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Prosecutors: Wisconsin teen typed plan to kill grandparents

A 17-year-old typed out pages on how he planned to fatally shoot his grandparents and law enforcement found those notes with a book on an executioner in the teen’s backpack after he called 911 and confessed to the killings, prosecutors in Wisconsin said Tuesday.

Alexander M. Kraus was charged Tuesday in Outagamie County Circuit Court in Appleton, Wisconsin, with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the deaths of 74-year-old Dennis Kraus and 73-year-old Letha Kraus. Each charge carries a life sentence.

Police found the bodies Sunday at their home in Grand Chute, a small city about 110 miles (180 kilometers) northwest of Milwaukee, after a male called the police and said he needed to be arrested in the deaths, according to a criminal complaint.

An autopsy found that Dennis Kraus was shot once in the head and Letha Kraus suffered two gunshot wounds to the head and one to the right forearm.

There were “several pages” in a red folder outlining how Kraus would kill his grandparents, investigators said in the complaint, which provided no motive for the shootings. The complaint mentioned a book found in Kraus’ camouflage backpack about an executioner, but provided no details.

Police have said Kraus also told investigators he was planning to cause unspecified harm at Neenah High School, where he was a junior. No details of the nature of that plot have been revealed and it was not mentioned in the complaint released Tuesday. The school district said police determined there is no danger to students or faculty.

Messages left at a number listed for Kraus’ home address in Neenah were not immediately returned Tuesday.

Kraus told detectives he shot his grandfather in the head first then “tried to shoot his grandmother in the head,” according to the complaint. Police said Letha Kraus’ body was found lying on top of Dennis Kraus’ body in the kitchen of the home.

Officers found a shotgun with a knife taped to the end of the barrel and a knife sheath on the bed of a downstairs bedroom. A search of an upstairs bedroom uncovered a shotgun on the bed with two gun cases and ammunition, a “large amount of various ammunition” on the floor, and several more guns in a gun cabinet, the complaint said.

Kraus told police he stayed at his grandparents’ home the night before the killing.

Wisconsin is one of six states that treat 17-year-olds as adults in the criminal justice system. Democratic Gov. Tony Evers has included provisions in his state budget that would move 17-year-olds back into juvenile court.

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Karl Rove can’t see Bill Weld taking primary run past NH

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The architect of former President George W. Bush’s presidential campaigns said Tuesday he isn’t optimistic about Bill Weld’s chances in the presidential election against his party mate, Donald Trump.

“It’s hard to see how even if he was able to get a light, even in New Hampshire, that he could take it anywhere from there,” Karl Rove said on “Your World with Neil Cavuto.”

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Weld, the former governor of Massachusetts, was interviewed by Neil Cavuto earlier Tuesday about his intent to compete against President Trump for the Republican presidential nomination. Weld said he hoped to emulate the late Sen. John McCain’s scrappy presidential campaigns and succeed, as McCain did, in New Hampshire.

“John McCain made that work here twice. Not once but twice. He was the underdog both times,” Weld told Cavuto.

Weld has been a vocal critic of Trump and believes he could do a better job than the sitting president. “I can cut spending. I have the political will to do it,” Weld said.

Rove said that Weld could be “effective” in New Hampshire, but he also talked about the tough path ahead.

“Well look, he’s probably right that as the former governor of Massachusetts, albeit some number of years ago … he could be effective in New Hampshire because he’s the next-door neighbor. But that’s only the starting place,” Rove said.

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“And it’s hard to see where he’s going to get traction after that.”

Rove added, “Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, South Carolina, those are going to be … the first four contests, and then about half of the delegates to the Republican National Convention are going to be chosen in the first month of the … primaries next year.”

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Mexico president sets aside education reform

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Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has ordered his Cabinet ministers to ignore the education reforms put in place by the previous administration while congress tries to work out replacement legislation.

López Obrador sent a memorandum Tuesday saying the reforms he promised to repeal upon taking office should no longer guide government actions. He said congress is trying to reach consensus with teacher unions and parents on new legislation.

His instructions also said the treasury ministry will control the teachers’ payroll.

The constitutional reforms passed under President Enrique Peña Nieto aimed to modernize Mexico’s public education system and take control from the powerful teachers’ unions.

Former supreme court justice José Ramón Cossío said via Twitter that López Obrador’s move would be easily challenged in court.

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Officials announce new measures to fight NY measles outbreak

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Officials trying to contain a measles outbreak in a county north of New York City on Tuesday ordered all unvaccinated people exposed to the disease barred from public gathering places, including houses of worship, for up to three weeks.

The order, issued by Rockland County, comes one day after New York City closed a preschool over non-compliance with measles vaccine requirements.

Both the county and city are struggling to contain a swelling number of measles cases centered in ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods while battling lawsuits over their efforts to require vaccinations.

Rockland County issued its order three days ahead of the start of Passover, when many families travel to be together and gather in synagogues.

“Need we wait for someone to die?” Rockland County Executive Ed Day said in announcing the measure.

New York City’s Board of Health will vote Wednesday on whether to extend an emergency declaration last week ordering mandatory vaccinations in four Brooklyn ZIP codes.

Health officials have confirmed 329 cases of measles in the city and 184 cases in Rockland since the outbreak of the highly contagious disease began in October.

After announcing the vaccination order on April 9, the city took the step Monday of closing the preschool portion of a private Jewish school because the school had failed to turn over vaccination and attendance records.

“This is about protecting kids and it’s also about protecting some adults, including pregnant women, folks who are going through medical treatment like chemotherapy, some senior with compromised health conditions,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a TV interview . “Measles is very, very serious.”

Also on Monday, a group of parents filed a lawsuit against the vaccination order, arguing it was “arbitrary, capricious, contrary to law and in violation of petitioners’ rights under the United States Constitution and New York State law.”

A judge in Brooklyn state Supreme Court declined to issue an injunction barring the city from enforcing the order, and the parties will appear in court Thursday.

The plaintiffs in the lawsuit are identified by their initials. Their attorney, Robert Krakow, claimed the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine “can cause many vaccine injuries, including encephalitis and death.”

Medical experts have debunked those claims and proven that the vaccine is safe, but opposition to vaccines persists.

“In 2017, measles killed 110,000 people worldwide, mostly children under the age of 5,” Day said in announcing the new anti-measles rules in Rockland.

Under the county’s Communicable Disease and Exposure Exclusion Order, anyone either diagnosed with measles or exposed to a person who has been diagnosed with measles must stay away from indoor and outdoor places of assembly for up to 21 days. Violators could be fined $2,000 per day.

While no one in the county has died of measles, the disease has caused several hospitalizations and a premature birth.

Rockland County announced the new tactics to fight measles after an earlier order banning all unvaccinated children from indoor public places was halted by a judge. The county is appealing that ruling.

The measles cases in Rockland and in Brooklyn have been traced to unvaccinated members of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community who traveled to Israel, where a measles outbreak is occurring.

Orthodox Jewish leaders say a small faction of vaccine opponents in the community has allowed the disease to spread.

A Yiddish-language newspaper that serves the ultra-Orthodox community in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg section took the rare step last week of publishing an editorial in English excoriating those who refuse to vaccinate.

“When it’s time to decide if to have a serious surgery, you don’t turn to a hotlines, but you go to a conventional doctor,” the editorial in Der Yid read. “When you need a referral to a good doctor for a serious health problem you don’t stand at the bus stop to and take a poll of friends for the right address, but you call those devoted rabbis who understand medical matters or the recognized medical referral agencies who are familiar with the best doctors. All of them say that one must vaccinate.”

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Pussy Riot protest group member briefly detained in Moscow

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One of the protesters who barged onto the field last year to disrupt the World Cup final in Russia was briefly detained Tuesday by police in Moscow, activists said.

Veronika Nikulshina of the Pussy Riot protest group was reportedly detained along with two others as they were heading to attend a theater awards ceremony at the Bolshoi Theater. Fellow Pussy Riot member Verzilov tweeted that Nikulshina and her companions were nominated for the Golden Mask award.

Verzilov said police didn’t explain the reason for the detention and freed the trio a few hours later.

Verzilov, Nikulshina and two other activists served 15-day jail sentences last year after they disrupted July’s World Cup final, running onto the field wearing police uniforms.

In September, Verzilov was treated at a Berlin hospital for a suspected poisoning. Doctors were unable to determine the cause, but fellow activists suspected foul play.

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Man accused of tossing boy from Mall of America balcony faces judge

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The Minnesota man accused of throwing a 5-year-old boy off a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America was ordered held on $2 million bail following an initial court appearance Tuesday.

Emmanuel Aranda, 24, said little during the hearing in a courtroom at the Hennepin County jail. He gave his name and address when prompted by Judge Jeannice Reding and answered “not at all” when the judge asked if he had any questions.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported that the address given to the judge by Aranda matched the site of a Minneapolis shelter.

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Emmanuel Aranda, left, appears before a judge at the Hennepin County jail Tuesday. (CEDRIC HOHNSTADT   )

Aranda is charged with first-degree attempted premeditated murder in the incident, which took place on Friday morning. The boy, identified only as Landen, remains in critical condition at a local hospital. A GoFundMe to help cover the family’s medical costs had raised more than $700,000 as of Tuesday afternoon.

“The family appreciates the outpouring of support from across the country, reassuring them of the overall goodness of humanity and of God’s will,” attorney Stephen Tillitt told reporters in a prepared statement outside the jail.

Prosecutors say Aranda told police officers that he had gone to the mall the prior day “looking for someone to kill,” but it did not “work out.” Court documents claim Aranda said he originally planned to kill an adult before choosing the child instead.

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Aranda has two past convictions for assaults at the mall, both in 2015, including one in which he threw a glass of water and glass of tea at a woman who refused to buy him something. Aranda at one point was banned from the mall.

Court records show that Aranda had been ordered to undergo psychological evaluation or treatment after the earlier mall assaults. The Star-Tribune reported that Aranda was previously convicted of first-degree property damage and was also arrested on charges of assault and theft in Illinois.

The paper also reported that Aranda told police that he “has some anger issues” after he was arrested for allegedly smashing computers at a Minneapolis public library.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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St. Louis man accused of killing wife after release on bail

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A St. Louis man released from jail after a nonprofit group posted his $5,000 bail in a domestic violence case went that same night to his wife’s home and killed her, prosecutors allege in charging documents.

Samuel Lee Scott, 54, was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in the death of his wife, 54-year-old Marcia Johnson. Scott is now jailed on $1 million bond.

Scott was charged April 5 with misdemeanor domestic assault for allegedly striking Johnson in the face in January, injuring her ear and cheekbone. A probable cause statement from the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office said he also threatened that he “might as well finish what (he) started since (she) was going to contact the police.”

The probable cause statement said that on April 9, the St. Louis Bail Project posted Scott’s bail and he was released. The group is part of the Bail Project, a national organization that bails out people who are jailed awaiting trial and can’t afford their own bail.

The probable cause statement said Scott went to his wife’s home at 7:45 that same night. At 11 p.m., a friend took Johnson to a hospital after finding her head and body bloodied. Johnson “was unconscious, had a broken eye socket, several broken ribs, and was bruised from head to toe,” the statement said.

She died Sunday. Police said Scott admitted striking her. Scott does not have a listed attorney who could comment on the allegations against him.

The Bail Project has operated in St. Louis since January 2018. Bail Project Executive Director Robin Steinberg said the organization was “deeply saddened,” but bail wasn’t to blame for Johnson’s death.

“No one could have predicted this tragedy,” Steinberg said in a statement. “It’s important to remember that had he been wealthy enough to afford his bail, or bonded out by a commercial bail bond agency, he would have been free pretrial as well. In times like this, we must come together for this family and keep sight of the need to transform the larger systems that create poverty, racism and violence, including the pretrial bail system.”

Scott had previous convictions for drug crimes and assault dating to the 1990s.

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Woman sues Chinese billionaire Liu for alleged rape

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A woman who said she was raped by JD.com founder Richard Liu filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the billionaire and his company alleging he and other wealthy Chinese executives coerced her to drink during a dinner in the hours before she was attacked.

Jingyao Liu, a student at the University of Minnesota, claims Liu forced himself upon her in his vehicle after the dinner and later raped her at her apartment. The lawsuit seeks damages of more than $50,000.

Richard Liu, founder of the Beijing-based e-commerce site JD.com, was arrested Aug. 31 in Minneapolis on suspicion of felony rape and released within hours. Prosecutors announced in December that he would face no criminal charges because the case had “profound evidentiary problems” and that it was unlikely they could prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Liu’s defense attorneys said at the time that his arrest was based on a false claim. Liu released a statement on Chinese social media then saying he broke no law, but that his interactions with the woman hurt his family, especially his wife, and he hoped she would accept his apology.

Attorneys for Richard Liu and representatives of JD.com did not immediately respond to messages from The Associated Press seeking comment.

The alleged attack happened while Liu was in Minneapolis for a weeklong residency as part of the University of Minnesota’s doctor of business administration China program. The four-year program in the university’s management school is geared toward high-level executives in China and is a partnership with Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management.

Jingyao Liu is a Chinese citizen studying at the university on a student visa. The Associated Press does not generally name alleged victims of sexual assault without their consent; her attorney Wil Florin said Jingyao Liu had agreed to be named.

On the night of the alleged attack, Liu and other executives went to Origami, a Japanese restaurant in Minneapolis. The woman went to the dinner as a volunteer, Florin has said. She felt coerced to drink as the powerful men toasted her, he said.

Text messages reviewed by The Associated Press and portions of the woman’s interviews with police show the woman claims Liu pulled her into a vehicle and made advances despite her protests. The woman texted a friend: “I begged him don’t. But he didn’t listen.” She said he raped her at her apartment.

Liu, known in Chinese as Liu Qiangdong, is a prominent member of the Chinese tech elite, with a fortune of $7.5 billion. He is part of a generation of entrepreneurs who have created China’s internet, e-commerce, mobile phone and other technology industries since the late 1990s. The son of peasants, Liu built a Beijing electronics shop into JD.com, China’s biggest online direct retailer, selling everything from clothes to toys to fresh vegetables.

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‘Game of Thrones’ star Kit Harington says Emilia Clarke blew him away when they met

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The first moment Kit Harington met his co-star Emilia Clarke, he was blown away, he said.

The “Game of Thrones” star, who plays Jon Snow, was reminiscing about the hit HBO show — which premiered its final season on Sunday — for Esquire’s May cover story.

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“I remember the first time I ever saw her,” Harington told the outlet about Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen, the Mother of Dragons.

“She came into the Fitzwilliam bar,” he continued. “I had been talking to Rich Madden at the bar and he went, ‘I’ve just met the new Daenerys. She’s gorgeous.’ And I was like, ‘Really? I haven’t met her yet.’ And then she came in and I saw her and was like, ‘Wow.’”

“She takes your breath away when she walks into a room, Emilia,” he added.

Harington explained to Esquire that after that first meeting, he and Clarke — whose characters are now love interests — became friends on press tours and at Comic-Con rather than on the set of the show because their characters didn’t actually meet until Season 7.

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Kit Harington as Jon Snow, and Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen are pictured in a scene from “Game of Thrones.” Harington told Esquire about the first moment he met Clarke at the beginning of the series. (HBO via AP)

“That’s a long time to be experiencing the same show and also the same kind of journey, me and Emilia, because we’ve followed the same path,” he told the outlet. “We both came out of drama school and this was our first big show, and we became kind of the ice and fire of it all a bit—the two youngish leads, I guess.”

When their characters finally did meet, he said it was strange.

“I remember our first scene together was bizarre. We kind of looked at each other and tried not to laugh,” he said.

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Harington’s wife, former “Game of Thrones” actress Rose Leslie, is also close friends with Clarke, he said, and after the Season 8 premiere on Sunday, Harington admitted their friendship made it “really odd” for him to kiss Clarke on screen.

“Emilia and I had been best friends over a seven-year period and by the time we had to kiss it seemed really odd,” Harington, 32, told The Daily Mirror.

“Emilia, Rose and I are good friends, so even though you’re actors and it’s your job, there’s an element of weirdness when the three of us are having dinner and we had a kissing scene that day.”

It’s not that weird, however. He joked, “She’s wonderful and I love Emilia and I’ve loved working with her. And it’s not hard to kiss her, is it?”

Fox News’ Jessica Sager contributed to this report.

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Pelosi says Dems untainted by anti-Semitism slams amid Omar-Trump feud

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., defended her party amid claims of anti-Semitism leveled against freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., saying there was “no taint” of anti-Jewish sentiment among Democrats.

In an interview with CNN on Tuesday while in Dublin, Pelosi said she does not believe that Omar is anti-Semitic, and she slammed President Trump for accusing the Minnesota lawmaker of such prejudice.

“We have no taint of that in the Democratic Party,” Pelosi said. “And just because they want to accuse somebody of that doesn’t mean we take that bait.”

Omar, who took office in January, has quickly become one of the most controversial members of the new crop of Democratic lawmakers in the House – she has proved to be a target for conservative pundits, while causing headaches for fellow Democrats who have had to come to her defense.

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Omar has repeatedly pushed Dems into uncomfortable territory with comments about Israel and the strength of its influence in Washington. She apologized earlier this year for suggesting that lawmakers support Israel for pay, and said she wasn’t criticizing Jews. But she refused to take back a tweet in which she suggested American supporters of Israel “pledge allegiance” to a foreign country.

Over the weekend, Pelosi announced that she had taken additional measures to protect Omar following Trump’s tweet of a video that appeared to show the Minnesota Democrat being dismissive of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Pelosi called on Trump to take down the video. That same day, the video was no longer pinned to the top of Trump’s Twitter feed, although it was not clear whether it was because of Pelosi’s request.

Pelosi, traveling in Europe, issued a statement saying she had spoken with congressional authorities after Trump’s tweet “to ensure that Capitol Police are conducting a security assessment to safeguard Congresswoman Omar, her family and her staff.”

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“They will continue to monitor and address the threats she faces,” the speaker said. She called on Trump to discourage such behavior.

“The president’s words weigh a ton, and his hateful and inflammatory rhetoric creates real danger,” Pelosi also said. “President Trump must take down his disrespectful and dangerous video.”

The video in Trump’s tweet included a snippet from a recent speech Omar gave to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). She said, in her defense of the organization, that CAIR was founded after Sept. 11, 2001, “because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.” CAIR formed in 1994.

The video tweeted by Trump also included news footage of the terror attacks on the twin towers. Trump captioned his tweet, “WE WILL NEVER FORGET!”

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Omar said Sunday that she has received an influx of death threats following Trump’s tweet.

“I have experienced an increase in direct threats on my life — many directly referencing or replying to the president’s video,” Omar tweeted in a statement. “I thank the Capitol Police, the FBI, the House Sergeant at Arms, and the Speaker of the House for their attention to these threats.”

Fox News’ Nicole Darrah and David Aaro contributed to this report.

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