Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Police Faulted in Sex-Crimes Investigations

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Police Faulted in Sex-Crimes Investigations

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NEW ORLEANS -- A scathing report on a New Orleans Police Department unit has found that in nearly 1,300 sex crime-related calls fielded by five detectives over a three-year period, 86 percent showed no record of having been investigated beyond an initial report, with the substantial majority being simply classified as miscellaneous.

Michael Harrison, who was permanently appointed as the city's new police superintendent last month, said in a news conference Wednesday that the five detectives and their supervisors had been assigned to other departments.

S.C. gay-marriage ban

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- South Carolina's ban on gay marriage was struck down by a federal judge who ruled same-sex unions are protected by the U.S. Constitution and cited a wave of similar opinions clearing the way for them in other states.

U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel in Charleston Wednesday barred officials from enforcing the state's ban on same-sex marriages after finding it mirrored other states' constitutionally flawed statutes. The judge delayed his order from taking effect until Nov. 20 to give the state time to appeal.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court cleared Kansas to become the 33rd state with same-sex marriage, turning away a bid by state officials who sought to stop the weddings while they appealed a lower court ruling.

Family of Ebola patient

DALLAS -- Relatives of Thomas Eric Duncan announced Wednesday that they had settled all legal claims against the Dallas hospital where the Liberian man was treated and died of Ebola last month. …

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