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Reporter James Foley's beheading in the Middle East was part of a long tradition of sending a gruesome message. Continue reading →
As doctors work to stem an epidemic of the deadly Ebola virus, rumor and folklore help spread the disease. Continue reading →
A crowdfunding platform is being used to raise money for 'ghost-detecting' technology, though investors should be wary. Continue reading →
The son of convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky says memories of abuse have come back to him, but there are reasons for caution. Continue reading →
A Romanian priest jailed for seven years for killing a woman during an exorcism has been released.
The circumstances of the downed Malaysian airplane in Ukraine made it ripe for conspiracy theories.
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Drought-stricken farmers and others are turning to the mystical practice of water dowsing, and many are convinced it works. Here's why. Continue reading →
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