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Were there 18 school shootings in the US from Jan 1 to Feb 14, 2018?

In summary there appears to be at least 18 gun incidents in, or around, schools between 1st January and 14th February 2018. They are not all of the "mass shooting" variety one might expect from the ...
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Is the USA murder rate at a high? Specifically is it at a 45 year high?

NO! The EXACT OPPOSITE is true. According to this comprehensive listing showing data from 1960 to 2015 shows the highest absolute number of murders (24,700) occurred in 1991. The highest per capita ...
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Has Trump's administration been making more human trafficking arrests than the Obama administration?

The earliest mention online - and thus likely the source for this - seems to be maga1776.com. The numbers for 2010 to 2016 are official statistics - the 2016 numbers are directly from ICE, the ...
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Are crime rates up by 10% in Germany?

These statements are not supported by the official data. According to official statistics of the German Federal Crime office the crimes in Germany 2017 are down by about 10% compared to 2016 and ...
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Do the murder statistics of 5 cities bring the USA to the 3rd highest country, from 189th?

This is false no matter what way you try to frame it. Using the 2019 crime stats: Murders US: 15020 [1] Chicago: 491 [2] Detroit: 273 [3] New Orleans: 120 [4] St. Louis: 194 [5] Washington DC: 166 [6]...
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Can 1 in 1,000 black men expect to be killed over the course of their lifetime by the police?

The statement by John Oliver that "1 in 1,000 black men can expect to be killed by the police" is supported by research of the highest calibre. There is a peer reviewed paper in one of the most ...
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In the US, are illegal immigrants more likely to commit crimes?

TL;DR: We don't know. Reported crimes are actually lower, but that may not reflect the real crime rate. There is no evidence that it is higher, only speculation. Immigrant crime statistics show ...
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Have phone scammers recorded "Yes" statements to fraudulently authorise payments?

While there are oodles of online references regarding this scam, they all appear to stem from an October 2016 alert by the Better Business Bureau of Western Pennsylvania. I've searched for people who ...
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Was a Canadian father jailed for referring to his trans son as his daughter?

Reliable information about this case is hard to find because there is a publication ban on the family identity and on discussion of the child's gender change. However here is a reliable report which I ...
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Do 1 in 2 Swiss citizens have guns and do they have the lowest crime rate?

The two facts stated in the claim can be considered mostly true. The conclusion drawn, however, is not. Gun Ownership Ownership rates in Switzerland are estimated between 25 and 60%. There is no ...
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Did Abner Schoenwetter spend 6.5 years in jail because he used plastic bags instead of cardboard boxes when importing lobsters from Honduras?

To summarize: Honduras has regulations about what lobsters can be fished (to prevent over-exploitation). The defendants knowingly broke these regulations and then tried to hide their illegal ...
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On average in the US, is there a mass shooting 9 out of every 10 days?

I've written about the issues with defining a "mass shooting" in another answer previously. I'm going to copy and paste the pertinent parts here. The main problem with statistics like ...
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Is the USA murder rate at a high? Specifically is it at a 45 year high?

No, 2015 was the highest since 2009, but it was much higher previously, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. According to the FBI Uniform Crime Reports, via Politifact, the increase in ...
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On average in the US, is there a mass shooting 9 out of every 10 days?

It depends on the definition. This article in Mother Jones says: Studies indicate that the rate at which public mass shootings occur has tripled since 2011. Between 1982 and 2011, a mass shooting ...
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Did a thief think he could conceal his identity from security cameras by putting lemon juice on his face?

The source of this story (as cited by Kruger and Dunning) is: Fuoco, M. A. (1996, March 21). Trial and error: They had larceny in their hearts, but little in their heads. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, p....
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In the US, are illegal immigrants more likely to commit crimes?

No. Numerous studies show that immigrants (legal and undocumented) are actually less likely to commit violent crime. From The Wall Street Journal piece "The Mythical Connection Between Immigrants ...
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Are crime rates up by 10% in Germany?

I am German and I have here a original statistic source, which I copied (screenshot) for easy access of yours. I hope the numbers are convincing. It's from the latest (May '18) "Polizeiliche ...
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Are black Americans responsible for more than 50% of homicides?

Yes, according to the US Department of Justice document Homicide Trends in the United States, 1980-2008: Table 7, Homicide type, by race, 1980-2008: Homicide offenders were: 45.3% White 52.5% ...
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Did Wild West outlaws regularly wear face masks?

Yes, of course. This was quite common. — The Evening News, Detroit MI Michigan, July 4, 1901 'Last train robbery of Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid' 'Original reporting' Sundance supposedly ...
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Has the marijuana black market in Colorado increased since the state repealed its state laws prohibiting it?

This question has one claim in the title and four others in the body 1. The black market in Colorado has increased since legalization Possible. There are claims many places including here that ...
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Do the murder statistics of 5 cities bring the USA to the 3rd highest country, from 189th?

This is not possible based on the information given. The link you provided has the US at 6th with 16,214 murders and 189th place is a 3 way tie with 9 murders each. Using this data that would require ...
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Is it illegal for regular US citizens to possess or read the Podesta emails published by WikiLeaks?

In current U.S. case law, it might be illegal to publish stolen documentary material, but prior case law rules it legal if the material is "of great public concern", which I think most media would ...
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Can 1 in 1,000 black men expect to be killed over the course of their lifetime by the police?

Putting aside the reputation of the journal for a second, it is nevertheless possible to examine carefully the citation and methodology of the paper and find it to be a good representation of reality. ...
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Was a 15-year-old teen sentenced to 15 years because he took 5 seconds to stop intercourse with an 18-year-old?

It's partly correct, but it is missing an important aspect of the female’s testimony. "J.L." (Jewel Lankford) is the female, "Baby" (Maouloud Baby) is the male discussed in the OP, and "Mike" (...
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Are crime rates up by 10% in Germany?

Overall Crime numbers have indeed decreased, but there are categories of violent crimes that have increased during the last few years. Murder rates have increased: Y axis: number of murder victims ...
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Were there 18 school shootings in the US from Jan 1 to Feb 14, 2018?

It depends on what you classify as 'school shooting' and most people would consider this number too high. You can find an overview over 17 incidents (together with news sources) at: ...
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Was a 15-year-old teen sentenced to 15 years because he took 5 seconds to stop intercourse with an 18-year-old?

Was a 15 year old teen sentenced 15 years because he did not stop a 5 second intercourse with an 18 year old quickly enough? No, there was a conviction but the conviction was overturned, and ...
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There isn't "a single case - not one - in which it is clear that a person was executed for a crime he did not commit.”

When approaching this question there are two items that need to be resolved, if the quote accurately quotes what Justice Antonin Scalia said and the second of which if the quote in its current context ...
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Were US crime rates significantly lower in 2011 than in 1992?

These numbers look legitimate. They are given per 100,000 (which is a standard practice, and often assumed by default). Both 1992 and 2011 numbers exactly match FBI report (and apparently were taken ...
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