Transgenders can now sign up for US military Jan 03, 2018 0 330 12345 AFPWashingtonTransgender individuals wishing to enlist in the US military are now free to openly do so, despite efforts by President Donald Trump to bar transgender personnel from serving"in any capacity."As of January 1, the Pentagon is allowing transgender people to sign up, providing they meet certain medical criteria.The milestone is the latest in a string of setbacks for Trump's ban, which he announced via Twitter last July, citing"tremendous" medical costs and disruption to the military.Lawsuits playing out in four federal courts have resulted in rulings against the ban, putting its implementation on hold with judges saying it is likely unconstitutional.Under a new policy first announced when Barack Obama was in power, the Pentagon was supposed to start accepting transgender recruits on July 1, 2017 but Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis pushed that back by six months to January 1, pending further review.Last week, the Department of Justice said it would not ask the Supreme Court to prevent transgender people from entering the military, meaning the January 1 date went into effect. Pages 12 POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Deep Arctic freeze keeps its grip on US Northeast Jan 03, 2018 0 409 Hollywood stars back #TimesUp war on harassment as donations roll in Jan 03, 2018 0 366 Trump accuses former Clinton aide of failing to follow security protocols Jan 03, 2018 0 105 Woman replaces US star news anchor shamed by sexual harassment charges AFP Washington The US television channel NBC said Tuesday it had appointed a female anchor to replace shamed star Matt Lauer, who was accused of sexual misconduct, on its signature morning show"Today." The broadcaster .. New Bronx fire injures 16, 9 of them children AFP New York A fire destroyed a building and injured 16 people in the Bronx on Tuesday, just days after the worst fire in New York City in 25 years killed 12 people. "Our units arrived and were immediately faced with heavy .. Deep Arctic freeze keeps its grip on US Northeast REUTERS NEW YORK A record-shattering arctic freeze kept its grip on the U.S. Northeast on Tuesday, closing schools and affecting travel on the first business day of 2018, and forecasters warned the region could be ..