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  • Four people in Aiken County attempt to eat 4lbs of ice cream at Cyndi's Sweet Shoppe

    Four people in Aiken County attempt to eat 4lbs of ice cream at Cyndi's Sweet Shoppe

    Saturday, July 14 2018 9:30 PM EDT2018-07-15 01:30:38 GMT
    Cyndi's Sweet Shoppe in Aiken held their second Ice Cream Challenge Saturday. Four people competed for the title while they attempted to devour 4 pounds of ice cream in 10 minutes.  Cindy Rudisill, the owner of Cyndi's Sweet Shoppe, says she wanted was inspired to start the ice cream challenges after she heard another shop offered it in the past. "It’s just fun, there’s nothing evil about it, there’s nothing mean about it, it’s just pe...More >>
    Cyndi's Sweet Shoppe in Aiken held their second Ice Cream Challenge Saturday. Four people competed for the title while they attempted to devour 4 pounds of ice cream in 10 minutes.  Cindy Rudisill, the owner of Cyndi's Sweet Shoppe, says she wanted was inspired to start the ice cream challenges after she heard another shop offered it in the past. "It’s just fun, there’s nothing evil about it, there’s nothing mean about it, it’s just pe...More >>
  • Fatal crash in Bamberg leaves one dead

    Fatal crash in Bamberg leaves one dead

    Saturday, July 14 2018 9:38 PM EDT2018-07-15 01:38:26 GMT

    One person has died in Bamberg, South Carolina following a car crash this morning around 4 AM. The passenger was not wearing a seat belt and died when the car ran off the right side of the Ehrhardt Road and hit a building. 

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    One person has died in Bamberg, South Carolina following a car crash this morning around 4 AM. The passenger was not wearing a seat belt and died when the car ran off the right side of the Ehrhardt Road and hit a building. 

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  • Mailman helps himself to family's fruit and veggies

    Mailman helps himself to family's fruit and veggies

    Friday, July 13 2018 11:58 AM EDT2018-07-13 15:58:09 GMT
    Friday, July 13 2018 12:02 PM EDT2018-07-13 16:02:01 GMT

    A security video shows a mailman snacking five times in two weeks on the family’s tomatoes and strawberries.

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    A security video shows a mailman snacking five times in two weeks on the family’s tomatoes and strawberries.

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The Affordable Care Act is being widely criticized after statistics show that only one-hundred thousand people were able to sign up online for new policies.

Since the web site launched glitches have prevented thousands of people from accessing the online marketplace, and folks are frustrated.

"I understand why folks are frustrated, I would be too," President Obama said Thursday morning when he addressed the report released by the Department of Health and Human Services. The project showed that less than one percent of the nations uninsured were able to sign up for healthcare in the first month of the website launch.

"I think the numbers low, not only in South Carolina but across the nation because of the glitches in the system. The website was not operating properly. They weren't able to successfully get in and complete and application and a lot of people got frustrated with that, said Gail Diggs, director of outreach for Rural Healthcare Services.

In South Carolina, only five-hundred and seventy-two people were able to successfully enroll in new healthcare plans. That's less than one percent of the total nation. Rural Healthcare Services assists people in the CSRA who need help signing up in the marketplace. Diggs said aside from the website issues, there a number of reasons why South Carolina's numbers are so low.

"Some people are afraid. They don't know what it means for them. They don't understand it," she stated.

She also believes that the recent statistics are misleading...

"It minimizing the impact that we are actually making."

She says that seventy-five percent of the people she helps prefer signing up for insurance by phone or mail; not on the website. She said it's entirely too soon even consider eliminating Obamacare.

"A lot more people are taking advantage of it. I think it's a little early to entirely rule out the affordable health care act."

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  • New Mexico passenger bus crash kills 3, injures 24 others

    New Mexico passenger bus crash kills 3, injures 24 others

    Sunday, July 15 2018 12:40 PM EDT2018-07-15 16:40:07 GMT
    Sunday, July 15 2018 7:10 PM EDT2018-07-15 23:10:49 GMT
    Authorities say a crash involving a passenger bus and three other vehicles on a highway in New Mexico has killed three people and sent 22 others to the hospital. (Source: CNN)Authorities say a crash involving a passenger bus and three other vehicles on a highway in New Mexico has killed three people and sent 22 others to the hospital. (Source: CNN)

    Authorities say a crash involving a passenger bus and three other vehicles on a highway in New Mexico has killed three people and sent 22 others to the hospital.

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    Authorities say a crash involving a passenger bus and three other vehicles on a highway in New Mexico has killed three people and sent 22 others to the hospital.

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  • Deadly fire shuts down key route to Yosemite National Park

    Deadly fire shuts down key route to Yosemite National Park

    Sunday, July 15 2018 2:04 PM EDT2018-07-15 18:04:23 GMT
    Sunday, July 15 2018 7:10 PM EDT2018-07-15 23:10:44 GMT
    (Andrew Kuhn /The Merced Sun-Star via AP). Crews battle the Ferguson Fire along steep terrain behind the Redbud Lodge along Highway 140 near El Portal in Mariposa County, Calif., on Saturday, July 14, 2018.(Andrew Kuhn /The Merced Sun-Star via AP). Crews battle the Ferguson Fire along steep terrain behind the Redbud Lodge along Highway 140 near El Portal in Mariposa County, Calif., on Saturday, July 14, 2018.

    A wildfire that killed a California firefighter has grown quickly and forced the closure of a key route into Yosemite National Park.

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    A wildfire that killed a California firefighter has grown quickly and forced the closure of a key route into Yosemite National Park.

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  • Suspect in shooting of 3 Kansas City cops dies in standoff

    Suspect in shooting of 3 Kansas City cops dies in standoff

    Sunday, July 15 2018 2:28 PM EDT2018-07-15 18:28:56 GMT
    Sunday, July 15 2018 7:10 PM EDT2018-07-15 23:10:23 GMT
    (Source: KHSB/CNN)(Source: KHSB/CNN)

    Authorities are searching for a suspect in the shooting of two police officers in Kansas City, Missouri. Police spokesman Jacob Becchina said Sunday that the officers' conditions aren't available.

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    Authorities are searching for a suspect in the shooting of two police officers in Kansas City, Missouri. Police spokesman Jacob Becchina said Sunday that the officers' conditions aren't available.

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