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RACE-BASED BEATING

SC police: Man beaten after shouting racial slurs

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina police say a man is recovering from a beating by dozens of men riled after he insulted women and shouted racial slurs.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports police were looking for men in the crowd that left the 33-year-old white man unconscious on the sidewalk. Myrtle Beach Police report witnesses as saying the man was intoxicated and shouting sexually offensive comments toward females and racial slurs toward two black men.

Police say the two men left and returned with dozens of their friends.

BEACH HOUSE BLAZE

1 dead, others hurt in SC beach home blaze

GARDEN CITY, S.C. (AP) - One person is dead and several others needed hospital treatment after a blaze at a three-story house in a South Carolina beach town.

Horry County chief deputy coroner Tamara Willard said one person died in Sunday's fire in Garden City. County Assistant Fire Chief Scott Thompson said several people were taken to hospitals after the blaze was reported at about 4 a.m. A neighbor said he saw fire spreading to all three levels of the house, which authorities believe the house is a vacation home.

Sunday marked the Easter holiday and an extended weekend for many vacation-seekers.

On Saturday, firefighters rescued two men trapped by fire inside a Murrells Inlet condo. Assistant Fire Chief Haney says they suffered burns and cardiac arrest. Two others jumped through a second-story window.

POLLUTANT-COAST GUARD

Coast Guard seeks pollution source in SC marinas

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The Coast Guard is looking for the source of pools of thick, purple pollution in Charleston waters.

The Coast Guard said Sunday a team was trying to determine the amount and source of the diesel-type pollutants found in three marinas late Saturday.

Most of the pollutant had dissipated by Sunday morning and couldn't be recovered due to heavy rainfall. Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Joshua Nichols in Charleston says any remaining product should dissipate or burn off in the sunlight Sunday.

The heaviest pockets are within Charleston City Marina. A sheen about a mile long and a quarter-mile wide is visible in the Ashley River outside the marinas.

HACKED TAX RETURNS

SC data security efforts, monitoring may cost $27M

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina may spend $27 million next fiscal year on continued efforts to secure taxpayers' personal data and provide another year of credit protection following the 2012 hacking at the state's tax collection agency.

The state budget may also require all state agencies to adopt and implement cyber-security standards. Nineteen months after a cyber-thief stole unencrypted data of 6.4 million residents and businesses from the Department of Revenue, it's unclear how agencies are safeguarding their own data.

Budget and Control Board director Marcia Adams says state law doesn't give her agency's information technology division the authority to assess agencies' progress or make policies mandatory.

A clause in the House's budget plan for 2014-15 provides that authority. The Senate Finance Committee last week put a similar clause in its budget plan.

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