Boko Haram Kidnaps Wife of Cameroon’s Vice Prime Minister, Official Says

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YAOUNDE, Cameroon — A government spokesperson said Boko Haram fighters kidnapped the wife of Cameroon's vice prime minister in an attack that also resulted in multiple deaths. Communications Minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary said the attack occurred early Sunday morning in the town of Kolofata, in the Far North Region. He said the fighters targeted the home of Vice Prime Minister Amadou Ali, as well as a local traditional chief. See also: Boko Haram Won't Stop Nigeria's Mobile Revolution Bakary could not provide the exact numbers of people killed and kidnapped because he was still gathering information about the attack. However, he confirmed that Ali's wife was among those kidnapped. Read more.. Read more »

Star Wars Rebels Preview: All’s Right With the Galaxy

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Star Wars Rebels is coming to cable TV in October 2014. We don't have an exact date, and Lucasfilm has requested that those of us who got to see the first (slightly unfinished) episode at Comic-Con not reveal too many of its details to a salivating Star Wars fandom. So I can't term any story on the subject a review But I can tell you this: you're going to love it. The idea of Star Wars is back — and how See also: Join the Empire: Exclusive Art from 'Star Wars Rebels' The idea of Star Wars is something I wrote about at length in the forthcoming history How Star Wars Conquered the Universe . It boils down to the fact that although there's plenty in the six-movie Star Wars saga so far that divided audiences — some of us like four, three or just two of them — the idea is what charmed an entire culture Read more... Read more »

New York Times Editorial Board Calls for Marijuana Legalization

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America's paper of record believes that it's time the United States legalized marijuana The New York Times ' editorial board endorsed federal legalization late on Saturday, saying that there is little evidence that moderate marijuana use is more dangerous than alcohol or tobacco, both of which are legal See also: 22 Victorious Accomplishments in Stoner Engineering However, the board does believe sales should be restricted to people age 21 and up, citing concerns about the effect of marijuana on adolescent brains: There are no perfect answers to people’s legitimate concerns about marijuana use. But neither are there such answers about tobacco or alcohol, and we believe that on every level — health effects, the impact on society and law-and-order issues — the balance falls squarely on the side of national legalization. That will put decisions on whether to allow recreational or medicinal production and use where it belongs — at the state level. Read more... More about New York Times , Marijuana , Media , Us World , and Politics Read more »

The Pope Comes to America: Here’s What His Holiness Should See

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On the exciting news that Pope Francis is coming to America, the Mashable Team prepared a list of things His Holiness should experience during his visit. The Pope plans to attend a large Catholic gathering in Philadelphia next year, according to CNN. But we hope he'll have a chance to experience some of the country's other charms See also: You Do You, America Read more... More about New York City , Pope , Us World , Us , and World Read more »

5 Can’t-Miss Apps: Selfie Analyzer and More

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With Google's massive $1 billion Twitch acquisition and all the awesome coming out of this year's Comic-Con , you may have overlooked some of the week's best new apps. Luckily, Mashable creates a roundup each weekend of our favorite new and updated apps, so you won't miss out. See also: 8 After-Work Apps to Melt Your Stress Away This week's list includes an app that grades your selfies, a suite of photo-editing tools and an app that lets you create your own emoji. Check out the gallery, above, to see all the apps that made our list of top picks. And if you're looking for more, check out last week's roundup of can't-miss apps. Read more... More about Android , Tech , Android Apps , Ios , and Ios Apps Read more »

Mendoza Zoo Rejects Viral ‘Free Arturo’ Petitions, Polar Bear Staying in Argentina

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Despite the Internet's pleas to relocate Arturo — a 28-year-old polar bear living in an Argentinian zoo — from what critics are calling " deplorable conditions ," he may be stuck. Arturo is too old to move to a different zoo, according to the director of the Mendoza Zoo in Mendoza, Argentina . See also: 'Free Arturo': The Campaign to Save a 'Sad' Polar Bear in an Argentine Zoo The polar bear suffers from ailments associated with old age, and a potential move could be dangerous, as he would have to be sedated, director Pronotto said "Arturo is close to his caretakers," he told the Associated Press "We just want everyone to stop bothering the bear." Polar bears in captivity typically live for about 30 years . Read more... More about Animals , Zoo , Canada , Us World , and World Read more »

9 Unique Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich Recipes

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Opting for ice cream at home doesn't mean it has to be boring. You can mix up your frozen-treat game with these clever ice cream sandwich recipes . Rather than sticking to the plain, old vanilla and chocolate chip cookies, try something off the wall, like lemon and zucchini, if you're really brave. See also: 10 Weird Ice Cream Flavors to Terrify Your Taste Buds The combinations are endless. Read more... Read more »

Sunni Official Taken by Gunmen in Baghdad

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BAGHDAD — Gunmen traveling in 10 black SUVs seized a senior Sunni politician who had previously been jailed on terrorism charges from his home in Baghdad, police officers said Saturday. It was not immediately clear if Riyadh al-Adhdah, the head of the Baghdad Provincial Council, was arrested by security forces or abducted late Friday, the two police officers said. Four of his bodyguards were also taken, according to a statement from the provincial council. The officers spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media. See also: Iraq Now Censoring Websites Critical of Government Read more... More about Iraq , Us World , and World Read more »

‘Arrow’ Producers Tease ‘Flash’ Crossover and Oracle

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SAN DIEGO - Get ready for a super crossover Arrow producers at Comic-Con on Friday unveiled plans for a two-hour crossover event with freshman action series Flash , which is set to air this fall See also: 'The Flash' Trailer Hits: 9 Cool Blink-And-You-Missed-It Screenshots "We'll be seeing people from both shows crossing over," said Andrew Kreisberg, an executive producer on both shows. "Everyone will get a taste of each other — that sounds wrong." The crossover will take place in episode 8 of both shows. And prior to that, episode 4 of Flash will see Felicity (played by Emily Bett Rickards) visit Central City. Read more... More about Tv , Television , Cw , Entertainment , and Arrow Read more »

Why ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5 Is Worth Getting Excited Over

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With the newly released Game of Thrones Season 5 cast list, you can be sure that the murder rate in Westeros isn't going to be decreasing anytime soon — not that anyone expected that. HBO announced the new cast members at Comic-Con in San Diego on Friday afternoon, revealing a strong fifth season focus on the Martell family, a group of fearsome warriors from Dorne (all related to the recently departed Red Viper ). See also: 6 Blunt Character Changes HBO Made to 'Game of Thrones' While the show hasn't focused much on the Martell family yet, they're a pivotal and intimidating force in George R.R. Martin's novels. Equally exciting is the casting of the High Sparrow, a religious figure within Westeros with legions of loyal followers, who is sure to cause some trouble in King's Landing. Read more... More about Entertainment , Television , Hbo , Comic Con , and Tv Read more »