MINNEAPOLIS, Jan 16 (Reuters) – The Roman Catholic
Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis filed for bankruptcy
protection on Friday, saying the move will allow its finite
resources to be distributed among victims and survivors of child
sex abuse by clergy.
The archdiocese, which has been criticized for its past
handling of clergy abuse cases, is the 12th Catholic diocese in
the United States to seek bankruptcy protection over sex abuse
claims. Most of the Minnesota cases date from the 1950s to the
By David Bailey
GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. (Reuters) – The Federal Reserve should take seriously signs that the U.S. economy could undershoot the Fed’s 2 percent inflation target for years, particularly given the appetite from abroad for safe assets, a U.S. central banker said on Friday.
Concerns over growth prospects are prompting people to buy U.S. assets, and “unless you provide more supply you are going to face an increase in the price of those assets, which shows up as a decline in the rate of inflation,” Minneapolis Fed President Narayana Kocherlakota said. “I think at some point you just have to give in to the data, both in the financial markets and what we see in the price of goods and services.”
MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) – A Minnesota man who collected food stamps and other public assistance while living with his wife on a yacht valued at $1.2 million, was sentenced on Monday to 21 months in prison.
Colin Chisholm III, 63, pleaded guilty in November to two felonies, theft by swindle and wrongfully obtaining public assistance. The sentence handed down by a Hennepin County judge matched the prison time prosecutors sought.
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.