A billion-dollar mystery in South Carolina has been solved. Lottery officials said the winner has come forward to claim the record $1.5 billion jackpot from October. He or she will remain anonymous, a right afforded to the winner by state law. "The South Carolina Education Lottery Commission is pleased to announce that the winner of the $1.5 billion Jackpot from the October 23, 2018, Mega Millions drawing has come forward and submitted a claim for the underlying prize," the lottery announced Monday. "As allowed by South Carolina law, the winner has elected to remain anonymous and has chosen the cash option of a one-time payment of $877,784,124. This is the largest jackpot payout to a single winner in United States history."The winner has retained Jason Kurland of Rivkin Radler of New York to provide legal representation and to act as spokesperson, according to CBS affiliate WLTX-TV.Excitement and intrigue had spread across the state after it was revealed in October the winning ticket … [Read more...] about Mega Millions winner comes forward to claim $1.5 billion jackpot in South Carolina
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(CNN)Here is a look back at the events of 2018. Notable US Events:January 4 - The Dow closes at 25,075.13, the first ever close above 25,000. January 11 - During a White House meeting on immigration reform, US President Donald Trump reportedly refers to Haiti and African nations as "shithole countries." He reportedly says that the United States should get more people from countries like Norway. January 12 - The Wall Street Journal reports that US President Donald Trump had an alleged affair with a porn star named Stephanie Clifford, aka Stormy Daniels. The newspaper states that Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, arranged a $130,000 payment for a nondisclosure agreement weeks before Election Day in 2016. Cohen denies that Trump had a relationship with Clifford. 2018: Year in Review & Look Ahead January 13 - In Hawaii, a state emergency management worker pushes the wrong button in the emergency operation center, sending out a false warning during a ballistic missile … [Read more...] about 2018 In Review Fast Facts
Daniel J. Gross and Kirk Brown The Greenville News Published 3:03 PM EDT Nov 2, 2018 GREENVILLE, S.C. — A county prosecutor who had received death threats signed a gun out of the sheriff's evidence room only to have it stolen a month later. Though the events happened in 2013, the gun never was recovered. And Walt Wilkins, 13th Judicial Circuit solicitor for Greenville and Pickens counties in South Carolina, is facing repercussions in his bid for re-election Tuesday. “I was very concerned about my ability to successfully prosecute that case," said Lisa Parrish, a former assistant solicitor assigned the case while working for Wilkins. “The gun in question, again if I recall, was an essential piece of the probable cause for the officers to get inside the car and search it." Signing out evidence in a pending case can be problematic because it affects the chain of custody in a case, according to Wilkins' political adversaries. ► Nov. 2: Will Georgia … [Read more...] about Walt Wilkins vs. Lucas Marchant: Gun case causes stir in solicitor race
Donovan Slack USA TODAY Published 2:00 AM EDT Oct 19, 2018 With thousands of homes leveled, power out, and cell service spotty in the aftermath of battering hurricanes, voting in the midterm elections may be the last thing on residents’ minds in the Southeast United States, and yet voters could play a critical role in key races there – if they turn out. With elections less than three weeks away, thousands of residents are still struggling to pick up the pieces in parts of Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas. As of Wednesday, more than 55,000 people had contacted FEMA for assistance in the wake of Hurricane Michael, which killed more than two dozen and damaged some 20,000 homes as it cut a devastating swath through the region last week. Officials in all four states have taken steps to try and accommodate voters and mitigate balloting disruptions, extending registration deadlines or early voting hours, for example. Whether those measures are successful – along … [Read more...] about Hurricanes Michael and Florence: Will they also cause midterm damage?
Nicole Gaudiano USA TODAY Published 12:02 AM EDT Oct 12, 2018 WASHINGTON – To Alyssa Milano, the Kavanaugh-Ford hearing underscores a point many women have been arguing for nearly 100 years: The country needs an Equal Rights Amendment. The actress and activist, who helped launch the #MeToo movement with a tweet this time last year, told USA TODAY that an ERA would have helped Christine Blasey Ford, who testified in an emotional Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last month that she was sexually assaulted by Brett Kavanaugh in high school. Kavanaugh denied those allegations and others and was sworn in Saturday as a Supreme Court justice. “When we are not in the Constitution for any protections except for the right to vote, I think that it allows for a perspective of ‘lesser than,’ ” Milano said. “It will just put women on an equal footing in the legal system, particularly in areas where women have historically been treated like … [Read more...] about Alyssa Milano: ERA would have helped Christine Blasey Ford