News Briefs


• More teenagers are identifying themselves with nontraditional gender labels, such as transgender or gender-fluid. The research, published the Journal Pediatrics, found that almost 3 percent of Minnesota teens did not identify with traditional gender labels such as “boy” or “girl.” The study found that transgender and gender-nonconforming (TGNC) youth reported “significantly poorer health”– including mental health– than cisgender teenagers.

• District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel, whose impartiality was questioned by President Donald Trump because of his Mexican heritage, is set to hear a case involving the president’s border wall. The case challenges the Department of Homeland Security’s power to waive environmental laws in their construction of a border wall. Curiel is scheduled to hear the case Feb. 16 in his San Diego courtroom.

• Jeff Bezos continues to expand Amazon’s business. The company is putting its foot into the medical world. Planning to become a supplier to major U.S. hospitals and clinics, the company is going to be supplying equipment anywhere from hip implants to gauze.

• Mirai Nagasu, a 24-year-old U.S. fgure skater, became the first American woman to successfully land a triple axle at the Winter Games Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Nagasu is one of three women to ever victoriously execute the move at the Olympics.

• A Raleigh-based mechanic, Christian Desgroux, will be serving up to three years in prison for pretending to be a three-star U.S. Army general. Desgroux landed a helicopter on a field by a technology company in Cary, North Carolina, to impress a woman in November of 2017, and the man also has other criminal charges pending.

• The Philadelphia Eagles won their first Super Bowl title in NFL history when they played the New England Patriots on Feb. 4. The team has announced they will not be attending the White House following their victory.

• Disney is launching a new subscription called ESPN Plus, CEO Bob Iger announced Feb. 6. It will cost $4.99/mo and debut alongside a redesigned ESPN app. Subscribers won’t be able to watch the most popular games for only $4.99; streaming ESPN TV networks will require a subscription to an existing service that offers those channels.

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