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Pope Francis Decries 'Sin' of Spreading Disinformation

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 10:24:15 -0800

In an interview, Pope Francis decried the spread of false information as sinful — but he didn't condemn "fake news" specifically.

Harry & David Says Company is 'Neutral' on Racism, Neo-Nazis?

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:46:13 -0800

Social media users claimed that representatives told them it the company has no opinion about racism, but the company says otherwise.

Scientists Find an Australian Berry That Can Cure Cancer in 48 Hours?

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:39:32 -0800

A chemical isolated from an obscure Australian berry has shown potential as a tumor-killing agent, and clinical trials are underway for its use in animals and humans.

Ben Carson: 'Abortions Create Baby Ghosts that Haunt Hospitals'

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:34:56 -0800

Ben Carson didn't say abortion created "baby ghosts" which haunted hospitals, stealing medical supplies and causing healthcare costs to skyrocket.

Did KFC Really Create A Chicken-Scented Candle?

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:14:47 -0800

The fast food chain couldn't help but cluck over its unusual contest giveaway.

Fisher Price Happy Hour Playset

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:12:27 -0800

Despite social media outrage, the "Fisher Price Happy Hour Playset" is not real.

Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier's Twitter Account

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:03:48 -0800

A parody Twitter account attributed to Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier contained a number of satirical (and outrageous) tweets about the Dakota Access pipeline protests.

Trump to Appoint Anti-EPA Attorney General to Lead EPA

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:19:55 -0800

Trump’s transition team announced that Scott Pruitt has been tapped to lead the EPA, an agency which, in his position as Oklahoma Attorney General, he has sued many times.

Was Kato's Nationality Changed After Pearl Harbor?

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:58:12 -0800

Was the nationality of Kato, the Green Hornet's valet, abruptly changed after the beginning of World War II?

Scientists Demonstrate a Correlation between Pubic Hair Grooming and STIs?

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:38:27 -0800

The study is sound, but its aim was to investigate correlation, not causation.

University Forced Students to Wear Hijabs for Event?

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:05:08 -0800

While the Muslim Student Association at the University of Wisconsin-Madison held a "'Hijabi for a Day" event during Islam Appreciation Week, the school did not "force" students to wear hijabs.

Did the White House Press Secretary Say That WWII Vets Upset About Japan Visit Should 'Get Over It'?

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 13:04:52 -0800

Comments made by Josh Earnest about diplomatic relations with Japan around the 2016 anniversary of Pearl Harbor did not include a directive that veterans should "get over it."

'Deadly Double' Pearl Harbor Mystery Wasn't So Mysterious After All

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:28:23 -0800

Two weeks before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, strange ads appeared for a game of chance called "The Deadly Double," which, some theorized later, was a coded warning.

Clinton Portrait Hung with Christmas Decorations at White House

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:23:20 -0800

While Hillary Clinton's portrait was surrounded by Christmas decorations in 2016, this painting has been at the White House (and decorated each year) since 2004.

United Airlines to Begin Charging for Use of Overhead Storage?

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:21:25 -0800

A number of articles inaccurately claimed United Airlines would begin charging passengers for the use of overhead bins on flights.

Blizzard Causes Partial Evacuation of Standing Rock Camp

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 18:26:59 -0800

On the heels of a victory for pipeline demonstrators, a blizzard caused road closures and inches of snow.

New York City Schools Head Disparages 'Rumors' of Trump-Related Bullying Post-Election

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 15:15:39 -0800

Carmen Fariña said anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim harassment was not "as rampant as people were saying."

Polish Supreme Court Rejects Bid to Extradite Roman Polanski For Raping Teen

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 14:52:55 -0800

The United States sought to force the film director to return to the country for sentencing in his 1977 conviction.

Does Donald Trump Own Carrier or Its Stock?

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 14:28:57 -0800

After a high-profile negotiation with Carrier, rumors appeared that President-elect Trump owned a stake in (or all of) the company.

Native American Scouts’ Long Hair Provided “Almost Supernatural” Tracking Abilities During Vietnam War?

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:59:09 -0800

No evidence supports the long-standing claim that Native Americans were recruited by the military for service during the Vietnam war, or that their heightened abilities stemmed from their long hair.

Man Punches Kangaroo to Save Dog

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:33:00 -0800

A viral video showing a man hitting the marsupial has sparked calls for him to be fired from his position as a zookeeper.

Chanel No. 5 to be Discontinued?

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:17:55 -0800

A speculative article held that the iconic fragrance Chanel No. 5 could be discontinued "for a very strange reason."

Image of 'Child Organ Trafficking Victims' in Thailand

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:32:50 -0800

Yet again, images of the genuinely tragic Ghouta chemical attack of 2013 were repurposed, this time alongside a tale of child organ trafficking in Thailand.

Is the Dakota Access Pipeline Continuing Despite a Denied Easement?

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 07:43:04 -0800

Shortly after the Army Corps of Engineers denied Energy Transfer Partners a Dakota Access Pipeline easement, rumors circulated claiming the company would continue construction and incur a daily fine.

Officials: Oakland Warehouse Fire Killed 36 People

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 21:36:10 -0800

A criminal investigation has been opened into the blaze at the "Ghost Ship" building.