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Dog Nudged Owner Awake. 'Then I Saw the Flames'

Way to go, Curly

(Newser) - Curly the dog deserves a heck of a treat after saving his owner from a house fire. A Vietnam veteran living alone in South Carolina, Brian Rand was fast asleep early Monday as his Beaufort home caught fire, per CNN . He only noticed when his best friend Curly, adopted from... More »

Ex-Student Charged 23 Years After School Burned to Ground

Fingerprint on fire extinguisher was key

(Newser) - A man has been charged with burning down his high school—23 years ago. Macedonia High School in South Carolina was "totally destroyed" in the Aug. 4, 1996, arson, in which books, papers, and other materials were set alight in hallways, according to Berkeley County Sheriff Duane Lewis. Only... More »

Postal Service Worker Fatally Shot on Her Mail Route

Reward offered in murder of SC mail carrier Irene Pressley

(Newser) - Authorities in South Carolina are looking for whoever shot and killed a US Postal Service worker who was on her delivery route. Irene Pressley, 64, was killed Monday while working in Williamsburg County, per the AP . Coroner Harrison McKnight tells WCSC that Pressley was inside her SUV on Morrisville Road... More »

A Cop Was Idling in a Parking Lot. A Surprise Driver Pulled Up

11-year-old was reportedly lost after driving 200 miles to live with Snapchat stranger

(Newser) - Police say an 11-year-old boy drove himself across South Carolina intending to live with an unknown male he'd met on Snapchat. The plan came to a quick close as the boy, who'd driven 200 miles from his home in Simpsonville, pulled up alongside Charleston Officer Christopher Braun in... More »

2 Dead and 8 Hurt After Bar Erupts in Gunfire

South Carolina authorities haven't made any arrests

(Newser) - Authorities said a shooting at a bar in South Carolina left two people dead and eight injured early Saturday, the AP reports. The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office said in a statement that the agency was investigating a shooting at a bar at about 2:45am. Two adult males were... More »

Civil Rights Activist and Majority Whip's Wife Dead at 80

The Clyburns raised millions for scholarships

(Newser) - Emily Clyburn, the wife of House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn of South Carolina who helped raise millions of dollars to help students attend the alma mater they shared, died Thursday in Columbia, according to the congressman's office. She was 80 years old. Rep. Clyburn and the woman known affectionately... More »

Dorian Regains Strength, Lashes Carolina Coasts

Storm is now a Category 3

(Newser) - Hurricane Dorian has regained strength and is now lashing the coast of Georgia and the Carolinas as a Category 3 storm. The National Hurricane Center said Wednesday night that the storm, which is slowly moving north, had been upgraded, with wind speeds of around 115mph, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Forecasters... More »

1M Ordered to Leave Homes as Dorian Approaches

Evacuation orders issued in SC, Georgia, Florida

(Newser) - More than a million people in three states have been ordered to leave their homes as Hurricane Dorian slowly moves toward the East Coast. South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp have ordered the evacuation of their state's entire Atlantic coastlines, the AP reports. The storm,... More »

Behold, a 2-Headed Baby Turtle

SC sea turtle group says 'we thought we had seen it all'

(Newser) - A group that monitors sea turtles in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, has reported finding a two-headed Loggerhead hatchling. Sea Turtle Patrol Hilton Head Island says in a Facebook post that "we thought we had seen it all," until the group found "this bicephalic hatchling on Tuesday.... More »

Here Are the Best, Worst States for Gender Equality

Maine is looking good for women's rights

(Newser) - Despite making up more than half the US population, women are still lagging behind their male counterparts in pay and in leadership positions, and still claiming the lion's share of minimum-wage jobs. Some states are making better strides than others in closing the gender gap, per WalletHub , which looked... More »

She Took Her Dog for a Stroll. Then, an Unwelcome Encounter

The incident happened in the Sun City retirement community

(Newser) - A 68-year-old South Carolina woman was walking her dog close to home near Hilton Head Island around 10pm Monday night when things went awry: She was attacked by an alligator. The woman lives in the Sun City retirement community, which features several ponds near the woman's house, CBS News... More »

He Was Fired by His Dad. Now He Can't Use His Own Name

George Sink Jr. temporarily blocked from using name to market new firm after father's lawsuit

(Newser) - A South Carolina attorney is unable to use his own name to market his law firm after he was sued by his father. George Sink Jr. worked for personal injury lawyer George Sink Sr.—whose TV ads and billboards have made him famous across the state—for just shy... More »

10 Best, Worst States to Give Birth

Vermont comes out on top, Mississippi on bottom

(Newser) - Having a baby is a beautiful—and also expensive and possibly stressful—thing. WalletHub analyzed all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, on 30 factors related to cost (on average, the cost of a conventional delivery in the US is more than $10,000, but some states are pricier... More »

Bikers for Trump Founder Is Running for Congress

He wants to unseat 'liberal Democrat' in SC

(Newser) - The South Carolina man who founded Bikers for Trump to block protesters at Trump campaign rallies now plans a campaign of his own. Chris Cox says he plans to run against Charleston Democrat Joe Cunningham for a US House seat, the State reports. Cunningham defeated Katie Arrington in the 2018... More »

Joe Biden: 'I Regret It, and I'm Sorry'

The presidential candidate issues a rare apology

(Newser) - Former Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday apologized for recent comments about working with segregationist senators in his early days in the US Senate, saying he understands now his remarks could have been offensive to some, the AP reports. "Was I wrong a few weeks ago?" Biden asked a... More »

Crews Dodge Rockets as Fireworks at Stand Explode

No one is injured in South Carolina fire

(Newser) - Storage containers holding fireworks burned and exploded before dawn Thursday in a South Carolina town, forcing firefighters to dodge rockets in flight while they worked. The storage containers outside Davey Jones Fireworks in Fort Mill caught fire about 5:45am, per WSOC , causing shells and rockets to burst out of... More »

This Is America's Most Patriotic State

New Hampshire tops the list for 2019

(Newser) - It's Independence Day—do you know how patriotic your state is? WalletHub looked at 13 factors, including voting numbers, volunteerism rates, military engagement, trial and grand jury participation, the share of residents participating in groups or organizations, and even a state's civics education requirement. Based on all that,... More »

They Thought They Were in an Uber—Until It Drove the Wrong Way

2 women 'fortunate' to have escaped unknown suspect in SC

(Newser) - Police in South Carolina say two women are "very fortunate" to have escaped a man they believed to be an Uber driver, in a case with parallels to the murder of Samantha Josephson . The two women, who haven't been named, were awaiting an Uber outside a Hilton Head... More »

Surprise Candidates Surge in Latest Dem Polling

In South Carolina and the nation, 2 candidates are rising

(Newser) - A poll out of South Carolina reflects what's going on nationally: Joe Biden's numbers are dipping while Sen. Elizabeth Warren and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg are gaining ground—but not enough to take his place, the Post and Courier reports. Biden still holds a 20-point lead in... More »

Father Who Killed His 5 Kids Is Sentenced

Jurors sentence Timothy Jones Jr. to death

(Newser) - A South Carolina father was sentenced to death Thursday for killing his five children with his own hands, the AP reports. After they were dead, he drove around with their bodies for nine days before dumping them in garbage bags on the side of an Alabama dirt road. Timothy Jones... More »

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