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  • Published 19 September 2019
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Is This a Picture of a Shark Attacking a Parasailer?

We can safely say no parasailers were injured in the making of this photograph.

False
Decades in Prison for Selling Weed, 5 Years’ Probation for Raping a Child?

A widely shared meme compared the crimes and punishments of Michael Alonzo Thompson and Joseph Robert Meili.

Mixture
Does a Picture Show a Shanty Town in Los Angeles?

U.S. President Donald Trump has criticized California for its homeless population, but an alleged image of L.A. got some things wrong.

Miscaptioned
Will Beto O’Rourke’s Security Detail Only Use NERF Guns From Now On?

A routine review of content labeled satire.

Labeled Satire
Does ‘AR’ in AR-15 Stand for ‘Assault Rifle’?

A frequent misconception centers on what the term "AR-15" literally means.

False
Colt Suspends Production of AR-15 for Civilian Market

The company said it will focus instead on fulfilling contracts with military and police customers for rifles.

AP News
Colorado Driver Puts Injured Bobcat in Car Next to Child

Officials have a warning after a Colorado Springs woman put an injured bobcat in her car, inches away from where her child was in a safety seat: Don’t pick up wildlife.

AP News
US Vaping Illnesses Top 500, Missouri Man Is 8th Death

More than 500 people have been diagnosed with vaping-related breathing illnesses, but the cause remains unknown, U.S. health officials said. An eight death was also reported.

AP News
Official: Democratic Political Donor Faces US Charge in Overdose Death

Democratic political activist Ed Buck will face a federal charge connected to an overdose death at his Los Angeles-area home, a law enforcement official said.

AP News
Pastafarian Pastor Leads Prayer at Alaska Government Meeting

A pastor wearing a colander on his head offered the opening prayer on behalf of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster to open a local government meeting in Alaska.

AP News