Judge orders woman to remain jailed pending terror trial

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered a 20-year-old Minneapolis woman to remain jailed as she awaits trial on charges she tried to travel to Afghanistan to join al-Qaida and set fires at a college campus.

Attorneys for Tnuza Jamal Hassan asked Judge Steven Rau to release her under GPS monitoring. But the judge again denied the request Tuesday.

Minnesota Public Radio reports Rau cited evidence from federal prosecutors, who said an FBI search of Hassan’s phone turned up “terrorist propaganda.”

Hassan was arrested in January after allegedly setting fires on the St. Paul campus of St. Catherine University, where she is a former student. No one was hurt, but one fire was set in a dormitory with a day care where 33 children were present.

Her trial is scheduled for July.

Minnesota foster mother, boyfriend charged in child’s death

HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota foster mother and her boyfriend have been charged with manslaughter and murder in the death of a 3-year-old boy who was in the woman’s care.

Zayden Lawson was fatally beaten in June, authorities said. Zeporia Fortenberry, 31, has been charged with second-degree manslaughter. Her boyfriend, Charles Homich, 27, has been charged with first-degree manslaughter and second-degree murder.

Authorities found Zayden without a pulse in an Eagan townhome on June 7, according to the criminal complaint filed in Dakota County District Court. He was taken to a St. Paul hospital where he was pronounced dead.