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HC Wake-Up Call: CDC Is Banned From Using Words Such as ‘Transgender,’ A Power Outage Hits World’s Busiest Airport & Unicorn Cereal Will Make Its American Debut

Good morning Her Campus! With a break-neck news cycle, there is no possible way for you to stay on top of every story that comes across your feeds—we’re all only human, after all.

But, life comes at you fast. So grab a cup of coffee and settle in for this quick and dirty guide to stories you might’ve been sleeping on (like, literally. It’s early.)

Trump Administration Bans CDC From Using Words Such as 'Transgender' & 'Science-Based'​

CNN reports that, according to The Washington Post, the Trump administration has ordered officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to stop using certain words in 2018 budget documents. The seven banned words include "diversity," fetus," transgender," "vulnerable," "entitlement," "science-based" and "evidence-based." Officials apparently provided some alternative word choices, but this change leaves many medical scenarios that CDC workers could struggle to describe without certain words. Plus, including "transgender" in the list of forbidden words could be interpreted as refusing to acknowledge an entire group of humans.

"The assertion that HHS has 'banned words' is a complete mischaracterization of discussions regarding the budget formulation process," said Health and Human Services spokesman Matt Lloyd. "HHS will continue to use the best scientific evidence available to improve the health of all Americans. HHS also strongly encourages the use of outcome and evidence data in program evaluations and budget decisions."  

Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, CDC director, addressed the list on Twitter, saying, "You may be understandably concerned about recent media reports alleging that CDC is banned from using certain words in budget documents. I want to assure you that CDC remains committed to our public health mission as a science- and evidence-based institution."

Power Outage at Atlanta Airport Has Left Thousands Stranded

After a power outage occurred at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, which is reportedly the world's busiest airport, thousands of passengers are now stranded. CNN reports that on Sunday morning, the Federal Aviation Administration issued a ground stop for flights to Atlanta, which meant those planes were remaining at their departure points. As of Sunday afternoon, crews are currently trying to find the cause of the outage, which could largely affect domestic and international air travel this week. 

Unicorn Cereal Is Coming to the United States

Yes, you read that right. Kellogg's is planning to revamp its classic Froot Loop recipe and debut it as a limited edition Unicorn Cereal treat. Arriving in the States in March 2018, the cereal will first hit Manhattan's all-cereal cafe Kellogg's NYC, where customers will find red, blue and purple Froot Loop pieces with white "crunchlets" and a "magic cupcake" taste. The colorful breakfast initially launched in the U.K., where the cereal appeared in pastel-colored tones. I've never been a Froot Loops fan, but this will totally make some very gray mornings a little brighter.

What to look out for...

Today is Bake Cookies Day, aka the perfect opportunity for you to get a head start on your holiday baking. Bake a batch for your family Christmas dinner, your coworkers' holiday celebration or even plan ahead and decide what to make for your squad's New Year's Eve party!

Kristen is a 2017 graduate of Siena College with a degree in English and minors in Writing & Communications and Journalism. Although she constantly pines for life in London after studying there for a semester, she calls New York home for now. In addition to previously working as a writer and Senior Editor for Her Campus Siena, she has worked for Her Campus as a News and Pop Culture blogger and a national editorial intern. Kristen has previously written for New York Minute, London's Health and Fitness, and Electronic Products. She makes far too many references to "Friends" and the British royal family. Her blog, where she talks about books, TV, and film, can be found at Bookworms and Fangirls. Follow her on Twitter @kperroney.
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