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May 27, 2015

Nebraska legislature repeals death penalty, overriding governor’s veto

By David Bailey and Fiona Ortiz

(Reuters) – Nebraska on Wednesday became the 19th U.S. state to abolish capital punishment as legislators narrowly voted to override the Republican governor’s veto of a bill repealing the death penalty.

The state’s unicameral legislature voted 30-19, the exact number of votes needed to override Governor Pete Ricketts’ veto, to replace capital punishment with a term of life without parole.

May 15, 2015

Death penalty repeal bill advances in Nebraska legislature

By David Bailey

(Reuters) – Nebraska lawmakers moved legislation to repeal
the state’s death penalty one step from final approval on
Friday, one day after the governor, a death penalty supporter,
said the state was acquiring more drugs to carry out lethal
injections.

Nebraska’s single-chamber Legislature voted 30-16 to move
the bill to a vote on final passage that would send it to the
governor. It would substitute life without parole for the death
penalty.

May 14, 2015

Minnesota jury convicts Final Exit group of assisting 2007 suicide

MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) – A jury on Thursday found the
national right-to-die group Final Exit Network guilty of
assisting a Minnesota woman’s suicide in 2007 and interfering
with a death scene, prosecutors said.

Sentencing has been scheduled for August in the case
stemming from the suicide of Doreen Dunn, 57, who authorities
said died by helium asphyxiation with two Final Exit group
members present in her home. The convictions carry maximum fines
totaling $33,000.

Apr 23, 2015

Judge orders Minnesota men held for trial on Islamic State charges

By David Bailey

ST PAUL, Minn. (Reuters) – A U.S. magistrate judge ordered four Somali-American young men held on Thursday pending trial on charges that they conspired to join Islamic State and fight for the militant group in Syria.

Zacharia Yusuf Abdurahman, 19, Adnan Farah, 19, Hanad Mustafe Musse, 19, and Guled Ali Omar, 20, are among a group of six Somali-Minnesota friends and relatives arrested Sunday.

Apr 20, 2015

Six Minnesota men charged with conspiring to support Islamic State

MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) – U.S. authorities have charged six men from Minnesota with planning to join Islamic State and fight for the militant group in Syria, the U.S. attorney for Minnesota said on Monday.

Zacharia Yusuf Abdurahman, 19, Adnan Farah, 19, Hanad Mustafe Musse, 19, and Guled Ali Omar, 20, were arrested in Minneapolis on Sunday.

Apr 19, 2015

BOJ’s Kuroda says Japan inflation to ‘gradually accelerate’ toward target

By David Bailey

WAYZATA, Minn. (Reuters) – Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Sunday the central bank expects inflation in Japan to “gradually accelerate” toward a target of two percent later this year as the impact of lower oil prices becomes less of a factor in the data.

“If underlying price dynamics (are) not what we are expecting than we do not hesitate to adjust or make additional monetary easing, but that is if necessary,” Kuroda told journalists in Minnesota after the spring meeting of the IMF and World Bank in Washington. “At this stage we don’t think it is necessary.”

Mar 6, 2015

U.S. appeals court puts Nebraska same-sex marriages on hold

By David Bailey

(Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Thursday put on hold a
federal judge’s ruling that would have allowed same-sex couples
in Nebraska to marry starting on Monday.

The order came hours after the U.S. Supreme Court said it
would hear oral arguments on April 28 on the question of whether
states have the right to ban gay marriage, as Nebraska does by a
state constitutional amendment.

Mar 2, 2015

U.S. judge rules Nebraska same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

By Carson Vaughan and David Bailey

LINCOLN, Neb. (Reuters) – A federal judge on Monday ruled
Nebraska’s ban on gay marriage unconstitutional in a decision
that could allow same-sex couples to marry in the state within a
week.

U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon issued a preliminary
injunction in the case brought by seven same-sex couples in the
state, calling Nebraska’s ban an “unabashedly gender-specific
infringement of the equal rights of its citizens.”

Feb 26, 2015

U.S. judge rules for Vikings’ Peterson in NFL discipline case

MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) – A federal judge on Thursday overturned the NFL’s suspension of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who had pleaded no contest to charges of hitting his son with a switch, and sent the case back to the league’s arbitration process for resolution.

Despite the ruling, Peterson’s future with the Vikings remains unclear.

In a 16-page ruling, U.S. District Court Judge David Doty said National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell acted beyond his authority in November when he suspended Peterson, the league’s most valuable player in 2012, until at least April 15.

Feb 7, 2015

NFL, players union spar in court over Peterson suspension

MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) – The National Football League and its
players union argued in court on Friday over whether the child
abuse-related suspension of the league’s 2012 most valuable
player Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings should be
overturned.

U.S. District Judge David Doty said he would rule at a later
date in the NFL Players Association challenge to the suspension
of Peterson, which was handed down Nov. 18.