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Ted Nugent Death Hoax

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CLAIM Ted Nugent was killed in a Montana hunting accident. false RATING false ORIGIN On 28 April 2017, a number of unreliable web sites began publishing stories reporting that rock musician and conservative icon Ted Nugent had been killed in a hunting accident in Montana: Ted Nugent, 70’s rocker turned hunting guide and conservative icon, […]




United Reaches Settlement With Passenger David Dao

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United Airlines has quickly and “amicably” settled a lawsuit brought against them by David Dao, a Kentucky physician who was filmed being violently dragged off a plane. Dao’s attorneys said in a 27 April 2017 statement: Dr. David Dao has reached an amicable settlement with United Airlines for the injuries he received in his April […]




Scientists Create ‘Revolutionary’ Artificial Womb

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On 25 April 2017, Nature Communications published a study headed by Alan Flake, Director of the Center for Fetal Research at the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, that provided the most successful demonstration yet of what is being described as an “artificial womb”. The study describes a new system that allows […]




White House Refuses to Release Flynn Documents Amid House Oversight Committee Investigation

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Leading members of the House Oversight Committee announced on 25 April 2017 that they believe former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn not only violated the law by failing to disclose hundreds of thousands of dollars he received from Russia and Turkey, but that the Trump White House had refused their now month-old request to release […]




Is Russia-Backed ‘Fake News’ Now Being Used in French Elections?

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In the days, weeks and months leading up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election, a coordinated network of automated social media profiles known as “bots” helped spread what has become known as “fake news” — a term that was popularized once the intelligence community announced their consensus belief that the Kremlin interfered with the election […]




Parents’ Nightmare

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CLAIM The April 2005 issue of Parents magazine displayed unfortunate cover placement. false RATING false ORIGIN Back in the days when I toiled at our local newspaper, I was part of the group responsible for the paper’s daily layout, which meant we were also tasked with catching and preventing typos, misprints, undesirable placement of advertising […]




Were Power Outages in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York Caused by Cyberattacks?

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CLAIM Three power outages that coincided in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York were caused by Russian hacking. unproven RATING unproven WHAT’S TRUE Two major power outages occurred on the morning of 21 April 2017 in New York and San Francisco. WHAT’S FALSE A third power outage in the Los Angeles area did not […]




Were Power Outages in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York Caused by Cyberattacks?

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CLAIM Three power outages that coincided in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York were caused by Russian hacking. unproven RATING unproven WHAT’S TRUE Two major power outages occurred on the morning of 21 April 2017 in New York and San Francisco. WHAT’S FALSE A third power outage in the Los Angeles area did not […]




Robots with Guns: The Rise of Autonomous Weapons Systems

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The future of war lies in part with what the military calls “autonomous weapons systems” (AWS), sophisticated computerized devices which, as defined by the U.S. Department of Defense, “once activated, can select and engage targets without further intervention by a human operator.”  Whether that’s a good idea or a bad one is debatable, but it isn’t a question of if, […]




Was a Protester Throwing Explosives Into a Berkeley Crowd Before She Was Punched?

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CLAIM Louise Rosealma was photographed holding an explosive device made from a glass bottle before she was punched by Nathan Damigo. MOSTLY FALSE RATING MOSTLY FALSE WHAT’S TRUE A photograph appears to show Louise Rosealma holding a glass bottle during the “Patriot’s Day Rally” at Berkeley in April 2017. WHAT’S FALSE There’s no evidence that […]




Calexit Leader Abruptly Quits Campaign to Live Full-Time in Russia

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On 17 April 2017, Louis Marinelli, who had headed a high-profile ballot initiative drive to break California off from the rest of the United States, abruptly announced he was dropping the campaign with plans to live permanently in Russia for the foreseeable future: As I have stated in the past, I do not wish to live […]




Do Menstrual Cycles Synchronize When Women Live Together?

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CLAIM Women’s menstrual cycles synchronize when they live or work in close proximity to one another. Unproven RATING Unproven ORIGIN The idea that women living or working in proximity to one another synchronize their menstrual cycles is particularly persistent, and has now become accepted as conventional wisdom.  However, it’s a relatively new idea — it has […]




First Full Supreme Court Ruling in Over a Year Has Obama Furious?

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CLAIM The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that ” the only Islam taught to our children in public schools will be the history of Radical Islam and what they can do to help stop it.” false RATING false ORIGIN On 11 April 2017, the “America’s Last Line of Defense” web site published an article positing that […]




Police Hunt for Man Who Streamed Fatal Shooting via Facebook Live

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Police in Cleveland are searching for a man who apparently streamed the fatal shooting of a “random” victim via Facebook Live on Easter Sunday. In the video, the suspect pulls up to an elderly man who is walking on the side of the road, orders the man to say a woman’s name (possibly that of […]




Babysitter Discovers ‘Clown Doll’ in Kid’s Room Was a Real Person?

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CLAIM A convicted pedophile rapist was caught using a clown costume to hide in a child’s room. FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN On 2 December 2015, the web site Now8News published a story reporting that a convicted pedophile was caught using a clown costume to hide in a child’s room in Oregon: If you are afraid of clowns […]