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Did Bono Say ‘Donald Trump Is Destroying America, We Must Stop Him’?

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CLAIM During a ‘Rolling Stone’ interview, U2 singer Bono proclaimed that “Donald Trump is destroying America, [and] we must stop him.” FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN On 27 December 2017, Rolling Stone magazine published an interview with singer Bono, in which the U2 frontman discussed “the state of his band, the state of the world and […]




Ten Things Science Did Not Say in 2017

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A “Peer-Reviewed” Study Did Not Find That “All Recent Global Warming” Was Fabricated by Climatologists The primary thesis of nearly all of Breitbart News climate coverage in 2017 was that a new blog post has documented “proof” that all of global warming is a fraud. In a July 2017 article, that site used a non-peer-reviewed […]




California Man Arrested After Fatal ‘Swatting’ Shooting

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Police in Los Angeles have arrested a man they suspect made a hoax emergency call that resulted in a SWAT police officer fatally shooting a man at the door of his own home in Kansas, law enforcement officials said Saturday. Wichita Deputy Police Chief Troy Livingston on Friday characterized the […]




‘Swatting’ Gaming Prank Led to Police Shooting Unarmed Kansas Man

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Police and the FBI are investigating whether an argument over an online game prompted a hoax call that led to a house where an officer shot and killed a Kansas man who apparently wasn’t involved in the dispute. Wichita Deputy Police Chief Troy Livingston on Friday blamed a “prankster” who […]




Is Oral Sex Still Illegal in 18 States?

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CLAIM Eighteen U.S. states still have laws banning oral sex. MOSTLY FALSE RATING MOSTLY FALSE ORIGIN In late 2017, a picture appeared and quickly spread on social media, listing states where oral sex is purportedly still illegal and punishable in some cases by prison time: The graphic is accurate in that states exist that still have […]




Trump, Obama and the War on Christmas

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“Merry Christmas” may seem an unlikely political rallying cry, but Donald Trump employed it to great effect before and after his victory in the 2016 presidential election. Supporters cheered every time he railed against “the forces of political correctness” and said “We’re bringing back ‘Merry Christmas.’” Despite making the idea his own, Trump was hardly […]




Woman Stunned to Find Electric Bill Listed as $284 Billion

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ERIE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman says she went online to check her electric bill and was stunned at the amount — more than $284 billion. The Erie Times-News reports that Mary Horomanski said her eyes “just about popped out” of her head when she saw the amount. She suspected that her family had […]




Erica Garner Hospitalized After Asthma Attack

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NEW YORK (AP) — The oldest daughter of a New York City man killed by a police chokehold has been hospitalized in critical condition after suffering a heart attack. Family members tell the Daily News that 27-year-old Erica Garner went into cardiac arrest Saturday night. The woman’s father, Eric Garner, died after a white police officer put […]




Erica Garner Hospitalized After Asthma Attack

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NEW YORK (AP) — The oldest daughter of a New York City man killed by a police chokehold has been hospitalized in critical condition after suffering a heart attack. Family members tell the Daily News that 27-year-old Erica Garner went into cardiac arrest Saturday night. The woman’s father, Eric Garner, died after a white police officer put […]




Is a Washington Youth Sports League Playing Soccer Without the Ball?

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CLAIM A Washington State youth sports league is now playing soccer without the ball in order to minimize the negative effects of competition. FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN In September 2013, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s (CBC) “This Is That” radio program aired a segment on an Ontario youth soccer league that was eschewing the use of […]




Did Alabama Election Officials Find Thousands of Dead People Who Voted for Doug Jones?

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CLAIM Election officials in Alabama discovered thousands of ballots for Doug Jones that were seemingly cast by dead voters. FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN In a hotly-contested December 2017 special election for an open U.S. Senate seat in Alabama, Doug Jones edged out Republican candidate Roy Moore by the slim margin of about 21,000 votes in […]




Did the FBI Identify a ‘Muslim Terrorist’ Who Derailed an Amtrak Train?

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CLAIM A ‘Muslim terrorist’ deliberately caused the crash of an Amtrak train in Washington by sabotaging the tracks. FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN On 18 December 2017, an Amtrak train on its way from Seattle to Portland derailed and crashed in DuPont, Washington, killing three people and leaving scores of others injured. According to the National […]




Sportscaster Dick Enberg Dead at Age 82

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Dick Enberg, the longtime sportscaster who got his big break with UCLA basketball and went on to call Super Bowls, Olympics, Final Fours and Angels and Padres baseball games, died Thursday. He was 82. Engberg’s daughter, Nicole, confirmed the death to The Associated Press. She said the family became concerned when he didn’t arrive on […]




Are No Two Snowflakes Exactly Alike?

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CLAIM No two snowflakes are exactly alike. TRUE RATING TRUE ORIGIN The phrase “no two snowflakes are exactly alike” sparks wonder in the hearts of children everywhere — but what does science say about this oft-repeated truism? In short, that scale matters when making claims about how similar two objects might be. At the visual […]




Will UN Peacekeepers Be Deployed on the Streets of Chicago?

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CLAIM UN Peacekeepers will be sent to quell violence in Chicago. FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN A Chicago-area official’s comment calling on the United Nations to dispatch peacekeepers to help quell gun violence has been distorted to spark paranoia that feeds into a persistent and popular conspiracy theory about an alleged grand scheme to subvert the sovereignty of […]