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Man Gunned Down by Police Planned to Behead an Officer, Reports Say

June 3, 2015 10:52 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Usaam Rahim, who was under 24-hour surveillance by anti-terrorism task forces, was shot twice, once in the torso and once in the abdomen, after lunging at police with a knife.

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Secret FBI Planes Caught Snooping as NSA Debate Lingers in Congress

June 2, 2015 1:31 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The Bureau has been flying over major U.S. metropolitan areas with small Cessna aircraft, which have the capability to take high-resolution video and also use advanced cellphone surveillance technology.

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Woman's Body Found in Suitcase at Tokyo Train Station

June 1, 2015 12:59 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Police are reviewing security camera footage for clues about the person who might have left the bag, and said that an employee noticed the locker was empty on April 25—the day before the bag was originally found.

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Before being sentenced to life in prison, Ross Ulbricht tried to plead for what time left in his life he could spend free in a letter to U.S. District Judge Katherine B. Forrest, the person responsible for the length of his sentence. But, believing the vi

Internet Drug Kingpin Gets Life

June 1, 2015 12:19 pm | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

Before being sentenced to life in prison, Ross Ulbricht tried to plead for what time left in his life he could spend free in a letter to U.S. District Judge Katherine B. Forrest, the person responsible for the length of his sentence. But, believing the virtual for the virtuous didn’t sway the judge that held his fate.

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Fatal Police Shootings by the Numbers

June 1, 2015 11:58 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

There were 385 total killings through the first five months of this year—a figure roughly double the annual estimates provided by federal authorities.

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Colo. Theater Shooter's Journal Takes Center Stage at Trial

May 29, 2015 2:49 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The legal argument, and potentially Holmes’s life, depend on whether he had the capacity to know the consequences of his actions – and whether he deliberately planned the attack.

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In D.C. Lab Scandal, Mayor Accused of Foul Play

May 29, 2015 1:50 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

A letter of resignation from a member of the Washington D.C. Science Advisory Board stoked further speculation that the mayor and the District Attorney’s office may have ordered the two audits that shut down DNA testing last month in an attempt to seize control of the laboratory.

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Six have been charged with participating in a scheme to charge mobile phone customers tens of millions of dollars in monthly fees for unsolicited, recurring text messages about topics such as horoscopes, celebrity gossip and trivia facts, without the cust

6 Charged in Multi-Million-Dollar Text Messaging Consumer Fraud Scheme

May 29, 2015 12:15 pm | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

Six have been charged with participating in a scheme to charge mobile phone customers $50 million in monthly fees for unsolicited, recurring text messages about topics such as horoscopes, celebrity gossip and trivia facts, without the customers’ knowledge or consent — a practice the defendants referred to as “auto-subscribing.”

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Pentagon Accidentally Ships Live Anthrax Samples to 9 States

May 29, 2015 9:34 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief, Laboratory Equipment | Comments

The Pentagon confirmed yesterday that it accidently shipped live anthrax samples from one of its labs in Utah to commercial labs in nine U.S states, as well as a U.S. military base in South Korea.

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Rehabilitation or Restitution? 79-Year-Old Reformed Fugitive Jailed

May 28, 2015 12:38 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

When U.S. marshals confronted convicted felon and longtime fugitive Frank Freshwaters outside his rusted mobile home in the backwaters of Melbourne, Fla. this week, they showed him a piece of evidence that he could no longer refute, according to reports—a picture of his mug shot from 1959.

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‘Dry-Labbing’ and Data Integrity with Dr. Ashraf Mozayani

May 28, 2015 10:02 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

As a senior forensic advisor for the U.S. Embassy, Mozayani recently visited Uzbekistan, and the capital, Tashkent, where she helped coordinate one of the first and largest regional forensic science conferences in the country. “If the data doesn’t have integrity then it’s just nonsense.”

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When a corporation needs a file for litigation, it might not turn to a digital forensic investigator. Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) could get the job done. Collecting files in a forensically-sound manner, a cousin to digital forensic imaging, provides a wa

SaaS Makes Corporate eDiscovery Fast, Easy, Adds to DFI Toolbox

May 28, 2015 9:54 am | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

When a corporation needs a file for litigation, it might not turn to a digital forensic investigator. Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) could get the job done. Collecting files in a forensically-sound manner, a cousin to digital forensic imaging, provides a way for a corporation to prepare e-discovery information for civil litigation. SaaS can also give forensic practitioners an additional way to collect information. 

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Oldest Ever Homicide in 430,000 Year-Old Case

May 27, 2015 4:38 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Cranium 17 showed the two similar but separate wounds, inflicted one after another, with force enough to puncture the brain.

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New Human Ancestor Added to Family Tree

May 27, 2015 1:07 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

New upper and lower jaw fossils were unearthed from the Afar region of Ethiopia four years ago, and were then described as a separate species by an international scientific team at The Cleveland Museum of Natural History

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FIFA Officials Arrested on Corruption Charges in Zurich

May 27, 2015 12:17 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

The Swiss officers worked in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Justice, which unsealed a 47-count indictment, early Wednesday, charging 14 defendants with racketeering and other offenses stemming back to the early 1990s.

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