NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn’t happen this week


By The Associated Press



FILE - In this June 28, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump meets with Albert Almora (far right) and other members of the 2016 World Series Champions Chicago Cubs in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant holds the other "45" sign. Almora denied making an offensive gesture to the president during the meeting. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

FILE - In this June 28, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump meets with Albert Almora (far right) and other members of the 2016 World Series Champions Chicago Cubs in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant holds the other "45" sign. Almora denied making an offensive gesture to the president during the meeting. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)


FILE - In this June 1, 2017, file photo, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court gather for an official group portrait to include new Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, top row, far right at the Supreme Court Building in Washington. Seated, front row, from left are, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, and Associate Justice Stephen Breyer. Back row, standing, from left are, Associate Justice Elena Kagan, Associate Justice Samuel Alito Jr., Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch. The AP reported on July 7, 2017, that a story claiming White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said President Donald Trump had the power to disband the court was a hoax. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

FILE - In this June 1, 2017, file photo, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court gather for an official group portrait to include new Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, top row, far right at the Supreme Court Building in Washington. Seated, front row, from left are, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, and Associate Justice Stephen Breyer. Back row, standing, from left are, Associate Justice Elena Kagan, Associate Justice Samuel Alito Jr., Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch. The AP reported on July 7, 2017, that a story claiming White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said President Donald Trump had the power to disband the court was a hoax. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)


In this Oct. 1 file photo, rhinos graze in the bush on the edge of Kruger National Park in South Africa. A spokesman for South African National Parks told the AP on Monday that a story claiming four rhinos killed five poachers at the park was a hoax.


AP Photo | Denis Farrell, File

A roundup of some of the most popular, but completely untrue, headlines of the week. None of these stories are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out; here are the real facts:

NOT REAL: FIVE RHINO POACHERS KILLED BY FOUR ANGRY RHINOS

THE FACTS: The story from South African satire site NewsLast says a group of rhinos in the country’s Kruger National Park are seen on surveillance video surrounding the would-be poachers and trampling them. A spokesman for South African National Parks says “there is no truth” to the story.

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NOT REAL: BREAKING: Barrels removed from Clinton property contained parts from 3 missing women

THE FACTS: Police dismissed widely shared stories about women’s bodies found in oil drums on Bill and Hillary Clinton’s Chappaqua, New York, property, saying they received no such reports and haven’t investigated anything of the sort. The accounts claimed the women were last seen in a Little Rock motel in the 1970s while hitchhiking cross country. The stories appeared on several sites that acknowledge fabrications and were accompanied by a photo that was taken in South Carolina in 2012.

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NOT REAL: Albert Almora Showed His Middle Finger To President Trump

THE FACTS: The Chicago Cubs outfielder and his teammates visited the Oval Office during a visit to the White House last month. One picture shows Almora with his hand in his pocket and what at first glance could appear to be his middle finger sticking out. Several websites claimed Almora was making an offensive gesture toward the president. However, closer examination of the photo revealed Almora had two fingers displayed. Almora denied making a gesture and called the episode “unfortunate.”

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NOT REAL: Iconic Actor & Martial Artist JET LI Dies from Hyperthyroidism at Young age of 54

THE FACTS: The Chinese actor best known to American audiences for his high-flying martial arts exploits in movies like “Lethal Weapon 4,” ”Romeo Must Die” and “The Expendables” series is not dead. Li did reveal his struggles with an overactive thyroid in 2013, saying he was in pain but not suffering. A spokesman for Li tells the AP reports of his death are a hoax.

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NOT REAL: Spicer: “Trump Has The Legal Right To Cancel SCOTUS Because They Serve At His Pleasure”

THE FACTS: Not only does the president not have the legal right to “cancel” the Supreme Court, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer never claimed that he did. The story originated with admitted satire outlet Newslo. It falsely claims Spicer told reporters that Trump could disband the Supreme Court “should he feel the need for it.” The president has no power to dissolve the nation’s highest court, established through the U.S. Constitution in 1789.

FILE - In this June 28, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump meets with Albert Almora (far right) and other members of the 2016 World Series Champions Chicago Cubs in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant holds the other "45" sign. Almora denied making an offensive gesture to the president during the meeting. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2017/07/web1_117455180-78cc3d2912af4d1a9fe093e066f6db97.jpgFILE - In this June 28, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump meets with Albert Almora (far right) and other members of the 2016 World Series Champions Chicago Cubs in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant holds the other "45" sign. Almora denied making an offensive gesture to the president during the meeting. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
FILE - In this June 1, 2017, file photo, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court gather for an official group portrait to include new Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, top row, far right at the Supreme Court Building in Washington. Seated, front row, from left are, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, and Associate Justice Stephen Breyer. Back row, standing, from left are, Associate Justice Elena Kagan, Associate Justice Samuel Alito Jr., Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch. The AP reported on July 7, 2017, that a story claiming White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said President Donald Trump had the power to disband the court was a hoax. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2017/07/web1_117455180-f6ad486dbe0a4a8095b0c7c5f8f12370.jpgFILE - In this June 1, 2017, file photo, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court gather for an official group portrait to include new Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, top row, far right at the Supreme Court Building in Washington. Seated, front row, from left are, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, and Associate Justice Stephen Breyer. Back row, standing, from left are, Associate Justice Elena Kagan, Associate Justice Samuel Alito Jr., Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch. The AP reported on July 7, 2017, that a story claiming White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said President Donald Trump had the power to disband the court was a hoax. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
In this Oct. 1 file photo, rhinos graze in the bush on the edge of Kruger National Park in South Africa. A spokesman for South African National Parks told the AP on Monday that a story claiming four rhinos killed five poachers at the park was a hoax.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2017/07/web1_117455180-ca248f81e37a42b7b8c99d450d22c36a.jpgIn this Oct. 1 file photo, rhinos graze in the bush on the edge of Kruger National Park in South Africa. A spokesman for South African National Parks told the AP on Monday that a story claiming four rhinos killed five poachers at the park was a hoax. AP Photo | Denis Farrell, File

By The Associated Press

This weekly fixture is part of The Associated Press’ ongoing efforts to fact-check claims in suspected false news stories. Find all AP Fact Checks here: https://www.apnews.com/tag/APFactCheck.

This weekly fixture is part of The Associated Press’ ongoing efforts to fact-check claims in suspected false news stories. Find all AP Fact Checks here: https://www.apnews.com/tag/APFactCheck.

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