South Carolina

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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 »

He Killed Their 5 Kids. She Wants a Jury to Show Mercy

Though Amber Jones Kyzer admits she'd like to rip ex-husband's face off

(Newser) - A South Carolina mother told a jury Tuesday that while she personally would like to "rip the face off" the ex-husband who murdered her five children, she wants them to spare his life. "I don't personally feel I have the right to put anyone’s life in... More »

Massive Great White Off SC Isn't Alone

Luna, Katharine among OCEARCH sharks pinging off East Coast

(Newser) - Think twice before dipping your toes off the Carolinas. OCEARCH is currently tracking at least eight great white sharks in that region, including a 15-foot female that's among the two largest sharks ever tagged by the nonprofit ocean research group. Luna—named for Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, where the shark... More »

This State Ranks No. 1 Above the Rest

Washington tops overall in 'US News' ranking, while Louisiana is last

(Newser) - What's the best state? In the eyes of US News & World Report , that distinction belongs to Washington state. The magazine ranked eight factors—health care, education, economy, infrastructure, opportunity, fiscal stability, crime, and natural environment—for its new ranking of all the states. As it turns out, Washington... More »

Girl's Death After Fight Seen as Natural Causes

Raniya Wright had a rare condition that triggered a blood-vessel rupture

(Newser) - The death of a fifth-grader after a fight with another girl has been attributed to natural causes and not the fight itself, prosecutors said Friday. As a result, no charges will be filed in the death of 10-year-old Raniya Wright, reports the Greenville News . Authorities announced that Raniya had a... More »

Larger-Than-Life Senator Is Dead at 97

Ernest F. 'Fritz' Hollings was a moderate in explosive times

(Newser) - Ernest F. "Fritz" Hollings, the silver-haired Democrat who helped shepherd South Carolina through desegregation as governor and went on to serve six terms in the US Senate, has died, the AP reports. He was 97. A spokesman said Hollings died at his home on the Isle of Palms early... More »

The Rapes Began 24 Years Ago. Now, an Arrest

Gregory Frye allegedly assaulted 12 women in South Carolina, one of them twice

(Newser) - Police in South Carolina have seized a man suspected of raping 12 women—one of whom was targeted twice—in attacks going back nearly 25 years. "I can't imagine how some of the victims must have felt knowing that it took this long," but "prayers have... More »

Cause of Death Out for Student Who Mistook Car for Her Uber

But authorities haven't commented on weapon

(Newser) - Samantha Josephson's body was found within hours of her being reported missing on Friday, but it took days for officials to reveal her cause of death. The State Law Enforcement Division said in a Monday news release the 21-year-old University of South Carolina student died of "multiple sharp... More »

Video May Show Student's Fatal Uber Mistake

Samantha Josephson got into wrong car, was later found murdered

(Newser) - It happens so matter-of-factly. Surveillance video appears to show University of South Carolina student Samantha Josephson mistakenly getting into a car she thought was her Uber, reports USA Today . It wasn't an Uber car, however, and the 21-year-old was later found murdered. Police say her killer was the man... More »

Cops: Ex-Chief Wounded After Second Bank Robbery

2 SC deputies shot at suspect after car chase

(Newser) - A former South Carolina police chief on probation for robbing a bank in 2017 is accused of robbing another bank and leading authorities on a car chase that ended when he was shot at and wounded, the AP reports. Former Williamston police chief Richard Edward Inman was charged last week... More »

Huge Mega Millions Winner Decides to Share

An unidentified South Carolina woman is giving some to Greenville

(Newser) - An incredibly lucky South Carolina woman is sharing her jackpot with city, state, and charity. The winner of an $878 million Mega Millions payout has already given some of her winnings to charities including the Ronald McDonald House in Columbia and the Red Cross relief fund for recent Alabama tornado... More »

'Paucity of Meat' on Mexican Pizza Enrages Taco Bell Patron

Meanwhile, a missing order of hot wings from Domino's spurred a separate incident

(Newser) - Two cases of fast-food fury to report on, starting with an incident out of Spartanburg, SC, on Wednesday, when a customer at a Taco Bell drive-thru apparently didn't appreciate what the Smoking Gun calls "a paucity of meat" on his Mexican Pizza. A police report indicates that a... More »

'Simple Act of Kindness' Led to Biggest US Lottery Payout

Anonymous winner claims $1.5B jackpot

(Newser) - The winner of the single biggest lottery jackpot payout in US history has come forward, weeks ahead of the deadline—but we may never know their name. Officials in South Carolina, one of eight states that allows lottery winners to remain anonymous, say the winner of October's $1.5... More »

One of the Coldest States Is the Hottest for Women

Minnesota ranks No. 1 in WalletHub list of best states for the female set

(Newser) - Women now make up almost a quarter of Congress' voting members, the highest percentage ever —but that doesn't seem as impressive when you take into account that women make up more than half of the US population. WalletHub makes that note to underscore there's still a long... More »

Guy Who Spent $540 on Girl Scout Cookies Arrested by DEA

SC man had been under surveillance for months

(Newser) - So much for that feel-good story: The Drug Enforcement Administration says it has arrested Detric Lee McGowan, the South Carolina man who spent $540 on cookies to get a group of Girl Scouts out of the cold. Investigators say the 46-year-old could afford to be generous: He was allegedly involved... More »

Schools' Black History Lessons Made a 'Mockery' of Slavery

Districts in Virginia, SC, say changes will be made

(Newser) - A school district in northern Virginia has had to clarify that "slavery is not a game" after students were asked to pose as slaves while completing an obstacle course meant to symbolize the Underground Railroad. The lesson for Black History Month, given to third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students at... More »

Unclaimed $1.5B Jackpot Could Be Real Bummer for SC

State had expected to get $61M in state income taxes

(Newser) - The winner of a $1.537 billion lottery jackpot in South Carolina has yet to come forward. That means the state of South Carolina might be a big loser, too. Economic officials estimated the winner would pay $61 million in state income taxes and put that money into the budget.... More »

Cops: Mom Poured Water on Face of Sleeping Infant

Caitlin Alyse Hardy faces cruelty charges over online video

(Newser) - Any mother will tell you having children comes with a lack of sleep. Caitlin Alyse Hardy, however, may not have gotten the memo, as she's now facing a charge of cruelty to children after allegedly pouring water on her sleeping infant's face as "payback for waking me... More »

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