Mar 26, 2019

Transgender military ban to take effect after appeals court clears path

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President Trump’s transgender military ban will go into effect on April 12 as planned after the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday granted a request by the government to dissolve one remaining injunction that temporarily blocked the implementation of the policy.

Details: The new rule largely prohibits transgender troops and new military recruits from transitioning to another sex, and will also likely allow the military to discharge transgender people in need of hormone treatment or surgery. While all 4 injunctions against the policy have been lifted, the courts have not ruled on the underlying merits of the cases.

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Coronavirus spreads to more countries, and U.S. ups its case count

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The novel coronavirus continues to spread to more nations, and the U.S. reports a doubling of its confirmed cases to 34 — while noting those are mostly due to repatriated citizens, emphasizing there's no "community spread" yet in the U.S. Meanwhile, Italy reported its first virus-related death on Friday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 2,251 people and infected almost 77,000 others, mostly in mainland China. New countries to announce infections recently include Israel, Lebanon and Iran.

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Wells Fargo agrees to pay $3 billion to settle consumer abuse charges

Clients use an ATM at a Wells Fargo Bank in Los Angeles, Calif. Photo: Ronen Tivony/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Wells Fargo agreed to a pay a combined $3 billion to the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday for opening millions of fake customer accounts between 2002 and 2016, the SEC said in a press release.

The big picture: The fine "is among the largest corporate penalties reached during the Trump administration," the Washington Post reports.