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National Shortage of Medical Examiners Causes Hardship

December 9, 2015 12:02 pm | by Diana Duel, Examiner.com | Comments

This not only causes delays in solving criminal cases, it also causes severe hardships for families who are often forced to wait months before they can obtain death certificates for loved ones. 

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Bitcoin Creater Is Probably Unknown Australian Genius

December 9, 2015 11:51 am | by Andy Greenber and Gwern Branwen, Wired | Comments

Even as his face towered 10 feet above the crowd at the Bitcoin Investor’s Conference in Las Vegas, Craig Steven Wright was, to most of the audience of crypto and finance geeks, a nobody.

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Crime Lab Scandals the Focus of New DOJ Plan

December 9, 2015 9:20 am | by Katie Worth, Frontline | Comments

The Department of Justice on Monday announced a plan to address the problem, saying it will begin requiring its prosecutors to only use evidence that is processed by accredited labs.

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Oklahoma City Bombing Secret: DNA Extracted From Unknown Leg

December 8, 2015 12:20 pm | by Jeffrey Scott Shapiro, The Washington Times | Comments

The Oklahoma City Medical Examiner has partial DNA from an unmatched left leg collected from the ruins, reviving the possibility of a 169th unidentified victim from the 1995 terror attack, as well as defense lawyers’ long-held belief that Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols had an additional accomplice.

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DOJ's New Accreditation Policies to Advance Forensic Science

December 8, 2015 12:10 pm | by Department of Justice | Comments

The Justice Department will, within the next five years, require department-run forensic labs to obtain and maintain accreditation and require all department prosecutors to use accredited labs to process forensic evidence when practicable.

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Closing a Malware Security Loophole

December 8, 2015 10:21 am | by Inderscience Publishers | Comments

The research raises the issue that the developers of both operating systems and antivirus software must work more closely together to reduce the burden of malware on computer systems the world over.

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No Charges for Chicago Officer in Other 2014 Shooting

December 8, 2015 10:04 am | by Don Babwin and Carla K. Johnson, the Associated Press | Comments

A dashcam video of another 2014 fatal shooting of a black man by a Chicago police officer has become public, with Cook County's top prosecutor explaining in unusual detail her reasons for not charging the officer. Here are the key parts of the case.

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Seeking Justice Decades After Slayings

December 7, 2015 10:19 am | Comments

A Gary detective who was about to retire asked the Lake County Sheriff's Department to dig out their old files on the homicide of an 8-year-old boy he was never able to forget.

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Digital Forensics Standards Must Be Improved

December 7, 2015 9:37 am | by Chris Allen, Police Professional | Comments

The UK's top digital investigators weighs in on the state of digital forensics and the need for accreditation for a majority of disciplines by 2017. 

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Forensic Science Unit Gains Ground in 1998 'Jane Doe' Cold Case

December 4, 2015 1:00 pm | by Andrew Richardson, Maryland Independent | Comments

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Science Unit (FSU) has recently made significant progress in the June 1998 case of a homicide of an unidentified woman, whose body was discovered in an overgrown area off of Irving Road. 

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Crime Lab Fees to Nearby Counties to Increase Dramatically

December 4, 2015 11:51 am | by Jane Flasch, WHAM | Comments

Scientific breakthroughs in DNA analysis are making it easier to solve crimes. Yet the sometimes-complicated tests performed at the Monroe County Crime Lab come with a hefty price tag that will sky-rocket to almost double next year.

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San Bernardino Killers Erased Digital Presence Day Before the Attacks

December 4, 2015 8:55 am | by Andres Noble and Guy Taylor, The Washington Times | Comments

The Muslim husband and wife behind the mass shooting in San Bernardino began erasing their digital footprint a day in advance of the deadly attack, deleting email accounts, disposing of hard drives and smashing their cellphones, according to law enforcement investigators who are treating the probe as a counterterrorism case.

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Can DNA Predict a Face?

December 3, 2015 10:29 am | by Meghan Rosen, Science News | Comments

In September, Florida police released a sketch of a dark-haired, dark-eyed Latino man with smooth skin, high cheekbones and a pointed chin. But the sketch wasn’t drawn by a police artist based on eyewitness accounts.

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Report: China Hacked Australia's Weather Service

December 3, 2015 10:20 am | by Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica | Comments

According to a government official quoted by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, China is responsible for a breach at the Bureau of Meteorology, which may have allowed attackers to gain access to sensitive national security data. 

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Forensic Anthropologist Talks Next Steps After Human Remains Found

December 3, 2015 9:46 am | by Emily Griffin, KWCH12 | Comments

The man who found the bones said he was out hunting when his dog led him to the remains. He found a pair of jeans with bones in them and then a few hours later, he found a skull about 75 yards away.

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