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Less than a week after an unarmed black man was shot dead by a white police officer on a Tulsa street, prosecutors charged the officer with first-degree manslaughter, a decision that may prevent unrest in a city with a long history of tense race...
by Justin Juozapavicius and Sean Murphy, Associated Press
9.23.2016
11:40am
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When Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were found this month in New York and New Jersey, they gave detectives a wealth of information central to the ongoing investigation.
by Frank Gardner, BBC security correspondent
9.23.2016
11:35am
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The skull of one of the most famous archaeological finds of the twentieth century has been reconstructed using 3D imaging.
by Janet Tappin, Daily Mail
9.23.2016
11:32am
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9.23.2016
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Charlotte is the latest American city to erupt with violent protests over the police shooting of a black man. The National Guard has now been called in to keep the peace, as the investigation of the shooting continues.
9.22.2016
11:56am
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There are two things that forensics experts inside and outside of the government agree on: The bombs were relatively sophisticated, and if not for one key mistake, the attacks would have been much, much deadlier.
by Yochi Dreazen, Vox
9.22.2016
11:34am
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Footmarks at a crime scene provide evidence that can be as crucial as fingerprints and DNA in catching and convicting culprits. But exceptional expertise is required for it to be interpreted correctly and then stand up in court. This is the realm of...
by University of Huddersfield
9.22.2016
11:28am
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The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency’s (DPAA) Forensic Identification Laboratory recently reached construction completion at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Oahu, Hawaii. Designed by SmithGroupJJR, the new $89 million laboratory will aid in the...
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9.22.2016
11:22am
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9.22.2016
11:19am
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The wreck of the famous Antikythera shipwreck was discovered more than a century ago, and artifacts from the large cargo ship have been pulled from the seafloor ever since. But a startling discovery was made on Aug. 31: a nearly complete set of bones...
9.21.2016
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The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology released a final report Tuesday on forensics, concluding that much of the most common analysis used in criminal trials doesn’t meet scientific standards.
by Gary Fields, The Wall Street Journal
9.21.2016
10:00am
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Howland’s police chief is on his way to New York to pick up a suspect in a 20-year-old rape and assault case.
by Nadine Grimley, WYTV
9.21.2016
9:53am
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A Fairbanks man who was charged in February with his aunt's 2008 murder after new DNA tests linked him to the crime was let out on bail Tuesday because that evidence was recently found to be inconclusive.
by Dorothy Chomicz, Newsminer.com
9.21.2016
9:50am
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9.21.2016
9:47am
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The show, which brought together a team of forensic experts and criminologists on the unsolved 20-year-old death investigation, concluded that JonBenet’s 9-year-old brother Burke accidentally killed her with a spontaneous swing of a flashlight – and then...
9.20.2016
1:17pm
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The man suspected of planting bombs in a New York neighborhood and a New Jersey seaside town may have aimed to inflict carnage incognito, but he didn't succeed for long in concealing his identity.
by Jake Pearson, Jennifer Peltz and Dake Kang, Associated Press
9.20.2016
11:33am
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With initial help from his work at a Utah university (link is external), an Australian-born biochemist is partnering with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) to discover a second science-based forensic tool for identifying people in addition to...
by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
9.20.2016
11:25am
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Latent prints left at the scene can be smudged, incomplete, or leave little contrast. Even the best-trained experts may not be able to correctly analyze them using finely-tuned, but still subjective, judgment.
9.19.2016
12:58pm
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An Afghan immigrant wanted for questioning in the bombings that rocked a New York City neighborhood and a New Jersey shore town was captured Monday after being wounded in a gun battle with police that erupted when he was discovered sleeping in the...
by Deepti Hajela, Associated Press
9.19.2016
12:48pm
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It's been more than twenty years since three members of the Bennett family — father Bruce, mother Debra and seven-year-old daughter Melissa — were brutally murdered. But the Aurora Police Department hasn't given up on finding their killer.
by Michael Roberts, Westword
9.16.2016
11:53am
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William Bratton, the police commissioner who led departments in Boston, Los Angeles and New York and saw his crime fighting strategies copied across the nation, will end his unparalleled law enforcement career with a ceremonial send-off Friday in the...
by Tom Hays, Associated Press
9.16.2016
11:42am
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Medical data from some of the world's leading athletes has been posted to the web and the World Anti-Doping Agency says Russians are to blame. Even the hackers seem to agree, adopting the name "Fancy Bears" — a moniker long associated with the Kremlin's...
by Raphael Satter, Associated Press
9.16.2016
11:37am
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The 43 students disappeared the night of Sept. 26, 2014, amid a night of chaos and gunfire in a violent corner of Mexico. The Mexican government maintains that a drug cartel, with the help of police in the city of Iguala in the southwestern state of...
9.15.2016
12:28pm
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Over the last decade, collecting DNA from people who are not charged with — or even suspected of — any particular crime has become an increasingly routine practice for police in smaller cities not only in Florida, but in Connecticut, Pennsylvania and...
by Lauren Kirchner, Pro Publica
9.15.2016
10:51am
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The plague of 1665-1666 was the last major outbreak of bubonic plague in Britain, killing nearly a quarter of London's population. It's taken a year to confirm initial findings from a suspected Great Plague burial pit during excavation work on the...
by Nicola Stanbridge
9.14.2016
12:48pm
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The body of the girl, found beaten and raped and strangled outside a Baltimore cemetery 40 years ago this week, has been the focus of thousands of hours of interviews, forensic casework and chasing down leads.
9.14.2016
12:40pm
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Terms such as “reasonable scientific certainty” can no longer be used, DOJ labs have to post internal validation studies online, and forensic scientists will be expected to uphold a 16-part “Code of Professional Responsibility for the Practice of...
9.13.2016
12:34pm
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The Michigan State Police is conducting an internal investigation of the work leading to the arrest and conviction of a serial killer for a run of rapes and murders of elderly women in their homes in the 1980s.
9.12.2016
1:34pm
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Despite the development of DNA profiling for criminal investigation, fingerprints remain the most common type of forensic evidence to be recovered from a crime scene.
by John W. Bond, The Conversation
9.12.2016
1:16pm
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Fifteen years after the Twin Towers collapsed into a twisted heap of rubble, about 40% of those killed in the terror attacks remain unidentified.
by Thomas Tracy, NY Daily News
9.12.2016
1:10pm
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Random number generators are crucial to the encryption that protects our privacy and security when engaging in digital transactions such as buying products online or withdrawing cash from an ATM. For the first time, engineers have developed a fast random...
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9.9.2016
1:15pm
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The unidentified young female was found by campers near Oregon’s border with California in the summer of 1971. Despite distinctive clothing, eye-catching jewelry, and some tantalizing clues, she has remained unidentified for nearly half a century.
9.9.2016
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DNA mixtures can by mind-bogglingly complex. The genetic traces of more than two people can create statistical chaos indicating someone’s DNA is included, or excluded, from a sample – based simply on the judgment of the person doing the testing.
9.8.2016
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FBI agents sifted through dirt Wednesday at an excavation site on the edge of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where they hope to find remains of a student who vanished in 1996.
by John Antczak, Associated Press
9.8.2016
11:26am
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A police chief showed video Wednesday of a Nevada homicide suspect breaking a set of handcuffs before climbing onto a chair to remove a ceiling tile and escape from a North Las Vegas police interview room.
by Ken Ritter, Associated Press
9.8.2016
11:20am
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DNA was a sci-fi concept a few short decades ago. In the 21st century, it has become a “gold standard” in forensic science. But it cannot always be obtained, depending on its breakdown from age or extreme environments. But the distinct and unique...
9.7.2016
1:00pm
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In the cutting-edge world of government surveillance, technologies emerge quickly and often without warning. But, how effective are these new technological innovations at fighting crime—especially with a cautious public wary of Big Brother’s all-seeing...
9.7.2016
11:43am
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It was time to purge the hacker from the U.S. government's computers. After secretly monitoring the hacker's online movements for months, officials worried he was getting too close to critical information and devised a plan, dubbed "the Big Bang," to...
by Eric Tucker, Associated Press
9.7.2016
9:41am
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Police say an officer shot seven times near Philadelphia earlier this summer has been cleared to return to duty.
by The Associated Press
9.7.2016
9:30am
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