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Wednesday January 18th, 2023 day edition

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As we get closer to the sixth anniversary of the Switch, it seems Nintendo's beloved hybrid system has broken yet another record.

According to the latest NPD Group data for 2022 (via industry analyst Mat Piscatella), the Switch was officially the best-selling console for the fifth year in a row in the US.

Sony's PlayStation 5 was in second place and Microsoft's Xbox Series X|S was in third place.

And the overall market is said to have exceeded $56.6 billion but was down by 5% compared to 2021.

Piscatella notes how "factors impacting 2022 spending" included continued supply constraints, a light slate of premium releases and macroeconomic conditions.

Also making the top 10 was Pokémon Scarlet and Violet in sixth place and Pokémon Legends: Arceus in eighth place.

Do you know anyone who purchased a new Nintendo Switch last year? »

Gunfire damages North Carolina substation, no outage caused

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina utility said an electricity substation was damaged by gunfire early Tuesday but that it caused no power outages.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation was notified, and the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force responded to conduct a parallel investigation, the release said.

EnergyUnited Electric Membership Corporation serves customers in parts of 19 North Carolina counties and says it’s collaborating with federal, state and local officials to share information and strengthen critical systems. »

Anger as GOP put former 9/11 truther Marjorie Taylor Greene on Homeland Security Committee

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Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene is set to join the House Homeland Security committee in a decision that is drawing disbelief and disgust from her critics who find themselves unable to fathom that a onetime 9/11 truther and spreader of countless conspiracies will now sit on a committee making decisions about America’s defence.

Democratic congressman Ritchie Torres tweeted: “As the former Vice Chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, I’m HORRIFIED that it was just announced that Marjorie Taylor Greene will serve on the committee.

His colleague Ted Lieu wrote: “Here is exhibit 9,387 as to why House Republicans are extreme: they put Marjorie Taylor Greene on the Homeland Security Committee. »

Kazakhstan ends unlimited stay for Russians

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Tens of thousands of Russians, mostly young and middle-aged men, relocated to Kazakhstan last year as Moscow, embroiled in the Ukraine conflict, launched its first conscription campaign since World War Two.

The Russian language is widely spoken in Kazakhstan and the two countries share the world's longest continuous land border, making Kazakhstan a popular choice among Russians fleeing the draft.

The ability to stay in the country de facto indefinitely - by leaving it and reentering every 90 days - has been another important factor. »

Florida High School Cancels ‘Indecent,’ a Play About Censorship on Broadway in 1923

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When an English production of the play opened on Broadway in 1923, the cast and producer were arrested on obscenity charges—and the play was shut down.

In 2015, playwright Paula Vogel dramatized the controversy and censorship in her own play, the Tony-nominated Indecent.

Now, a Florida high school has abruptly canceled a student production of Indecent, citing sexual content. »