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DOJ Says No Rape Evidence Testing without Consent

December 15, 2014 2:50 pm | by Todd Richmond, Associated Press | Comments

The state Department of Justice is recommending police don't submit evidence from sexual assault exams to the state crime lab unless victims have consented to cooperate with investigators.                 

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 Gruesome scenes greeted many of Maine’s top homicide investigators in downtown Gardiner, Maine, recently as part of a drill for the Maine State Police Evidence Response Team, which examines and processes evidence at the state’s major crime scenes, includ

Drill Helps Maine Homicide Police Prepare for Murder Scenes

December 12, 2014 3:38 pm | by Michael Shepard, centralmaine.com | Comments

Gruesome scenes greeted many of Maine’s top homicide investigators in downtown Gardiner, Maine, recently as part of a drill for the Maine State Police Evidence Response Team, which examines and processes evidence at the state’s major crime scenes, including most homicides, to identify suspects and determine the sequences of criminal events.

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San Francisco Police Clear 10-year Rape Kit Backlog

December 12, 2014 3:09 pm | by Jonah Owen Lamb, The Examiner | Comments

A decadelong backlog of rape kits — used to test for sexual assault forensic evidence, including DNA — at the San Francisco Police Department is no more, according to the department.                   

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For more than a century, fingerprints have been crucial to the investigation of crime and are still responsible for more identifications than DNA evidence.  Now, a researcher is responsible for breakthroughs that will make fingerprinting a more valuable f

Forensic Fingerprint Technique Reveals Forgers and Counterfeiters

December 12, 2014 2:47 pm | by University of Huddersfield | Comments

For more than a century, fingerprints have been crucial to the investigation of crime and are still responsible for more identifications than DNA evidence.  Now, a researcher is responsible for breakthroughs that will make fingerprinting a more valuable forensic tool than ever. 

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Dispute over What Killed Palestinian Official

December 11, 2014 3:38 pm | by Karin Laub, Associated Press | Comments

Israeli and Palestinian pathologists disagree on whether a blow to the body or a bad heart was the main cause of death of a Palestinian Cabinet minister who collapsed shortly after scuffling with Israeli troops during a West Bank protest.   

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A District Court Judge is considering whether DNA gathered at the crime scene of a 1972 rape and murder is admissible as evidence in the case against the Albany County man accused of the crime.

Judge Weighs Cold Case DNA Evidence

December 11, 2014 3:32 pm | by Chilton Tippin, Laramie Boomerang | Comments

A District Court Judge is considering whether DNA gathered at the crime scene of a 1972 rape and murder is admissible as evidence in the case against the Albany County man accused of the crime.               

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In criminal investigations, each piece of evidence gets law enforcement one step closer to solving the crime. A laboratory at Texas A&M University is one of a few in the country able to help them do that, with bugs. They work with flies and maggots, natur

This is the Maggot: Nature's Crimefighter

December 11, 2014 3:23 pm | by WBIR | Comments

In criminal investigations, each piece of evidence gets law enforcement one step closer to solving the crime. A laboratory at Texas A&M University is one of a few in the country able to help them do that, with bugs. They work with flies and maggots, nature's "recyclers."

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Between 2010 and 2012, synthetic marijuana, an illegal drug sold under the names   of K-2, Spice and other labels, caused a stir because it was being sold openly   in convenience stores, health food stores and other outlets as potpourri or   incense. Whil

Synthetic Marijuana Manufacturer Arrested

December 11, 2014 3:10 pm | by Richard Irby, AreaWideNews | Comments

Between 2010 and 2012, synthetic marijuana, an illegal drug sold under the names of K-2, Spice and other labels, caused a stir because it was being sold openly in convenience stores, health food stores and other outlets as potpourri or incense. While most consider the product dead and gone, there is still a demand for it and, as a recent Fulton County, Arkansas arrest indicates, people are working to manufacture it to meet the demand.

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Coroner Banned from Crime Scenes Resigns

December 11, 2014 2:55 pm | by WBIR | Comments

After what he did to a dead man's body last month, Coroner Terry Jarnigan better stay away from any and all crime scenes and dead bodies in Cocke County.                           

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Lula Miller left her Laurel, Ind., home November 1, 1974. She was never heard from again. Workers discovered a body October 1, 1975, in a sewer. The decomposed remains could not be identified. Nearly 40 years later, utilizing the Internet’s power and adva

DNA Will Help One Mystery Answer Another

December 10, 2014 2:57 pm | by Mike Emory, Pal-Item | Comments

Lula Miller left her Laurel, Ind., home November 1, 1974. She was never heard from again. Workers discovered a body October 1, 1975, in a sewer. The decomposed remains could not be identified. Nearly 40 years later, utilizing the Internet’s power and advanced DNA testing, Indiana State Police Sgt. Scott Jarvis hopes he’ll answer both lingering questions.

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Millions of documents stored in archives could provide scientists with the key to tracing agricultural development across the centuries. Thanks to increasingly progressive genetic sequencing techniques, the all-important historical tales these documents t

Scientists Examine DNA in Ancient Parchment

December 10, 2014 2:46 pm | by Trinity College Dublin | Comments

Millions of documents stored in archives could provide scientists with the key to tracing agricultural development across the centuries. Thanks to increasingly progressive genetic sequencing techniques, the all-important historical tales these documents tell are no longer confined to their texts; now, vital information also comes from the DNA of the parchment on which they are written.

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Lousisana Gov Issues Order to Help Sexual Assault Victims

December 10, 2014 12:12 pm | by Marsha Shuler, The Advocate | Comments

Hospitals can bill Louisiana’s Crime Victims Reparations Board — instead of sexual assault victims — for medical expenses under an executive order issued by Gov. Bobby Jindal.                     

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Autopsy Says Waitress Caught Head in Dumbwaiter

December 10, 2014 11:51 am | by Associated Press | Comments

An autopsy finds that a waitress died of severe head injuries after getting her head caught in a dumbwaiter at a Wisconsin restaurant last week, police say.                           

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Federal Autopsy Released in Ferguson Shooting

December 9, 2014 11:07 am | by Alan Scher Zagier, Associated Press | Comments

A federal autopsy in the Ferguson police shooting reached similar conclusions to those performed by local officials and a private examiner hired by 18-year-old Michael Brown's family, documents show.               

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LabCorp Announces Acquisition of Bode Technology

December 9, 2014 10:59 am | Bode Technology Group, LabCorp | Comments

Laboratory Corporation of America® Holdings  has announced the completion of its acquisition of Bode Technology Group, Inc., from SolutionPoint International, Inc.                       

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