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It was news that gave parents hope: None of the bodies found in five mass graves in southern Mexico belonged to 43 teachers college students who have been missing for nearly three weeks since a clash with police.

Mexico's 43 Missing Not in Mass Graves So Far

October 15, 2014 1:20 pm | by Christopher Sherman and E. Eduardo Castillo, Associated Press | Comments

It was news that gave parents hope: None of the bodies found in five mass graves in southern Mexico belonged to 43 teachers college students who have been missing for nearly three weeks since a clash with police.           

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Forensic Test Shows Gunshot Residue on St Louis Suspect

October 15, 2014 12:47 pm | by Jim Salter, Associated Press | Comments

Gunshot residue was on the hand, waistband and shirt of an 18-year-old man killed by a St. Louis police officer, authorities said Tuesday.                               

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Ukrainians Recover Belongings of MH17 Victims

October 14, 2014 4:13 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The Dutch government says Ukrainian searchers have recovered belongings including passports, luggage, jewelry and children's toys from the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.                    

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Hearings into Killings of Two British Tourists Open on Thai Island

October 14, 2014 4:08 pm | by Thomas Fuller, The New York Times | Comments

Hearings began Tuesday in the killings of two British tourists on a Thai resort island, a case plagued by missteps by the Thai police that could further damage a tourism industry that is already suffering a downturn after the May military takeover.

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The alleged leader of a drug gang implicated in the disappearance of 43 college students committed suicide during a confrontation with Mexican forces, a day after protesters demanding an investigation into the students' whereabouts burned government build

Alleged Gang Leader Kills Self to Thwart Mexican Forces

October 14, 2014 3:29 pm | by E. Eduardo Castillo and Felix Marquez, Associated Press | Comments

The alleged leader of a drug gang implicated in the disappearance of 43 college students committed suicide during a confrontation with Mexican forces, a day after protesters demanding an investigation into the students' whereabouts burned government buildings in the southern state of Guerrero.

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DNA Science Key for Law Enforcement

October 14, 2014 3:08 pm | by Delon Shurtz, Lethbridge Herald | Comments

Before DNA, most forensic evidence was serology or matching blood types. Finger print recognition was also one of the most common and reliable methods for catching criminals, and it’s still the most widely used method of identifying suspects. But DNA is a game-changing tool that provides investigators with infallible evidence upon which they can build a case.

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Turns out all those detached feet in sneakers that have washed up on British Columbia shores since 2007 aren’t such a mystery after all — except for two feet belonging to the same unknown man.

Coroners Solving Mystery of Many Severed Feet

October 14, 2014 2:16 pm | by Glen Schaefer, The Province | Comments

Turns out all those detached feet in sneakers that have washed up on British Columbia shores since 2007 aren’t such a mystery after all — except for two feet belonging to the same unknown man.                 

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Satellite imaging specialist Raymond Harris and space lawyer Raymond Purdy have just launched Air & Space Evidence Ltd of London, the world's first space detective agency. The pair intend to use their combined experience of space-based photographic databa

Space Detectives Use Satellite Imagery in Court

October 13, 2014 1:59 pm | by Paul Marks, New Scientist | Comments

Satellite imaging specialist Raymond Harris and space lawyer Raymond Purdy have just launched Air & Space Evidence Ltd of London, the world's first space detective agency. The pair intend to use their combined experience of space-based photographic databases and Earth observation privacy law to ensure that people can wield authentic imagery that stands up in court.

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An investigation shows the state of Oklahoma relied on faulty blood analysis, the dubious testimony of a troubled 14-year-old neighbor and an unrecorded, incriminating statement to convict Michelle Murphy.

Mistakes, Questionable Evidence in Woman's Overturned Murder Case

October 13, 2014 1:36 pm | by Cary Aspinwall and Ziva Bransetter, Tulsa World | Comments

An investigation shows the state of Oklahoma relied on faulty blood analysis, the dubious testimony of a troubled 14-year-old neighbor and an unrecorded, incriminating statement to convict Michelle Murphy.             

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The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has finished an analysis of DNA collected at the scene of the fatal bear encounter northwest of Dubois. The Game and Fish also completed an extensive investigation at the scene of the incident and surrounding vicinity

DNA Evidence Shows Fatality Involved Four Bears

October 13, 2014 1:10 pm | by County 10 | Comments

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has finished an analysis of DNA collected at the scene of the fatal bear encounter northwest of Dubois. The Game and Fish also completed an extensive investigation at the scene of the incident and surrounding vicinity and has worked closely with the Fremont County Coroner, Sheriff and Search and Rescue.

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Millions of Voiceprints Quietly being Harvested

October 13, 2014 12:34 pm | by Raphael Satter, Associated Press | Comments

Over the telephone, in jail and online, a new digital bounty is being harvested: the human voice. Businesses and governments around the world increasingly are turning to voice biometrics, or voiceprints, to pay pensions, collect taxes, track criminals and replace passwords.

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A DNA expert testified that one particular blood drop found on 22-year-old Dajeon Franklin's shoe matches slain University of Michigan medical student Paul DeWolf when the murder trial continued.

Expert Testifies about DNA on Murder Defendant's Basketball Shoe

October 13, 2014 8:35 am | by John Counts, MLive | Comments

A DNA expert testified that one particular blood drop found on 22-year-old Dajeon Franklin's shoe matches slain University of Michigan medical student Paul DeWolf when the murder trial continued.               

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At a conceptual level, forensic logistics deals with hypothetical situations of criminal organization to solve the case, so to speak. This sets it apart from the application of chemistry in forensic science, say, where empirical evidence is of primary con

The 'Howdunit' of Forensic Logistics

October 10, 2014 2:55 pm | by John Lenarcic, RMIT University | Comments

At a conceptual level, forensic logistics deals with hypothetical situations of criminal organization to solve the case, so to speak. This sets it apart from the application of chemistry in forensic science, say, where empirical evidence is of primary concern. In the case of forensic logistics, if a crime is committed then the task is to work out all possible scenarios involving movement of goods or services related to the illicit activity.

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Forensic anthropologists and Pennsylvania state police gathered recently on a small rise of land inside the Old Cathedral Cemetery in West Philadelphia to dig for answers - clues, really.

Mystery from 1925 Still Haunts Philadelphia Graveyard

October 10, 2014 2:33 pm | by Mike Newall, The Inquirer | Comments

Forensic anthropologists and Pennsylvania state police gathered recently on a small rise of land inside the Old Cathedral Cemetery in West Philadelphia to dig for answers — clues, really.               

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After digging up the past of Joan of Arc, Richard the Lionheart and Napoleon Bonaparte, a top forensic sleuth has unveiled a medical secret of Rene Descartes, a founder of modern philosophy.

Father of Philosophy Comes Under Forensic Scrutiny

October 10, 2014 1:57 pm | by Phys.org | Comments

After digging up the past of Joan of Arc, Richard the Lionheart and Napoleon Bonaparte, a top forensic sleuth has unveiled a medical secret of Rene Descartes, a founder of modern philosophy.                 

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