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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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Migrants Die of Thirst in Niger. Better Than Drowning…?

Die of Thirst in Niger

Where are the cool refreshing waters of the Mediterranean when you need them? Just weeks after several migrant boats sank in the Mediterranean drowning the majority of their passengers, dozens of migrants travelling to Algeria from Niger have died of thirst in the Sahara desert after their vehicle broke down.

Rhissa Feltou, the mayor of Agadez, the main town in northern Niger, said that 35 of the 60 travellers trying to reach Algeria had died of thirst. Travellers counted up to 35 bodies – mostly women and children – but many others have been reported missing. Those who had more camel-like water retention abilities managed to survive and all 19 of them were taken to a nearby Niger town and presumably given water.

The trouble began when one of the two vehicles headed towards Tamanrassett, an Algerian town in the heart of the Sahara, broke down. The working vehicle emptied its passengers and continued driving with a plan to find some spare parts and return to repair the other vehicle. In the meantime the migrants started to get pretty thirsty so they dispersed into small groups in search of an oasis. Several days of walking around aimlessly later – no oasis. However, five survivors did manage to reach a town and alert the army – but by that time many were already too parched to continue living.

Poor migrants – they can’t make it by desert and they can’t make it by sea. The question is: is it better for migrants to die of not enough water or too much water? Tricky.

Via: AFP

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