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Phoenix Police ID Dead Gunman who Shot Parents, 2 Sisters

February 24, 2016 9:23 am | by Terry Tang and Paul Davenport, Associated Press | Comments

Authorities trying to rescue a family begging for help after their 26-year-old son opened fire in their Phoenix home arrived to a chaotic crime scene they could not prepare for.


Lawmakers Poised to Allot $1.5 Million to Help State Police Process Sexual Assault Kits

February 24, 2016 9:12 am | by Maxine Bernstein, The Oregonian | Comments

State lawmakers are poised to set aside $1.5 million to help Oregon state police hire more crime lab technicians to process sexual assault kit evidence as part of Melissa's Bill.


Human Remains Suspected to Be Missing 13-year-old Boy Headed for Forensics Testing

February 24, 2016 9:02 am | by Paul Hackbarth, The Rolla Daily News | Comments

Human remains found near a creek south of St. James where a 13-year-old boy with autism went missing last summer were scheduled to be taken to Columbia Tuesday to begin forensics testing.


FBI, Families of San Bernardino Victims Oppose Apple’s Encryption Stand

February 23, 2016 11:16 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The ongoing back-and-forth between the FBI and Apple over the encryption on the work iPhone of one of the alleged San Bernardino killers continues – with experts and the American public divided on the concepts of safety and privacy when it comes to their mobile data.


Bringing Up the Bodies in Guatemala

February 23, 2016 10:05 am | by Saul Elbein, Al Jazeera America | Comments

In February 2012, Edgar Hernandez walked with a team of archaeologists beneath the lush cypress forests of a military base in Coban, a city of 250,000 that sits in a high misty valley in the mountains of central Guatemala. They cleared grass from areas where the land seemed to dip, as though the soil had been disturbed decades before. Then, surrounded by soldiers, the archaeologists staked out thin exploratory trenches and began to dig.


Mom's Trial for '91 Killing Highlights Cold Case Challenges

February 23, 2016 9:53 am | by David Porter, Associated Press | Comments

An anonymous tip that went nowhere and a 25-year-old blanket could be responsible for solving one of New Jersey's most enduring murder mysteries — was 5-year-old Timothy Wiltsey killed by his own mother?


Justice Scalia's Unexamined Death Points to a Problem

February 22, 2016 10:25 am | by Judy Melinek, CNN | Comments

When my husband called and told me the news that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia had died, the first question that came out of my mouth was, "Where?"


Encryption Isn't at Stake, the FBI Knows Apple Already Has the Desired Key

February 22, 2016 10:12 am | by Peter Bright, Ars Technica | Comments

Whether you call it a "backdoor" or not, it's important to recognize that the ordered changes to the iPhone operating system would not circumvent the core of the iPhone's encryption.


NYC Doctor Says She Lost Job after Questioning DNA Technique

February 19, 2016 12:30 pm | by Michael Balsamo, Associated Press | Comments

A doctor who says she was forced out of her job at the medical examiner's office after raising questions about the city's use of a disputed technique for analyzing trace samples of DNA.


Authorities Reveal DNA Identification Process for Bodies Found Near Border

February 18, 2016 12:42 pm | by | Comments

Brooks County is still rebounding from the days when the county nearly went broke, recovering unidentified remains.


The DNA Way Home

February 18, 2016 12:35 pm | by Jeff Baillon, Fox 9 | Comments

A Minnesota family has been waiting more than 70 years to solve a mystery, dating back to World War II. Now, new DNA and an exhumation might just bring a family member home.


Rape DNA Testing Delay Shouldn't Affect Charges

February 17, 2016 12:25 pm | by Andrew Welsh-Huggins, Asociated Press | Comments

Prosecutors and advocates for rape victims are asking the Ohio Supreme Court to reinstate charges against a Cleveland man accused of attacking a woman in 1993.


Texas 1st State to Recommend Court Ban on Bite Mark Evidence

February 16, 2016 1:15 pm | by Paul J. Weber, The Associated Press | Comments

Texas became the first state Friday to call for banning bite mark analysis in criminal cases, dealing a major credibility blow to a technique that critics rebuke as junk science and will now likely encounter greater skepticism in courtrooms across the U.S.


Couple Sues State Over Mishandled Evidence

February 16, 2016 12:31 pm | by Craig Anderson, Delaware State News | Comments

Court documents stated that while the medical examiner’s controlled substances laboratory initially had deemed a powdery substance found in Mr. Dollard’s car during a June 13, 2012, traffic stop to be cocaine, a retest in November 2014 showed the bricks held in evidence were powdered sugar.


'Grim Sleeper' Serial Killer Trial to Begin

February 16, 2016 12:26 pm | by Amanda Lee Myers, Associated Press | Comments

More than 30 years since the bodies of young women started turning up in alleyways and garbage bins in south Los Angeles, attorneys are set to give opening statements in the long-awaited "Grim Sleeper" trial on Tuesday.


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