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Apr 24, 2014

Probe of Gacy serial killings resolves unrelated 1978 Illinois murder

By David Bailey

(Reuters) – Illinois investigators trying to put names to the last unidentified victims of executed serial killer John Wayne Gacy have solved the unrelated 1978 disappearance of another man, officials said on Wednesday.

Edward Beaudion, 22, was killed the night he was last seen in July 1978 and dumped in a Cook County Forest Preserve area southwest of Chicago by a man police questioned at the time, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

Apr 10, 2014

Minnesota lawmakers OK raising minimum wage to $9.50 an hour

MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) – Minnesota lawmakers on Thursday approved a measure raising the state’s minimum wage from one of the lowest in the nation to one of the highest.

The measure to bump the hourly wage to $9.50, one of dozens of wage proposals debated by lawmakers around the country this year, passed the Democrat-controlled House by a vote of 71-60. The Democrat-run Senate approved the measure on Wednesday.

Apr 9, 2014

Body found in lake confirmed as missing Michigan doctor

By David Bailey and Brendan O’Brien

(Reuters) – A body recovered on Sunday from a northwestern Indiana lake has been confirmed as that of a Michigan doctor who went missing early in December and likely drowned, authorities said on Wednesday.

Teleka Patrick, 30, missing since December 5, was found not far from the spot where police came across her car with a flat tire parked along an interstate highway at night, Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller told a news conference.

Apr 8, 2014

Minnesota NBA basketball forward arrested after threatening girlfriend

MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) – Minnesota Timberwolves basketball team forward, Dante Cunningham, charged last week with choking his live-in girlfriend during a domestic assault, is now suspected of sending her threatening messages, police said on Monday.

Cunningham, 26, was arrested on a felony domestic assault charge and ordered to stay away from the woman after an alleged attack on Thursday in Medina, Minnesota, a suburb west of Minneapolis. He posted a bond and was released on Friday.

Apr 7, 2014

Minnesota forward arrested, accused of threatening girlfriend

MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) – Minnesota Timberwolves forward Dante Cunningham, charged last week with choking his live-in girlfriend during a domestic assault, is now suspected of sending her threatening messages, police said on Monday.

Cunningham, 26, was arrested on a felony domestic assault charge and ordered to stay away from the woman after an alleged attack on Thursday in Medina, Minnesota, a suburb west of Minneapolis. He posted a bond and was released on Friday.

Mar 26, 2014

Chicago train operator admits dozing off before O’Hare crash

March 26 (Reuters) – The operator of a passenger train that
jumped the tracks and ran part-way up an escalator at Chicago’s
O’Hare International Airport early on Monday admitted that she
dozed off and did not wake up until the crash, a federal
investigator said.

The operator had been running Chicago Transit Authority
(CTA) trains for about 60 days before the incident and was
admonished in February for overrunning a station, Ted Turpin, an
investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board, said
on Wednesday.

Mar 26, 2014

Michigan holds off recognizing gay marriages during appeal

By David Bailey

(Reuters) – Michigan is not recognizing same-sex marriages while the state appeals a federal judge’s ruling lifting a ban on gay nuptials, Governor Rick Snyder said on Wednesday.

Clerks in four Michigan counties issued hundreds of marriage licenses to same-sex couples and performed weddings on Saturday after a federal judge late Friday ruled that the state’s ban violated the U.S. Constitution.

Mar 26, 2014

Train operator dozed off before crash at Chicago’s O’Hare: NTSB

By David Bailey

(Reuters) – The operator of a passenger train that tore across a platform and scaled up an escalator at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport early on Monday has admitted she dozed off and did not wake up until the crash, a federal investigator said.

The operator had been running trains for the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) for about 60 days and had been admonished in February for falling asleep and slightly overrunning a station, Ted Turpin, an investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board, said on Wednesday.

Mar 26, 2014

Stay on Michigan same-sex marriages extended for appeal

By David Bailey

(Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court panel extended a temporary hold on Tuesday on a federal judge’s ruling that struck down a Michigan ban on gay nuptials, blocking the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples pending an appeal.

A federal judge in Detroit struck down Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage on Friday, and county clerks issued more than 300 marriage licenses to gay couples on Saturday before the appeals court stopped the judge’s decision from taking effect.

Feb 16, 2014

Winter builds rare icy path to Lake Superior ice caves

By Brendan O’Brien and David Bailey

(Reuters) – Crowds of people are flocking to northwestern Wisconsin to trek on a frozen-over Lake Superior to reach dramatic ice caves accessible on foot for the first time in several years, courtesy of the long frigid winter.

The ice caves on Superior’s shoreline are carved out of sandstone by waves from the lake and derive their name from the icy freeze in winter that makes them glisten with hoar frost, icicles and ice formations.