near Hilton Head after catching fire; boater rescued

The only person aboard a sailboat that caught fire in Port Royal Sound over the weekend jumped overboard to await rescuers, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

Bluffton Dog Park rebounding, but park's construction far off

Curiosity brought Cheryl Raugh to her first Friends of Bluffton Dog Park meeting a year ago, a time when the group was trying to recover from a recent...

Business

State judge denies Coral Resorts' request to suppress sealed transcript

A state judge has denied Coral Resorts' request to stop The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette from continuing to publish a sealed transcript ...

The Coral Sands Resort property at 66 Pope Avenue on June 11, 2014.

After-school program applications open

Registration for after-school programs for the 2014-15 school year offered by Beaufort County Parks and Leisure Services will open Wednesday.

Bluffton Dog Park rebounding, but park's construction far off

Curiosity brought Cheryl Raugh to her first Friends of Bluffton Dog Park meeting a year ago, a time when the group was trying to recover from a recent...

DNR board to meet on Edisto Island

The S.C. Natural Resources Board, the Department of Natural Resources' policy-making body, will meet at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Environmental Learning Center at Edisto Island State Park, 8377 State Cabin Road, Edisto Island.

McDonald's profit slips; US sales decline

McDonald's Corp. said its profit slipped in the second quarter as sales in the U.S. continued to flag.

FILE - In this July 11, 2013 photo, a taxi cab passes a McDonald's restaurant in New York's Times Square. McDonald's Corp. reports quarterly financial results before the market opens on Tuesday, July 22, 2014.
Features

Professional Opinion: Is it OK to sleep with your contacts in?

Douglas Black, an optometrist at Darling Eye Center in Bluffton and on Hilton Head Island, discusses the dangers of keeping your contacts in overnight...

Douglas Black, an optometrist at Darling Eye Center in Bluffton and on Hilton Head Island.

What's her secret?: 'Prioritize and don't feel guilty about it'

Amand DuBose, a Bluffton mom of two, shares her birthday-party tips and her hidden talent.

Amanda DuBose and her husband, Jason, sit with their two children Delia, 6, and Dalton, 2, in the living room at their home on Tuesday, July 15 in Bluffton.

Hilton Head Island man and his son develop historic walking tour app of Charleston

Jeff Wilson and his wife, Gerri, stood on a street corner in Old Town Montreal in 2012, trying to figure out what the beautiful building was at the...

Jeff Wilson, right, and his son, Jay, have developed an app that allows people to take historic walking tours of Charleston at their own leisure.
Opinion

Town must work now on Coligny parking fix

Despite the apparent need for additional parking, Hilton Head Island Town Council has nixed improvements to the dirt lot next to the Coligny Beach parking lot on Pope Avenue.

Veterans' medical care excellent in Lowcountry

In a letter published July 10, it was suggested that the Veterans Administration be done away with completely because of its health care problems.

Israel often wrongly portrayed as victim

It seems crazy that the Palestinians would risk the disproportionate Israeli response to their ineffective rockets once again.

It's disgraceful to waste food

Thousands, thousands, thousands of our world's people are desperate for food and water. Thousands die of starvation.

GOP trying to fool us about war on women

Republicans tell us that there is no GOP "War on Women" and insist they have only the best interest of women at heart.

South Carolina

Sheheen's plan for SC roads doesn't raise gas tax

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Vincent Sheheen is releasing his plan to improve South Carolina roads without raising the gas tax.

Coast Guard rescues sailors off SC coast

A Coast Guard cutter has reached a couple in distress on a sailboat about 130 miles off the South Carolina coast.

Fairfield County Sheriff Young steps down

Fairfield County Sheriff Herman Young says he is stepping down after more than 20 years in office because of health reasons.

Ex-SC State trustee asks judge to drop convictions

A former South Carolina State University trustee has asked a federal judge to drop his convictions on more than two dozen charges, including racketeering.

Tropical depression moving westward in Atlantic

A tropical depression is moving west in the Atlantic and is expected to degenerate over the next few days.

Nation/World

2008 law unexpectedly at center of border debate

Sen. Dianne Feinstein recalls turning on her television and seeing a young Chinese girl crying before a judge, without even an interpreter to help...

FILE - This June 25, 2014, file photo shows a group of  immigrants from Honduras and El Salvador who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally are stopped in Granjeno, Texas. The influx at the border is largely families with children or by minors traveling alone.

Jakarta governor wins Indonesian presidency

Jakarta Gov. Joko Widodo, who captured the hearts of millions of Indonesians with his common man image, was declared the winner Tuesday of the country...

Supporters of Indonesian presidential candidate Joko Widodo cut their hair to celebrate in Surabaya, East Java,  Indonesia, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Jakarta governor Joko Widodo, who captured the hearts of millions of Indonesians with his common man image, won the country's presidential election with 53 percent of the vote, final results showed Tuesday.

Obamacare hit by ruling, but subsidies to continue

President Barack Obama's health care law is enmeshed in another big legal battle after two federal appeals courts issued contradictory rulings on ...

President Barack Obama speaks about the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative, at the Walker Jones Education Campus in Washington, Monday, July 21, 2014.   A US appeals court has delivered a serious setback to President Obama's health care law, potentially derailing subsidies for many low-and middle-income people who have bought policies.

Despite crush of children, illegal immigration low

Border Patrol agents stationed in South Texas are the busiest in the country, arresting tens of thousands of children illegally crossing the border...

'X-Men' VR experience coming to Comic-Con

Comic-Con attendees will have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to enter the mind of Professor X.

This photo provided by Oculus Rift/Fox shows a scene from “X-Men: Days of Future Past” virtual reality experience. Comic-Con attendees will have an opportunity to enter the mind of Professor X. Fox has created an "X-Men" virtual reality experience especially for the pop-culture extravaganza, which kicks off Thursday, July 24, 2014, in San Diego.
Sports

2014 All-Area Girls Track and Field: Beaufort High pole vaulter Jackie Barnes, BC coach Tyrone Pierce lead way

Jackie Barnes will tell you, with no pun intended, that the bar is set high.

Beaufort High pole vaulter Jackie Barnes is the Athlete of the Year on the all-area girls track team.

Bills QB, coach differ on offense's performance

Bills quarterback EJ Manuel and coach Doug Marrone had widely conflicting assessments on how the offense performed on the third day of training camp...

Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone reacts to the previous play during NFL football training camp in Pittsford, N.Y., Tuesday, July 22, 2014.

5 Things to know about the Tour de France

The Tour de France entered the Pyrenees on Tuesday for the first of three mountain stages that may well determine the final podium of this year's race.

Ducks sign D Sami Vatanen to 2-year deal

The Ducks have signed defenseman Sami Vatanen to a two-year contract coming off his rookie season.

Rosol, Seppi, Berlocq advance in Umag

Seeds Lukas Rosol and Carlos Berlocq were a pair of first-round winners Tuesday at the Croatia Open tennis event.

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