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AP Top Political News at 5:22 a.m. EDT

Tesla driver's death using car's 'Autopilot' probed by NHTSA
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A driver so enamored of his Tesla Model S sedan that he nicknamed the car "Tessy" and praised the safety benefits of its sophisticated "Autopilot" system has become the first U.S. fatality in a wreck involving a car in self-driving mode....

Tesla crash could hurt sentiment on driverless cars
DETROIT (AP) -- It was the crash the auto industry knew was coming but still feared....

AP source: Gingrich being vetted for Trump VP
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has begun formally vetting prospective vice presidential picks....

Clinton and Lynch met privately at Phoenix airport
NEW YORK (AP) -- Former President Bill Clinton spoke with Attorney General Loretta Lynch during an impromptu meeting in Phoenix, but Lynch said the discussion did not involve the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email use as secretary of state....

War cry: Trump opening acts raise eyebrows, pump up crowds
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Conservative radio host and columnist Howie Carr, opening for Donald Trump at a presidential campaign rally in Maine, brought up Hillary Clinton and her potential running mate, Sen. Elizabeth Warren....

AP sources: Obama to reveal civilian deaths from drones
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is expected to disclose as early as Friday the number of civilians killed in U.S. military and CIA drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Africa since he took office and will issue an executive order that makes protecting civilians a more integral part of planning U.S. military operations, according to activists and other individuals familiar with the report....

Washington flummoxed over federal Confederate flag displays
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A year after South Carolina removed the Confederate flag from its capitol grounds, official Washington is struggling with further restrictions on the flag's display on federal property, including the U.S. Capitol complex....

About 1.6M drop-outs from health law coverage this year
WASHINGTON (AP) -- About 1.6 million people who signed up for coverage this year under President Barack Obama's health care law dropped out by the end of March, according to administration figures released late Thursday....

Trump talks trade at shuttered NH factory
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- Republican Donald Trump talked trade at a shuttered New Hampshire factory on Thursday, putting a more personal spin on his vow to rip up the nation's trade deals and impose new tariffs in an effort to revive local manufacturing jobs....

The Latest: Tesla crash a harbinger of industry fears
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on the first reported death of a motorist using self-driving technology. (All times local):...