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US Embassy move in Israel emblematic of broader policy shift
WASHINGTON (AP) -- When the Stars and Stripes is hoisted over the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem next month it will be a physical milestone in a broader, striking shift by the Trump administration away from a half-century of traditional U.S. policy toward Israel and the Palestinians....

Senators grow frustrated with lax Trump vetting on nominees
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As President Donald Trump's pick to lead Veterans Affairs skids to a halt, senators from both parties are voicing frustration that the White House is skipping crucial vetting of nominees and leaving lawmakers to clean up the mess....

GOP unsettled by narrow win in US House race in Arizona
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- It took a big money push from the Republican Party, tweets by the president and the support of the state's current and former governors, but the GOP held onto an Arizona U.S. House seat they would have never considered endangered in any other year....

Supreme Court's last argument is over Trump travel ban
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court is saving one of its biggest cases for last. The justices are hearing arguments Wednesday over President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from several mostly Muslim countries....

EPA security chief also worked for owner of tabloid company
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The security chief for the head of the Environmental Protection Agency worked on the side as a private investigator for the owner of a tabloid news company with close ties to President Donald Trump....

Mixed signals from Trump on VA nominee as allegations build
WASHINGTON (AP) -- His nomination in peril, Veterans Affairs nominee Ronny Jackson fought to convince lawmakers of his leadership abilities as more details of accusations against him emerged, ranging from repeated drunkenness to a toxic work environment as he served as a top White House doctor....

Trump calls Kim open, honorable as summit planning goes on
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump said Kim Jong Un wants a historic, high-stakes meeting as soon as possible and suggested the North Korean dictator has been "very open" and "very honorable," a sharply different assessment of a leader he once denounced as "Little Rocket Man."...

Handshakes and kisses aside, some issues split Trump, Macron
WASHINGTON (AP) -- With exaggerated handshakes and a pair of kisses, President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron professed a sunny, best-friends relationship, even as the two allies strained to bridge differences over the Iran nuclear agreement, Syria and more....

Melania Trump takes her moment to sparkle in the spotlight
WASHINGTON (AP) -- There were no celebrity guests, Hollywood entertainers or superstar chefs. But as she stepped out of the background to host her first state dinner, Melania Trump sought to sparkle in her moment in the spotlight....

Q&A: How walkout by Arizona teachers is expected to play out
PHOENIX (AP) -- Tens of thousands of Arizona teachers are poised to walk off the job this week to demand more funding for public education, an unprecedented action in this conservative state without many union protections....