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
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.”
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.
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
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.
By David Bailey
ST. PAUL, Minn. (Reuters) – The Federal Reserve should consider restarting its controversial bond-buying stimulus if inflation does not start moving back to 2 percent once downward pressure from the recent drop in oil prices dissipates, a top Fed official said on Tuesday.
The Fed should first promise to keep rates low until it is convinced inflation will return to its 2-percent goal within a year or two, and until market-based measures of inflation expectation have risen back to normal levels, Minneapolis Fed President Narayana Kocherlakota told reporters after a speech.
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.