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Cruz fights for survival as Trump eyes Indiana knockout
OSCEOLA, Ind. (AP) - Ted Cruz's conservative crusade for the presidency fought for new life Monday ahead of an Indiana vote that could effectively end the GOP's primary season. The fiery Texas senator hinted at an exit strategy, even as he vowed to compete to the end against surging Republican front-runner Donald Trump. "I am in for the distance - as long as we have a viable path to victory," Cruz told reporters after campaigning at a popular breakfast stop. With his supporters fearing Cruz could lose a seventh consecutive state Tuesday, the candidate's formulation hinted at a time when he may give up.


Who created bitcoin? The long search may not be over
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Who is Satoshi Nakamoto? For many in the tech world, the identity of bitcoin's elusive creator has been a long-running parlor game. And the speculation might not be over. Australian entrepreneur Craig Steven Wright, who announced Monday that he founded the digital currency , convinced at least one longtime bitcoin contributor that he's the real deal. He managed that feat via a technical demonstration involving Nakamoto's secret bitcoin keys. But Wright's public documentation, which he posted online Monday , underwhelmed others and left the question of Nakamoto's true identity far from settled. "There's no way you can conclusively prove that you are the creator of bitcoin," said Jerry Brito, executive director of Coin Center, a Washington, D.C.-based crypto-currency think tank, who is skeptical of Wright's claims.


The Latest: Solar plane lands in suburban Phoenix
A solar-powered plane has landed in suburban Phoenix after a flight from California on the latest leg of its round-the-world journey. Solar Impulse 2 arrived in the suburb of Goodyear, which is just to the southwest of Phoenix, shortly before 9 p.m. PDT Monday. The aircraft took off from Mountain View in northern California shortly after 5 a.m. Monday on the 16-hour flight to Phoenix. Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg flew the plane, which began its globe-circling journey last year. Solar Impulse 2 flew from Hawaii to the Silicon Valley last week. The wings of the plane are equipped with 17,000 solar cells that power propellers and charge batteries.


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Prince siblings stand to make millions but keep low profiles
CHASKA, Minn. (AP) - Prince's death at age 57 stands to make instant millionaires out of six surviving siblings if no will is ever found. So who are they? Two sought to follow in their brother's musical footsteps. One is a military veteran. Most have kept low public profiles. Two other siblings who sued the superstar have died. Here's a look at what's known about the family: --- TYKA NELSON Tyka Nelson, 55, is Prince's only full sibling, and his little sister has taken the lead in the initial work to settle his estate. Both are children of John L. Nelson and Mattie Della Shaw, who divorced when Prince and Tyka were young and have since died.


White House: Obama not offended by comedian's language
WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House said Monday that President Barack Obama wasn't offended by comedian Larry Wilmore's use of a racial slur at Saturday night's White House Correspondents' Association dinner. Wilmore concluded his remarks noting progress on race and how much it meant to him that a black man was president. He concluded: "Yo Barry, you did it, my n----. You did it." White House spokesman Josh Earnest said he talked with Obama, and Obama appreciated the spirit of racial progress Wilmore was trying to convey. Earnest said the White House didn't see Wilmore's speech beforehand. Earnest also said he's confident Wilmore used the word by design and was seeking to be provocative.


Prosecutor: Evidence speaks for 10 'Grim Sleeper' victims
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The victims were all young black women, some were prostitutes and most had been using cocaine before their bodies were discovered in alleys in a rough part of Los Angeles, hidden in trash bins or covered by mattresses or debris. For decades, the serial killer dubbed the "Grim Sleeper" eluded police, dumping at least 10 bodies and leaving one woman for dead after shooting her in the chest. After months of testimony, a prosecutor Monday said that the evidence overwhelmingly points to Lonnie Franklin Jr. and speaks for the vulnerable victims he silenced as he spent years hiding in plain sight.


Puerto Rico skips bond payments, says Congress must help
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - A spiraling Puerto Rico debt crisis reached a new milestone as the island missed nearly $370 million on a bond payment Monday and officials warned of worse to come if the U.S. Congress doesn't help it dig out from a mountain of debt. The default was the largest in a series of missed payments by the struggling U.S. territory since last year and Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla warned it was unlikely to be the last. Puerto Rico has payments totaling nearly $2 billion coming due on July 1, including about $700 million in general obligation bonds that are supposed to be guaranteed under the island's constitution.


Sister: No charges against police in Virginia stun gun case
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia prosecutor has decided not to bring charges against officers who used stun guns repeatedly on a black man before his 2013 death, the man's sister and her attorney said Monday. Linwood Lambert's sister, Gwendolyn Smalls, and her attorney told The Associated Press that Halifax County Commonwealth's Attorney Tracy Quackenbush Martin said during a meeting with them Monday that she doesn't believe there's enough evidence to bring criminal charges against South Boston Police Officers Tiffany Bratton, Clifton Mann and Travis Clay. Martin didn't immediately respond to a message left at her office and an email seeking comment Monday.


Light-up gowns and gladiators: Met Gala fashion was fierce
NEW YORK (AP) - They came as robots and gladiators, light-up princesses and high-haired goddesses shimmering in green, copper and silver. As predicted, the annual parade of fashion and star power at the Met Gala on Monday night included an array of interpretations on the evening's vibe: "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology." That's the name of an exhibit opening Thursday that set the tone for the star-studded evening that raises millions for the Metropolitan Museum of Art each year. This time around, the idea was to explore the convergence of handmade and machine-made elements in fashion, past, present and future.


Dreams can come true: Leicester wins English soccer title
LONDON (AP) - Leicester City players crowded around a television inside the house of teammate Jamie Vardy, locked arm in arm, watching the action 100 miles away. And when the final whistle blew at Stamford Bridge, they raised their arms in triumph. One of the greatest sporting achievements in English history was complete. In the second tier two years ago, in a relegation fight last season, a 5,000-1 long shot last summer, Leicester is now alongside Manchester United, Liverpool and the other clubs who can call themselves champion. The Foxes clinched the most improbable title of the Premier League era when second-place Tottenham was held to a 2-2 draw at Chelsea on Monday night.