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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 »

First Female Citadel Grad Challenges Lindsey Graham

Nancy Mace will officially announce candidacy tomorrow

(Newser) - Lindsey Graham has drawn a potentially formidable primary challenger. Nancy Mace, the first woman to ever graduate from the Citadel, plans to throw her hat in the ring, she tells the Daily Caller . Mace, 35, graduated from the military college back in 1999, and has since written a memoir and... More »

Women Lived With 80 Dead Animals: Cops

Mother, two daughters in SC charged, say they meant well

(Newser) - Police in South Carolina arrived at a home to serve an eviction notice and were stopped dead in their tracks by the stench. The tenants, it turned out, had about 80 dead animals in various states of decay inside and outside the house in Laurens County, reports WSPA and WYFF... More »

Parents Sue Over Toddler's Sex Surgery

16-month-old had male genitalia removed

(Newser) - A couple is suing the state of South Carolina for what they say was a medically unnecessary sexual assignment surgery performed on a 16-month-old child they eventually adopted. The child was born in 2004 with both male and female genitalia and placed in state custody after the termination of parental... More »

Another 'Win' for Sanford: No Court

Trespassing dispute settled between Mark and Jenny Sanford

(Newser) - Everything's just coming up roses for Mark Sanford. The newly (re)minted congressman will not have to spend his second day post-victory in court after all: He has settled with ex-wife Jenny Sanford over a trespassing complaint she filed after he entered her beach house without her consent ... so he... More »

How Sanford Pulled Off His Shock Victory

And what it means for the GOP ... and Anthony Weiner

(Newser) - Mark Sanford just pulled off a comeback that would make even Robert Downey Jr. envious—from disgrace and national laughing stock four years ago to winning back his former South Carolina House seat last night, despite pundits predicting a win for opponent Elizabeth Colbert Busch. How did he do it... More »

Mark Sanford Defeats Colbert Busch

He wins special election in South Carolina for congressional seat

(Newser) - He's back: Mark Sanford defeated Elizabeth Colbert Busch tonight in the special election for a congressional seat in South Carolina. The AP called the race with 71% of precincts reporting and Sanford drawing 54% of the vote. It's a huge comeback for the former governor and congressman—in... More »

Dems Are Ignoring Their Own Racism

And it could get worse as GOP gets more diverse: Peter Beinart

(Newser) - Republicans don't have a monopoly on racism, much as Democrats might like to believe it, writes Peter Beinart in the Daily Beast . Case in point: Former South Carolina Democratic Party chair Dick Harpootlian recently said the state's Indian-American governor, Nikki Haley, should be sent "back to wherever... More »

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