By Eric M. Johnson and David Bailey
(Reuters) – Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has won an appeal of his indefinite suspension for domestic violence and is now eligible to sign with any National Football League team, the league said on Friday.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Rice, 27, in July for two games for punching his then-fiancee Janay Palmer unconscious during an altercation at an Atlantic City, New Jersey, casino in February.
MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) – A former nurse in Minnesota was ordered on Wednesday to serve about six months in jail for assisting in a British man’s suicide and trying to assist in the suicide of a Canadian woman who died after jumping into a river.
William Melchert-Dinkel, 52, also must perform 200 hours of community service, not use the Internet except for work and serve 10 years probation, among other conditions, Rice County Judge Thomas Neuville ordered.
By David Bailey
(Reuters) – Global news organization Reuters has asked an Oklahoma court to open courtroom proceedings to the public and unseal trial transcripts of the two-month-long divorce trial of billionaire oilman Harold Hamm and his wife, Sue Ann Hamm.
Judge Howard Haralson has closed all but the first three days of a trial that started Aug. 4 in Oklahoma County Court and sealed most of the records in what could be one of the largest-ever divorce settlements.
MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) – Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is expected to enter a plea of not guilty, if asked, to a charge of injuring his 4-year-old son when he appears in court on Wednesday in Texas, a spokeswoman for his attorney said on Tuesday.
Peterson, 29, a National Football League most valuable player in 2012, was charged in September with injuring his son in May, one of several domestic violence or abuse cases that have marred the league’s reputation this year.
By David Bailey
(Reuters) – Nearly seven in 10 Americans believe spanking a child is acceptable at home and a majority say corporal punishment is tolerable provided it does not involve implements such as the one a National Football League star used on his son, a Reuters/Ipsos poll found.
The findings help explain where Americans stand on corporal punishment after the indictment on child abuse charges of Adrian Peterson, a top NFL running back, in a case that sparked a contentious public debate over what is acceptable.
By David Bailey
(Reuters) – Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart has been cleared by a grand jury investigating a dirt-track incident in upstate New York in August that killed a young driver, a county prosecutor said on Wednesday.
Stewart, 43, one of the biggest names in auto racing, struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr., 20, during a non-NASCAR sprint-car race on Aug. 9 on a dimly lit part of the Canandaigua Motorsports Park track, about an hour’s drive west of Syracuse.
MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) – A former nurse in Minnesota was convicted on Tuesday for a second time of intentionally assisting in the suicide of a British man who hanged himself and of attempting to assist in the suicide of a Canadian woman who died after jumping into a river.
In a written decision, Rice County Judge Thomas Neuville found there was significant evidence William Melchert-Dinkel assisted Mark Drybrough, 32, in his 2005 suicide in Coventry, England, even though he had not provided physical assistance.
, Aug 15 (Reuters) – The Federal Reserve
should not make the mistake of exiting from its super-easy
monetary policy too soon, a top Fed official said on Friday,
warning of the risk of a downward drift in inflation that could
choke the U.S. recovery.
Pointing to the “disturbing” situation in Europe, where
inflation is well below 1 percent, and to Japan’s two-decade
bout with deflation, Minneapolis Fed President Narayana
Kocherlakota said the U.S. central bank should keep up its
monetary stimulus as long as inflation stays low.
MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) – Republican voters in Minnesota on Tuesday will select one of five candidates to challenge Democratic Governor Mark Dayton in what one analyst called the “anything can happen” primary.
Also on Tuesday, Wisconsin Democrats are expected to chose Mary Burke in the primary to face Republican Governor Scott Walker in November.
By David Bailey
ST. PAUL Minn. (Reuters) – A Navy SEAL told a court on Tuesday he saw former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura on his back outside a bar in 2006, although he did not see if he had been struck by a former Navy SEAL accused of fabricating an altercation with Ventura.
Navy SEAL John Kelly III told the federal trial he was herding mourners from one bar to another during a wake for a fallen SEAL when he looked back and saw Ventura rocking on the sidewalk or curb.