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A new Facebook cloud game mixes Telltale writing and reality TV. Users will decide the story.

Just weeks into Facebook’s debut into the cloud gaming market, it has its first “exclusive” title that’s a perfect fit for Facebook users: a reality show that lives completely in the cloud.



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Coming Wednesday, “Rival Peak” is a Facebook Watch program in which artificial intelligence-driven “contestants” will live, work and exist for every minute of the day within the fictional region of Rival Peak, a mountainous forest region that emulates the Pacific Northwest. With a diverse cast of internationally-based characters, Facebook users will decide what each contestant of the show will do in the game, how they behave, and who will basically be “voted out” by the end of every week of its 12-week run.

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The game/show is being developed by Pipeworks Studios and Genvid Technologies, including former staff of the beloved-but-shuttered Telltale Games, who created some of the strongest narrative adventure games

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A pair of Senate races in Georgia could decide the fate of a $3.4 trillion stimulus plan

  • The shape and size of a stimulus plan is on the line in the Georgia runoffs on January 5.
  • “It’s everything,” policy expert Heidi Schierholz said in an interview.
  • A slim Democratic majority in the Senate could use a legislative maneuver to pass a $3.4 trillion coronavirus aid plan without Republican votes.
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President-elect Joe Biden is on course to assume office on January 20, but the balance of power in Washington is still unresolved with a pair of Senate runoffs in Georgia just two weeks before Biden’s inauguration. 

In one race, Democrat Jon Ossoff is challenging Republican Sen. David Perdue, while Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler is facing off against Democrat Raphael Warnock in the second runoff. The results will determine which party controls the Senate in an extraordinary period of public health and economic challenges  — and how many federal dollars are pumped

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In Ethiopia’s Civil War, Sudan Will Decide the Outcome

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia—While the world girded for the U.S. election in early November, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed launched a war against the northern region of Tigray. The region is home to the Tigray People’s Liberation Front—the party that dominated Ethiopian politics for decades and has since been displaced and sidelined as Abiy has sought to consolidate power and made peace with the TPLF’s archenemy, Eritrea.

But the TPLF has not gone quietly; in September, the regional government it leads held local elections that the central government refused to recognize in October. Then, on Nov. 3, following provocations by Abiy, it took control of personnel, military hardware, and equipment from the federal army’s Northern Command, prompting Addis Ababa to declare war against a region that remains home to a sizable portion of the Ethiopian federal army’s arsenal and forces, given its position along the long-contested and still undemarcated border with

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Covid-19: Battleground States Where Virus Is Raging Will Likely Decide the Election

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Americans voted on Tuesday in the midst of a rapidly escalating coronavirus outbreak that is concentrated in some of the very states that were likely to decide the presidential race.

Whoever wins the election will face a virus that is now infecting more than 600,000 people in the United States a week, and an outbreak that may be heading for its darkest and potentially deadliest period yet.

More than 92,000 cases were announced across the country on Tuesday, one of the highest totals of the pandemic, along with more than 1,120 new deaths. Hospitalizations also topped 50,000 for the first time since Aug. 7.

In a nation that has nearly 8 percent unemployment and is mourning the virus-related

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TV networks left in limbo as America struggles to decide who won election

“This is why elections are fun,” said CNN’s John King, relentlessly jabbing at one of his two giant iPads as the lead in Florida lurched back and forth. Then he said it again. Absolutely no one agreed with him.



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About an hour and an epoch earlier, the networks and news channels had seemed as interested in their own redemption story as they were in the election itself. They hoped for a do-over of 2016, where every glib presumption would be replaced with a cautionary note, and a radical plan to wait, no matter how long it took, to see what would actually happen.

That was temporarily good for democracy, but possibly difficult for television executives, whose solemn duty was to make their product as opaque as reality. “There is no telling when we are going to have a winner,” said Martha MacCallum,

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Voters to decide Fairview Park Schools levy, North Olmsted charter amendments

FAIRVIEW PARK, Ohio — The 2020 presidential General Election includes numerous community issues — such as a new-money school levy and charter amendments — to be decided on Nov. 3.

There’s Issue 72, which finds the Fairview Park City Schools going to the ballot for the district’s first new operating levy in 14 years.

If approved, the continuous 7.9-mill operating levy would raise $3.2 million annually, with homeowners paying an additional $23.04 monthly per $100,000 in home value.

The district has advertised that a failed Issue 72 — which means a $1.6 million deficit starting next school year — would have direct negative consequences beginning in the second semester of the current school year.

This would include suspending all athletic and extracurricular activities, starting with winter sports. Also, bus transportation would be cut to state minimum standards regarding radius to school.

The 2021-2022 school year would find the district making

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