Claudette is no longer just a tropical depression. The National Hurricane Center says Claudette regained tropical storm strength overnight as it churns about 30 miles south of Norfolk, Virginia. The storm could dump one to two inches of rain on eastern North Carolina this morning, raising the risk of flash flooding.       The western half of the U.S. probably needs to get ready for a long, hot summer. The National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center's 90-day forecast sees a trend of warmer-than-normal weather. That's likely to lead to warmer soil temperatures, hotter ambient air temperatures, and an expansion of the drought that's gripping the western U.S.       The first cruise from a U.S. port in 15 months is at sea. About 650 Royal Caribbean employees and their guests are on a two-night loop aboard the Freedom of the Seas to demonstrate it's safe to sail on cruise ships with COVID-19 still circulating around the world.       The chairs of the House Problem Solvers caucus say a proposed infrastructure compromise provides a path to getting legislation to President Biden's desk. The proposal calls for spending about one-and-a-quarter trillion dollars on urgent infrastructure needs over the next eight years.       The richest man on Earth is heading to the edge of space in a few weeks and thousands want him to stay there. Two online petitions have collected more than 40-thousand signatures from those who don't want Amazon founder Jeff Bezos [[ BAY-zos ]] to be allowed to land after his July 20th flight.       [[ note nature ]]       Former sports reporter Kat O'Brien is opening up about the time she says a Major League Baseball player raped her. O'Brien said in a New York Times essay she didn't feel comfortable coming forward about the 2002 incident because she thought it would ruin her career before it started.