Sen. John McCain's service to his country began more than six decades ago at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis and will end there in a cemetery overlooking Maryland's Severn River. A private burial service on Sunday will conclude nearly a week of events honoring the Navy aviator, prisoner of war, congressman, longtime senator and presidential contender. The Arizona Republican died of brain cancer Saturday at 81 at his ranch near Sedona. Here are the stories The Associated Press is planning. All times EDT:



MCCAIN HUMOR — There's a reason most stories about Sen. John McCain have a punch line. The late Arizona senator was a war hero, an elder statesman, an occasional grump and also hilarious. McCain used humor — often off-color — to charm and disarm people. By Laurie Kellman. SENT: 500 words, photos.

MCCAIN-SENATE BUILDING — A proposal to rename the Russell Senate Office building after Arizona Sen. John McCain appears to be gaining bipartisan support, but success is far from assured. By Matthew Daly. SENT: 750 words, photos.


THE NEXT MCCAIN — No matter whom Arizona Gov Doug Ducey appoints, there will be no next John McCain -- not only because the late senator was a war hero and political titan, but because any Republican appointed to fill his seat will inevitably have to bow to the party and presidential line in a way McCain never did. By Nicholas Riccardi. 800 words, photos of possible replacements, by 3 a.m.

TRUMP-SHRINKING PRESIDENCY — When most of Washington and much of the nation gather to mourn the death of Sen. John McCain later this week, President Donald Trump will not be there. His absence is about more than just a political feud between two dramatically different politicians. It highlights Trump's refusal to use the ceremonial, symbolic power of the presidency to lead, a choice that is likely changing the presidency itself. By Julie Pace. 900 words, photos, by 5 p.m.

MCCAIN — Members of the public honor Sen. John McCain as he lies in state at the Arizona State Capitol. At 1 p.m. Eastern, a private ceremony will take place inside the Rotunda of the Arizona State Capitol. Following the ceremony, the public is invited to pay their respects to McCain from 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Eastern. Spot coverage inside and outside, with AP Photos, video edits, live video planned.


MCCAIN-PALIN — Sen. John McCain used his last words to warn against tribalism and hiding "behind walls rather than tearing them down." His words are largely viewed as a repudiation of President Donald Trump and his hard-right policies. But McCain's legacy as the anti-Trump is complicated by his role in elevating Sarah Palin to political stardom. McCain's onetime running mate paved the political path for Trump. By Laurie Kellman. 700 words, photos, by 3 a.m.

MCCAIN— Arizonans pay tribute to Sen. John McCain at North Phoenix Baptist Church. Motorcade departs Arizona State Capitol at 12:15 p.m. Eastern for North Phoenix Baptist Church. Memorial service begins at approximately 1 p.m. Eastern. McCain departs Arizona for the last time at approximately 3:30 p.m. Eastern for Join Base Andrews, Maryland. Spot coverage inside and out, AP Photos, video edits, live video planned.


MCCAIN-SENATE — Sen. John McCain is being remembered one of the last lions of the Senate. That's because the next generation of power players in the chamber are lionesses. By Lisa Mascaro. 700 words, photos, by 3 a.m.

MCCAIN — Washington honors Sen. John McCain at a ceremony under the U.S. Capitol dome. Ceremony is at 11 a.m. Eastern, with public viewing beginning at 2 p.m. Spot coverage, with AP Photos, video edits, live video planned.


MCCAIN — Former presidents, lawyers and dignitaries remember Sen. John McCain at Washington National Cathedral. Departure ceremony from U.S. Capitol is at 8:30 a.m. Eastern, stop at Vietnam Veterans Memorial time TBD, 10 a.m. memorial service at National Cathedral. Spot coverage, with AP Photos, video edits, live video planned.


MCCAIN — Sen. John McCain is laid to rest at the U.S. Naval Academy cemetery. Motorcade arrives at U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. at 1:45 p.m. Eastern, with ceremony and interment at 2 p.m. Spot coverage, with AP Photos, video edits, live video planned.


Photo coverage is planned for Phoenix, Washington and Annapolis ceremonies and burial.


Broadcast and online edits will be available for Phoenix, Washington and Annapolis ceremonies and burial.