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5 Best US Cities for Foodies

You'll want to wear your stretchy pants in New Orleans

(Newser) - Who's up for a foodie road trip? Travel and Leisure knows just where you should stop for gumbo and crawfish: New Orleans is the ultimate destination, according to the magazine's ranking of the 10 best US cities for food, based on readers' votes. The top five: More »

Dylann Roof Attacked Outside Jail Shower

The alleged Charleston church shooter was beaten by a fellow inmate

(Newser) - Dylann Roof was attacked by a fellow inmate as he was stepping into a jail shower Thursday in South Carolina, USA Today reports. Roof is charged with killing nine people during Bible study at a historic black church in 2015 in Charleston. According to NBC News , the 22-year-old Roof is... More »

Family: Inmate Died Because She Was Denied Water

Joyce Curnell was found dead in her cell on July 22

(Newser) - A lawyer says a South Carolina woman died in police custody last year because she was denied a basic necessity: water. Joyce Curnell, 50, was suffering from sickle cell disease, alcoholism, and hypertension, when she went to the emergency room with stomach flu last July. She was treated and released... More »

Even Epic Charleston Flood Can't Call Off This Wedding

The stranded couple went on the news to find an officiant, photographer

(Newser) - After months of planning their destination wedding in Charleston, SC, Britney Mysinger and Jason Houdek of Kansas City ran straight into this weekend's 1,000-year-flood standing between them and exchanging their vows. The photographers, make-up artists, groomsmen, marriage license, and officiant were all outside the peninsula when police shut... More »

Feds Say Dylann Roof's Friend Is Lying

Joey Meek is accused of knowing about alleged church plot

(Newser) - The FBI thinks one of Dylann Roof's friends knew specifics about the accused shooter's plan for mass murder in a church. The feds arrested Joey Meek yesterday and revealed today that he is being charged with lying to federal agents and concealing information, reports the AP . He could... More »

Dylann Roof's Friend Arrested by FBI

Authorities said he was a 'potential target' in church massacre investigation

(Newser) - Joey Meek, the 21-year-old friend of Dylann Roof with whom Roof lived shortly before he allegedly killed nine people at a Charleston church in June, was arrested today. Meek's girlfriend, Lindsey Fry, tells the State FBI agents picked him up at work. Meek, who once hid Roof's gun... More »

Dylann Roof's Friend Is Now Target of Investigation

Joseph Meek being investigated for allegedly lying to authorities

(Newser) - Joseph Meek met Dylann Roof in middle school, and back in May, Roof asked him for a place to stay. Now Meek, 21, is the "potential target" of a federal criminal investigation into the June mass shooting at a Charleston church of which Roof is accused. Meek tells the... More »

This Was Dylann Roof's Life Before Charleston

His former roommates describe living with shooter

(Newser) - Joey Meek isn't one to turn away a friend, though his trailer in Columbia, SC, is full with his brothers Justin, 18, and Jacob, 15; girlfriend Lindsey Fry, 19; and mom Kim Konzny, 41. Fry was welcomed after running away with a heroin addict, as was Dylann Roof, a... More »

Survivor: Dylann Roof 'Caught Us With Eyes Closed'

'He should have to think about this the rest of his life,' says Polly Sheppard

(Newser) - Felicia Sanders says she had just bowed her head in prayer when it happened. Dylann Roof, whom the Bible study group in Charleston had welcomed with open arms, opened fire, killing nine black parishioners. Only Sanders, her 11-year-old granddaughter, and another woman, Polly Sheppard, were left alive. "We were... More »

Prosecutors to Seek Death Penalty in Church Massacre

Dylann Roof won't go on trial before July 2016

(Newser) - Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old charged with killing nine people in the June shooting massacre at a church in Charleston, South Carolina. In court documents filed today, the prosecutors cited reasons for pursuing the death penalty, including the number of people killed and the... More »

Dylann Roof Wanted to Plead Guilty, but Didn't

Why a judge entered a not guilty pleas

(Newser) - The white man accused of gunning down nine parishioners at a black church in Charleston wants to plead guilty to 33 federal charges, but his lawyer said in court today that he couldn't advise his client to do so until prosecutors say whether they'll seek the death penalty.... More »

Confederate Flags Placed Near Martin Luther King Church in Atlanta

Police have video of 2 white men, aren't ruling out hate-crime charges

(Newser) - Two white men who placed Confederate flags at landmarks linked to Martin Luther King in Atlanta might face serious jail time if caught. Police have surveillance video taken from Ebenezer Baptist Church, and the police chief isn't ruling out hate-crime charges, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . The flags were placed... More »

Federal Prosecutors Go After Dylann Roof, Too

He's indicted on charges that carry the death penalty

(Newser) - Prosecutors on both the state and federal level will now have ample opportunity to seek the death penalty against Dylann Roof if they wish. A federal grand jury today indicted the accused Charleston church shooter on 33 counts, including hate crimes, reports the State . Among the charges were 12 counts... More »

Charleston Victims' Kids Given Big Gift, Anonymously

Scholarship fund named after murdered pastor

(Newser) - A group of donors has raised more than $3 million for a scholarship fund for families of victims of the Charleston church shooting—and they have named it after the church's murdered pastor. Charleston Mayor Joseph Riley says the Rev. Clementa Pinckney was "committed to quality education and... More »

20 Years After KKK Torched It, SC Black Church Burns Again

SC's Mount Zion AME Church is 7th black church to burn since Charleston

(Newser) - Yesterday the NAACP issued a series of tweets in response to the spate of black churches going up in flames across the South, calling for "black churches to take necessary precautions" and promoting the #WhoIsBurningBlackChurches hashtag. Hours later, the Mount Zion AME Church in Greeleyville, SC, became the seventh... More »

Charleston Cop Canned for Confederate Undies

Shannon Dildine allegedly posted a pic on Facebook wearing controversial boxers

(Newser) - Showing off your Confederate flag boxers in the privacy of your own home is probably best if you're a cop in North Charleston, SC, where tensions are high after the church shooting there last week that killed nine . Yet Sgt. Shannon Dildine allegedly suited up in his Southern-themed underwear,... More »

A Week On, Bible Study Packed at Historic Church

Thousands pay respects to slain pastor

(Newser) - A week after the massacre that shook the nation, Bible study was once again held last night in the basement of Charleston's Emanuel AME Church, and the turnout was huge. People started arriving at least an hour early and every chair was filled for a total of around 200... More »

How Thousands Came Together in Charleston Last Night

They hold hands, sing 'This Little Light of Mine'

(Newser) - Thousands of people marched across Charleston's main bridge last night in a show of unity after nine black church parishioners were gunned down during a Bible study. Crowds gathered on either side of the Arthur Ravenel Bridge around dusk and then met toward the middle of the span. Part... More »

Mitt Jump-Starts GOP Debate Over Confederate Flag

POTUS contenders have varying reactions to flag flying on grounds of SC Capitol

(Newser) - Mitt Romney has long been vocal about his distaste for the Confederate flag flying on South Carolina Capitol grounds, saying in a 2007 presidential debate , "That's not a flag I recognize. That flag, frankly, is divisive, and it shouldn't be shown." He refueled that fire Saturday... More »

Church's First Service Since Attack Offers Healing

Worshippers at Charleston's AME Church focusing on recovery, love

(Newser) - Members of a historic black church worshipped at their sanctuary today for the first time since a gunman opened fire at a Bible study, killing nine people. And though uniformed police officers stood among the congregation of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church as a measure of added security, the... More »

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