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‘Cannibal cop’ says torturing and eating women nothing more than his fantasy

New York’s so-called “cannibal cop” opened his defense in court Tuesday with video testimony from the Russian founder of an extreme fetish website who said that discussing eating young women was a standard online fantasy. Sergey Merenkov described his site darkfetishnet.com, a favorite of suspended New York police Officer Gilberto…

U.S. warns Iran: Don’t take advantage of reduced naval presence

A top commander on Tuesday warned Iran not to test US resolve in the Gulf after Washington scaled back its naval presence in the area, saying no adversary should underestimate American military power in the region. “I still have one carrier out there, and I would just caution any enemy…

White House ‘deeply concerned’ with House Republican funding plan

The White House on Tuesday expressed deep concern with a Republican bill to avoid a new fiscal showdown by funding the government through 2013, which keeps most sequester spending cuts in place. The Republican bill introduced in the House of Representatives does not cancel the $85 billion in arbitrary and…

FBI investigating mysterious drone hovering near JFK airport

The FBI is hunting down a UFO. Really. At John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on Monday, a pilot reported seeing an unidentified black drone hovering about 2,000 feet from the ground as his plane made its final descent. The drone came within 200 feet of the plane,…

Facebook changes made users share more private data: study

Facebook users began sharing more private data after the social network giant revamped its policies and interface, according to a study released Tuesday. The seven-year study by Carnegie Mellon University researchers said users had been moving toward greater privacy settings from 2005 to 2009, but that the trend reversed with…

Rick Santorum responds to American Atheists: ‘Thank you’ for billboard

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum said Tuesday in a fundraising email he was “thankful” that an atheist group attempting to shame him. The American Atheists purchased seven billboards in Texas to highlight what the group describes as bigotry against atheists. One of the billboards featured Santorum along with his quote,…

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez dies from cancer

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez lost his battle with cancer Tuesday, silencing the leading voice of the Latin American left and plunging his divided oil-rich nation into an uncertain future. “We have received the toughest and tragic information that… comandante President Hugo Chavez died today at 4:25 pm,” a tearful Vice…

Utah Republican: Can’t punish cockfighting because abortion is legal

A Republican state senator from Utah said Tuesday he opposed making cockfighting a felony in the state because abortion was legal, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. “In a state where we can still allow people to kill their babies, we want to make it a felony to let chickens…

Senate panel approves John Brennan as next CIA director

The US Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday gave its approval for John Brennan to be the next director of the CIA, setting up a full confirmation vote as early as this week. Senators in a closed-door hearing voted 12-3 to approve Brennan, putting him on track to be President Barack…

Protesters chase UK consul out of West Bank campus

BIR ZEIT, Palestinian Territories — Scores of Palestinian students forced the British consul general to make a hasty departure from a West Bank university campus on Tuesday, witnesses and an AFP correspondent said. Consul General Sir Vincent Fean had travelled to Bir Zeit University near Ramallah to deliver a lecture…

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