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DNA Dragnet Set up to ID Child Killer in Fly-In Manitoba Town

February 12, 2016 | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Articles | Comments

A massive DNA dragnet is being used by police in a remote Canadian town of 2,700 people after the remains of an 11-year-old girl were found last May.

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Can You Tell Your Ethnic Identity From Your DNA?

February 12, 2016 12:51 pm | by Alva Noe, NPR | News | Comments

The answer as to whether a DNA test can tell you your ethnic identity? Yes — and no.

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Autonomous Drones to Fly Search and Rescue Operations

February 12, 2016 10:00 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Articles | Comments

Researchers have designed drones that autonomously fly through densely wooded areas that, one day, could cut response times, and help save lives.

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Ferguson Hit by Justice Department Civil-Rights Lawsuit

February 11, 2016 4:34 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Just a day after the Ferguson City Council rejected a negotiated consent decree to oversee policing in the Missouri city, the Justice Department filed a sweeping federal lawsuit alleging local law enforcement had violated the civil rights of minorities over a number of years.

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Internet of Things to be Used as Spy Tool by Governments

February 11, 2016 12:51 pm | by David Kravets, Ars Technica | News | Comments

James Clapper, the US director of national intelligence, told lawmakers that governments across the globe are likely to employ the IoT as a spy tool.

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Firearms in the Evidence Room

February 11, 2016 12:19 pm | by CaseGuard | News | Comments

Firearms can be one of the most difficult types of evidence you’ll ever have to handle as an evidence technician. Not only are there obvious safety concerns, they can be ridiculously difficult to dispose when the time comes

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Ferguson Mayor: City Is Willing to Challenge Feds in Court

February 10, 2016 1:10 pm | by Jim Salter, Associated Press | News | Comments

If the Justice Department does not go along with the changes, a civil rights lawsuit is possible, potentially costing Ferguson millions of dollars in legal fees.

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No New Trial After Judge Mistakenly Declares Mistrial

February 10, 2016 1:06 pm | by Kate Drumback, AP | News | Comments

A woman pleaded with the Georgia Supreme Court not to let the man accused of killing her mother go free because of a judge's mistake during his murder trial.

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FBI Struggles to Crack San Bernardino Terrorist’s Encrypted Phone, Two Months Later

February 10, 2016 12:52 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

The cell phone of one of the San Bernardino killers is still encrypted, despite the best efforts of mobile forensics experts to “crack” it.

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Forensic Experts Condemn Official Report of Mexico’s 43 Missing Students

February 10, 2016 12:34 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Articles | Comments

The multinational team of experts released a report detailing dozens of forensic findings that contradict the official government account of the alleged slayings of 43 missing students.

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Monday’s Briefing: 02/08/2016

February 9, 2016 12:25 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Articles | Comments

Happy Lunar New Year--Monday’s Briefing has come to you a day later this week, but with all the forensic news you might have missed over the weekend, and what you’ll want to know to get you through your work week:

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Sleepy Suspects More Likely to Give False Confessions, Study Says

February 9, 2016 12:03 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

The social experiment is the first of its kind to demonstrate how extreme fatigue may lead to false confessions – thought to account for between 15 and 25 percent of wrongful convictions in the United States.

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Cops Bust Key Members of World's Busiest Cybercrime Gang

February 9, 2016 9:59 am | by Thomas Fox-Brewster, Forbes | News | Comments

In November, Russia’s FSB quietly led an operation to take down the world’s most active cybercriminal groups, the operators of the banking malware Dyre.

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Why Some Forensic Evidence Isn't Accurate or Reliable

February 8, 2016 12:51 pm | by Peter O'Dowd, Here and Now | News | Comments

Peter Neufeld, co-founder and co-director of the Innocence Project, explains the problems with certain types of forensic evidence.

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What's Behind the Massive Review of DNA Evidence in Texas

February 8, 2016 12:43 pm | by Alain Stephens, KUT | News | Comments

Texas leads the nation when it comes to exonerating wrongfully convicted people, and the state may be adding to those numbers through closer scrutiny of DNA evidence practices.

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California AG Supports Lawsuit Seeking Nazi-seized Jewish Art

February 8, 2016 11:50 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

The state of California filed an amicus brief in support of an ongoing lawsuit by the heirs of a Jewish art collector forced to sell the painting during the Holocaust.

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