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AP Top Political News at 9:43 p.m. EDT

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....

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....

US airman who thwarted French train attack stabbed in brawl
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, celebrated as a hero for helping to stop a terror attack on a French train over the summer, was stabbed and seriously wounded outside a bar in his hometown early Thursday in what police said was an alcohol-related brawl....

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

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....

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....

Obama touts immigration reform 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 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....