School Shooting Simulator in Development By Army, Homeland Security
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A new simulation in development by the United States Army and the Homeland Security Department is meant to help train teachers how to react during a school shooting. The new simulation is being developed as part of the Enhanced Dynamic Geo-Social Environment (EDGE), an “online training environment for first responders.” Last year they This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: School Shooting Simulator in Development By Army, Homeland...

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Twitter: Banning President Trump’s Account Would Limit Public Discourse
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After Twitter users called on the social media platform to ban President Donald Trump over his bellicose tweets, the company issued a statement reiterating its position on “world leaders on Twitter.” “Blocking a world leader from Twitter or removing their This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Twitter: Banning President Trump’s Account Would Limit Public...

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Daily Glixel: Check out ‘Monster Hunter: World’s’ Elder Dragons
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Welcome to Daily Glixel, the B side of video game news, where we roundup some of the day’s other top stories. It’s Friday! What games are you playing this weekend? Feel free to drop a comment and let us know. Personally, I’ll be spending some quality time with Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and Overwatch ( This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Daily Glixel: Check out ‘Monster Hunter: World’s’ Elder...

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Why Would Someone Call a SWAT Team on a Stranger?
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Earlier this week, 28-year-old Andrew Finch, a family man from Kansas, opened his door to a fully-armed SWAT team ready to defuse a hostage situation that was called in from 13,000 miles away. Shot down before he could even leave his porch, it became clear that Finch was the victim of a sick and tragic prank. In Ventura, California, an online spat between two players on the game Call of Duty escalated over Twitter to threats of SWATing, a popular...

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These Were The 10 Most-Popular Downloads on PS4 Last Year
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These Were The 10 Most-Popular Downloads on PS4 Last Year Japan’s Suicide Forest: ‘Jukai’ Is an Introspective Game About Loss This ‘Civilization 5’ Mod May Help Humans Avoid Rogue AI School Shooting Simulator in Development By Army, Homeland Security ‘Destiny 2’: Where’s Xur and What’s He Selling (January...

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Japan’s Suicide Forest: ‘Jukai’ Is an Introspective Game About Suicide Prevention
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The island is blackened; a red ribbon tangled among a single tree’s branches. A blocky person stands on a rock contemplating death; the red ribbon draped around its neck. Candles line the perimeter of the rotating platform, though none are lit. After a bit of time, a terrifying dark settles in. It’s a polygonal vignette that seeps of disturbing imagery, though it’s not without reason. Kurt Young and Nikola Kostic, of Mokuni Games and KBros Games, respectively, created Jukai: Ocean...

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Is Weed Legal In California? Sort of.
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For California’s cannabis enthusiasts, the week began triumphantly and ended in panic. On Monday, the Golden State celebrated its first day of legal marijuana sales – a joyful occasion that had taken the sustained work of activists, the slow creep of changing public opinion, several years of legislative debate and ultimately over $20 million dollars to accomplish. But then, on Thursday morning, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced he was rescinding a series of Department of Justice memos that provided guidance...

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Paul Haggis Accused of Rape, Sexual Misconduct by Multiple Women
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Multiple women have accused Oscar-winning movie director Paul Haggis of sexual assault. Last month, publicist Haleigh Breest filed a civil suit alleging that the filmmaker, who picked up Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay Academy Awards for 2004’s Crash, of rape. On Friday, three other women came forward to The Associated Press with accusations of sexual misconduct. Haggis denied the claims in Breest’s suit, which was filed in mid-December, and filed a countersuit, claiming the publicist and her lawyer had attempted...

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Bryan Singer Steps Down as ‘Legion’ Executive Producer
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Filmmaker Bryan Singer has asked to have his name removed as an executive producer on the X-Men–themed series Legion ahead of the show’s second season. The show’s creator and executive producer, Noah Hawley, confirmed the news to Deadline. The website’s sources claim that Singer made the decision after accusations of alleged sexual misconduct surfaced recently. A rep for Singer did not immediately reply to a request for comment. Singer was one of three people who’d worked on Hollywood X-Men adaptations to...

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From Toy to Thrash: How Scooters Are Becoming Millennials’ Extreme Sport of Choice
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Pedestrians on the sidewalks of downtown Chicago hold up cellphone cameras, drivers honk in frustration and the police don’t quite know what to do. It’s not every day that 300 young scooter riders flood the streets, ignoring red lights and turning a loading dock into a temporary stadium – to the dismay of at least one exasperated business owner. It’s called a street jam, where riders flock from all over the world to shred a city, performing tricks and causing...

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Hear Roots Supergroup I’m With Her’s Mesmerizing New Song ‘Game to Lose’
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Since its impromptu inception in 2014, all-star Americana trio I’m With Her has been touring mid-sized theaters with impressive regularity for a group without a proper album on the market. On February 16th, the group – Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O’Donovan and Sara Watkins – will release their long-awaited debut LP See You Around, featuring the new song “Game To Lose.” Beginning with a jaunty fiddle vamp that leads into an eerie, three-part harmony verse, “Game to Lose” combines the members’...

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Seth MacFarlane Talks Prescient 2005 Kevin Spacey Joke on ‘Family Guy’
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Family Guy has been credited with calling out wrongdoers and anticipating scandals long before they erupt in the headlines, but show creator Seth MacFarlane clarified Thursday that this isn’t exactly the case. “I think the myth that Family Guy is this Kreskin-like prognosticator of this kind of stuff is a little sensationalized,” he said during Fox’s portion of the Television Critics Association press tour. “It’s interesting that the narrative that’s been decided by others, the idea that...

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This ‘Civilization 5’ Mod May Help Humans Survive a Rogue AI
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Cambridge University’s Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) recently released a new Civilization 5 mod all about reducing the threat superintelligent AI can pose against mankind, The Verge reports.  As The Verge points out, CSER was founded in 2012 to explore “various global catastrophes capable of collapsing civilization or wiping out humanity altogether.” These dangers are referred to as “existential threats.” One of these threats, the CSER thinks, is a superintelligent artificial...

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Hear Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s Enthralling New Song ‘Echo’
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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club released new song, “Echo,” the latest preview from the group’s forthcoming new album, Wrong Creatures. Unlike the album’s opening single “Little Thing Gone Wrong,” which leaned more toward BRMC’s trademark ragged garage sound, “Echo” takes a more atmospheric, uncluttered approach. The song, as the title suggests, echoes the enthralling sound of Eighties rockers like Echo & The Bunnymen. Longtime Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds collaborator Nick Launay...

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Late-Night Hosts Roast Trump Over Revealing ‘Fire and Fury’ Excerpts
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President Trump‘s alleged foibles were put on display in excerpts from Michael Wolff’s forthcoming book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, earlier this week, and on Thursday, late night hosts added a few zingers of their own. Wolff’s tell-all portrays Trump and his administration in an oft-unflattering light and contends, among other things, that Trump never intended to win the election, and that his obsession with fast food runs deep. Trevor Noah, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel seized...

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See Chris Janson Perform Stark, Solo ‘Drunk Girl’ on ‘Megyn Kelly Today’
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“Buy Me a Boat” and “Fix a Drink” hitmaker Chris Janson delivered a powerful, timely message on the proper way to approach consent and respect for women on NBC’s Megyn Kelly Today Friday morning, performing his deceptively titled new single “Drunk Girl.” Released as an avalanche of sexual misconduct scandals continues to ripple through American society, Janson set up the song by telling Kelly that he’s a proud husband and father, then took a seat at a baby grand piano....

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David Letterman Details ‘My Next Guest’ Netflix Talk Show
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David Letterman has detailed his upcoming Netflix series My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, the former late-night host’s first TV project since exiting The Late Show in 2015. Barack Obama, Jay-Z, Howard Stern, George Clooney, Tina Fey and Malala Yousafzai will each serve as guest on Letterman’s show, which the streaming service will release one hour-long installment per month. Obama will be My Next Guest Needs No Introduction‘s first visitor when the series debuts January 12th on Netflix. The interview...

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‘Destiny 2’: Where’s Xur and What’s He Selling (January 5)?
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The tentacle-faced traveling salesman known as Xur has returned to Destiny 2, and this week he’s hanging out in the Giant’s Scar region on Io. If you look at your local map in the game’s Director guide, you’ll notice the Roman numeral IX northeast of the nearest fast-travel marker. “A peddler of strange curios, Xur’s motives are not his own,” the waypoint reads. “He bows to his distant masters, the Nine.” In D2, Xur’s currency of choice is no longer...

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Hear Devin Dawson’s Seductive New Song ‘Symptoms’
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Devin Dawson made a lot of the right moves in 2017, from landing a major-label deal to touring with country superstars like Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. But as he prepares to release his first LP Dark Horse, the Nashville singer is feeling weak in the knees – or rather, “Symptoms,” the subject of the smoldering new song he released on Friday. Dawson, whose first single “All On Me” introduced the world to his simmering mix of R&B and country...

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Watch Judas Priest’s Ferocious ‘Lightning Strike’ Video
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Judas Priest have unveiled their video for “Lightning Strike,” the heavy metal legend’s first single off their upcoming new album Firepower. The video, which first premiered at Revolver, combines live footage of Judas Priest onstage while singer Rob Halford delivers his verses separately in a darkened room. “You’re sowing the seeds fof a nightmare from hell / Your friends and your demons are tolling the bell,” Halford sings on the track. “Walking through fire, fate’s in my hands / Waiting...

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