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Investor Sues: Theranos 'Knowingly and Repeatedly Lied'

Partner Fund Management wants its $96M returned

(Newser) - Just when you thought things couldn't get worse for Theranos, this: One of its major investors has sued the company and its founder, Elizabeth Holmes, in an effort to get back its $96 million investment and then some. Partner Fund Management argues "the defendants engaged in securities fraud... More »

Donald Trump Wins a Pretty Dubious Award

Politifact gives him its 'Lie of the Year'

(Newser) - "People may not always think big themselves, but they can still get very excited by those who do," wrote Donald Trump in his 1987 book The Art of the Deal. "That's why a little hyperbole never hurts." Well, now he's being called on it:... More »

To Spot a Liar, Look for These 6 Clues

New computer software far outperforms humans

(Newser) - Poker players have been saying, and even living and dying by it, for years: Everyone has a tell. Whether we're lying or telling the truth, most of us reveal ourselves through the tiniest physical and verbal clues, and new lie-detecting software developed at the University of Michigan analyzes these... More »

What the NAACP Thinks About Rachel Dolezal

Group issues statement in response to the chapter president being outed as white

(Newser) - A white Montana couple say their daughter, the head of the Spokane NAACP in Washington, has been disguising herself as a black woman for years, but it appears the NAACP is still standing by Rachel Dolezal, at least for now. A statement released today by the group notes that "... More »

Parents Say 'Black' NAACP President Is Really White

White couple from Montana says Rachel Dolezal is their biological daughter

(Newser) - In a story that's bizarre on a number of levels, Rachel Dolezal, a professor of African studies and head of the NAACP chapter in Spokane, Wash., is said to have been outed as not being the black woman she's portrayed herself as—by her own supposed mom and... More »

NYC Teen Who 'Made' $72M Investing: I Lied

Mohammed Islam, 17, made it all up, and 'New York' magazine bought it

(Newser) - A New York City high school senior grabbed plenty of headlines yesterday after being named one of New York magazine's "Reasons We Love New York." What was so loveable and New York-y about Mohammed Islam? As the headline of reporter Jessica Pressler's piece proclaimed, "Because... More »

By 6 or 7, Kids Learn How to Lie and Distrust

Lying comes before distrust, researchers find

(Newser) - Kids are capable of thinking strategically, including using competitiveness and lies to their own benefit, by the time they're 7. So report researchers out of the University of Minnesota who studied 69 kids ages 3 to 9 playing two games. Kids typically figure out how to infer what others... More »

Texas High Court: Bosses Can Lie to Workers

Judges side with DuPont chemical co.

(Newser) - Employees in Texas, take note: Your boss can lie about your future in the company and get away with it, Main Street reports. A Texas Supreme Court ruling supports the way E.I. du Pont de Nemours (known as DuPont) apparently let go of workers—by getting them to join... More »

Morning People Are Liars at Night

Conversely, night owls are more likely to lie in the morning, study finds

(Newser) - Think morning people are somehow morally superior? Think again, say researchers whose new study, the Morality of Larks and Owls , finds a strong link between a person's ethical inclination and chronotype—which refers to when people are most naturally inclined to be asleep or awake. When outside of one'... More »

Why the Nose Heats Up When We Lie

Spanish scientists call it 'The Pinocchio Effect'

(Newser) - So Pinocchio wasn't that far-fetched after all: The nose may not grow when we lie, but two Spanish scientists say it does get noticeably warmer. Using thermal imaging cameras on volunteers, Emilio Gómez Milán and Elvira Salazar López found that nose temperature changed depending on their... More »

Tall-Tale Tellers Vie for Best Lie

Politicians, lawyers banned from contest

(Newser) - Fantastic fibbers are gathering at a remote pub in northwestern England today to vie for the title of world's biggest liar. The annual competition is held at the Bridge Inn in the Lake District hamlet of Santon Bridge. Contestants have five minutes to impress the judges with a whopping... More »

Candidate Turns 'Home Ec' Into 'Economics' Degree

Missouri contender caught fudging educational background

(Newser) - Tiny note to political candidates: "Economics" and "home economics" aren't quite the same thing. Missouri gubernatorial contender Dave Spence quickly updated his website this week after reporters discovered that his touted "degree in Economics" was actually a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Home Economics, TPM... More »

Inability to Detect Sarcasm May Be Early Dementia Sign

People who can't pick up on lies, tone could be at risk

(Newser) - It might be a low-tech way to diagnose the early stages of certain types of dementia: Look for people no longer able to detect sarcasm or lies. University of California researchers found that people with frontotemporal dementia fared poorly in tests measuring gullability, reports UCSF . Anecdotal evidence of seniors getting... More »

Politifact Names 'Lie of the Year'

Health care reform no 'government takeover'

(Newser) - This year’s biggest political lie is the phrase “a government takeover of health care,” holds the nonpartisan fact-checking group Politifact . The term "government takeover" was suggested by a GOP strategist, who called on Republican leaders to use it to refer to health care reform—and use... More »

Do We Have the Right to Lie?

A case puts pressure on the power of the First Amendment

(Newser) - Xavier Alvarez was never a Detroit Red Wings player, or married to a Mexican celeb. But he told those lies, along with a third—that he was a former Marine who had received the Congressional Medal of Honor—and was charged with a felony under the Stolen Valor Act of... More »

Teacher Throws Self Down Stairs to Avoid Review

Not surprisingly, she resigned

(Newser) - Apparently calling in sick just wasn’t challenging enough for a Brooklyn teacher who decided instead to throw herself down the stairs in an effort to avoid a bad performance review, the New York Post reports. The untenured high school teacher, who already had one poor review under her belt,... More »

Teacher Faked Brain Cancer to Skip Work

Cops say Leslie Herneisey lied about tumors for decade

(Newser) - What to do when you're too old to have mom write you a sick note to get out of school? Fake a really, really serious disease, apparently. Pennsylvania police say a special-education teacher has spent the last 9 years claiming she had an inoperable brain tumor in order to skip... More »

Lying Kids More Likely to Succeed (Honest!)

Researchers believe it's a sign of mental development

(Newser) - Don't get angry if little Johnny fibs: The ability to lie well and lie early indicates a fast-developing brain, according to some researchers, who suggest that kids who are convincing liars may grow into more successful adults. “Almost all children lie,” says Dr. Kang Lee, who headed the... More »

Lie-Detecting Brain Scan May Debut in Court

Lawyer hopes to have it admitted into evidence

(Newser) - Who needs Perry Mason when we've got neuroscience? A Brooklyn attorney wants to prove someone is telling the truth by introducing a scan of her brain activity into evidence this week, reports Wired . It would be a legal first and could open the door to more such evidence being used... More »

Parents Lie to Kids All the Time: Study

Nearly 80% of parents acknowledged fibbing to kids

(Newser) - Parents lie to their children, even while telling them that lying is wrong, so often it surprised researchers, a new study reveals. Presented with a list of seven hypothetical lies—such as “the police will come if you don't stop crying now” or “you did a good job... More »

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