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WASHINGTON (AP) - A bill being negotiated in Congress would essentially end the Trump administration's direct supervision of an agency that oversees the nation's nuclear weapons stockpile. The Senate-approved bill would remove the National Nuclear Security Administration from direct control of the Energy Department and empower it to act nearly on its own. The White House and Energy Secretary Rick Perry strongly oppose the plan. It's also opposed by senior lawmakers in both parties

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Executives offered South Carolina legislators a bigger consumer rebate for a failed multibillion-dollar nuclear project if lawmakers scrapped a law requiring reduced power bills. WIS reports that Virginia-based Dominion Energy wanted to stop the new law cutting South Carolina Electric & Gas Co.'s electric rates by 15 percent until the end of this year.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina congressman says a gun-rights activist suspected of being a covert Russian agent circulating in conservative political circles attended a party at his coastal farm last fall. U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford tells The Post and Courier of Charleston that accused Russian operative Maria Butina was among up to 300 guests at a post-Thankgiving barbecue he hosted.

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) - Authorities say a service technician for a heating and air company appears to have been electrocuted while working. Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger said 35-year-old Andrew Middlebrough of Greenville was found dead Friday afternoon at a manufacturing plant in Spartanburg. Clevenger said in a statement it appears Middlebrough was electrocuted, but an autopsy has been ordered to figure out his exact cause of death.

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