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Potential Second Viking Site in New World Found, Reports Say

April 1, 2016 3:57 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

New advances in satellite imaging have led to what could potentially be a second Viking settlement in the Americas.

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Cops Bust Cross-Border Pot Tunnel, Four Football Fields Long

April 1, 2016 2:28 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Law enforcement seized 1,350 pounds of marijuana, and made multiple arrests, including the owner of the Calexico, Calif. home.

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Mengele’s Remains to Be Used in Medical Research, 70 Years after Auschwitz

April 1, 2016 12:51 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The Nazi doctor who oversaw torturous medical experiments that killed thousands at Auschwitz will actually contribute to forensic science, decades after his death.

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Sewage Epidemiology: Tracing Designer Drugs in Europe’s Wastewater

April 1, 2016 12:30 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

A new study, by the European Monitoring Center, analyzed daily samples from waste-water treatment plants across the continent, and found some pretty interesting results.

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Forensic Reconstruction of a Prehistoric, Bronze-Age Battle in Germany

March 31, 2016 12:49 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Before Stalingrad, before the Somme, before Waterloo, and before even the Battle of Tours, there was the Tollense River Valley.

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FBI Agrees to Unlock iPhone in Arkansas Murder Case

March 31, 2016 11:59 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

In what might be a landmark decision for state and local law enforcement, the FBI has agreed to unlock an iPhone and iPod in an Arkansas murder case.

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The FBI's Secret iPhone Hack

March 31, 2016 10:19 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Experts say the FBI’s technique might not going to be a master key for all investigation. It might be significantly complicated, delicate or expensive for less serious crimes. 

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Newly Discovered Phone Records Point to Innocence for Convicted Cold-Case Murderer

March 30, 2016 12:54 pm | Comments

A man, convicted in 2012 of killing a 7-year-old girl in 1957, declared his innocence and pleaded with a judge in a courtroom this week.

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L.A.’s Body Backlog Prompts Calls for New ‘Body Farm’

March 30, 2016 11:39 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Now some forensic anthropologists are suggesting an unorthodox way residents might help alleviate backlogs at the coroner's office, while contributing to an already blooming field of forensic science.

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Genealogy Websites Offer Few Genetic Clues for Investigators

March 29, 2016 12:49 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Roadblocks to getting client info from a private company, and getting it right, are still serious complications, proving genealogy websites are a long-shot in criminal investigations.

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FBI Cracks San Bernardino iPhone: Privacy Debate, Questions Remain

March 29, 2016 12:05 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The FBI hacked into San Bernardino killer's iPhone, and dropped its legal fight to compel Apple to help it crack the encryption—still many questions are left unanswered.

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Ohio murderer escaped medium security prison, manhunt in pursuit

March 28, 2016 11:34 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

A convicted murderer escaped from a medium-security Ohio prison, and a manhunt is currently underway, according to officials. John Modie, who was serving 18 years to life in prison for murder and robbery convictions, was found missing from the Hocking Unit of the Southeastern Correctional Complex in Nelsonville during an inmate count late Sunday night

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Oracle Ox Bone with Oldest Chinese Writing 3-D Printed

March 24, 2016 12:40 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Amid chaos in China 3,000 years ago, some wise leaders carved ox shoulder bones, engraved writing on them, and held them over a searing fire.

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Murder Conviction Vacated, 20 Years and 13 Alibis Later

March 24, 2016 11:50 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

A Bronx District Attorney recommended dismissing the conviction, but not the charges—a new investigation will revisit the entire case.

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New Standards for Identifying Remains with X-Ray Imaging

March 24, 2016 10:58 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Researchers created a “decision tree” that will give forensic experts statistical probabilities that can help determine the uncertainty of a positive ID.

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