Phoenix lights in Yuma. Flares again.

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Lights in the sky over Yuma. News 11 received dozens of phone calls and more than 200 comments on our Facebook page from viewers who saw a strange formation of lights over Marine Corps Air Station Yuma. Photos and video from viewers showed a V-like formation of lights in the sky. MCAS Yuma’s Capt. Staci…

No stranger danger: Attempted kidnapping story hoaxed by kids

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Police: Metro-east boy, girl made up kidnapping stories in Columbia, East Carondelet News Democrat. Columbia police determined Monday morning that an attempted abduction of a 11-year-old boy Friday night never occurred. Police will forward juveniles charges to Monroe County prosecutors for their review. “We are extremely happy to learn that this incident did not occur…

Conspiracy theorist detained for posting threats on Facebook (UPDATED)

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Outcry after military veteran detained for anti-government Facebook posts | Fox News A former Marine involuntarily detained for psychiatric evaluation for posting strident anti-government messages on Facebook has received an outpouring of support from people who say authorities are trampling on his First Amendment rights. Brandon J. Raub, 26, has been in custody since FBI,…

Warning: Gems and vitamins are not viable health treatments. Stop claiming it is.

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Woman warned health techniques are illegal practice of medicine | The Des Moines Register | DesMoinesRegister.com. State medical regulators have warned a Dubuque “alternative health care consultant” that she has been illegally practicing medicine without a license. The Iowa Board of Medicine, which licenses physicians, sent a letter this month warning Erin Gotz that she…

Counterfactual history: The Atlantic picks apart the Newsweek cover story

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Fact checking front page articles? Nah… This one is all over the political news sites. A Full Fact-Check of Niall Ferguson’s Very Bad Argument Against Obama – Matthew O’Brien – The Atlantic. Celebrity historian Niall Ferguson doesn’t like President Obama, and doesn’t think you should either. That’s perfectly fine. There are plenty of legitimate reasons…

North Carolina baby dies from pertussis

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State reports first death from whooping cough :: WRAL.com. The state on Monday reported the first infant death this year from pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough. The 2-month-old child was from Forsyth County, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

Is the Fukushima panic unwarranted?

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Last week we told you about butterflies with genetic mutations. Now, the WSJ says don’t panic. Are they right? Has the radiation threat been exaggerated? The Panic Over Fukushima – WSJ.com. Japan’s nuclear accident was a great human tragedy, but its long-term health effects have been exaggerated—and the virtues of nuclear power remain. The articles…

With lax regulation for alt med products, the non-English-speaking consumer may be harmed

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Since we can’t necessarily trust the for-profit promoters of herbal remedies to make ONLY legitimate claims, at the very least we should be able to trust the FDA and FTC to monitor and regulate, yes? Not so fast. Ads for herbal products in immigrant communities cause concern Ads touting unproven herbal remedies for serious illnesses…

New Zealand news: Psychic to settle the earth and a haunted house exploited.

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Two stories out of New Zealand highlight paranormal belief there. Are parts of Christchurch experiencing psychic disturbances? TV medium to visit Chch Television medium Deb Webber will head to Christchurch next month to uncover what has happened on a “spiritual level” since the deadly February 2011 earthquake. Webber believed New Zealanders were asking more spiritual…

Commentary: Review of Professor Weird – Dr. Franklin Ruehl on the Science Channel

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News is a little slow on the weekend. So, I decided to catch the premier episode of Professor Weird on the Science channel. I was there when the SciFi channel premiered. I really enjoyed Dr. Franklin Ruehl‘s Mysterious From Beyond the Other Dominion. This show began as a local public access show and, now, here…

Did TIGHAR find Earhart’s plane? Possible possibilities are not very impressive

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Don’t be fooled by the hyping headlines that they found the Earhart plane. Earhart expedition team says video possibly shows plane debris | Reuters. A team of researchers trying to solve the mystery of aviator Amelia Earhart’s 1937 disappearance said on Friday that underwater video from a Pacific island has revealed a field of man-made…

Scottish Sun stinks up star jelly story

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Very sorry to have to link to this abysmal story from The Scottish Sun… Unidentified Fluid Object baffles Scots boffins. BAFFLED hillwalkers fear ALIENS have landed — after mysterious slime started appearing in the countryside. They have discovered a strange jelly… and some experts believe it’s landed from space. The first report of an unidentified…

Go on and guess who is behind republishing Barton’s Jefferson Lies

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In a followup to last week’s story about Barton’s book being pulled by the publisher… Jefferson Lies Author Negotiating New Edition with Glenn Beck’s Mercury Ink. David Barton, author of The Jefferson Lies, which Thomas Nelson pulled from shelves last week, is in negotiations to publish a new edition of the book with Mercury Ink,…

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine off the deep end in conspiracy theories

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“Political songwriter” Dave Mustaine goes on the Alex Jones show to defend his comments about the latest mass shootings and his suspected idea of government involvement. Dave Mustaine refuses to apologise for his comments that Barack Obama ‘staged’ recent massacres NME.COM Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has attempted to clarify his comments after he accused US…

It’s a wonder this guy survived metal bar through skull

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Brazil worker survives bar through skull A 24-year-old construction worker survived after a 6-foot metal bar fell from above and pierced his head, doctors said Friday. Luiz Alexandre Essinger, chief of staff of Rio de Janeiro’s Miguel Couto Hospital said doctors successfully withdrew the iron bar from Eduardo Leite’s skull during a five-hour surgery. “He…

Cool new spider found in Oregon cave. But it’s not Bigfoot.

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Josephine County cave spiders buoy scientists Entirely new family of arachnids was discovered south of Grants Pass area The new species of Josephine County cave-dwelling arachnid has been given the scientific moniker of Trogloraptor marchingtoni in honor of Neil Marchington, a self-taught biologist and spelunker who helped bring the caves and its eight-legged residents to…

Anyone missing some goats?

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Friday Funny… No kidding: Goats found on streets of White Plains Cops were scratching their heads Tuesday after they were called on twice to corral goats spotted grazing along Gedney Esplanade. “We’ve had snakes, turkeys, skunks and even a bear, but how two goats ended up here is a mystery to me,” said Lt. Eric…

Government buys 16,000 rounds of ammo. Hype conspiracy theory. You can’t lose!

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Stay with me on this one… There is this on a government website… The DOC NOAA National Weather Service – Western Acquisition Division Boulder requires the following items, Purchase Description Determined by Line Item, to the following: LI 001, 16,000 rounds of ammunition for semiautomatic pistols to be factory-loaded .40 S&W caliber, 180-grain jacketed hollow…

Occult notions, potions and lotions banned from Ebay

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EBay bans supernatural sales of magic spells, potions, hexes In its 2012 Fall Seller Update, the online marketplace said it was banning all sales of supernatural goods and services, exiling its witchy and wizardly clientele to the wilds of Craigslist and other Web-based Diagon Alleys. Among the prohibited items: “advice; spells; curses; hexing; conjuring; magic…

Duct tape: Keeps demons out. Do not use on children.

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Parents Duct Tape “Demon Possessed” Children | FOX2now.com. Two parents who admittedly duct taped their children inside an SUV in a Walmart parking lot said they did so because they were “demon possessed.” During Tuesday’s court hearing, the judge dropped five felony counts of aggravated child endangerment against both parents. The couple still faces three…

Women-only city in Saudi Arabia is a mistake

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Scratch that! No women-only city in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is not building an industrial city for women only. Contrary to reports in the Guardian, the Daily Mail, the Huffington Post, ABC News, Russia Today and dozens, if not hundreds, of other sources who published the story apparently without bothering to check facts with the…

Hopeful heroin headline overreached

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First the press release: Scientists Can Now Block Heroin, Morphine Addiction In a major breakthrough, an international team of scientists has proven that addiction to morphine and heroin can be blocked, while at the same time increasing pain relief. The team from the University of Adelaide and University of Colorado has discovered the key mechanism…

Golden eagle attacks villagers in China

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Eagle attacks villagers in revenge, locals say|Odd News|chinadaily.com.cn. Two villagers in Muling county, Heilongjiang province, were attacked by a golden eagle several times within two years after they ate a young golden eagle, Heilongjiang Morning Post reported on Tuesday. A golden eagle attacked a man named Yang for more than 20 minutes when he was…

Rabid beaver attacked swimmer in Pennsylvania

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Here’s something you don’t hear about, ever. Scouts stone rabid beaver to death after attack. The Poughkeepsie Journal reports that 51-year-old Normand Brousseau, of Pine Plains, N.Y., was swimming in eastern Pennsylvania on Aug. 2 when a beaver swam through his legs and bit him in the chest. After initially throwing the animal from his…