Trump's rise is driving immigrants to become citizens MIAMI (AP) - On a recent Saturday morning in South Florida, 50-year-old Edgar Ospina stood in a long line of immigrants to take the first step to become an American. Ospina has spent almost half his life in the U.S. after emigrating from his native Colombia, becoming eligible for citizenship in 1990. But with Donald Trump becoming a more likely presidential nominee by the day, Ospina decided to wait no more, rushing the paperwork required to become a citizen. "Trump is dividing us as a country," said Ospina, owner of a small flooring and kitchen remodeling company. "He's so negative about immigrants.
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.
Donald Trump far behind in preparing for general election WASHINGTON (AP) - The Republican presidential nomination may be in his sights, yet Donald Trump has so far ignored vital preparations needed for a quick and effective transition to the general election. The New York businessman has collected little information about tens of millions of voters he needs to turn out in the fall. He's sent few people to battleground states compared with likely Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, accumulated little if any research on her, and taken no steps to build a network capable of raising the roughly $1 billion needed to run a modern-day general election campaign. "He may be able to get by on bluster and personality during the primaries, but the general election is a whole different ballgame," said Ryan Williams, a veteran of Mitt Romney's presidential campaigns.
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Closings begin in 'Grim Sleeper' serial killer trial LOS ANGELES (AP) - Overwhelming DNA and firearms evidence speaks for the 10 women who were silenced by the "Grim Sleeper," a serial killer who menaced the south side of Los Angeles for many years, a prosecutor told jurors on Monday. That evidence points directly at Lonnie Franklin Jr., Deputy District Attorney Beth Silverman said in closing arguments, a man she said took advantage of some of society's most vulnerable people - black women addicted to crack cocaine - and treated them like garbage. Franklin, 63, faces the death penalty if convicted of killing nine women and a 15-year-old girl between 1985 and 2007.
Prince siblings in probate court in 1st hearing on estate CHASKA, Minn. (AP) - Five of Prince's six surviving siblings appeared in court Monday for the first hearing to start sorting out an estate certain to be worth millions, a task complicated because the star musician isn't known to have left a will. In a hearing that lasted a little over 12 minutes, Carver County District Judge Kevin Eide formalized his appointment last week of Bremer Trust to handle matters involving the estate of Prince, who died suddenly last month at age 57. Prince's sister, Tyka Nelson, requested the appointment so that the company can manage Prince's estate until an executor is named.
Bitcoin's creator unmasks himself _ well, maybe LOS ANGELES (AP) - The mystery creator of the digital currency bitcoin has finally stepped forward. Or has he? Australian inventor Craig Steven Wright announced Monday that he is "Satoshi Nakamoto," the elusive, pseudonymous bitcoin founder. In interviews with the Economist, BBC, GQ and a few bitcoin insiders, bolstered by a technical demonstration intended to prove that he and Nakamoto are one and the same, Wright tried to lay to rest one of the biggest mysteries in the tech world. But Wright, who first emerged as a leading Nakamoto contender last December , may not have closed the case. While some bitcoin experts accept his demonstration as evidence that Wright is indeed Nakamoto, others argue that his supposed proof - a series of complex mathematical operations listed in a blog post - doesn't prove anything.
AP Exclusive: Migrant children kept from enrolling in school MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Candelario Jimon Alonzo came to the U.S. dreaming of becoming something more than what seemed possible along the rutted roads of his hometown in Guatemala's highlands. This was his chance: He could earn a U.S. high school education and eventually become a teacher. Instead, the 16-year-old spends most days alone in the tumbledown Memphis house where he lives with his uncle, leaving only occasionally to play soccer and pick up what English he can from his friends. Local school officials have kept Jimon out of the classroom since he tried to enroll in January. Attorneys say Jimon and at least a dozen other migrant youth fleeing violence in Central America have been blocked from going to Memphis high schools because officials contend the teens lacked transcripts or were too old to graduate on time.
Q&A: When is a Boot on the Ground not a Boot on the Ground? WASHINGTON (AP) - No one disputes that U.S. military forces are fighting in combat in Iraq and Syria -- except maybe President Barack Obama and some members of his administration. The semantic arguments over whether there are American "boots on the ground" muddy the view of a situation in which several thousand armed U.S. military personnel are in Iraq and Syria. Obama has said more than a dozen times that there would be no combat troops in Iraq and Syria as the number of service members in those countries grows; last week, Defense Secretary Ash Carter acknowledged the military personnel there were in combat and "we should say that clearly."
Puerto Rico skips bond payments, says Congress must help SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Puerto Rican officials warned Monday the island's default on a $422 million bond payment is only the beginning if the U.S. Congress doesn't help resolve the situation soon. The U.S. island territory did not make nearly $370 million of the payment that was due, the third and largest since 2015. Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla said a much more significant default could occur July 1 if Congress doesn't restore the government's ability to restructure debt under Chapter 9. Garcia blamed lobbyists for hedge funds, which he blasted as "vultures," for the fact that Congress left on its recess last week with a restructuring bill stalled in committee.