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She Wants Her Boss' Job, Has Her Badge Pulled

She Wants Her Boss' Job, Had Her Badge Pulled

(Newser) - A deputy of South Carolina's largest sheriff's office has been stripped of her badge, uniform, and guns after expressing a desire to run for her boss' job. Al Cannon, 73, has been sheriff of Charleston County since 1988 and intends to remain in the job after the November... More »

Obama, Biden Have Same Word for GOP Super PAC Ad

'Despicable'

(Newser) - Barack Obama has remained relatively quiet on the political scene in the years since he left the Oval Office—but he's voicing his displeasure with an ad attacking his former VP. CNN reports that the law office representing Obama sent a cease-and-desist letter Wednesday to a GOP super PAC... More »

Biden Gets the Endorsement He Needed Ahead of Saturday

Rep. Jim Clyburn backs the VP for president

(Newser) - South Carolina has been described as a "must-win" state for Joe Biden , and he just got a major boost in his quest to take the state's primary on Saturday. Rep. Jim Clyburn, the House majority whip and a longtime Biden ally, has endorsed the former vice president. Clyburn... More »

It Was a Routine Tonsillectomy. One Minute In, Tragedy

7-year-old Paisley Cogsdill's heart stopped Friday in South Carolina

(Newser) - It was supposed to be a routine procedure to take a little girl's tonsils out—but one minute in, things went terribly wrong. CNN reports on the death of 7-year-old Paisley Cogsdill, who died Friday right after her tonsillectomy started at Self Regional Hospital in Greenwood. Paisley's heart... More »

6-Year-Old's Mom: 'And Magic She Was'

Faye Marie Swetlik, RIP

(Newser) - The South Carolina community that searched, prayed, and then cried for a missing 6-year-old girl said goodbye Friday to the youngster, who disappeared from her front yard and was found dead three days later, the AP reports. A sea of bright colors, especially pink and purple, filled Trinity Baptist Church... More »

10 US States Where Your Vices Can Run Amok

Nevada is the most sinful, Vermont the most upright

(Newser) - Lent begins next week, and for many, the denial of certain vices and bad behaviors in an attempt to give something up during the religious observance. In some states, though, the temptation may just be too much. WalletHub looked at nearly four dozen metrics in all 50 states across seven... More »

Police Tie Neighbor's Death to 6-Year-Old Girl's

Evidence found in trash can connect cases

(Newser) - Police in South Carolina have decided the deaths of a 6-year-old girl and an adult neighbor, whose bodies were found the same day, are one case. While searching trash cans in the neighborhood, investigators found something listed on the missing person flyer for Faye Marie Swetlik, who was found dead... More »

Police Think Man Mentioned in Serial Killed Woman in SC

Detectives say DNA links deceased Ronald Lee Moore to 1996 murder

(Newser) - South Carolina detectives believe they've solved a cold case murder, and you might recognize the name of the alleged perpetrator. Ronald Lee Moore was mentioned in the first season of the Serial podcast as a possible suspect in the 1999 murder of Baltimore's Hae Min Lee—though Adnan... More »

Missing 6-Year-Old Found Dead

Faye Marie Swetlik's body found in South Carolina

(Newser) - A tragic end to the case of the 6-year-old South Carolina girl who disappeared Monday after getting off her school bus : Faye Marie Swetlik was found dead Thursday, and a homicide investigation has been opened, authorities said. The body of a man also was found recently in the neighborhood where... More »

Police Release School Bus Footage of Missing Girl

Search continues for Faye Swetlik, 6, in South Carolina

(Newser) - Police investigating the disappearance of a 6-year-old girl in Cayce, S.C., say the search continues despite social media rumors that a body had been found. Authorities have released footage of Faye Swetlik getting off a school bus on Monday afternoon, shortly before she was reported missing from her front... More »

In SC, a Frantic Search for Missing 6-Year-Old

Faye Marie Swetlik of Cayce was last seen around 3:45pm Monday

(Newser) - Police and family members in South Carolina are desperately searching for a 6-year-old girl who returned home from school Monday only to vanish from her front yard. Faye Marie Swetlik of Cayce was reported missing at 5pm, roughly an hour after she was last seen playing outside her home in... More »

Woman Calls 911 With Toes After Hands Crushed

The jack slipped while she was changing a tire

(Newser) - A woman trapped in "excruciating pain" next to a highway in South Carolina had to use her toes to summon help, authorities say. Trouble began for the 54-year-old resident of Charlotte, NC, when she got a flat tire on I-95 Sunday night, CNN reports. She was in the breakdown... More »

2 Killed, 7 Hurt in Shooting at SC Bar

Patrons at Mac's Lounge ran for their lives

(Newser) - Two people were killed and at least seven people were injured early Sunday in a shooting at a bar and music venue in South Carolina, officials say. The shooting took place at Mac's Lounge in Hartsville, Darlington County Coroner Todd Hardee told reporters. The two victims were identified by... More »

Deputy Settles Beef Between K9, Cow With Stun Gun

South Carolina sheriff's deputy had to step in

(Newser) - A sheriff's deputy responding to a burglary call in South Carolina was forced to settle a beef between his K9 and a spooked cow by using a stun gun, the AP reports. Georgetown County sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the Pleasant Hill community on Wednesday when a K9... More »

Dog Attack May Have Revealed Dogfighting Ring

Deputies found 14 dogs at the South Carolina property where woman was mauled

(Newser) - A 71-year-old woman was helping to take care of a family member's 14 dogs when one of them attacked her—and in investigating the mauling, police think they've uncovered an illegal dogfighting ring. Deputies responded Saturday to a 911 call from the York County, SC, property and found... More »

The 10 Most, Least Educated US States

Massachusetts comes in at No. 1, Mississippi is last

(Newser) - Looking to surround yourself with brainiacs? Some states have more of an emphasis on education than others, and WalletHub looked at the data to see which ones graduate at the top of the class. The site analyzed all 50 states in terms of educational attainment (meaning such factors as the... More »

Judge: This Case 'Takes the Cake as Far as Being Bizarre'

SC woman admits killing husband with eye drops

(Newser) - Lana Sue Clayton claimed she poisoned her husband with Visine eye drops to make him "uncomfortable" and teach him a lesson after years of abuse. Prosecutors said the 53-year-old grandmother—who hid husband Steven Clayton's phone while he was dying—killed the wealthy retired businessman because she wanted... More »

Just Under the Wire, a 6th Debate Contender

Tom Steyer will join Biden, Buttigieg, Klobuchar, Sanders, and Warren on Tuesday

(Newser) - And then there were six. On Thursday morning, just Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren had met polling and fundraising requirements to participate in Tuesday's Democratic debate in Iowa. By Thursday evening, there was a new entry : businessman Tom Steyer, who Politico notes was... More »

Fugitive on the Run 40 Years Busted, Done In by His Prints

Jose Romero escaped from SC in 1979; he was nabbed in Delaware last month

(Newser) - In 1979, Pink Floyd's The Wall was released, Margaret Thatcher was elected prime minister of the UK, and Jose Romero escaped from a South Carolina prison. Almost 40 years to the day of his jailbreak, however, the sexagenarian (he's said to be 63 or 64) was arrested in... More »

9-Year-Old Girl Who'd Just Started Hunting Is Shot Dead

Lauren Drawdy, dad Kim Drawdy, accidentally killed by another hunter in South Carolina

(Newser) - New Year's Day was the last day of deer hunting season in Colleton County, SC, which makes what happened there this week even more tragic. WCBD reports that a father and his 9-year-old daughter were accidentally shot and killed in Walterboro while hunting, just a few weeks after the... More »

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