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McConnell bids to shelter GOP senators from Trump upheaval
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is wrestling with an unenviable, arguably impossible task this election year: protecting Senate Republicans from the political upheaval caused by Donald Trump's presidential candidacy....

Trump's 'America First' echoes old isolationist rallying cry
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump boils down his foreign policy agenda to two words: "America First."...

Congress edges closer to passing Puerto Rico rescue package
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress edged closer to delivering relief to debt-stricken Puerto Rico as the Senate on Wednesday cleared the way for passage of a last-minute financial rescue package for the territory of 3.5 million Americans....

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's vision improbably recalls past
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump laid out an economic future Tuesday that improbably resembles the past, declaring "it will be American steel" that once again builds gleaming skyscrapers and fortifies the bridges and American factories that broadly revive a manufacturing economy long gone....

Health officials prepare for Zika, but local efforts tight
HOUSTON (AP) -- The poorest parts of Houston remind Dr. Peter Hotez of some of the neighborhoods in Latin America hardest hit by Zika....

North American leaders confront rising tide of protectionism
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- The leaders of the United States, Canada and Mexico convened a summit Wednesday intended to reaffirm their close cooperation on security, the environment and trade at a time of rising extremist threats around the globe and isolationist calls in the American presidential campaign....

The Latest: Obama not giving up on trans-Pacific trade deal
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- The Latest on U.S. President Barack Obama's summit Wednesday with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto (all times local):...

'Move on' from Benghazi? Republicans say it's unlikely
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hillary Clinton says it's "time to move on" after a congressional report on the deadly 2012 Benghazi attacks accused the Obama administration of lethal mistakes, but produced no new evidence pointing to wrongdoing by the former secretary of state....

A look at the rescue package for Puerto Rico
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A look at the rescue package for cash-strapped Puerto Rico which faces a $70 billion debt. The Senate is holding a test vote on Wednesday. Some of the provisions in the bill:...

The Latest: Foreign officials say Trump appealing for funds
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on the US presidential campaign (all times local):...