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Sen. Cruz to renounce Canadian citizenship

Washington

Canada citizenship to be renounced

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, announced Monday that he will renounce his Canadian citizenship, less than 24 hours after a newspaper pointed out that the Canadian-born senator likely maintains dual citizenship.

"Now the Dallas Morning News says that I may technically have dual citizenship," Cruz said in a statement. "Assuming that is true, then sure, I will renounce any Canadian citizenship. Nothing against Canada, but I'm an American by birth and as a U.S. senator; I believe I should be only an American."

The Dallas Morning News wrote in a story posted late Sunday night that Cruz likely remains a Canadian citizen, by virtue of being born there to an American mother. Having never renounced that citizenship, Cruz was technically a Canadian and an American citizen, legal experts said.

Cruz said his mother told him that he could claim his citizenship if he ever wanted to, but that he never pursued it and thought it was settled.

Redwood City, Calif.

Limo fire blamed on mechanical problems

A mechanical problem ignited a limousine fire that killed five nurses trapped in the back, the California Highway Patrol said Monday as it released results of its investigation and 911 calls filled with screams from those inside.

The blaze broke out on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge on May 4 because of a catastrophic failure of the rear suspension system, Capt. Mike Maskarich said. The air suspension failure allowed the spinning driveshaft to contact the floor pan, causing friction that ignited carpets and set the vehicle on fire, authorities said.

No charges will be filed, prosecutors said.

Boise, Idaho

As wildfire eases, residents can return

Idaho authorities on Monday were allowing evacuees to return to homes that just days ago were deemed at risk from a big and erratic wildfire burning near the affluent resort towns of Hailey, Ketchum and Sun Valley.

The Blaine County sheriff ended the mandatory evacuation order for up to 250 homes.

New York

19 are accused of gun smuggling

A pair of gunrunners smuggled firearms into New York City by hiding them in luggage they carried on discount buses offering cheap fares, authorities said Monday.

The men were caught in a police sting that netted 254 weapons in 45 transactions since last year — the largest total in a gun case in recent memory. One gun was an assault rifle that was disassembled and transported in a girlfriend's zebra-striped bag, authorities said.

The alleged smugglers, Walter Walker and Earl Campbell, were among 19 people arrested in New York, North Carolina and South Carolina as the result of a 10-month investigation.

Elsewhere

Sacramento, Calif.: A federal judge approved a request from California and federal officials on Monday to force-feed inmates if necessary as a statewide prison hunger strike entered its seventh week.

Detroit: The city's biggest employee union, retirees and some residents filed objections Monday to Detroit's request for bankruptcy protection.

Times wires

Sen. Cruz to renounce Canadian citizenship

08/20/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 1:55am]

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