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Uber Delivers Kittens for National Cat Day… And Other News

Uber Kittens

I’ll take one taxi full of kittens! The car service Uber is delivering kittens to customers in celebration of National Cat Day.

Uber teamed up with Cheezburger to allow users to order some much needed kittens snuggles. Customers who live in San Francisco, New York, or Seattle can order 15 minutes worth of kitten snuggletime for the low cost of $20! Uber Kittens 2All proceeds go towards a local animal shelter and kitten-lovers can even adopt the fluff balls upon delivery. The only problem with this GENIUS IDEA (other than I didn’t think of it first) is that users should expect a delay – especially in New York City. Due to the popularity of Uber kittens, the Big Apple is experience a major shortage of cats. Uber Blog

HangersDemand for metal coat hangers in Texas rose dramatically after the attorney general requested an emergency ruling be granted by a federal appeals court judge that would allow the state to enforce a law that could shut down a dozen abortion clinics in Texas. Governor Rick Perry signed the anti-abortion law back in July, after an successful 11-hour filibuster by Senator Wendy Davis. But on Monday, one day before the law was to take effect, a federal judge deemed key parts of the law, which requires abortion-performing doctors to have admitting privileges at a hospital within a 30-mile range of the clinics they use, unconstitutional. In response to the judge’s ruling, Perry vowed he and others will keep fighting – to the death! Hence the emergency appeal to keep the restrictions on schedule… Huffington Post

Jim WheelerThe voice of the people is all that matters – even if it means reinstating slavery! A Republican Nevada state assemblyman said he would vote to bring back slavery of that’s what his constituents wanted. “If that’s what the constituency wants that elected me, that’s what they elected me for,” Jim Wheeler said. “That’s what a republic is about.” Unless they want affordable healthcare – that’s whole other story. Raw Story

Libya TruckWhy rob a bank when you can rob a truck? It has a getaway car included! A group of 10 heavily armed men intercepted a truck in Libya, containing a money shipment from the Central Bank of Libya worth $43 million. The truck was guarded by only one security vehicle so the masked gunmen didn’t have too much trouble stealing the loot. Security forces are now searching for the culprits and cursing their cash-only society. CNN

Hostages in NigerFree at last! Four French hostages  kidnapped by al Qaeda’s north African arm three years ago in Niger have been set free. Pierre Legrand, Daniel Larribe, Thierry Dol and Marc Feret were all taken in raids targeting two French firms operating a uranium mine near Arlit, northern Niger. As for their condition, that’s yet to be determined. “We can’t say that they’re in great health but their health is fine,” said a source close President Hollande. France is denying that they paid a ransom to release the hostages. “We don’t play that game,” Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said. So al Qaeda just decided three years was enough, time to go? Al Jazeera

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Current Event Cat of the Day: Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan

Current EVent Cat - Ali Zeidan Hostage

Some hostages are taken for years, others for mere hours. Luckily for Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan, he fell into the latter category.

Ali Zeidan was adducted yesterday from a Tripoli hotel room by armed gunmen. The motive of the abduction is unclear but it could be some sort of apparently retaliation for the recent American raid that seized a Libyan al Qaeda suspect over the weekend. The Libyan government initially denied they knew about the US plan but the US said they totally knew about it and had given them permission. Needless to say, the militia groups were not a fan on the raid, calling it a breach of Libyan sovereignty

Anyways, Ali Zeidan was held hostage for several hours by the armed men before he was rescued in a dawn raid on his hotel. Not much is known about the rescue, but apparently Libyan government forces were involved and the kidnappers did not hand Zeidan over peacefully.

The Libyan PM seemed in good health but was a little shaken up over the incident. He thanked those who had helped free him and dismissed kidnappings as “accidental things from the revolution’s overflow and they will disappear.”

Zeidan also urged the abductors to “assimilate into the state, and play an active role in it through its civilian and military institutions”.

Sounds a little too pragmatic for a politician. Maybe they switched him with a lookalike!?

Via: BBC News

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Al Qaeda Can Run But They Can’t Hide

al Qaeda can't hide

Well, actually al Qaeda can hide – and they do it fairly well. But eventually we’ll get ’em!

Secretary of State John Kerry’s “al Qaeda can run but they can’t hide” statement on Sunday ended off a weekend of al Qaeda raids.

First up, US forces managed to capture Abu Anas al Liby, an al Qaeda leader linked to the 1998 bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. The joint mission by the military, the CIA, and the FBI took place early Saturday in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, where a fierce firefight erupted, leaving 15 Libyan soldiers dead at a checkpoint. But that doesn’t matter because the US got what they were after: Abu Anas al Libi – dead or alive (but preferably alive). The embassy bombing terrorist was taken alive and is now in American custody. Sadly Abu Anas won’t get a tropical vacation in Guantanamo Bay, instead he’s expected to stand trial in New York.

After a 15-year manhunt, the US was pretty proud of this one. Abu Anas was, after all, and their “Most Wanted Terrorists” list.

“This operation should be a clear reminder that the United States will seek justice against those who would attack Americans, and never forgets those who are victims of terrorism,” the White House said Sunday.

And Chuck Hagel, undoubtedly in a great mood now that all his minions are back to work, wrote in a statement that the raids “send a strong message to the world that the United States will spare no effort to hold terrorists accountable, no matter where they hide or how long they evade justice.”

US officials insisted the Libyan government was aware of the operation but after al Qaeda leader Abu Anas el-Liby was captured, Libya demanded an explanation as to why the US kidnapped one of its citizens. John Kerry defended the capture, saying Abu Anas was a “legal and appropriate target”. So suck it Libya.

The second al-Qaeda raid of the weekend also took place early Saturday morning and also took place in Africa – but this time in southern Somalia. A team of U.S. Navy SEALs (the same SEALs that killed Osama bin Laden) targeted the leader of the al-Qaeda linked terrorist group al-Shabab. Unfortunately the mission didn’t go quite so smoothly. The SEALs came under fire and withdrew before they could confirm whether they killed their target. In the end they didn’t capture the target they were after. Yet… After all, they can run, but they can’t hide – for more than 15 years…

Via: CNN

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