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Officials say Trump's Afghan plan involves 3,900 more troops
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's plan to end the stalemate in America's longest war and eliminate Afghanistan's rising extremist threat involves sending up to 3,900 additional U.S. forces, senior officials said Tuesday. The first deployments could take place within days....



The Latest: Tillerson raises prospect of punishing Pakistan
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on President Donald Trump and US policy in Afghanistan (all times local):...



Pentagon chief, in Baghdad, says militants are 'on the run'
BAGHDAD (AP) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday he is confident that U.S.-backed Iraqi forces will finish off the Islamic State militants clinging to strongholds that are shrinking in size and number....



New US penalties on Chinese, Russian firms over North Korea
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration on Tuesday imposed sanctions on 16 mainly Chinese and Russian companies and people for assisting North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs and helping the North make money to support those programs....



Questions on immigration, race follow Trump to Arizona
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Trying to recapture the Republican fervor that helped put him in office, President Donald Trump travels to Arizona on Tuesday to visit the nation's southern border and to rally thousands of supporters in a state where he's trashed both Republican senators....



A coal country dispute over an alleged Trump promise unmet
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration has rejected a coal industry push to win a rarely used emergency order protecting coal-fired power plants, a decision contrary to what one coal executive said the president personally promised him....



Paul Ryan defends tax breaks for Foxconn at town hall
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said he will not support a resolution to censure President Donald Trump over his comments following the white supremacist march in Virginia, even though he believes Trump "messed up" by saying "both sides" were to blame for violence and that there were "very fine people" among those marching to protect Confederate statues....



Critics: Pardon would nix chance to hold Arpaio accountable
PHOENIX (AP) -- Gary Donahoe learned firsthand the consequences of crossing Sheriff Joe Arpaio when the lawman was still one of Arizona's most powerful politicians....



Appeals court: Energy officials missed in pipeline review
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Washington appeals court says federal energy regulators fell short in evaluating the environmental impact of a natural gas pipeline that's carrying gas through Alabama, Georgia and Florida....



Trump's path to boosting infrastructure full of potholes
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's road to getting legislation through Congress this year to restore the nation's crumbling infrastructure appears increasingly precarious....