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HAWAII

Man faces charges in citizenship scheme

HONOLULU (AP) – A Taiwanese citizen who lives in Saipan was charged in a scheme to hide pregnant Chinese tourists so they could give birth in a U.S. territory, making their children American citizens, according to a federal complaint filed Monday.
The complaint charged Kuanyi Chen with harboring illegal aliens and enticing the entry of illegal aliens to the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
Under a temporary visitor program, Chinese nationals can enter the U.S. territory for no more than 45 days.The case came to light when the husband of one woman told federal agents they were cheated and victimized.
CALIFORNIA

Incoming archbishop arrested in DWI probe

SAN DIEGO (AP) – The Catholic archbishop-elect of San Francisco was arrested for investigation of driving under the influence, San Diego police said Monday.
The Rev. Salvatore Cordileone was taken into custody after being stopped early Saturday at a police checkpoint near the San Diego State University campus, said Detective Gary Hassen, a police spokesman. He declined to comment on whether Cordileone took a sobriety test or reveal his blood-alcohol content.
The stop was made at 12:26 a.m. on the outskirts of the campus, an area populated by college housing, modest restaurants and low-slung apartment buildings.
Cordileone, 56, is a native of San Diego, where he was raised and ordained as a priest in 1982.
florida

Crist, backing Obama, to speak at convention

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Florida’s former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist said Monday he will be a speaker at the Democratic National Convention.
Crist said he will speak at next week’s convention in Charlotte, N.C., and thinks highly of President Obama’s efforts to help Florida, citing his work to try to steer money for a bullet train to the state.
Crist announced Sunday that he is endorsing Obama. Republicans called the decision political opportunism and pointed out that Crist has previously criticized the president on issues like his health care overhaul.
Crist changed his voter registration to no party affiliation after he dropped out of the 2010 Republican Senate primary and ran as an independent.
Many speculate that he will return to politics as a Democrat and possibly challenge his Republican successor, Rick Scott.