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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 »

Inmate Breaks Out of Max-Security Prison. Again

SC inmate is extremely dangerous, police say

(Newser) - Police in South Carolina say they're searching for an inmate who's extremely dangerous—and has managed to break out of a maximum-security prison for the second time since he began serving a life sentence in 2004. Jimmy Causey, 46, has been missing from the Lieber Correctional Institution since... More »

Black Church Gets Happy Surprise From Former 'Terrible Racist'

Mystery donor apologizes and sends $2,000 check

(Newser) - A self-confessed former "terrible racist" surprised a Greenville, SC, pastor with a plea for forgiveness—and a fat donation. Rev. Michael Sullivan tells WSPA he was floored when he read the letter signed by "Anonymous Donor." The missive dated May 13 (which can be seen in its... More »

2 Charged With Harassing Wildlife for 'Gator Shotgun'

Men allegedly forced baby alligator to drink beer, blew smoke down its mouth

(Newser) - Two men in South Carolina who admitted to blowing smoke into a young alligator's mouth and pouring beer down its throat have been charged with harassing wildlife, the AP reports. State Department of Natural Resources spokesperson Kyndel McConchie said Friday that 20-year-old Joseph Floyd Jr. and 21-year-old Zachary Brown... More »

SC Home's Mystery Tenant Actually a Genius

Randall McKissick is childhood friend of the owner

(Newser) - There's no ghost in the upstairs apartment of a home listed for sale on Zillow as coming with a tenant who's never paid. Rather, the place is home to something far less sinister: a kindly grandfather who happens to be what the State calls an artistic genius. Before... More »

Dylann Roof Laughs at Family in Jailhouse Videos

He thought white nationalists would rescue him

(Newser) - In nearly three hours of jailhouse video, South Carolina church shooter Dylann Roof is seen laughing at his family, asking about his cats, and becoming upset when his relatives suggest he should use his lawyers. Federal officials showed the videos to reporters in Charleston on Tuesday. The videos were part... More »

SC Home Comes With Tenant Who Doesn't Pay

'It does not make sense, please don't bother asking'

(Newser) - Your dream home could await in Cayce, SC—if you don't mind living in the same home as a mysterious stranger who is rarely seen and doesn't pay rent. There's no truth-bending to a real estate ad for the $130,000 property on Zillow : It warns that... More »

Marine Recruit's Skin 'Liquefied' During Boot Camp: Documents

Recruit needed skin grafts for second- and third-degree chemical burns

(Newser) - The skin on a recruit's buttocks was "liquefied" by chemical burns during a hazing incident at a Marine Corps boot camp on Parris Island in South Carolina, according to documents made public by the Washington Post . The documents state drill instructor Sgt. Jeffrey VanDyke forced the unnamed recruit... More »

Ex-Cop Pleading Guilty in Walter Scott Shooting

Michael Slager will plead guilty to federal civil rights charges

(Newser) - The former South Carolina police officer who fatally shot Walter Scott, an unarmed black motorist he had pulled over for a broken taillight, will plead guilty in the federal civil rights case against him Tuesday. In return, the state will drop a pending murder charge against him, the AP reports.... More »

Suspects in Murder of Inmates Killed Women, Children

The 2 suspects are each serving life sentences

(Newser) - Two convicts each serving a life sentence for killing a mother and her child have been charged with murder in the strangulation deaths of four inmates inside a South Carolina prison, the AP reports. Denver Simmons and Jacob Philip lured each of the four inmates into a cell at Kirkland... More »

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