Newt Gingrich won the Republican primary South Carolina yesterday. The former House speaker won 40.4 percent of the vote with Mitt Romney trailing at 27.8 percent. Rick Santorum came in third with 17.0 percent. In his victory speech Gingrich targeted “elites.” He said: “The biggest thing that I take from the campaign in South Carolina is that it is very humbling and very sobering to have so many people who so deeply want their country to get back on the right track — so many people who are so concerned about jobs, about medical costs, about the everyday parts of life, and who feel that the elites in Washington and New York have no understanding, no care, no concern, no reliability, and in fact do not represent them at all.” The next primary is in Florida on January 31. [NYT, CNN]
Former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno’s health condition is “serious,” according to a family spokesman. Paterno — who was fired in November in the wake of Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal — is suffering from lung cancer. Last night, reports that he died spread around the media, originating with a false report from Onward State, a Penn State online campus news organization, that was picked up on by CBS Sports. The managing editor of Onward State resigned. [ESPN, Poynter, Onward State]
Yesterday, we reported that a man, now identified as Brian Omara of Garden City, was hit and killed by the L train. Since then, three other deaths have been reported in the subway system. An A train at Brooklyn’s Nostrand Avenue hit a Crown Heights man at 4 p.m., and, at 10:10 p.m., another man was pinned between an L train and the station platform at Sixth Avenue. Finally. early this morning in Queens, a man was found dead at the Elmhurst Avenue subway station. [NYP]
Three people died in a fire at a home rented by six Marist College students in Poughkeepsie early Saturday. The fire was first reported to 911 around 1:30 a.m. Two of the victims were female Marist students, the other was a male who was not a student. [AP]
Also early Saturday, a barn fire killed upwards of 20 horses in New Jersey. [NYT]
The Giants will play the San Francisco 49ers for a trip to the Super Bowl today. [AP]
Update: 10:19 a.m.
The AP tweeted that Paterno’s family has said that the coach has died.
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