It's Friday, Sept. 4 and here is your day ahead:

In local news...

WEATHER: Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms are expected this morning. Skies will be mostly cloudy and it will be cooler as temperatures fall back into the middle 70s this afternoon. Humidity levels will drop as well. Full forecast 


The defending world champion Seattle Seahawks kicked off the NFL season against the Green Bay Packers last night -- and they set the bar high for the rest of the league. The Seahawks dominated most of the game, posting a 36-16 win over the Packers. There's more bad news, Packers running back Eddie Lacy suffered a concussion during the fourth quarter. There's no word on how much time he'll miss. And right tackle Brian Bulaga left the game in the second quarter with a knee injury. Coach Mike McCarthy said after the game it appears to be a sprain and they don't believe it's a serious injury. More on this story


A U.S. appeals court in Chicago has ruled that gay marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana are unconstitutional. Thursday's decision by a three-judge panel at the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals bumps the number of states where gay marriage will be legal from 19 to 21. The decision was unanimous. More on this story


The former Dane County deputy accused of murdering his wife and sister-in-law will go to trial. Andy Steele appeared in Dane County court for the first time in person Thursday. Only one witness testified, a Fitchburg detective who heard Kacee Tolefsbol yell "I'm dying" from Steele's home. Steele is charged with shooting and killing Tolefsbol and his wife, Ashlee. Between court documents and testimony there is still no mention of motive. More on this story


Badgers at Camp Randall by Phil Roeder The Badger football team plays in its first home game of the season this weekend. They take on western Illinois Saturday at 11 a.m.  When you're inside Camp Randall, you're going to notice a big change. All trash cans are gone. Camp Randall is now a "zero waste" stadium. Fans will see blue bins for recyclables and yellow bins for compost. UW says all items sold at concession stands can be recycled or composted. More on this story


About 2,600 athletes are descending upon Madison this weekend competing in the 2014 Ironman Triathlon. The triathlon starts at 7 a.m. on Sunday with a 2.4-mile swim in Lake Monona, followed by a 112-mile bike ride through rural Dane County and a 26.2-mile run through downtown Madison. 17 countries and 48 states will be represented in the triathlon, with 818 participants coming from Wisconsin. More on this story

In national news...


So much to talk about: As top world leaders meet for a second and final day, there's a lot at stake. From a relentless conflict in Ukraine, to the fast-spreading ISIS terror group that is conquering parts of Iraq. It's no wonder this week's NATO summit in Wales is considered "the most important gathering of leaders in more than a decade." Here's what to expect from this crucial meeting. More on this story


Joan Rivers last show Farewell to the queen of comedy: The world got a little less sassier, a little less funnier yesterday. Joan Rivers started her career as a stand-up comedian - quick to poke fun at herself in her trademark raspy voice. By the time she died yesterday at 81, she was a pioneering icon who mocked the world in her own brutal but hilarious way. If there's an afterlife, it's got one heck of a comedy duo . Her good friend Robin Williams died last month after an apparent suicide. More on this story


Close call: Keep your helmet nearby! A newly discovered asteroid will zip by Earth on Sunday. But not to worry - NASA says it won't hit Earth or any of the thousands of satellites orbiting the planet. The asteroid won't be visible to the naked eye, but it will give astronomers and scientists a chance to study it. More on this story


Is yours on the list?: Health isn't just about how we live. It’s also about where we live. Just ask the residents of these 10 cities, which topped CNN's list because they shine in more ways than one. More on this story


Deal or no deal?: Ukraine is cautiously optimistic that a ceasefire will go into effect today. The nation's east has been in conflict for months, and rebel leaders in Donetsk and Luhansk regions say they will order a ceasefire this afternoon "if agreements are achieved and Ukrainian officials sign a plan for a political settlement of the conflict." And so the world awaits. More on this story