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AP Top Political News At 8:40 p.m. EST

Possible GOP candidates pitch ideas at conservative forum
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The robust Christian right in early-voting Iowa plays an outsize role in helping determine the Republican presidential nominee, a political reality not lost on the parade of would-be 2016 candidates trying to draw attention at a Saturday gathering of social conservatives....

Quotes from leading political figures at Iowa GOP summit
Comments from leading political figures who spoke Saturday at the Iowa Freedom Summit, a gathering of social conservatives set to play an important role as the early voting state helps determine the GOP's 2016 presidential nominee:...

Protesters heckle Perry and Christie on immigration issues
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Protesters have heckled Republican presidential prospects Rick Perry and Chris Christie over immigration policies during a conservative political forum in Iowa....

Kerry to visit Nigeria ahead of election
ZURICH (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's plan to stop in Nigeria for meetings with the two leading candidates in the upcoming presidential election signals deep U.S. concerns about postelection violence in a country already devastated by an al-Qaida-linked insurgency....

Obama says terror group has killed hostage; others doubtful
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AP) -- President Barack Obama is condemning what he calls "the brutal murder" of a Japanese hostage by the Islamic State group....

Added protections for consumer information on health website
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration appears to be making broader changes to protect consumer information on the government's health insurance website, after objections from lawmakers and privacy advocates....

For first-time visitor, Havana is charming - and complicated
HAVANA (AP) -- Everyone warns you Old Havana is a facade, but it's impossible not to be taken by its charms....

Obama to cut short India trip to pay call on Saudi Arabia
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AP) -- President Barack Obama will shorten his trip to India and divert to Saudi Arabia, paying respects after the death of King Abdullah and meeting with the oil-rich nation's new monarch, the White House said Saturday....

5 things to know: Why crisis in Yemen matters to Americans
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Yemen's U.S.-backed president stepped down this week after Houthi rebels seized the capital of Sanaa, further destabilizing the region and hampering America's ability to fight al-Qaida and other extremists targeting the West. The country's parliament will meet Sunday, but the government's future is unclear....

Justices will review use of midazolam as execution drug
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court is stepping into the issue of lethal injection executions for the first time since 2008 in an appeal filed by death row inmates in Oklahoma....

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