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AP Top Political News at 12:57 a.m. EST

Obama to nominate Scalia successor 'in due time'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama declared Saturday night he would seek to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, charging into a heated and likely prolonged election-year fight with Republicans. Obama said a nomination was "bigger than any one party."...

The Latest: Cruz, Trump offer closing arguments to SC
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- The Latest on the 2016 presidential race, with the focus turning to South Carolina and the Republican debate on Saturday night (all times local):...

Debate Takeaways: Civil court discussion gives way to brawl
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Saturday's Republican presidential debate was the perfect spot for GOP candidates to try and project legal gravitas after the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia....

AP FACT CHECK: Republicans debaters on high court, economy
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Republican presidential debaters misfired in assertions about Supreme Court nominees, Syria, immigration and more....

Fight night: Personal attacks, court debate for GOP hopefuls
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- Republican White House hopefuls insisted that President Barack Obama step aside and let his successor nominate the next Supreme Court justice, in a raucous Saturday night debate that also featured harshly personal jousting over immigration and foreign policy....

The Latest: Sanders criticizes GOP position on court nominee
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (all times EST):...

Justice Antonin Scalia dead at 79
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Antonin Scalia, the influential conservative and most provocative member of the Supreme Court, has died, leaving the high court without its conservative majority and setting up an ideological confrontation over his successor in the maelstrom of a presidential election year. Scalia was 79....

Reaction to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's death
Influential conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died in West Texas, the U.S. Marshals Service said on Saturday. He was 79. Reaction to his death follows:...

West Texas ranch where Scalia died is celebrity retreat
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- Rich in history as well as rugged West Texas landscapes and big sky, the Cibolo Creek Ranch where Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia passed away has long been a secluded retreat for celebrities from business leaders to rock stars and actors....

In victory or dissent, Scalia was a man of strong opinions
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia kept your attention, whether you liked him or not....