Brazil's Rousseff defends self ahead of Senate's ouster vote

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — On what could prove to be her last day as Brazil's president, Dilma Rousseff mounted a forceful defense of her time leading Latin America's most populous nation, warning senators that ousting her would hurt a young democracy while defiantly promising to go down fighting in what many see as a losing battle.

  • Written by MAURICIO SAVARESE, Associated Press PETER PRENGAMAN, Associated Press

Seattle weighs new rules for businesses with hourly workers

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle leaders have proposed new rules for retail and food-service businesses with hourly employees, including requiring them to schedule shifts two weeks in advance and compensate workers for some last-minute changes — the latest push by a city that has led the nation in mandating worker benefits.

  • Written by PHUONG LE, Associated Press

School asks high court to hear transgender bathroom case

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia school board urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to weigh in on whether a transgender male must be allowed to use the boys bathroom at his high school, framing it as an issue of national importance.

  • Written by ALANNA DURKIN RICHER, Associated Press

Dallas police squelch critics, questions about sniper attack

DALLAS (AP) — The day after five Dallas officers were killed by a sniper, the city's police chief described the men as "guardians" of democracy, praising them for protecting the freedom to protest at a large demonstration against police brutality.

  • Written by CLAUDIA LAUER, Associated Press

Judge to hear objections to closing church shooting hearing

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A federal judge will hear from news media organizations objecting closing a hearing in the trial of the man charged in the deaths of nine black church members in Charleston.