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Sanford Loses GOP Primary After Trump Attack

President called him 'nothing but trouble'

(Newser) - Rep. Mark Sanford can now spend as much time as he wants hiking the Appalachian Trail : The congressman and South Carolina governor lost his Republican primary Tuesday, hours after a very critical tweet from President Trump, Politico reports. "Mark Sanford has been very unhelpful to me in my campaign... More »

Christmas Dud: Lottery Winners Won't Get Prizes

South Carolina lottery commission nullifies winning tickets that were dispensed in error

(Newser) - The Christmas miracle that wasn’t. Last year on Christmas Day, lottery dispensers at convenience stores and gas stations across South Carolina started doing something remarkable. For two hours they spewed out winning tickets of up to $500 like candy. Lottery officials quickly figured out the problem, and cashiers began... More »

Story Shifts on Kayaker Attacked by 'Falling' Rattlesnake

SC man was hospitalized in critical condition

(Newser) - It was enough to send shivers down your spine: Fire and rescue officials in Colleton County said a 28-year-old kayaker was hospitalized in critical condition Saturday after a rattlesnake fell out of a tree on the Edisto River and bit him twice on the hand. Except now the man's... More »

These Are the Worst States for Working Moms

Idaho leads the pack

(Newser) - Gender inequality in the US is "obvious," but the steps being taken to resolve it vary widely from state to state, according to WalletHub . The site analyzed 15 metrics, including gender pay gap, child-care costs, and parental leave policies, to come up with the best and worst states... More »

Alligator Causes Fiery SC Crash That Kills 3

Fla. family died of burns after SUV caught fire

(Newser) - A Florida mother and her two young kids died in a fiery crash Monday when their SUV hit an alligator crossing a highway. Amber Stanley, 24, was driving on Interstate 95 in South Carolina around 1am when her 2011 Kia Soul struck the alligator crossing northbound lanes near the Interstate... More »

After Deadly Riot, Inmate Criticizes Guards' Response

7 dead in the worst US prison violence in 25 years

(Newser) - Corrections officials in South Carolina are blaming a prison riot that left seven prisoners dead on a turf war between gangs over territory, money, and contraband items like cellphones. For seven hours, inmates armed with handmade knives fought each other inside the Lee Correctional Institution, resulting in the worst US... More »

South Carolina Prison Brawl Leaves 7 Inmates Dead

17 others injured at Lee Correctional Facility

(Newser) - An hours-long prison brawl in South Carolina has left seven inmates dead, reports WRDW . Another 17 inmates were injured at Lee Correctional Facility in Bishopville. No details yet on what set off the fight, only that "multiple inmate on inmate altercations" broke out in three housing units about 7:... More »

10 States Where Chance of Dying Young Is Highest

JAMA study blames opioids, alcoholism, suicide

(Newser) - "Some of our states are falling behind other, less developed countries" when it comes to premature death, says University of Washington epidemiologist Ali Mokdad, whose new study in JAMA shows a major disparity in the death rates of people aged 20 to 55 in California and those in West... More »

South Carolina Bill Would Allow Secession From US

This time the issue is gun rights

(Newser) - South Carolina wants to have the option of seceding from the US—again—if it feels the government does anything that goes against the Second Amendment. The Hill reports three Republican legislators in South Carolina introduced a bill Thursday that would let the state debate secession specifically "if the... More »

Rep Pulls Gun While Meeting With Gun-Control Advocates

'I'm not going to be a Gabby Giffords'

(Newser) - A Republican lawmaker in South Carolina took out a loaded pistol while arguing with constituents pushing for better gun control Friday, the Washington Post reports. "I'm not going to be a Gabby Giffords," Rep. Ralph Norman tells the Post and Courier , adding, "I don’t mind... More »

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. Weather.com 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 »

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