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AP Top Political News at 2:49 p.m. EDT

AP-GfK poll: Third party backers a wild card in 2016 race
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Most people who are drawn to third party candidates in the presidential election aren't sold on their choice, making these voters wild cards in an already unpredictable contest....

Supreme Court in holding pattern, awaiting ninth justice
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court is set to begin its new term as it ended the last one, down one justice and ideologically deadlocked on a range of issues....

AP-NORC Poll: Half of Trump backers don't trust vote count
NEW YORK (AP) -- Donald Trump is making the unprecedented assertion that the general election "is going to be rigged," and many people who are drawn to his presidential campaign have major doubts about the accuracy of the Nov. 8 vote....

Official: No 'manipulation' of data seen in election hacks
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hackers have made their way into state election systems "in a few cases," but the federal government hasn't found "any manipulation" so far of voting information, the Homeland Security secretary said Saturday....

Missouri woman accuses fellow Legislature candidate of rape
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A Ferguson lawyer who is running for a seat in the Missouri House has accused another Democratic candidate of raping her during an August meeting to discuss how they could work together in the upcoming legislative session....

Governor hopefuls distancing themselves from Clinton, Trump
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- In West Virginia, the Democrat running for governor has defended the coal industry while decrying his party's presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton....

Supreme Court: Some noteworthy cases coming up in new term
Some noteworthy cases the Supreme Court will hear in its new term that begins Monday:...

Talk of sex tapes takes presidential campaign on sordid turn
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) -- Donald Trump is encouraging voters to check out a "sex tape" featuring the former beauty queen with whom he's feuding. Hillary Clinton's campaign is suggesting that a better rental is the adult film in which Trump himself appears....

US mood hardens as leader of ally Philippines stokes outrage
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As the body count mounts in the Philippines' deadly war on drugs, and its combative president's rhetoric plumbs new depths, the mood in Washington toward a key Asian ally is hardening....

Analysis: Change isn't part of Trump's character - or appeal
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump will not change....