Ads that look as fake as the real fakes! Massachusetts warns consumers.

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Massachusetts Creates Fake Scam Websites To Warn People Of Real Scam Websites – The Consumerist. Make a ton of money working from home! Lose weight by taking some fruit extract pills! Clear your debt today, guaranteed! Most of us know to give a wide berth to websites making promises like these. But the Massachusetts Office…

Skechers settles deceptive claims charge for $40 Million over toning shoes

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Skechers Will Pay $40 Million to Settle FTC Charges That It Deceived Consumers with Ads for “Toning Shoes”. The Federal Trade Commission announced that Skechers USA, Inc. has agreed to pay $40 million to settle charges that the company deceived consumers by making unfounded claims that Shape-ups would help people lose weight, and strengthen and…

Iceland MP has a boulder full of elves

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Your guess is as good as mine what the heck this is all about. Iceland Review Online: Daily News from Iceland.   MP for the Independence Party Árni Johnsen arranged for the relocation of a 30-ton boulder, which he believes is home to three generations of elves, from Sandskeið on Hellisheiði in southwest Iceland to…

Indian man accused of witchcraft is beaten, dies.

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Man beaten to death for practicing ‘witchcraft’. A 50-year-old man was beaten to death in Phuker village under Bijepur police limits in Kalahandi district on Sunday morning on suspicion of practicing witchcraft. The villagers allegedly punished the man, identified as Beju Majhi, for casting an evil influence on them through witchcraft. The villagers held a…

Parents acquitted for murder after faith healing fails

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Faith-healing parents acquitted of murder charge. A faith-healing Washington couple accused of being criminally responsible for their teenage son’s death for failing to call a doctor have been acquitted of second-degree murder charges. Zachery Swezey was 17 when he died at his Carlton home of a ruptured appendix in March 2009. Jurors were told the…

Uncritical news piece on baby chiropractic states practice growing

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Babies Get Much-Needed Help From Chiropractic Adjustments. When Sydney Winkler encountered one of the biggest adjustments of parenthood, she brought 2-month-old Lily to the chiropractor. “She was really colicky, crying, fussy, we had a couple days there where she was screaming and not settled,” said the mother from Bloomington. Dr. Anne Spicer, a pediatric chiropractor…

Do you really need all those vitamins and supplements?

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Vitamins and Supplements | What Do You Really Need? – Consumer Reports. Vitamins, minerals, and supplements, which are supposed to strengthen your bones, boost your memory, protect your heart, and help you stay healthy, are popular—more than 50 percent of U.S. adults take these widely sold over-the-counter products. But evidence shows that excessive vitamin and…

Naïve business owner duped by psychic

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Psychic-Shop Owner Tells Everyone Previous Psychic Occupant “Was a Fraud” There’s a small psychic shop on Southwest Fourth Avenue…in Fort Lauderdale. If you drove by on Sunday, you may have seen a banner across the front door, reading: ATTENTION Persons who have given this psychic money, before March 2012, you have been defrauded. Would you…

Psychic Acorah quoted saying Madeleine McCann is dead but disavows the claim

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TV psychic Derek Acorah: ‘Maddie is dead’ – Telegraph The medium, who has allegedly “sickened” the McCann family with his predictions, said the little girl would soon be reincarnated after joining the “spirit world”. Mr Acorah, 62, said: “I know her parents are convinced Maddie is alive and I’m really sorry – but the little…

Did man hide assassination plot in plain sight? See 3 across – 2 down.

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Venezuela crossword Chavez assassination plot denied. A Venezuelan crossword compiler has been questioned by intelligence agents after being accused of hiding a coded assassination message in a puzzle. Neptali Segovia denies using his crossword in the Ultimas Noticias newspaper to incite the murder of President Hugo Chavez’s brother, Adan. The accusation against him was made…

What happened with mystery package in Florida that made one person ill?

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Orlando postal worker says mysterious package from Yemen made him ill A postal worker says a mysterious leaking package from Yemen has left him seriously ill, and while some of his colleagues confirm his account of what happened at an Orlando sorting facility 15 months ago, the U.S. Postal Service denies the package ever existed.…

Allegations of risk from alternative treatments spark debate about chiropractic and acupuncture

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Alternative medicines ‘potentially unsafe’ Edzard Ernst, the country’s only professor of complementary medicine, said trials into treatments like chiropractic manipulation, acupuncture and herbal remedies too often failed to record incidents when patients suffered adverse effects. Studies were frequently run by “enthusiastic amateurs” more concerned about promoting alternative medicine than accurately reporting the science, he said.…

The submarine that never was

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Foyle ‘submarine’ is just rock and debris, reveals minister – Northern Ireland, Local & National – Belfasttelegraph.co.uk. Environment Minister Alex Attwood revealed what divers sent down to investigate the anomaly on the bed of Lough Foyle had discovered. At one point it was believed the boat-shaped image sighted in a sonar scan could have been…

River monster sculpture returns

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Remember the cool story about the art sculpture that spontaneously appeared in the Chippewa River in Wisconsin? Well, Chippy the river monster has lived to see another day. Nessie sculpture creators come forward, put another in river – Leader-Telegram. Some excess cement, inspiration from the boss and downtime at an Eau Claire business yielded a sculpture of a Loch…

Are you saying I am being inconsistent?

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Partisan Psychology: Why Do People Choose Political Loyalties Over Facts? : It’s All Politics : NPR. On a range of issues, partisans seem partial to their political loyalties over the facts. When those loyalties demand changing their views of the facts, he said, partisans seem willing to throw even consistency overboard. Along with Jason Reifler at Georgia…

Globster found washed ashore in England

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This video was uploaded May 11, 2012 and is tagged with “cascade creature”. The report says it was found in England but not what beach. It is a formless mass of stringy tissue that smells. The uploader thinks it’s a giant squid. It’s NOT a jellyfish but something cryptozoologists call a globster. It’s not a…

I’m not dead: Man wakes up at funeral

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‘Dead’ man wakes up at funeral. The funeral of a 28 year-old waiter in southern Egypt turned into a celebration when he woke up after being declared dead. Hospital officials had pronounced dead Hamdi Hafez al-Nubi, who came from the village of Naga al-Simman in the southern province of Luxor, after he suffered a heart…

No taxation without representation (of proven scientific evidence)

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Budget good news: no taxpayer dollars for a ‘bunch of hooey’ It’s good news indeed that the Federal Budget is providing the chief medical officer with a million dollars to review what works and what doesn’t in the world of “natural” medicine. Professor Chris Baggoley will have one year to report his conclusions. At the…

Dentist claims cancer cure. Court rules false advertising.

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Court rules on ‘deceptive’ cancer cure claims – ABC Melbourne – Australian Broadcasting Corporation. A Victorian court has ruled a former Melbourne dentist who claims he is able to cure cancer using alternative therapies has been deceiving patients. Noel Campbell is the sole director of Operation Smile which runs the Hope Clinic offering alternative therapies…

Ugandan boy survived child sacrifice

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Tortured by a witch doctor, saved by Australian surgeons. George is a survivor of child sacrifice. He was aged just two, playing football with his brothers, when a neighbour, John Otebati, offered to take him into town for sweets. Instead, Otebati, a witch doctor, took him to a nearby banana plantation and removed his genitals…

Fortune teller as excuse for child abuse

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Fortune teller told mother to make children work as slaves. A mother made slaves of her two children and forced them to work for gipsies rather than go to school after a fortune teller told her it was right thing to do. Within weeks of the meeting, Linda Clappison started locking her son and daughter,…

Medical clowning around

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Clowning may prove productive. A Montreal hospital is sending in the clowns to see if they can help women conceive. Two professionally trained, university accredited medical clowns from Israel will present a conference at the McGill University Health Centre’s reproductive centre Thursday morning about the link between clowning and fertility rates, then mingle with willing…

Hypnosis robbery in Chinatown

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Boston Police Warn Of Hypnosis Robbery In Chinatown Boston Police have issued a Community Alert about a new scam. It’s one very similar to those that have already emerged in Asian communities in New York, San Francisco, and Philadelphia. In the Boston case, the victim claims three young women approached her on the street. One…

Raphael’s Renaissance Rocky

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‘Sylvester Stallone’ spotted in 16th century painting | Movie Talk – Yahoo! Movies. In the spirit of John Travolta and Nicholas Cage, there is now Sylvester Stallone! There’s always something new to discover in Vatican City. Anthony Zonfrell, 20, a visitor to the holy city did a double take when he saw Sylvester Stallone in one…

Washington epidemic of Pertussis. Vaccinate!

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Whooping cough epidemic declared in Wash. state. Washington state’s worst outbreak of whooping cough in decades has prompted health officials to declare an epidemic, seek help from federal experts and urge residents to get vaccinated amid worry that cases of the highly contagious disease could spike much higher. It’s the first state to declare a…

Selma, CA allows fortune tellers but worries about religious issues. [Yes, main point is missed.]

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Fortune tellers OK’d in Selma Selma has lifted its unconstitutional ban on fortune tellers. The city also is taking steps to regulate how fortune telling businesses operate. The Selma City Council accomplished both things at an emotion-packed meeting Monday night. A standing-room-only crowd listened as speakers voiced two different views of fortune telling. A majority…