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After killing at least 40 people in their latest series of raids on villages in northern Nigeria this week, Boko Haram militants appear to have Maiduguri and it’s 2 million residents surrounded. From CBC News: “In Maiduguri, some 200 kilometers north of Michika, people fleeing militant attacks in neighboring Borno state say that Boko Haram fighters warned they are preparing ‘a big grave’ for them in Maiduguri and that ‘there will be no mercy.’” Though Nigerian military forces were able to fight off Boko Haram militants this weekend in Maiduguri, there are reports that the city is now surrounded and several roads in have been taken over Boko Haram. Authorities fear that the terrorist group my be planning a massive attack soon ... Discuss

GoDaddy's advertising has always thrived on getting people riled up and catering to the lowest common denominator, but it seems they've finally taken it too far. Their planned Super Bowl ad was called "Journey Home," and featured a lost puppy making his way back to his owners, only to be met with the news that he has been sold (on a site his owners made on GoDaddy, of course.) The ad raises more questions than answers. Like, why did his owners use GoDaddy when they could have just posted on Craigslist? And, how are they getting wifi out in that barn? And, did anyone in the marketing department actually think this was funny?

A lot of people definitely did not think it was funny. A Change.org petition to pull the ad has over 40,000 signatures, saying it's cruel to animals and encourages irresponsible treatment of dogs. GoDaddy finally caved to pressure and will play a different ad this Sunday, and released a statement apologizing for the ad and informing us that the puppy in the ad, Buddy, has been adopted by a GoDaddy employee. So, everybody wins. Congratulations on your new family, Buddy ... Discuss

A card game centering on exploding cats is now the most popular Kickstarter campaign of all time. “Exploding Kittens,” which is described as “a highly strategic kitty-powered version of Russian Roulette” is a creation of Matthew Inman, the mastermind behind the The Oatmeal comic series. Within just minutes of launching, the campaign surpassed its goal of $10,000, and now, with 22 days still to go, has brought in more than $4 million. Though other campaigns have taken in more pledges for cash, Exploding Cats 107,000 individual backers, makes it the most popular of all time. The moral of the story: If you want to have a successful internet venture, just make sure it’s all about cats ... Discuss

Last night, officials in Georgia executed inmate Warren Lee Hill, a convicted murderer who his lawyer say was intellectually disabled. Hill was found guilty of killing his girlfriend, as well as, a fellow prisoner. His lawyers say that Hill had an IQ of just 70 and possessed the “emotional capacity” of a child. State and federal courts had previously halted his execution by lethal injection on two different occasions, but last night, the Supreme Court decided to not grant another stay.

The decision to execute Hill has brought Georgia’s controversial standard for proving intellectual disability into new light. U.S. Constitution prohibits intellectually disabled people from being executed. In Georgia, the burden of proof to be classified as intellectually disabled lies with the defendant, but because diagnosis can be subjective in nature proof “beyond a reasonable doubt” is a difficult standard. All three doctors who initially testified in an earlier murder trial in 2000 that Hill was not intellectually disabled, wrote letters to the courts recanting their diagnosis, saying they were rushed. All three of the doctors now say Hill was intellectually disabled ... Discuss

A few months back, we got word that Paul Feig was rebooting Ghostbusters with an all-female cast. Bill Murray even weighed in on it. Now, however, we've got official word that the movie is really happening and, what's more we've got our Ghostbusters. And they are exactly the Ghostbusters we need. Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy and Kate McKinnon are exactly who you're gonna call from now on, and that's about as solid a lineup as you're likely to get. Kristen Wiig you definitely know, and you probably know McCarthy too. McKinnon and Jones will be new to people who haven't been keeping up with SNL recently, but they've both stood out in a newly dynamite cast—McKinnon, especially, is positively bursting with white hot comedic timing. Variety has confirmed that negotiations are just about finished and then, it's on ... Discuss

Look, this is barely surprising. At this point, it seems weird that Chris Pratt isn't just going to star in every movie. Who would complain? But he seems like a particularly good fit for Indiana Jones, seeing as he channeled such a Harrison Ford vibe in Guardians of the Galaxy. Now, talks are still early (and we'e heard rumors like this before), so this whole thing is far from certain, but Deadline is confidently reporting that talks are definitely happening and filming could start after Pratt wraps his work on Jurassic World and Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Just don't call him junior ... Discuss