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  • Suspect arrested in bomb scare that closed campus

    July 22, 2014 10:15 AM

    LAFAYETTE - Police say a 30-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a July 16 bomb threat that closed the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. At a news conference Tuesday, Lafayette police and FBI agents identified the suspect as Devin Haywood of Lafayette. Police Sgt. Randal Leger says Haywood also was... more »
  • Cold hoax doesn't cut Ouachita school attendance

    January 6, 2014 2:25 PM

    MONROE- A Ouachita Parish School System spokeswoman says attendance appears normal in spite of an online hoax saying cold would close schools on Monday. Aline Smead says Superintendent Bob Webber and attorneys are discussing whether to ask police to investigate the fake notice posted Sunday on social media sites. She... more »
  • Keep 'twerking,' town's law is an Internet hoax Play Video

    September 17, 2013 2:58 PM

    DEQUINCY- Fans of Miley Cyrus can continue their dance routine, now known as "twerking." It is not illegal in this southwest Louisiana town, despite what the Internet reported Tuesday. A website posted a satirical report that the mayor banned the dance move because of its defiant acts against moral... more »
  • Hackers compromise AP Twitter account

    April 23, 2013 12:42 PM

    LONDON - Hackers have compromised the main Twitter account of The Associated Press, sending out an erroneous tweet about an attack at the White House. The tweet, which said that there had been two explosions at the White House and President Barack Obama was injured, came after hackers made repeated... more »
  • UK: No charges for Australian royal hoax DJs

    February 1, 2013 6:37 AM

    LONDON - British prosecutors say they will not press charges against two Australian DJs over the royal hoax call that preceded a nurse's suicide. Two Australian DJs impersonated Queen Elizabeth II and her son, Prince Charles, as they phoned London's King Edward VII hospital in December to ask about the... more »
  • Man at center of Te'o hoax says he was in love

    January 31, 2013 9:02 AM

    A California man says he created the hoax involving former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o and a fake girlfriend because he was in love with the football player. Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, spoke publicly for the first time in an interview with Dr. Phil McGraw for the "Dr. Phil Show," the first... more »
  • Dr. Phil: Te'o was victim of girlfriend hoax

    January 30, 2013 11:18 AM

    NEW YORK- Dr. Phil McGraw says Manti Te'o was not involved in setting up the dead girlfriend hoax that became a sensation when it was exposed this month, and that the man who masterminded the scheme did so because he was "deeply, romantically" in love with the Notre Dame linebacker.... more »
  • Gunman hoax leads to federal charges

    January 28, 2013 7:21 PM

    A student at the University of Virginia at Wise campus faces federal charges for calling 911 and falsely reporting there was a gunman on campus. Prosecutors say the call from Bryant Hairston prompted university leaders to place the school on lockdown last week. Hairston faces charges of making false, fictitious... more »
  • ND pres defends handling of Te'o

    January 25, 2013 4:41 PM

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Notre Dame's president has sent the school's board of trustees a letter outlining and defending the actions of university leaders after they were informed about the Manti Te'o dead girlfriend hoax. The letter from the Rev. John Jenkins was dated Friday and obtained by The Associated... more »
  • Te'o tells Couric 'pain' and 'sorrow' was real

    January 24, 2013 3:13 PM

    NEW YORK - Manti Te'o told Katie Couric the feelings he had for what turned out to be a fake, online girlfriend were real and reiterated he had nothing to do with the hoax. The All-American linebacker said he was truly sorrowful and pained after finding out the woman he... more »
  • Police sent to Chris Brown home in latest 911 hoax

    January 22, 2013 3:55 AM

    LOS ANGELES - Police have responded to Chris Brown's home after they received a call about a domestic violence situation that turned out to be false. The Los Angeles Times reports police were contacted shortly before 5 p.m. Monday about a domestic violence incident. When police arrived, members of Brown's... more »
  • Notre Dame AD encouraging Te'o to speak publicly

    January 18, 2013 12:51 PM

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick says he is encouraging linebacker Manti Te'o to speak publicly about being the victim of a hoax involving a dead girlfriend who never existed. Swarbrick says he believes Te'o has to explain exactly how he was duped into an online... more »
  • Coroner says nurse found hanging in her room

    December 13, 2012 10:14 AM

    LONDON - The London nurse who took the hoax call about the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge apparently killed herself. A coroner's report says a colleague and a security person found nurse Jacintha Saldanha hanging by a scarf in her room at London's King Edward VII hospital last Friday, just... more »
  • Hospital: Nurse involved in Kate hoax call dies

    December 7, 2012 11:50 AM

    LONDON - Police in London are listing as unexplained the death of a hospital nurse whose body was found early today. The nurse was a victim of a high-profile hoax earlier this week. The hospital where she worked says Jacintha Saldanha received a phone call from two Australian radio disc... more »
  • Ballon boy's mom admits hoax

    October 23, 2009 5:41 PM

    The mother of the 6-year-old boy once feared missing inside a runaway helium balloon admitted the whole saga was a hoax, according to court documents released Friday. Mayumi Heene told sheriff's deputies that she and her husband Richard "knew all along that Falcon was hiding in the residence" in Colorado.... more »
  • School shooting threat a hoax

    October 13, 2009 9:54 AM

    A student at Woodlawn High School in Baton Rouge was cited for sending a text message warning other students about a possible shooting on campus Tuesday. The message was sent Monday and at least one parent told News 2 she kept her child home Tuesday because of the threat.... more »
  • Abduction in Livingston ruled a hoax

    October 7, 2009 10:03 AM

    Livingston Police said the possible abduction of 15-year old Kristin Patrone last night was a hoax. She was found just after ten last night. Officers said a close relative told Patrone to send text messages to her family telling them she was kidnapped. Investigators said she wanted to... more »

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