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Dozens Fired After Participating in 'A Day Without Immigrants'

'I hope you enjoyed your day off and you can enjoy many more'

(Newser) - Thousands of immigrants stayed home from work Thursday, shuttering restaurants and slowing other industries , for the national "A Day Without Immigrants" protest. Now it appears many were asked not to come back. In Oklahoma, a dozen workers at I Don't Care Bar and Grill were fired after missing... More »

'In the Spirit of Dylann Roof': Feds Make a Chilling Arrest

South Carolina's Benjamin McDowell accused of plotting mass shooting

(Newser) - The FBI busted a South Carolina man after he bought a gun with the alleged intent to pull off a massacre "in the spirit of Dylann Roof." Agents arrested Benjamin McDowell, 29, at a sting in which he thought he was getting a weapon from someone affiliated with... More »

Woman Chained in Container Describes What Captor Did

Kala Brown says Todd Kohlhepp never let her go unchained

(Newser) - A South Carolina woman who spent two months chained inside a large metal container says her captor raped her daily and bragged that he was good at killing, claiming that his victims tallied nearly 100. "He told me as long as I served my purpose, I was safe,"... More »

Firefighter Delivers Baby, Then Adopts Her

Marc Hadden says 'it was meant to be'

(Newser) - After their second child, Marc Hadden and his wife were left unable to have a third due to medical complications, and the adoption process was too expensive, CBS News reports. Then a 911 call in 2011 changed everything for the South Carolina firefighter and his family. According to Today , Hadden'... More »

Couple Headed to Prison for Killing Child Is Expecting Again

Soren Chilson was beaten over several weeks

(Newser) - In March of 2013, after enduring weeks of beatings at the hands of her mother's now husband, 5-year-old Soren Chilson finally succumbed to a fatal blow to the head. One South Carolina detective called her death "one of the most brutal things I have ever seen," while... More »

Student Arrested After Paper Airplane Hits Teacher in Eye

The 17-year-old has been charged with assault and battery

(Newser) - Police say a South Carolina high school student accused of throwing a paper airplane that struck a teacher in the eye could end up in jail for up to a month, the AP reports. According to the South Strand News reports that Georgetown County sheriff's deputies arrested the 17-year-old... More »

Muslim Marine Trainee Killed Himself ... or Did He?

Mystery of Raheel Siddiqui's death gets closer look from 'Esquire'

(Newser) - The Marine Corps Recruit Depot at South Carolina's Parris Island hosts nearly 20,000 recruits each year for 12 weeks of basic training. Alex French looks into the journey of one recruit, Raheel Siddiqui, for Esquire's March issue, exploring the 20-year-old Muslim's likely first moments at the... More »

One Dad's Joy, Another's Heartbreak in Kidnap Case

Kamiyah Mobley, 18, reunited with biological parents; man who raised her is overwhelmed

(Newser) - The biological family of an 18-year-old snatched when she was a newborn is rejoicing at her discovery, but one person who's not celebrating is Charles Manigo. The baby he named Alexis Kelly—the baby he thought was his daughter—was really Kamiyah Mobley, who was allegedly abducted by his... More »

Teen Allegedly Abducted as Newborn Cries, Calls Out to 'Mama' at Hearing

Kamiyah Mobley was raised as Alexis Manigo

(Newser) - Heartbreaking video shows Kamiyah Mobley, the 18-year-old abducted as a newborn and raised by a family not her own, sobbing and reaching out toward the woman accused of kidnapping her all those years ago. Gloria Williams, 51, who is accused of posing as a nurse and taking Mobley from her... More »

'Just Stop, Daddy': 911 Call Released in SC Lawmaker Case

Colleagues urge Rep. Chris Corley to resign after he's indicted on domestic violence charges

(Newser) - South Carolina lawmaker Chris Corley was indicted on felony domestic violence and weapons charges Thursday and was immediately suspended from the state House of Representatives. The indictment states that on the night of Dec. 26, the Republican harmed his wife by "beating her about the face, head, and body... More »

Charleston Survivor's Daughter Asked: 'Is Daddy Going to Die?'

Jennifer Pinckney cradled 6-year-old under desk as Dylann Roof killed her husband

(Newser) - "There's nothing wrong with me psychologically," Dylann Roof told a jury Wednesday . It was a statement Jennifer Pinckney had heard before. The wife of Rev. Clementa Pinckney had been in her husband's study at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston with their 6-year-old daughter, Malana, on June... More »

Dylann Roof: Killing 9 Black Churchgoers Was 'Worth It'

Roof defends sanity but refuses to show remorse to jurors

(Newser) - Dylann Roof addressed jurors for the first time during his trial Wednesday and neither apologized for killing nine people during Bible study at a historic black church in Charleston nor asked jurors to spare his life, the New York Times reports. Instead, Roof used his opening statement on the first... More »

Woman Dies After Being Shot at SC Gun Range

Police investigating after Sarah Bonner shot in eye

(Newser) - A woman who was shot in the eye at a South Carolina gun range earlier this week has died, the AP reports. Sarah Bonner died early Thursday after being on life support for several days, Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore told local media. The 24-year-old from Georgia was shot Monday... More »

Roof: No Witnesses, Evidence in My Defense

Judge tells 22-year-old 'it's a bad idea' to go with that plan for penalty phase of trial

(Newser) - The sentencing phase of Dylann Roof's federal hate-crimes trial, in which he could be given the death penalty, begins Tuesday, and the 22-year-old who killed nine black churchgoers in Charleston, SC, in 2015 told a judge Wednesday at a pretrial hearing that he still intends to serve as his... More »

Guy Hopes to Save Betty White From Cursed 2016

Clever fundraiser will actually support theater company

(Newser) - Afraid another beloved celebrity will fall victim to the apparent curse that is 2016? Demetrios Hrysikos hopes you'll donate generously. Following Carrie Fisher's death on Tuesday, the South Carolina man started a GoFundMe page to raise funds to allow him to "fly to wherever Betty White is... More »

SC Lawmaker Accused of Beating Wife, Death Threats

Chris Corley voted to strengthen domestic violence penalties

(Newser) - A South Carolina House member who rebuked his colleagues in a Christmas card for lacking morals when they took down the Confederate flag is accused of beating his wife and pointing a gun at her, deputies said. Officers in Aiken County charged Rep. Chris Corley with a pair of felonies... More »

Roof's Confession Tape: Felt 'Bad' When He Found Out Death Toll

Accused Charleston church shooter also admitted he was 'white supremacist'

(Newser) - During a week in which his mom already suffered a heart attack after hearing the case against him, more shock arrived Friday in the federal trial of Dylann Roof, 22, accused of a church shooting in Charleston, SC, that killed nine black worshippers. He's facing 33 federal charges for... More »

Prison Escapee Recaptured After Trying to Enter School

SC inmate may have escaped in food truck

(Newser) - An inmate serving a life sentence who escaped from a maximum-security South Carolina prison and allegedly stabbed a police officer while on the run was recaptured after a locked door stopped him from getting into a school, authorities say. Michael Allen Williamson, 47, was caught at Northside Christian Academy in... More »

Dylann Roof: Witness Called Me 'Evil,' I Want Mistrial

Judge denies the motion

(Newser) - Dylann Roof's defense team started the second day of his trial by asking for a mistrial, a request the judge promptly denied. A survivor of the 2015 church massacre in Charleston, SC, testified on the first day of the trial about watching her son die and, during her testimony,... More »

Dylann Roof Trial Opens With Heartbreaking Testimony

'He is evil. There is no place for him but the pit of hell'

(Newser) - Wednesday was the first day of Dylann Roof's federal death penalty trial, and the first witness delivered testimony so harrowing that many in the courtroom were in tears. Survivor Felicia Sanders told the court that the young white man sat with black parishioners in the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal... More »

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