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AP Top Political News at 11:08 p.m. EDT

In stark UN speech, Trump threatens to "destroy" North Korea
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- President Donald Trump vowed Tuesday to "totally destroy North Korea" if the U.S. is forced to defend itself or its allies against the renegade nation's nuclear weapons program, making his case in a combative debut speech to the U.N. that laid out a stark, good-vs-evil view of a globe riven by chaos and turmoil....

Analysis: Trump insists on 'America First.' Who will follow?
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- President Donald Trump invited the question, and now the world must answer: If America insists on putting itself first, will anyone else follow?...

One last last chance: GOP strains for Obamacare repeal votes
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Time growing short, President Donald Trump and Republican Senate leaders dove into a frantic hunt for votes Tuesday in a last-ditch effort to repeal and replace "Obamacare." The pressure was intense, the outcome uncertain in a Capitol newly engulfed in drama over health care....

APNewsBreak: US report says Egypt falls short on rights
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Egypt is failing to protect free speech and its minorities, investigate abuses by its forces or grant U.S. monitors access to the conflict-ridden Sinai Peninsula, according to a damning Trump administration report obtained by The Associated Press....

Trump mocks Emmy ceremony for low ratings
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump is mocking Sunday's Emmy Awards ceremony - where he himself was frequently mocked by host Stephen Colbert, presenters and prize-winners....

Winners and losers in GOP's last-ditch health overhaul
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The GOP's last-ditch effort to repeal "Obamacare" would redistribute hundreds of billions of dollars in federal financing for insurance coverage, creating winners and losers among individual Americans and states in ways not yet fully clear....

Cuba again denies role in 'health attacks' on US diplomats
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Cuban government on Tuesday again denied any involvement in or any knowledge of a mysterious series of health incidents that have affected American diplomats in Havana....

Internal watchdog says EPA mismanaging toxic site cleanups
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Cleanups at some U.S. hazardous waste sites have stopped or slowed down because the Environmental Protection Agency does not manage its Superfund staff effectively to match its workload, an internal government watchdog said Tuesday....

AP Interview: NATO chief welcomes Trump's new approach
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- NATO's secretary-general welcomed President Donald Trump's new strategy for the 16-year Afghan war and said the U.S. leader's insistence that NATO members increase their defense spending is achieving positive results....

Mueller team questions deputy AG amid probe of Comey firing
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Special counsel Robert Mueller's office has questioned Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as it probes the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Tuesday....

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United States President Donald Trump speaks during the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) AP Photo/Seth Wenig

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