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Cops: SC Man Hugged Baby to Death

Family friend charged with involuntary manslaughter

(Newser) - A South Carolina man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter for allegedly giving a 14-month-old boy a hug so tight it killed him. An arrest warrant states that Robert Christian Kemp, a 26-year-old described as a friend of the family, was looking after Jaylen Harris when he gave him "... More »

Letting Kids Play Outside Shouldn't Be Illegal

South Carolina mom jailed for sending 9-year-old to the park

(Newser) - Should sending your kid to play alone at a local park land you in jail? Because that's what happened to Debra Harrell. The 46-year-old South Carolina mom repeatedly sent her 9-year-old daughter to a well-trafficked park while she went to work at McDonald's. When the parents of other... More »

SC Spot Where Slaves Entered US to Get Museum

International African American Museum to be built in Charleston

(Newser) - A $75 million International African American Museum will be built in South Carolina on Charleston Harbor where tens of thousands of slaves first set foot in the United States. "There is no better site," Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. said today, standing on the waterfront tract where... More »

Sen. Graham Fends Off 6 Tea Party Challengers

South Carolina senator cruises to win

(Newser) - Only one big scalp for Tea Partiers from yesterday's votes: Sen. Lindsay Graham comfortably won his South Carolina primary yesterday, defeating six rival Republicans who complained he wasn't conservative enough, the AP reports. Graham—who had a $12 million war chest while his rivals had less than $1... More »

Loaded Gun Found Among Target's Toys

Police on the hunt for a male suspect

(Newser) - A Target worker checking out the toy aisle in Myrtle Beach last week found what he first thought was a toy gun but turned out to be a real, loaded one, WMBF reports. Police say a male had been spotted walking up and down each toy aisle before the handgun... More »

Pastor Turns Bible School Into Labor Camp: Affidavit

Reginald Miller faces up to 20 years on each count

(Newser) - The head of a Bible college in South Carolina allegedly made foreign students work at substandard wages and threatened to revoke their visas if they complained, Raw Story reports. Homeland Security Investigations filed the complaint last week against Cathedral Bible College President Reginald Miller, who faces a maximum of 20... More »

Found: Civil War Ship Taken by Slaves

Robert Smalls commandeered the Planter, gave it to Union

(Newser) - After the American Civil War, a storied ship was wrecked off South Carolina. Now, experts believe they've found the remains of the Planter, a Confederate supply ship commandeered by its crew of slaves and turned over to the Union, LiveScience reports. The ship's wheelsman, in charge of steering,... More »

Mom Who Killed Baby Through Breastfeeding Gets 20 Years

Her morphine got into the infant's system

(Newser) - A South Carolina woman has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for inadvertently killing her baby through breastfeeding. Prosecutors made the case that Stephanie Greene, 39, was taking so many prescription painkillers that her 6-week-old daughter overdosed, reports WYFF . The infant had a toxic level of morphine in her... More »

Inside S. Carolina's Tussle Over the ... Woolly Mammoth

Lawmaker calls for Bible quote in fossil bill

(Newser) - Olivia McConnell, 8, wants South Carolina to have a state fossil—after all, it's one of fewer than 10 that don't. But her efforts to get approval for the woolly mammoth have met with some obstacles in the state capital, USA Today reports. Republican state Sen. Kevin Bryant... More »

Small Earthquake Rattles Atlanta

4.1-magnitude temblor in South Carolina also felt in Georgia, Tennessee

(Newser) - One more present from Mother Nature to make this a winter to remember in the South: A 4.1-magnitude earthquake centered in rural South Carolina last night rattled homes in metro Atlanta and elsewhere in the region, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . So far, no injuries or serious damage have been... More »

772K Without Power as Storm Moves to Wallop Northeast

12 dead in South, more than a foot of snow expected in parts of Northeast

(Newser) - More than half a million Southerners have been left without power after major sleet and snow that left North Carolina drivers stranded on icy roads yesterday —and now that storm system could bring more than a foot of snow to parts of the Northeast, the AP reports. In fact,... More »

Teacher Builds Quiet Fortune, Leaves $8M to Charity

Half of dog lover's fortune to go to Humane Society

(Newser) - Margaret Southern lived a private life in her modest South Carolina townhouse. She taught special-needs kids, looked after her ailing brother, drove the same 1980s Cadillac for years, and loved both her dachshund—who would bark without Southern's undivided attention—and the local minor league baseball team. No one... More »

Deep South Braces for 'Paralyzing' Winter Storm

Schools closed; hundreds of flights canceled

(Newser) - The next big winter storm is reportedly on its way, and this time, it's the Deep South that will be feeling its effects. The Weather Channel sees 40 million people in the path of Winter Storm Leon, which an expert says could bring once-in-a-generation weather; another calls the storm... More »

Skeletal Remains Found in Hunt for 2 Missing Women

Discovery revives interest in case of missing teen girl

(Newser) - A police hunt for two missing women in South Carolina has turned up a grisly find: human skeletal remains near the location of a 3-year-old missing persons case, Fox News reports. Police were looking for 20-year-old Heather Elvis and 24-year-old Jamie Lynn Cross, who both vanished in Myrtle Beach, when... More »

This State Swears More Than Any Other

Ohioans aren't too polite on the phone: study

(Newser) - If you're easily offended, you may want to cover your ears during any business call with Ohioans. This is according to a new survey of taped phone calls—the kind with your bank, for instance—in which they warn you that your call may be recorded. During such calls,... More »

Southern Sheriff: I Won't Lower Flag for Mandela

Because it's only for Americans, he says

(Newser) - A sheriff in South Carolina has shrugged off orders from President Obama and refused to fly his office's flag at half-mast to honor Nelson Mandela, the Greenville News reports. "The flag at half-staff is for Americans’ ultimate sacrifice for our country," said Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark.... More »

Boy, 14, to Get New Hearing —69 Years After Execution

SC electrocuted George Stinney 84 days after crime

(Newser) - The youngest person executed in the United States in the 20th century will have a new day in court, 69 years after an all-white jury in South Carolina took less than 10 minutes to find him guilty of the murder of two young white girls. George Stinney Jr. was just... More »

6 Found Dead in South Carolina Home

4 adults, 2 kids killed in suspected murder-suicide

(Newser) - Four adults and two children were found shot dead in a South Carolina home in an apparent murder-suicide that police believe was a "domestic-related incident," the State reports. Officers were dispatched to the home in Greenwood County after a man called the sheriff's department and said he... More »

Man Walks Streets to Find Kidney for Wife, Succeeds

Donor comes forward after hearing of SC man's devotion

(Newser) - A devoted husband's determination to find the new kidney his wife desperately needed has paid off. Larry Swilling, 78, walked hundreds of miles around South Carolina over the last year with a sandwich board reading "Need Kidney 4 Wife." He says a donor has finally come forward,... More »

SC Capital's Plan for the Homeless: Ban Them

Those who won't leave downtown will face jail

(Newser) - South Carolina's capital city has approved a plan to rid its downtown of the "scary" homeless people officials fear might prevent Columbia from becoming a regional economic hotspot, the New York Times finds. Under a policy the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty calls an "extreme,... More »

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