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NOT REAL NEWS: A Look at What Didn't Happen This Week

NOT REAL NEWS: A Look at What Didn't Happen This Week

Feb 16
None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out. Here are the real facts.

Runner Recalls Desperate Fight with Thrashing Mountain Lion

Runner Recalls Desperate Fight with Thrashing Mountain Lion

By P. Solomon Banda | Feb 16
Fear washed over Travis Kauffman as he wrestled with a thrashing mountain lion that attacked him on a Colorado mountain trail, but then his fighting instinct took over as he found its neck with his foot and suffocated the young cat.

Judge Halts Air Force's Efforts to Discharge Airmen with HIV

Judge Halts Air Force's Efforts to Discharge Airmen with HIV

Feb 16
A federal judge on Friday ordered the U.S. Air Force to temporarily stop discharging service members who are HIV-positive, ruling that it's working under a policy that is "irrational" and "outdated."

Chicago Police Release 2 Men Questioned in Smollett Case

Chicago Police Release 2 Men Questioned in Smollett Case

By Don Babwin | Feb 16
Chicago police late Friday released without charges two Nigerian brothers arrested on suspicion of assaulting "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett and said they have new evidence to investigate as a result of questioning them.

Trump Declares National Emergency to Build Border Wall

Trump Declares National Emergency to Build Border Wall

By Alan Fram, Catherine Lucey and Zeke Miller | Feb 15
Battling with one branch of government and opening a new confrontation with another, President Donald Trump announced Friday he was declaring a national emergency to fulfill his pledge to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Reporters Seek Answers to Gay Black Man's Death; Political Donor Tells Them to 'Get A Life'

Reporters Seek Answers to Gay Black Man's Death; Political Donor Tells Them to 'Get A Life'

By Kilian Melloy | Feb 15
Reporters who sought comment from wealthy West Hollywood political donor Ed Buck found themselves summarily repelled, with Buck curtly telling them to "Get a job, get a life."

Bipartisan Criticism for Anti-Gay West Virginia State Rep in Wake of Gays, KKK Comparison

Bipartisan Criticism for Anti-Gay West Virginia State Rep in Wake of Gays, KKK Comparison

By Kilian Melloy | Feb 15
Lawmakers from both sides are now condemning West Virginia state delegate Eric Porterfield in the wake of a string of inflammatory remarks, including comparing gays to the KKK, calling LGBTQs a "blight," and suggesting he would drown gay children.

Watch: Reading of Gay Bunny Book Prompts Investigation of Teacher

Watch: Reading of Gay Bunny Book Prompts Investigation of Teacher

By Kilian Melloy | Feb 15
A Seminole County, Florida teacher found himself in hot water quick as a bunny after reading the not-so-children's book "A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo" to his first-grade class.

Kansas Library Will Keep 3 Challenged Books in Kids Section

Kansas Library Will Keep 3 Challenged Books in Kids Section

Feb 15
A Kansas public library has rejected a request to move three children's books with LGBT characters out of the children's section.

Chicago Police, Fox Dispute Reports About Smollett Attack

Chicago Police, Fox Dispute Reports About Smollett Attack

Feb 15
Chicago police said Thursday night that local media reports that the attack against "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett was a hoax are unconfirmed.

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