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.
By David Bailey
(Reuters) – Kentucky must recognize the legal same-sex marriages of residents who wed outside the state, a federal judge said on Wednesday in the latest of a string of rulings that expand gay rights following a U.S. Supreme Court decision last year.
U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II in Louisville said a series of U.S. Supreme Court decisions including the striking down of a key part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act last year, led to his decision on Wednesday.
MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) – Joan Mondale, the wife of former U.S. Vice President Walter Mondale and a champion of the arts, died on Monday, her family said in a statement. She was 83.
Mondale died with the former vice president, her sons Ted and William, and other family members at her side, said the statement released through their church. She entered hospice care on Friday. The family did not provide details on her illness.
MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) – Faced with high U.S. unemployment and stubbornly low inflation, the Federal Reserve should be ramping up, not scaling back, its monetary stimulus, a top Fed official said on Thursday.
The U.S. central bank, charged by Congress to aim for an economy that has enough jobs and also stable prices, “could do better with respect to both of its congressionally mandated objectives by adopting a more accommodative monetary policy stance,” Narayana Kocherlakota, president of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank, said in remarks prepared for delivery at the regional bank’s headquarters.
MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) – Fire crews on Friday recovered a second body in the debris of a Minneapolis apartment building destroyed by an explosion on New Year’s Day that also left at least 14 people injured, the fire department said.
Investigators have been looking into a gas leak as a possible cause for the early morning blast and fire that destroyed the three-story building with a ground-floor grocery store and 10 apartments in a community of mainly Somali immigrants.
MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) – Investigators are looking at a gas leak as a potential cause for an explosion and fire that gutted a Minneapolis apartment building on New Year’s Day, killing at least one person and injuring 14 others, officials said on Thursday.
The cause of the explosion and fire in the three-story building that had a grocery store on the ground floor and 10 apartments remained undetermined, but witnesses have told investigators they smelled gas before the blast, Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel told a news conference.
MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) – Thirteen people were injured, six of them critically, in an explosion and fire at a Minneapolis apartment building early on Wednesday in frigid temperatures, officials said.
The blast and blaze, which engulfed several apartments and a grocery store, started about 8 a.m. CST (9 a.m. ET), they said.
MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) – The Roman Catholic archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis on Tuesday said in a statement Archbishop John Nienstedt was stepping aside while authorities investigate an allegation that he inappropriately touched a boy’s buttocks during a 2009 group photo session.
The archdiocese, which has been under fire for its past handling of alleged clergy sex abuse cases, said in the statement Nienstedt stepped aside temporarily after consulting with Pope Francis’ papal nuncio, or ambassador, to the United States.
MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) – A Minnesota National Guard member has been charged with fraud after FBI agents said they learned he had stolen personal information on 400 soldiers from his former Army unit, and a federal judge has ordered him held temporarily in jail.
Investigators suspect the defendant, Specialist Keith Michael Novak, planned to sell the information for profit and to use it to create false identities for himself and militia members who may need to escape the law.
By David Bailey
(Reuters) – Detroit’s Heidelberg Project has been struck by eight suspicious fires since May, the latest on Sunday, which have destroyed a large part of the art installation that has drawn international attention since the 1980s, authorities said.
The art project, started in 1986, displays found objects and recycled materials on homes around Heidelberg Street. The projected was aimed at reclaiming a decaying neighborhood in Detroit, which filed for bankruptcy protection this year.