New Trump travel ban removes Iraq

President Donald Trump’s new executive order will withdraw Iraq from the group of countries whose citizens face a temporary U.S. travel ban as specified by the most recent plan in circulation, according to the Associated Press.

The AP reports that four anonymous government officials said the choice came after the Pentagon and State Department pressed the White House to re-evaluate the inclusion of Iraq on the list because of the country’s critical part in battling the Islamic State group.



The new order will also not incorporate clear exemption for religious minorities. Some analysts criticized the Trump administration for using that kind of language to favor Christians over Muslims.

The White House did not respond for comment by the AP. President Trump is expected to sign the finished executive order by the end of the week.

Rectal and colon cancer increase in young people

According to the New York Times, in recent decades, cancers of the colon and rectum have been steadily declining in older adults and were considered rare in young people. However, according to a new study from the American Cancer Society cited by the Times, scientists are seeing a recent increase in colorectal cancers in adults in their 20s and 30s.

Although 90 percent of all diagnosed cases are found in people over the age of 50, the rates of these cancers has been increasing with each generation born after 1950. Every five people per million born in the 1990s run a higher risk for being diagnosed with colon cancer. This is up from three people per million of the same age group born in the 1950s.

The increase in colorectal cancers is puzzling and troublesome, experts told the Times. People who are obese, heavy drinkers, have conditions similar to inflammatory bowel disease and Type 2 diabetes tend to be at a higher risk for these types of cancer.

Oculus lowers prices of virtual reality gear

Facebook’s virtual reality company, Oculus, is dropping the price of equipment that allows people to feel like they are physically present in a virtual reality, according to a New York Times report. The Touch controllers and Rift headset will cost 25 percent less, Oculus announced on Wednesday.

Brendan Iribe, the head of Oculus development, said in an interview with the Times, that the decrease is intended to make the product available to a wider audience.

Jason Rubin, an Oculus executive, told the Times that games like World of Warcraft and Grand Theft Auto remain at the forefront but, “with every new release, and with every new discovery, VR gets closer to finding its killer app.”

-Compiled by Sarah Trujillo