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Defense in cannibalism plot trial says conversations were fiction

Defense attorneys for New York police officer Gilberto Valle, accused of a cannibalism plot, tried Thursday to show their client engaged in "fantasy role-play" during online conversations with his three alleged co-conspirators.

Florida man swallowed by massive sinkhole in his bedroom

A 36-year-old man disappeared Thursday night when a sinkhole opened up under his bedroom in Florida, swallowing him as his brother tried to rescue him, authorities said.

Judge orders Fort Hood shooter to stand trial in 3 months

An Army psychiatrist accused of opening fire and killing 13 people at Fort Hood, Texas, will begin trial proceedings in three months, a military judge ruled.

As tablets boom, e-readers feel the blast

One thing appeared certain when Barnes & Noble announced Thursday how much money its Nook e-readers brought in over the past three months: The news would be lousy.

School's transgender ruling: fairness or discrimination?

A Colorado school's ruling over a transgender child has sparked questions that could affect schools all over the country.

Phillip Phillips' single, "Gone, Gone, Gone," named goodbye song on Season 12 of "American Idol"

Quadruple-platinum, Billboard chart-topper and AMERICAN IDOL winner Phillip Phillips will perform his second single, “Gone, Gone, Gone,” from his debut album, “The World From The Side Of The Moon,” on AMERICAN IDOL Thurs

Deadly mice to rain down on Guam snakes

If you're a brown tree snake, those dead rodents that will soon be falling from the sky over Guam's Andersen Air Force Base could be your last meal.

Benedict XVI marks last day as pope

When night falls Thursday over Vatican City, there will be no pope in residence.

20 New Culinary Competitors Brave "Hell's Kitchen"

Award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay welcomes 20 new competitors on the 11th season premiere of HELL’S KITCHEN airing Tuesday, March 12 on FOX.

Congressional leaders invited to W.H. on spending cuts deadline day

According to a senior Republican aide, Congressional leaders have been invited to the White House on Friday--the day forced spending cuts are scheduled to start taking effect.