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      Occupy protestors mark legislator's return

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Occupy Columbia protesters are holding a series of events to mark legislators' return to the Statehouse.

      The group says it is holding a march and rally at the Statehouse on Saturday.

      There are also a teach-in, poetry reading and various speakers scheduled.

      State lawmakers gaveled in this year's session on Tuesday.

      Last month, Occupy Columbia protesters removed their tents and camping gear from the Statehouse after a federal judge approved new rules prohibiting camping on the capitol's grounds.

      Protesters also left a tent as a Christmas present for South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who fought for more than a month to kick them off the Statehouse complex.

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