RALEIGH, N.C.

‘Bathroom bill’ rolled back

North Carolina rolled back its “bathroom bill” Thursday in a bid to end the yearlong backlash over transgender rights that has cost the state dearly in business projects, conventions and basketball tournaments. The new measure cleared the House and Senate and was signed by Gov. Roy Cooper in a matter of hours. While it repeals a requirement that transgender people use public restrooms that correspond to the sex on their birth certificate, it makes clear that state legislators — not local government or school officials — are in charge of policy on public restrooms.

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas

Crash probe continues

Law enforcement officials from two departments say they received phone calls about a pickup driving erratically shortly before a collision between a truck and church bus in southwest Texas that killed 13 people. Twelve bus passengers and driver Murray William Barrett, 67, died at the scene Wednesday, Texas Department of Public Safety Lt. Johnny Hernandez said. Another bus passenger died at a San Antonio hospital. The pickup driver, Jack Dillon Young, 20, of Leakey, Texas, was in stable condition and the lone survivor from the bus remained hospitalized in critical condition.

WASHINGTON

NAFTA plan submitted

The Trump administration has submitted a set of guidelines to Congress for renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement. In an eight-page draft letter to Congress, acting U.S. Trade Rep. Stephen Vaughn wrote that the administration intends to start talking with Mexico and Canada about making changes to the pact, which took effect in 1994. The draft appears to keep much of the existing agreement in place. “We’ve got a long ways to go,” said Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio. “President Trump made big promises to working people in Ohio, and I’m ready to work with him to deliver on those promises or hold him accountable if he doesn’t.”

HONOLULU

Appeal of travel-ban ruling

President Donald Trump’s administration on Thursday appealed the latest court ruling against his revised travel ban to the same court that refused to reinstate the original version. A day earlier, U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson in Hawaii handed the government its latest defeat by issuing a longer-lasting hold on Trump’s executive order.

Compiled from wire reports