false rumor

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But according to Laha Magazine, in a press release, Diab's press office firmly denied the news of a health-scare, stating that the star was absolutely shocked by the false rumor.
Demonstrators said they were furious over what they deemed a false rumor, saying it had helped fuel violence in Bani Walid and stir up tribal enmity.
Al-Hayat TV reported earlier that "the Egypt bus was attacked by angry Algerian fans," but it seems that it was a false rumor once again.
You remember [section] 23-50-104, circulation of false rumor injurious to bank?
You can't sue the telephone company because someone called up all your friends and spread a false rumor about you.
The false rumor captures the pitfalls journalists encounter when they ignore the by-the-book approach Kalb so sternly advocates.
of his "wrong understanding" of the country caused by "the false rumor spread
Mido made a sensational claim on Tuesday that his Wigan teammate tried to spread a false rumor about the former's alleged outburst at being benched in the 1-1 draw with Zambia.
While the jury is still out on the reason for the slide, it is speculated that some investors were acting on a false rumor that the drug would be turned down by the FDA, which had rejected the IMCL's first application in December 2001.
Executives can greatly reduce the impact of corporate rumors by creating a two-way dialogue with visitors to their corporate websites and providing them with senior management contact information in an effort to squelch the false rumor or at least neutralize unfounded criticism," added Ms.
had nothing to do with the spread of a false rumor that Procter & Gamble supports Satan, a Utah federal court ruled this week.
She stressed that the news of the pregnancy is merely a false rumor.