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MIAMI (AP) — Forecasters have issued a tropical storm warning for a long stretch of North Carolina's Outer Banks. Forecasters expect the tropical depression with winds of 35 mph about 125 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras to become a tropical storm by early Tuesday. A second depression was about 240 miles west of Key West, Florida, with maximum winds of 35 mph.
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter says the U.S. has asked Turkey to "stay focused" on fighting against Islamic State extremists, not with Kurdish Syrian fighters. It was the first U.S. criticism of its NATO ally since it launched a U.S.-backed incursion into northern Syria to help Syrian rebels seize the town of Jarablus from the Islamic State group.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will meet with the president of Turkey next week when he travels to Asia for meetings with world leaders. The White House says Obama and Recep Tayyip Erdogan (REH'-jehp TY'-ihp UR'-doh-wahn) will meet Sunday on the sidelines of a major economic summit. The two will discuss Turkey's recent assault against the Islamic State group in Syria and rising tensions with Kurds in the region.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia school board is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on whether a transgender male must be allowed to use the boys' bathroom at his high school. The Gloucester (GLAH'-stur) County School Board formally asked the high court on Monday to overturn an appeals court ruling that said the board's policy barring Gavin Grimm from the boys' restroom violates federal law. At issue is whether the courts must defer to a U.S. Department of Education rule that says transgender students in public schools must be allowed to use restrooms that correspond with their gender identity.
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A neighborhood in South Carolina is reporting that people dressed as clowns have been seen trying to lure children into the woods. Greenville County deputies say they've found no evidence of anyone behind the apartment complex where residents reported seeing clowns trying to attract children. Patrols in the area are being increased.
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