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Chaos in the House: McCarthy withdraws candidacy for speaker, GOP vote postponed
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....

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

Ted Cruz's Republican presidential campaign raises $12 million over past 3 months
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ted Cruz's presidential campaign is reporting a $12.2 million fundraising boost over the past three months....

AP source: Republican presidential candidate Marco 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....

VW executive apologizes to angry Congress _ but says emissions scandal is 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....

Obama cites differences with GOP on immigration in speech to Hispanic leaders
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama promised Hispanic leaders on Thursday he'll continue to champion a comprehensive change to the nation's immigration laws and said America's greatness comes from building opportunities, not walls....

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

McCarthy: A predictably congenial deal-maker does the unexpected in quitting speaker contest
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....

US to back ban on lithium battery shipments on passenger planes, citing fire, explosion danger
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....

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