North Carolina warily watching 2 tropical weather systems

BUXTON, N.C. (AP) — A tropical weather system off the coast of North Carolina's Outer Banks is expected to strengthen in the next day, bringing winds up to 45 mph and heavy rains that could flood low-lying areas, officials said.

  • Written by BEN FINLEY, Associated Press JONATHAN DREW, Associated Press

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