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Trump returns to Arizona _ and a chaotic political landscape
PHOENIX (AP) -- Donald Trump was just a few weeks into his candidacy in 2015 when came to Phoenix for a speech that ended up being a bigger moment in his campaign than most people realized at the time....

Trump to watch eclipse from White House
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump plans to watch the solar eclipse from a White House balcony....

Navy chief orders probe into Pacific fleet after collisions
SINGAPORE (AP) -- The U.S. Navy ordered a broad investigation Monday into the performance and readiness of the Pacific-based 7th Fleet after an early morning collision between the USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker in Southeast Asian waters left 10 U.S. sailors missing and others injured....

Trump to outline Afghan strategy in national TV address
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump will use a nationally televised address to outline for a war-weary nation the strategy he believes will best position the U.S. to eventually declare victory in Afghanistan after 16 years of combat and lives lost....

Between cancer treatments, McCain maintains rigorous agenda
PHOENIX (AP) -- Sen. John McCain's packed agenda while on break from Congress in his home state of Arizona has hardly been the schedule of a typical brain cancer patient - or even someone about to turn 81....

Paul Ryan: Leaders must push beyond 'passions of moment'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's leaders "have an obligation" to steer the country past "the passions of the moment," House Speaker Paul Ryan said Monday in remarks that didn't explicitly criticize President Donald Trump's handling of this month's deadly clash in Charlottesville, Virginia....

The Latest: Pentagon chief confirms Navy probe of accidents
SINGAPORE (AP) -- The Latest on the collision between the USS John S. McCain guided missile destroyer and an oil tanker east of Singapore (all times local):...

Wounded congressman says return based on doctors' advice
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Louisiana congressman shot at a baseball practice in mid-June is telling colleagues that his return to the Capitol will be based on his doctors' advice and a date has not yet been determined....

Putin appoints new Russian ambassador to US
MOSCOW (AP) -- A career Russian diplomat, who gained the reputation of a hawk during his earlier tenure at the Defense Ministry, was named the new ambassador to the United States on Monday....