South Carolina

GOP drops Sanford after trespass charge

COLUMBIA - Mark Sanford lost the support of his national party Wednesday, a day after a trespassing complaint filed by his ex-wife became public and sent his South Carolina congressional campaign and attempt at political resurrection into a tailspin.

The National Republican Congressional Committee was confident the former governor was on track to win the 1st District congressional seat vacated by Tim Scott, who was appointed to the U.S. Senate in January.

The move means Sanford loses access to powerful messaging and fundraising tools as he takes on Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch.


18 held, dozens more indicted in drug case

OCEANSIDE - Authorities say 18 people have been arrested and dozens more indicted in a sweep targeting methamphetamine and heroin traffickers in northern San Diego County.

A U.S. attorney's statement says more than 200 agents and detectives from several agencies including the FBI made the arrests Wednesday in a series of pre-dawn raids in Oceanside, Escondido and other surrounding cities. Thirty-five handguns and rifles were also seized.

The arrests stemmed from 15 grand-jury indictments unsealed Wednesday that charge 46 defendants with drug crimes including conspiracy, importation and distribution.

Sea-lion pups wash up at a record rate

LOS ANGELES - Starving sea lion pups are washing up on Southern California beaches at a rate more than five times higher than usual, and scientists are scrambling to figure out why.

Since the beginning of the year, 1,293 emaciated sea lions found stranded on beaches from San Diego to Santa Barbara have been treated at seven facilities in the state, Sarah Wilkin of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Wednesday during a conference call with reporters.


Woman, 89, locked in a crib, police say

REDMOND - Police say a woman left her frail, elderly mother for hours on end inside a homemade crib - constructed out of 2-by-4s and wooden pegboard - while collecting $3,000 a month to care for her aging parents.

"She wouldn't have been able to get out," Officer Mike Dowd of the Redmond Police Department said Wednesday of the mother, 89.

The woman's 65-year-old daughter was arrested Tuesday for investigation of unlawful imprisonment and first-degree theft, suspected of stealing more than $67,000 from her parents, Redmond police say.

Wire reports