February 1, 2016
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Iowa's Republican caucus looks to be a battle between Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas), and both are heavily courting the evangelical Christian voters who helped Rick Santorum win the first-in-the-nation vote in 2012 and Mike Huckabee triumph in 2008. Cruz, a Baptist whose father is a fire-and-brimstone preacher, speaks Christianity more fluently and frequently than Trump, but that won't necessarily translate into evangelical votes. "Some say they feel manipulated by blunt appeals to their Christian identity," reports NPR's Danielle Kurtzleben, and "many evangelical voters simply aren't first and foremost religious voters."

"I don't give support simply by quoting the Bible. I want to see it lived out in the policy," John Lee, a pastor in conservative Sioux Center, tells NPR. "I'm not electing a pastor in chief. I'm electing a commander in chief."

Trump is doing well among many evangelicals who don't consider him especially pious, and some voters question the sincerity of Cruz's religious fervor. That's due in part to attacks over Cruz's lack of tithing — he's been attacked for donating less than 1 percent of his income to charity, not the 10 percent suggested in the Bible, BuzzFeed's McKay Coppins details — and probably also because Cruz's rivals have been painting him generally as a flip-flopping ideological phony. Cruz is still leading among Iowa evangelical voters, according to the latest Des Moines Register poll, 33 percent to 19 percent for Trump. The question is whether those voters will turn out in sufficient numbers, and whether they'll stick with Cruz. Peter Weber

1:48 a.m. ET

Goodbye Twilight Zone, hello Guardians of the Galaxy.

At Comic-Con in San Diego, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige announced Disney is revamping its popular California Adventure elevator drop ride, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. The ride, which sends thrill seekers plummeting down several stories, will close in January and reopen in the summer of 2017 with a new theme: Guardians of the Galaxy. Disney bought Marvel Entertainment in 2009 for $4 billion, and fans have predicted that the attraction will be part of a new Marvel land at the Anaheim theme park, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Fans of the ride in its original form are not happy with the plan, and have let Disney know about their anger on Twitter and by launching a petition. One person even offered up another tower to be sacrificed instead:

Are you listening, Disney? Catherine Garcia

12:52 a.m. ET
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Heat warnings and advisories are in place across 26 states, with higher than normal temperatures expected through the next week.

In Michigan, at least five people are dead from heart attacks or breathing difficulties related to humidity and high temperatures, Roseville Fire Chief Mike Holland told The Macomb Daily. Meteorologists say a dome of high pressure is affecting most of the United States, trapping hot air and causing extremely high temperatures. The heat is fueling fires in California and will make for an uncomfortable Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, where on Monday it is expected to feel like it's 108 degrees. Catherine Garcia

July 24, 2016

Four people died Sunday afternoon after a Dallas Cowboys bus and passenger van collided in northwestern Arizona.

The accident occurred on U.S. 93, roughly 28 miles north of Kingman, and officials say the van was making an illegal left turn onto the road when it collided with the bus. The Arizona Department of Public Safety said no one on the bus was injured, and the dead were passengers in the van; KTNV reports two of the victims were adults and two were teenagers. No players were on the bus when the accident took place, but four staff members, including the team mascot, have bumps and bruises, WFAA says. Catherine Garcia

July 24, 2016
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The two newest members of the Baseball Hall of Fame, Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza, were inducted on Sunday afternoon.

Griffey, an outfielder who started and ended his career with the Mariners, and Piazza, a Mets catcher, both spoke during a ceremony at the hall of fame in Cooperstown, New York. Griffey, a 13-time All Star and 10-time Gold Glove Award winner, told the crowd he is "damn proud to be a Seattle Mariner," and there are "two misconceptions about me — I didn't work hard and everything I did I made look easy. Just because I made it look easy doesn't mean that it was. You don't become a Hall of Famer by not working, but working day in and day out." He thanked his parents, especially his mother, who is "the only woman I know that lives in one house and runs five others."

Piazza, a 12-time All-Star and recipient of 10 Silver Slugger Awards, also shared his gratitude for his mother and father, and remarked on the home run he hit in the first sporting event played in New York City after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. "To witness the darkest evil of the human heart…will be forever burned in my soul," he said. "But from tragedy and sorrow came bravery, love, compassion, character, and eventual healing." Griffey was the first pick of the 1987 amateur draft and the highest draft pick ever inducted into the Hall of Fame, while Piazza, the 62nd-round pick in 1988, is the lowest. Catherine Garcia

July 24, 2016
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On Monday, Verizon will announce it has agreed to buy Yahoo for about $5 billion, sources with knowledge of the deal have told Bloomberg.

The deal includes Yahoo real estate assets, but the company will keep its stakes in Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and Yahoo Japan Corp., with a combined market value of close to $40 billion, the sources told Bloomberg. If the deal goes through, it will double the size of Verizon's digital advertising, and will likely end the tenure of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer. "The deal speaks to a clear strategy shift at Verizon," analyst Craig Moffett told Bloomberg Sunday. "They are trying to monetize wireless in an entirely new way. Instead of charging customers for traffic, they are returning to charging advertisers for eyeballs." A spokesman for Verizon and spokeswoman for Yahoo declined to comment on the report. Catherine Garcia

July 24, 2016
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President Obama's older half-brother, Malik Obama, is on the Trump Train.

"I like Donald Trump because he speaks from the heart," he told The New York Post. "'Make America Great Again' is a great slogan. I would like to meet him." Malik Obama now lives in the rural Kenyan village of Kogelo, but is still registered to vote in Maryland, where he worked as an accountant for several years. He said he plans to return to Maryland in November to vote for Trump, who he believes is "providing something new and something fresh."

The 58-year-old said he's been a Democrat his entire life, but was "disappointed" by his brother's tenure, upset by FBI Director James Comey recommending not prosecuting Hillary Clinton over her use of a private server while secretary of state, and bothered by same-sex marriage. "I feel like a Republican now because they don't stand for same-sex marriage, and that appeals to me," he said. Trump was quick to tout the endorsement, tweeting that Malik Obama was "probably treated badly by president — like everybody else!"

Malik Obama, who has called the late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi one of his best friends, didn't meet his brother until 1985, and now runs a charity named after their father, which he says raises money to help their family village. He also is said to have at least three wives, including a woman he married in 2011 when she was a teenager, but would not reveal how many children he has. In 2013, he lost his bid to become governor of the southwestern Kenyan county of Siaya. "I don't think politics is my thing," he told The Post. "Honestly, I'll be happy when my brother is out of office, and I will finally be out of the limelight and be able to live like a human being." Catherine Garcia

July 24, 2016

Police say 12 people were injured after a man who earlier had been turned away from a music festival blew himself up outside a bar in Ansbach, Germany, late Sunday.

The Bavarian interior minister said the man was a 27-year-old Syrian who had been denied asylum, and it's unclear if he "planned on suicide or if he had the intention of killing others." Of the 12 victims, three sustained serious injuries, The Associated Press reports. Last week, a gunman opened fire in Munich, killing nine, and an ax-wielding attacker injured several people on a train in Wuerzburg.

This is a developing story and has been updated throughout. Catherine Garcia

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