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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.

Carrier Still Moving Some Jobs to Mexico Despite Trump Deal

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 21:23:26 -0800

A letter from Carrier Corporation to employees in their Indianapolis plant warns that some jobs will still be relocated despite a deal with Donald Trump.

Trump Cancels Obama's Muslim 'Ritual'

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 20:45:44 -0800

A "satirical" site reported that President Obama stormed out of the White House because of a move by Trump to cancel all "Islamic prayers" in the building.

Your Christmas Tree Is (Probably) Not Full of Lyme Disease Bearing Ticks

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 20:23:35 -0800

Viral warnings about disease-carrying ticks in Christmas trees ignore much of the scientific literature on how ticks and Lyme disease actually operate.

Lord of the Rings Donut

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:56:41 -0800

An image purportedly showing a donut with "Muslim writing" on it actually depicts a pastry with Orkish writing in frosting.

No Nativity Scenes at the White House?

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:07:27 -0800

Despite "War on Christmas" rumors, the White House did not ban Nativity scenes in 2016.

Father Mourns Wife, Children Killed in Car Crash?

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:56:39 -0800

A Facebook like-farmer has used a genuine image of murder victims for a car accident-based "type amen" scam.

Pat McCrory Concedes North Carolina Gubernatorial Election

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:52:49 -0800

McCrory pledged to support Democrat Roy Cooper, while also claiming to have "questions" about the voting process.

National Geographic's 'Photograph of the Year'

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:36:33 -0800

An image of a shark leaping out of the water was digitally manipulated and did not win an award from National Geographic.

Emboldened by Election, Texas Republicans Kill Medicaid Funding for Children with Disabilities?

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:03:00 -0800

A viral article inaccurately reported that Medicaid spending cuts in Texas affecting disabled children were thanks to "emboldened" state Republicans.

Trump: 'We’re Bringing Back the Draft'?

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:01:15 -0800

Reports that Donald Trump said that he plans to "bring back the draft" came from a site that only publishes fake news.

Giants in Japan

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 11:55:56 -0800

A video purportedly showing suppressed footage of an actual giant in Japan is actually from a 2007 movie called "Big Man Japan."

Sarah Palin Calls to Boycott Mall of America Because 'Santa Was Always White in the Bible'

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 10:56:21 -0800

Sarah Palin didn't call for a Mall of America boycott over their hiring of a black Santa.

600 Veterans Possibly Infected with HIV and Hepatitis at VA Facility in Wisconsin

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:44:50 -0800

The VA says there is no indication infections were transmitted by a dentist using unauthorized equipment, but all who were treated by him will be tested.

Army Corps Denies Easement and Blocks the Dakota Access Pipeline

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 13:09:11 -0800

As thousands of veterans descended on Standing Rock, the Army Corps announced the $3.7 billion project won't proceed.

Mark Wahlberg Expresses Disdain for Hollywood's Political Involvement

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 19:44:08 -0800

In an interview with a publication aimed at veterans, actor Mark Wahlberg offered up opinions about celebrity involvement in politics.