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What Custodian Did During Anti-Gun Walkout Got Her Fired

Authorities say Aisha Evans stole money from 3 backpacks left behind by protesting students

(Newser) - A high-school custodian in South Carolina was fired and faces criminal charges after authorities say she used Wednesday's nationwide gun-control protests as an opportunity to steal from students, WLTX reports. According to WIS , students participating in the walkout exited Richland Northeast High School and left their backpacks behind in... More »

Dylann Roof's Sister Arrested After Disturbing Snapchat Post

Police say she had weapons on grounds of high school

(Newser) - From anybody else, it might have passed as just a stupid and ugly comment. From the sister of a racist mass shooter, it was seen as highly disturbing. Morgan Roof, younger sister of convicted killer Dylann Roof, was taken into custody on drug and weapon charges Wednesday after posting on... More »

Abducted Girl Rescued Thanks to Observant Strangers

Thomas Lawton Evans was arrested day after Heidi Todd went missing

(Newser) - To the trio of railroad workers, the situation just seemed a bit off: While tending to track for Norfolk Southern in Alabama on Tuesday afternoon, they came upon a truck parked near the tracks. Inside was a sleeping man and a young girl—who turned out to be 4 years... More »

Amtrak Blames Freight Firm for Deadly Crash

NTSB says safety system would have stopped SC crash

(Newser) - The crash that killed two Amtrak crew members and injured more than 100 other people wouldn't have happened under a safety system the National Transportation Safety Board has been seeking for decades, says NTSB chairman Robert Sumwalt. He said Sunday that "Positive Train Control," which slows trains... More »

2 Dead in New Amtrak Crash

Passenger train collides with freight train in SC; at least 50 injured

(Newser) - At least two people are dead and 50 more injured after an Amtrak train collided with a CSX freight train early Sunday in South Carolina, reports CNN , derailing the Amtrak lead engine and some of its passenger cars. The accident, which involved Amtrak's New York-to-Miami Train 91, occurred about... More »

Lottery Glitch Cancels Christmas Miracles

South Carolina game goes from can't-lose to no-win on Christmas Day

(Newser) - Nicole Coggins won $500 after buying a $1 Holiday Cash Add-A-Play lottery ticket on a whim on Christmas Day in South Carolina. "I was calling everyone I knew," she tells WYFF . She bought another ticket, and won $500 on that one too. Then she called her mother-in-law. Together,... More »

Bitter Cold Is Breaking Records —and Windows

Sharks are freezing, too

(Newser) - Just how cold is it across much of North America? Sharks are freezing to death and windows are cracking. notes daily record cold high temperatures were tied or set in 29 spots from the Midwest to the South and East on Thursday, including in Baltimore, Boston, and New... More »

Ex-Cop in Walter Scott Shooting Gets 20 Years

Judge ruled Michael Slager committed second-degree murder

(Newser) - A white former South Carolina officer was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Thursday for fatally shooting an unarmed black motorist in the back in 2015, wrapping up a case that became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement. Before US District Judge David Norton announced the... More »

Guy Cooks Own Meal After Finding Waffle House Worker Asleep

He says was 'pretty inebriated'

(Newser) - A Waffle House customer in South Carolina decided to get behind the counter and cook his own meal after he couldn't find any employees who were awake. Alex Bowen says he was "pretty inebriated" when he stopped by the West Columbia restaurant at around 3am Thursday, WIS-TV reports.... More »

They Dreamed About an NBA Future. Instead, They Got Scammed

Yearlong Fusion probe into prep school basketball reveals the common cons of the industry

(Newser) - They were young hoops shooters who paid more than $25,000 a year to attend what they thought was an elite basketball academy that would prep them for the NBA. What they got instead, per a deep dive at Fusion , was ripped off. It's a close look by Luke... More »

7 Best, Worst States on Energy Efficiency

From New York to South Carolina

(Newser) - Not all states are created equal when it comes to energy efficiency. WalletHub has a new ranking that crunches data in two broad categories—home energy efficiency and auto energy efficiency—to figure out the best and worst overall. As it turns out, the results put New York at the... More »

Cops: Ex-Boyfriend Arrived at Murder Scene via Car Service

Alina Sheykhet took out protection order against Matthew Darby last month

(Newser) - Three days after a 20-year-old college student's parents found her murdered in her Pittsburgh apartment, the woman's ex-boyfriend was arrested four states away, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. According to WPXI , Alina Sheykhet had filed for a protection from abuse order against 21-year-old Matthew Darby last month. Police in... More »

Lil Wayne Won't Go Through Security, Skips SC Concert

Fans can get refunds starting Monday

(Newser) - Saturday night was a big disappointment for Lil Wayne fans in South Carolina after the performer ditched a concert because he wouldn't go through security, report the Post and Courier and Billboard . The rapper was scheduled to appear at Columbia's Colonial Life Arena with a slew of other... More »

Susan Smith Marks Half a Life in Prison After Drowning Sons

Her time there has been rife with disciplinary infractions

(Newser) - Susan Smith turned 46 on Tuesday. Exactly half a lifetime ago, she drowned her two young children—ages 3 and 1—in a lake, allegedly because she was dating a man who didn't want kids. Smith was sentenced to life in prison. Now People —citing prison records—reports... More »

Prosecutor: Mom Told Stylist 'No Rush' as Kid Died in 129-Degree Car

Georgia denies bail for Dijanelle Fowler in death of 1-year-old daughter

(Newser) - The woman accused of second-degree murder in the hot-car death of her 1-year-old daughter has been denied bail in Georgia, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . Prosecutors say Dijanelle Fowler, who is 25, spent more than five hours getting her hair braided at a salon on June 19 while Skylar Fowler died... More »

Official on Worker Complaints: 'Kill Yourself or Leave'

South Carolina administrator Kevin Bronson resigns after remarks to county EMS workers

(Newser) - A recent meeting of county emergency medical services workers in South Carolina ended in tears—and, on Monday, with the resignation of an official who spoke at that meeting and mentioned suicide as an option if they didn't like the way things were on the job. Per WSOC-TV and... More »

He Thought He Stepped on a Shell. Then He Saw a Shadow

Teen is SC island's 4th shark victim this summer

(Newser) - Researchers say a teen appears to have suffered a shark bite on South Carolina's Hilton Head Island. Linton Suttle, 13, tells the Island Packet that he was swimming Thursday near Sea Pines Beach Club when he felt a sharp pain in his foot. His parents used photos of comparable... More »

Child Who Had Gender Forced Upon Him Will Get $440K

Settlement in 'landmark' lawsuit reached

(Newser) - A child who as an infant underwent surgery aimed at assigning his gender as female but who now identifies as male will get a hefty payout in what BuzzFeed calls a "landmark" settlement. Under the deal , the Medical University of South Carolina and the state's social services department... More »

Escapee Used Wire Cutters Flown In by Drone: Officials

Illegal cellphone also played a role, authorities say

(Newser) - When it came time for lights out at Lieber Correctional Institution on the evening of July Fourth, officers at the maximum-security South Carolina prison thought they had all 1,300 inmates accounted for. But convicted kidnapper Jimmy Causey wasn't in his bunk, a homemade dummy stuffed under the covers... More »

'We Went Down All the Slides': Alleged Snapchat Confession

Teens busted for early-morning break-in at SC water park: cops

(Newser) - Two teens in Myrtle Beach, SC, have apparently never heard the phrase "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas"—though in this case, Vegas is "the water park." Logan Brooke Larrimore and Farren Marie Lane, both 18, were arrested and charged Wednesday with third-degree burglary after... More »

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