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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An independent commission led by a former U.S. surgeon general has concluded there "is no compelling medical reason" for the U.S. armed forces to prohibit transgender Americans from serving and that President Barack Obama could lift the decades-old ban without approval from Congress, according to a report being released Thursday.
Munich (Germany) (AFP) - A German court Thursday sentenced football legend Uli Hoeness, president of powerhouse club Bayern Munich, to three and a half years in jail for evading tens of millions in taxes. The verdict for cheating the German state out of 28.5 million euros ($39.5 million) spelled the likely end of the career of the former star player whose trial has captivated football-obsessed Germany. Hoeness, 62, had admitted to hiding his wealth in secret Swiss bank accounts while obsessively "gambling" on international stock and currency markets for years. At the end of a four-day trial, judge Rupert Heindl delivered the verdict: "In the name of the people, Mr Ulrich Hoeness is sentenced for seven serious counts of tax evasion to a prison term of three years and six months."