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Fox News falls for fake news story

Reports that L.A. to spend $1 billion on police jetpacks

Fox News briefly fell for a fake news story Tuesday about Los Angeles looking to spend $1 billion on jetpacks for its police force, but quickly retracted the story, the Huffington Post reported Wednesday.

The hosts of "Fox and Friends" seemed skeptical about the story and retracted the report within an hour, the blog said.

Gawker suggested the report probably originated from a story in the Weekly World News, the tongue-in-cheek publication behind such characters as Bat Boy.

As The Hollywood Reporter had exclusively reported, the Weekly World News last year signed with CAA.

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