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Fake Anti-Marijuana Picture Rips Off 'Walking Dead' Producer

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 17:56:11 -0700

A picture circulating online uses a picture of actor Steven Yeun while advising, "Say no to drugs, people."

Malheur Occupiers in 'Oregon Standoff' Found Not Guilty

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 17:37:04 -0700

The defendants had been charged with conspiracy and gun possession in a federal facility after a takeover of a building in Oregon's Malheur Wildlife Refuge.

Health Insurance Under the Affordable Care Act Costs Hundreds or Thousands Per Month?

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 15:09:50 -0700

ACA costs are going up in 2017, but premium payments depend largely on the individual's income level.

Sweden Bans Christmas Lights to Avoid Angering Muslim Refugees

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 14:30:13 -0700

Unreliable web sites spun a news story about Sweden nixing Christmas lights on street poles into a fictional tale about kowtowing to Muslim immigrants.

Amish in America Commit Vote to Donald Trump, Mathematically Guaranteeing Him a Presidential Victory

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 12:37:33 -0700

Hoax news articles reported that "millions" of Amish people threw their support behind Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.

Biden Blames 'Lazy American Women' for the Economy?

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 12:07:56 -0700

An article that quotes Vice President Joe Biden saying "lazy American women are to blame for the economy" is a work of satire.

Doctors Warn Never Clean Your Child with Baby Wipes No Matter What

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 12:06:43 -0700

A viral blog post warning about the dangers of baby wipes contained several inaccurate — and potentially dangerous — pieces of misinformation.

Creepy Clown Arrested After Haunted House Massacre, 18 People Dead

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 12:00:13 -0700

More fake news about creepy clown murders, this time involving a non-existent haunted house attraction massacre.

Chelsea Clinton Married George Soros' Nephew?

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 11:07:33 -0700

Actor Scott Baio promulgated an untrue rumor about Chelsea Clinton's husband, Marc Mezvinsky.

Grandparents to 'Get All Their Grandchildren Every Weekend'

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 10:31:12 -0700

Reports that President Obama had passed a law requiring grandparents to "pick up" their grandchildren every weekend came from a site that generates user-created hoax news.

Risqué Anderson Cooper Photograph

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 09:41:28 -0700

An image purporting to show Anderson Cooper posing on a bench in a pair of briefs was digitally manipulated.

Twitter Announces the Closure of Video Sharing App 'Vine'

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 09:41:09 -0700

The popular service, characterized by its brief, looping videos, launched in 2013.

Four-Armed UFO Spotted by International Space Station?

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 09:25:42 -0700

The blurry image of a purported unidentified flying object has no details about the date or time it was spotted.

Scientists May Have Found Two New ‘Moonlets’ Lurking In Uranus’ Rings

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 09:01:15 -0700

Though we can’t yet see them directly, decades-old data may suggest the presence of two previously undiscovered mini-moons in the rings of Uranus.

Mike Pence Supported 'Gay Conversion' Therapy?

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:23:54 -0700

While running for Congress, Indiana governor Mike Pence called for state funding for "institutions" working to enable people to "change their sexual behavior."

Texas Glitch Temporarily Switches Voters to Paper Ballots

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:10:18 -0700

Amid rumors of vote swapping in Texas, officials in Chambers County temporarily gave out paper ballots after an unrelated malfunction.

Donald Trump's Walk of Fame Star Severely Vandalized

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:13:37 -0700

Donald Trump's Hollywood Walk of Fame star sustained significant damage due to an act of vandalism.

Department of Justice Says Efforts to Stop Voter Fraud Are Illegal?

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:52:20 -0700

The DOJ issued a statement saying voter intimidation is against federal law, not accusations of voter fraud.

Arby's Adds Venison to Menu

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:40:03 -0700

The Arby's roast beef sandwich restaurant chain is temporarily adding venison to their menu at select locations.

Great White Sharks Spotted in Mississippi River

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:23:10 -0700

A photograph purporting to show two great white sharks swimming in the Mississippi River showed bull sharks, not great whites, and was taken in Costa Rica.

Hillary Clinton Gave 20 Percent of United States' Uranium to Russia in Exchange for Clinton Foundation Donations?

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:34:40 -0700

Allegations of a deal giving Russia ownership of 20% of U.S. uranium deposits in exchange for donations to the Clinton Foundation are unsubstantiated.

Video Shows Democrats Committing Voter Fraud in 2016 Primary

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:15:28 -0700

A video passed off as "voter fraud" committed by Democrats during the 2016 primary was filmed in Russia and misrepresented.

Hillary Laughs As 'Under God' Removed from Pledge?

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:42:05 -0700

A video shows Hillary Clinton laughing as Susan Shin Angulo flubbed the words to the Pledge of Allegiance.

Plastic Rice from China

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 09:45:50 -0700

Reports hold that plastic rice made in China has flooded Western markets, but you'd probably notice if your dinner tasted like the bag in which you carried it home.

Hillary Clinton Describes Her Major Accomplishments as Secretary of State

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 08:25:24 -0700

A statement reproducing Hillary Clinton's response when asked to identify her major accomplishments as Secretary of State is fabricated,