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Ex-officer's Murder Charge in St. Louis Raises Questions

May 19, 2016 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A St. Louis prosecutor and former police chief are at odds over the timing of a murder charge filed against a former officer.

Forensic DNA Evidence Is Not Infallible

May 18, 2016 4:47 pm | by Cynthia M. Cale, Nature | Comments

Despite how it is often portrayed, in the media and in courts, the forensic science of DNA is far from infallible. Particularly concerning is that police and prosecutors now frequently talk of 'touch DNA' — genetic profiles of suspects and offenders that have been generated in a laboratory from just a handful of skin cells left behind in a fingerprint.


Large Reductions in Prison Population Can Be Made Without Endangering Public Safety, Study Says

May 18, 2016 4:41 pm | by Indiana Univ.-Purdue Univ. Indianapolis (IUPUI) | Comments

A paper published in the journal Criminology & Public Policy addresses one of the most important crime policy questions in America: Can prison populations be reduced without endangering the public?


Few Consumers Penalize Hacked Companies

May 18, 2016 4:38 pm | by RAND Corporation | Comments

About a quarter of American adults reported that they were notified about their personal information being part of a data breach in the previous year, but only 11 percent of those who have ever been notified say they stopped doing business with the hacked company after the event occurred, according to a new RAND Corporation study.


US Intelligence: Foreign Hackers Spying on Campaigns

May 18, 2016 12:38 pm | by Deb Riechmann, Associated Press | Comments

The United States sees evidence that hackers, possibly working for foreign governments, are snooping on the presidential candidates, the nation's intelligence chief said Wednesday. 


Man Who Disappeared During Kidnapping Manhunt Found Dead

May 18, 2016 12:34 pm | by Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press | Comments

A Utah train maintenance worker who disappeared amid a manhunt for a father and son accused of a bizarre kidnapping was found dead along a route that the suspects likely took to get to their hideout in the Wyoming wilderness, authorities said Wednesday.


The False Promise of DNA Testing

May 17, 2016 12:54 pm | by Matthew Shaer, The Atlantic | Comments

The subject of the segment was the Houston Police Department Crime Laboratory, among the largest public forensic centers in Texas. By one estimate, the lab handled DNA evidence from at least 500 cases a year—mostly rapes and murders, but occasionally burglaries and armed robberies. 


Newsletters Released From Secretive National Security Agency

May 17, 2016 12:35 pm | by Deb Riechmann, Associated Press | Comments

In-house newsletters from the clandestine National Security Agency have been released by an online news site — part of the mountain of documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.


Woman Records Her Own Murder with Smartphone, Authorities Say

May 16, 2016 11:43 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

A woman murdered by her boyfriend had the foresight to audio record her own slaying in Pennsylvania, authorities said.


Police Shooting Suspect Killed After Weeklong Hunt

May 16, 2016 11:35 am | Comments

A man suspected in the shooting of a police officer during a traffic stop has been shot and killed in southern Illinois in an incident that also left an FBI agent wounded, Illinois State Police said.

2 Officers Shot in New Hampshire; Search on for Shooter

May 13, 2016 1:01 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Two New Hampshire police officers were shot Friday and a manhunt is underway for an armed suspect, police in Manchester officials said.


As Fires Rage, Emergency Responders Rely on Familiar Apps to Save Lives

May 12, 2016 12:35 pm | by Mika McKinnon, Ars Technica | Comments

What we don't see, in the video feeds of one of Canada's largest fires, is how emergency responders are using a range of technologies to contain the situation.


Police Search for Motive in Massachusetts Stabbing Rampage

May 11, 2016 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Authorities are trying to determine why a man went on a stabbing rampage in Massachusetts, killing two people and assaulting and stabbing more in a house and a shopping mall before being shot dead by a fast-acting off-duty sheriff's deputy.


Judge Rules UK Police Can't Force Defendant to Hand Over Passwords

May 10, 2016 12:39 pm | by Glyn Moody, Ars Technica | Comments

A judge has refused a request by the UK's National Crime Agency (NCA) to require Lauri Love, a British citizen who is accused of hacking into US computers, to hand over his encryption keys as part of a civil claim.


Scientific Basis for Laws on Marijuana, Driving Questioned

May 10, 2016 12:13 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | Comments

The study said it's not possible to set a blood-test threshold for THC, the chemical in marijuana that makes people high, that can reliably determine impairment.


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