Transgender North Carolinians get restroom-access win

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge ruled Friday that two students and an employee must be allowed to use restrooms matching their gender identity at University of North Carolina campuses, and he said they have a strong chance of proving the state's bathroom-access measure violates federal law, a judicial rebuke that transgender rights advocates hailed as a victory.

  • Written by JONATHAN DREW, Associated Press EMERY P. DALESIO, Associated Press

Rebels, civilians leave town after four-year siege

DARAYA, Syria (AP) — Escorted by armed troops, dozens of insurgents and their families left this war-wrecked suburb of the Syrian capital on Friday as part of a forced evacuation deal struck with the government to end a four-year siege and aerial campaign that has left the area in ruins.

  • Written by ALBERT AJI, Associated Press ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press

US, Russia fall short on deal to restore Syria truce

GENEVA (AP) — The United States and Russia said Friday they had resolved a number of issues standing in the way of restoring a nationwide truce to Syria and opening up aid deliveries, but were unable once again to forge a comprehensive agreement on stepping up cooperation to end the brutal war that has killed hundreds of thousands.

  • Written by MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press

Lawmakers call Maine governor unhinged after obscene tirade

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's bombastic Republican governor has built a reputation on his unfiltered comments, but his obscene tirade unleashed on a liberal lawmaker prompted Democratic lawmakers Friday to warn that the governor was coming unhinged and to call for a political intervention.

  • Written by MARINA VILLENEUVE, Associated Press