Flu Epidemic at Jail Just a Rumor, County Says -- While Banning Face Masks to Avoid Panic

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A rumored flu epidemic centered on the Maricopa County Jail is false, officials say, and a move to prohibit jail visitors from wearing face masks is merely to avoid possible panic.

Calls were flooding in all day on Thursday about the rumor, which was apparently spread by some defense lawyers in emails, says Cari Gerchick, spokeswoman for the county and its Correctional Health Services department, which oversees jail health issues.

"There is no outbreak at the jail," she says.

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Arizona Did Not Declare That Pregnancy Begins Before Conception

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For some reason, the rumor is being passed around again that Governor Jan Brewer signed legislation declaring a woman's pregnancy officially begins two weeks before conception.

Even though the bill in question was actually passed in April, the pregnancy-before-conception myth still gets passed off as fact with regularity -- as recently as yesterday.

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KTVK Clarifies Anchor Was Not That Upset About Peyton Manning Going to Denver

If you were watching KTVK (Channel 3) this morning, you may have heard anchor Kaley O'Kelley shout a four-letter word that ends in "uck" when she found out quarterback Peyton Manning was headed for the Denver Broncos.

While many people in the Valley have probably dropped an F-bomb or two over the past few days upon hearing that Manning's not going to the Arizona Cardinals, O'Kelley sure isn't one of them.

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Warren Jeffs Coma Rumor Gains Steam Thanks to AP; Still Not True -- Likely Started by People "in [Jeffs'] Camp"

Compliments of ABC News' rumor department.
Child-raping cult leader Warren Jeffs remains in critical but stable condition at a Texas hospital after starving himself in prison, where he's currently serving a life sentence for sexually assaulting two underage followers of his breakaway sect of the Mormon Church. He's still expected to make a full recovery, Texas prison officials tell New Times...again.

The reason Texas prison officials want to reiterate the fact that Jeffs isn't knockin' on death's door is because ABC News' rumor department yesterday ran with the yarn that he was in a coma and not expected to survive. It cites anonymous sources close to Jeffs as the source of the information.

Last night, the Associated Press ran with a similar tale -- that Jeffs was in a medically induced coma but expected to pull through.

Word of Jeffs' impending demise has since run wild on the interwebs, with even the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, and various other media outlets jumping on board, citing the AP's story.

Again, we regret to inform anyone who wishes nothing but the worst for the cult leader, but Jeffs is gonna be just fine.

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Warren Jeffs Didn't Actually Starve Himself Into Coma; Prison Officials Tell New Times Source of Rumor Unknown

Compliments of ABC News' rumor department.
You may have gotten your hopes up this afternoon when ABC News' rumor department ran with the story that convicted pervert Warren Jeffs is in a coma and not expected to survive after apparently starving himself in a Texas prison.

We hate to disappoint anyone who wishes nothing but the worst for the child-raping cult leader, but it turns out the rumor that Jeffs is in a coma and expected to die is exactly that: a rumor.

Jason Clark, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice -- where Jeffs is currently a guest of the state -- tells New Times the "prophet" of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is currently in critical but stable condition. The source of the rumor remains a mystery.

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Casey Anthony Dunk Tank Not Actually Coming to Arizona

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We got a little suspicious yesterday when we read a news report out of Lexington, Kentucky, claiming a Casey Anthony-themed dunking booth was en-route to Arizona.

The booth's called "State Vs. Anthony" and is complete with an Anthony lookalike as the dunkee. Players have the chance to throw a ball at one of two choices: "guilty" or "innocent."

Either way, the Casey lookalike ends up in a tub of cold water -- and a brief sense of relief washes over the majority of Americans who think Anthony murdered her 2-year-old daughter.  

The article quoted a press release from the Bluegrass Fair in Lexington announcing the dunk tank's appearance at the festival and how the thing was going to end up on an airplane to Arizona -- as if it were actually coming to Arizona.

From Lexington's NBC affiliate, Lex18:

However, organizers say if there is too much controversy surrounding the game, they will shut it down.

The booth is scheduled to stick around until the end of the fair before flying to its final destination in Arizona.

The Bluegrass Fair goes on at Masterson Station Park in Lexington through July 24.

We're sad to report, the dunk tank isn't actually coming to Arizona -- it's all part of the shtick, playing off the rumor that after she was released from jail, Casey Anthony boarded a plane headed to Arizona.

According to Michael Kaplan, a spokesman for the Bluegrass Fair -- whom we called to confirm that the booth coming to the Grand Canyon State was all part of the gimmick -- unlike the TV station, we were able to "see that one plus one equals two."

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Casey Anthony "May Be in Arizona," According to ABC's Rumor Department

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Where in the world is the most despised woman in America? Nobody seems to know for sure, but according to ABC News' rumor department, Casey Anthony "may be in Arizona."

We'd hold off on getting those pitchforks and torches ready -- she's also rumored to be in Ohio, Florida, Puerto Rico, trapped in a Nathaniel Hawthorne novel, and California.

When Anthony was released from a Florida jail early yesterday morning -- as ABC's story goes -- she was rushed to her lawyer's office where she hid out for a little while as the angry mob that (ahem) welcomed her back to freedom calmed down a bit. She was then taken to an airport where she boarded a private plane owned by a wealthy California attorney and was whisked away to the anonymity of Prescott, Arizona.

See video below.

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Wall Street Journal: Go Daddy to be Sold for $2.5 Billion

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Scottsdale-based Go Daddy, the largest registrar for domain names in the world, is reportedly about to be sold for $2.5 billion.

The Wall Street Journal cites "people familiar with the matter" as saying the company is close to a deal with private equity firms KKR & Co., Silver Lake Partners, and a third, unnamed investor.

Go Daddy's rumor-confirmation department could not be reached for comment this morning.

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