October 22, 2018: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • The Trump White House is considering classifying gender as determined by genitalia at birth. The New York Times reports that a draft memo from the Department of Health and Human Services "would define sex as either male or female," and is part of a government-wide effort to roll back recognition of transgender people under federal civil rights law. It's estimated that 1.4 million Americans identify as transgender.

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    • Oregon State Police
    A Boise woman is behind bars in Baker County, Oregon, charged with a DUI and first- and second-degree manslaughter following an Oct. 19 deadly crash on Oregon Route 86. Oregon State Police said 32-year-old Adrienne Larsen is also charged with criminally negligent homicide and reckless endangerment. Investigators said Larsen's Jeep SUV struck a man who had parked his pickup on the westbound shoulder of the road and was checking the air pressure of his tires.
  • Bloomberg News reports that America is "drowning in milk nobody wants." Analysts say "shifting tastes" and increased tariffs put into place by the Trump administration are to blame, and Bloomberg adds that America's yogurt industry is also hurting.

  • A new study from the Cleveland Clinic published in the Journal of American Medicine indicates that not exercising might be more harmful to your health than smoking. The report calls for health care professionals to encourage patients to achieve and maintain a robust fitness routine.

  • Family and friends of the late Tom Petty gathered in Gainesville, Florida, over the weekend to dedicate a park in his name. The Gainesville Sun reports that Petty used to play in the park as a boy.

  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus was given the Mark Twain Prize Sunday night, considered the top honor in comedy. A star-studded event in her honor will be televised by PBS on Monday, Nov. 19.

  • The reboot of Halloween was No. 1 at the North American box office this past weekend. Variety says the film slashed its way to a franchise record of $77.5 million.
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