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Glenn Beck

Craze over teen clockmaker from Texas shifts from celebrity to conspiracy

DALLAS Conspiracy theories about Ahmed Mohamed are spreading nearly as fast as the boy's celebrity.

A week after police called a homemade clock that Ahmed brought to school a "hoax bomb," then dropped the charge, viral posts have called the 14-year-old everything from a fraudulent inventor to an Islamist plant who planned all along to get himself handcuffed.

Most of these theories cite no evidence, many contradict each other and some clash with known facts like a statement from Irving City Hall that the MacArthur High School freshman never intended to frighten anyone with his circuit-stuffed pencil case.

Yet rumors of a sinister plot are...