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Fake Amber Alert: Plate 72B 381

Snopes - June 24, 2017 - 3:58am
A long-circulating report of an Amber Alert issued for three-year-old girl taken by man in a grey car is not valid.
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Did 5.7 Million ‘Illegal Immigrants’ Vote in the 2008 U.S. Election?

Snopes - June 23, 2017 - 9:34pm
A controversial 2014 study used survey data to demonstrate that 38 people might have voted as non-citizens in 2008, and web sites subsequently did a lot of extrapolating.
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Couple Exonerated in ‘Satanic Panic’ Child Ritual Abuse Case

Snopes - June 23, 2017 - 8:58pm
What caused the "Satanic Panic" phenomenon to begin in the 1980s, and how did a husband and wife who started a daycare center get swept into the center of it?
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Did Ayn Rand Receive Social Security Benefits?

Snopes - June 23, 2017 - 7:38pm
The "Atlas Shrugged" author called government handouts "immoral," but there is evidence that she accepted Social Security benefits in her later years — and that it was consistent with her worldview to do so.
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Did Senator Elizabeth Warren Perform Nude Pagan Rituals in College?

Snopes - June 23, 2017 - 7:06pm
The claim about the Massachusetts Democrat originated with a fake news web site and an unrelated image.
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Right-to-Carry Laws Make Violent Crime Rates Worse, Law Professor Finds

Snopes - June 23, 2017 - 5:04pm
The Standford law professor's paper is likely to add fuel to the gun control debate.
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Was a Human-Lamb Hybrid Born in South Africa?

Snopes - June 23, 2017 - 4:06pm
Sadly, the photographs just showed a deformed stillborn lamb.
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Snapchat Introduces ‘Snap Map’ Feature

Snopes - June 23, 2017 - 1:42pm
A Snapchat addition that allows people to locate one another on an interactive map has raised some concerns about user privacy.
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Did the U.S. Government Pay for Mitch McConnell’s Polio Care in the 1940s?

Snopes - June 23, 2017 - 1:11pm
Partisan web sites misrepresent the source of funding for the Republican senator's care as an infant in Alabama.
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Manslaughter Charges Eyed in Deadly Grenfell Tower Blaze

Snopes - June 23, 2017 - 11:46am
After 79 people died in a London apartment building fire, police are considering filing manslaughter charges.
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Ferguson Attorney: Brown Family Settlement $1.5 Million

Snopes - June 23, 2017 - 10:42am
Police fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed African American teenager, in 2014.
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At Glastonbury, Depp Asks About Assassinating the President

Snopes - June 23, 2017 - 10:19am
Actor Johnny Depp asked a festival crowd when the last time was that an actor assassinated a president.
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Total Solar Eclipse Casts Spotlight on Rural Oregon Town

Snopes - June 23, 2017 - 10:09am
The small town expects to see up to 100,000 visitors hoping to glimpse the 21 August solar eclipse.
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Can the Bite of a ‘Reverse Zombie’ Tick Make You Allergic to Red Meat?

Snopes - June 22, 2017 - 7:52pm
More commonly known as the lone star tick, this unnerving arachnid can transmit an illness with symptoms similar to Lyme disease, as well as a substance that can cause an allergy to red meat.
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French Fitness Blogger Killed After Whipped Cream Canister Explosion

Snopes - June 22, 2017 - 5:10pm
Rebecca Burger died of a heart attack 18 June 2017 after part of a whipped cream canister struck her in the chest.
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Was a Nude Sunbather Injured When a Sea Eagle Mistook His Testicles for Turtle Eggs?

Snopes - June 22, 2017 - 4:10pm
A harrowing story about a hapless tourist in Australia originated from a site that publishes hoax articles.
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Were ‘Steel Barrel Graves’ Uncovered on the Clinton Estate?

Snopes - June 22, 2017 - 3:57pm
A satirical web site adds to the archive of distasteful fake stories about Bill and Hillary Clinton's "victims."
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Is This a Real London Underground Sign?

Snopes - June 22, 2017 - 3:14pm
An image purportedly showing an sign in the London Underground asking people to wear deodorant because the tube smelled like an old ham was just a joke.
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Did Nancy Pelosi Say Obamacare Must be Passed to ‘Find Out What Is in It’?

Snopes - June 22, 2017 - 3:05pm
A partisan web site quotes the House Minority Leader selectively in order to create a false equivalence with the 2017 Republican health care plan.
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Is This Tennis Champion Julie Richardson — in 1898?

Snopes - June 22, 2017 - 1:52pm
An 1898 photograph of a woman named Julia Richardson was mistaken for a photograph of a 1980s tennis player with a similar name.
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