Latest Conspiracy theories News

DA: 9/11 conspiracy fueled San Francisco airport stabbings

Jun. 23, 2022 17:44 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California man may have been motivated by a conspiracy theory related to the 9/11 attacks when he stabbed and wounded three people with a machete earlier this week at San Francisco International Airport, prosecutors said. The 33-year-old Yuba...

New Mexico election drama has roots in wider county movement

Jun. 23, 2022 14:20 PM EDT

SANTA FE, New Mexico (AP) — A rural New Mexico county's initial refusal to certify its primary election results sent ripples across the country last week, a symbol of how even the most elemental functions of democracy have become politicized pressure points amid the swirl of lies stemming from...

Screams, threats as New Mexico counties certify vote

Jun. 17, 2022 20:43 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A standoff over the security of voting machines between a Republican-leaning county in New Mexico and Democratic state officials that threatened to erupt into a wider political crisis was defused Friday after local commissioners voted to certify their election results. ...

Official in election standoff avoids prison in Capitol riot

Jun. 17, 2022 19:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An elected official who was a central figure in a New Mexico county’s refusal to certify recent election results based on debunked conspiracy theories about voting machines avoided more jail time on Friday for joining the mob that attacked the U.S. Capitol. Couy...

County's refusal to certify the vote hints at election chaos

Jun. 15, 2022 16:57 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The conspiracy theories about Dominion voting machines that erupted during the 2020 presidential contest flared this week in a remote New Mexico county in what could be just a preview of the kind of chaos election experts fear is coming in the fall midterms and in 2024. ...

Frayed trust frustrates some rural Nevada election officials

May. 28, 2022 13:11 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — In deep-red Republican rural Nevada, longtime election officials are fighting back against a right-wing conspiracy-fueled push to turn back the clock on elections and return to hand counting paper ballots. For some, the fight is paying off. For...

Perkins wins Oregon's Republican U.S. Senate primary.

May. 27, 2022 12:59 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Jo Rae Perkins has won Oregon’s Republican U.S. Senate primary. Perkins, a frequent candidate for public office, has been criticized for her belief in QAnon, a wide-ranging and baseless conspiracy theory that depicts former President Donald Trump as a hero...

'Horrifying' conspiracy theories swirl around Texas shooting

May. 26, 2022 09:45 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — By now it's as predictable as the calls for thoughts and prayers: A mass shooting leaves many dead, and wild conspiracy theories and misinformation about the carnage soon follow. It happened after Sandy Hook, after Parkland, after the Orlando nightclub...

Republican Senate candidates promote 'replacement' theory

May. 17, 2022 15:37 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Several mainstream Republican Senate candidates are drawing on the “great replacement” conspiracy theory once confined to the far-right fringes of U.S. politics to court voters this campaign season, promoting the baseless notion that there is a plot to diminish the influence...

Conspiracy theorists flock to bird flu, spreading falsehoods

May. 17, 2022 10:26 AM EDT

Brad Moline, a fourth-generation Iowa turkey farmer, saw this happen before. In 2015, a virulent avian flu outbreak nearly wiped out his flock. Barns once filled with chattering birds were suddenly silent. Employees were anguished by having to kill sickened animals. The family...