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AP Top Political News At 7:25 p.m. EDT

Donald Trump says Bowe Bergdahl should have been executed
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said Thursday that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl should have been executed for leaving his post in Afghanistan....

Carson says armed Jews would have 'diminished' Holocaust
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson suggests the Holocaust would have been "greatly diminished" if German Jews had been armed with guns....

AP source: Rubio raises $6M over last 3 months
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Marco Rubio has raised roughly $6 million over the last three months for his Republican presidential bid....

McCarthy abruptly withdraws candidacy for House speaker
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Confronting insurmountable obstacles, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy suddenly withdrew from the contest for speaker of the U.S. House on Thursday, shocking colleagues just before they were to vote and producing ever-deeper chaos for a divided Congress....

VW executive apologizes but says scandal not his fault
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Volkswagen's top U.S. executive offered deep apologies yet sought to distance himself Thursday from the emissions scandal enveloping the world's largest automaker, asserting top corporate officials had no knowledge of the cheating software installed in 11 million diesel cars....

The Latest: Boehner to stay until House votes to replace him
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The latest on the chaos among House Republicans after Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy withdrew his candidacy for speaker (all times local):...

The Republicans' Mr. Congeniality drops out of speaker race
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Mainstream lawmakers saw Kevin McCarthy as an honest broker in ragged times. Those farther on the right worried that, as House speaker, he might obstruct their obstructionism....

Battery fires: FAA to back ban on passenger plane shipments
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The risk of unstoppable fires is prompting U.S. officials to back a proposed international ban on rechargeable lithium battery shipments as cargo on passenger airlines....

The Latest: Lawmakers press EPA on its response to VW case
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The latest on the congressional hearing on Volkswagen's emissions-rigging (all times local):...

Clinton server hack attempts came from China, Korea, Germany
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton's private email server, containing an electronic inventory of some 55,000 pages of emails from her stint as secretary of state, was repeatedly hit by attempted cyberattacks originating in China, South Korea and Germany in 2014, according to a congressional document obtained by The Associated Press....

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