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AP Top Political News at 7:11 p.m. EDT

Trump says decision to seek donations followed GOP request
NEW YORK (AP) -- Donald Trump holds his first presidential fundraisers this week. The events directly benefit his campaign, but he doesn't see it that way....

House approves bill to regulate toxic chemicals
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House on Tuesday easily approved a bipartisan bill that would for the first time regulate tens of thousands of toxic chemicals in everyday products from household cleaners to clothing and furniture....

Clinton, Sanders make all-out blitz in California primary
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders dueled for support Tuesday ahead of California's presidential primary, as the Vermont senator showed few signs of backing off his efforts to boost his longshot odds for the nomination....

VA chief: 'I deeply regret' wait-time comparison to Disney
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald said Tuesday he regrets remarks he made comparing long wait times at VA health care sites to waiting in line at a Disney amusement park....

Obama reaches out to people a day after Vietnam arms deal
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- After knocking down one of the last vestiges of Cold War antagonism with a former war enemy, President Barack Obama on Tuesday took his push for closer ties directly to the Vietnamese people, meeting with activists and entrepreneurs. Amid the geopolitical statecraft, he faces calls to more strongly address what's seen as an abysmal human rights record....

Biden to host national cancer research summit in Washington
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Vice President Joe Biden will bring together scientists, oncologists, donors and patients for a national conference on cancer research in Washington, the White House said Tuesday....

Report: Some incorrect prisoner releases due to staff error
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Staff error resulted in 152 federal inmates being freed after their correct release dates between 2009 and 2014, including three who spent more than an extra year behind bars, according to a report released Tuesday by the Justice Department watchdog....

Stephen King among writers signing Trump protest letter
NEW YORK (AP) -- Some of the country's top writers are protesting Donald Trump's way with words....

Sanders campaign requests Kentucky vote recanvass
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign requested a recanvass in Kentucky's presidential primary Tuesday, where he trails Hillary Clinton by less than one-half of 1 percent of the vote....

Judge: Law trimming early voting in Ohio is unconstitutional
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A law trimming early voting in Ohio is unconstitutional and cannot be enforced, a federal judge ruled Tuesday in a case involving a series Republican-backed voting changes in the presidential battleground state....