Minnesota teenager is accused of plotting to kill family, schoolmates

Police in Minnesota arrested a teenager who plotted to kill his family and then carry out attacks on his town’s middle and high schools. (Reuters)
May 2
MINNESOTA
Teenager arrested in alleged shooting plot

A 17-year-old boy plotted to kill his family, set a fire to divert first responders, then go to his school with bombs and guns and “kill as many students as he could,” according to court documents released Friday.

The potential attack in Waseca, a city of about 9,400 people about 80 miles south of Minneapolis, was halted this week when a person became suspicious and called police. Authorities said that when they responded, they found guns, bombs and other materials — all alleged to have been amassed by a teenager working alone as he plotted his steps and conducted experiments to refine his plan to inflict bloodshed before being killed by responding officers. He outlined his plan in a 180-page journal.

The teen was arrested this week and charged in juvenile court with multiple counts of attempted first-degree murder, possessing explosive or incendiary devices and criminal damage to property. Prosecutors in Waseca County filed a motion Friday asking that he be charged as an adult, according to documents first obtained by KTOE-AM.

— Associated Press

NEW YORK
Subway train with 1,000 aboard derails

A New York subway train carrying 1,000 passengers shook through a tunnel, tilted and derailed Friday, injuring more than a dozen people and frightening scores of others with sparks, smoke and sudden darkness.

Four people suffered serious injuries and were hospitalized, firefighters said. Some complained of chest pains. Fifteen others were treated at the scene.

The express F train was heading for Manhattan and Brooklyn when six of its eight cars derailed at 10:40 a.m. about 1,200 feet south of the 65th Street station in the Woodside section of Queens.

— Associated Press

Fla. lawmakers vote for in-state tuition for undocumented students: Florida students living in the country illegally will be allowed to qualify for in-state college tuition rates under a bill passed by the Legislature. The Florida House voted 84 to 32 on Friday in favor of the bill. The Senate passed it Thursday. Gov. Rick Scott (R) said he will sign the bill into law.

Saudi inmate to boycott Gitmo review over search: A Saudi held at the Guantanamo Bay naval base is turning down a chance to appear before a review board to protest what he and other prisoners consider overly intrusive bodily searches. Mohammed al-Shimrani is scheduled to appear Monday before the board.

10 arrested during Seattle Mayday march: Ten people were arrested after participants in an anti-capitalist march meandered through downtown Seattle on May Day, vandalizing cars, confronting police officers and sparking minor street fires, police said Friday.

— From news services

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