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Michael Morton, who spent nearly 25 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit, said recently that under current DNA testing requirements, he wouldn’t have had access to the evidence that led to his release.

Bill Would Expand DNA Testing for Criminal Cases

February 10, 2015 1:03 pm | by Ryan McCrimmon, The Texas Tribune | Comments

Michael Morton, who spent nearly 25 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit, said recently that under current DNA testing requirements, he wouldn’t have had access to the evidence that led to his release.           

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A new partnership between the FBI and the National Institute of Justice, announced in August 2014, has a mandate to add the staffing, forensic expertise and technological superiority on the federal level to help local police forces across the country deal

FBI Scientists Help Police Catch Up With Rape Forensics

February 10, 2015 12:53 pm | by Benjamin Plackett, Inside Science | Comments

A new partnership between the FBI and the National Institute of Justice, announced in August 2014, has a mandate to add the staffing, forensic expertise and technological superiority on the federal level to help local police forces across the country deal with the masses of untested rape kits in their jurisdictions.

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The U.S. government is creating The Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center (CTIIC), a new agency to monitor cybersecurity threats, pooling and analyzing information on a spectrum of risks.

US to Establish New Cyber Agency

February 10, 2015 12:27 pm | by Warren Strobel, Reuters | Comments

The U.S. government is creating The Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center (CTIIC), a new agency to monitor cybersecurity threats, pooling and analyzing information on a spectrum of risks.               

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A new search engine being developed by DARPA aims to shine a light on the dark web and uncover patterns and relationships in online data to help law enforcement and others track illegal activity.

DARPA Developing Dark Web Search Engine

February 10, 2015 12:07 pm | by Kim Zetter, Wired | Comments

A new search engine being developed by DARPA aims to shine a light on the dark web and uncover patterns and relationships in online data to help law enforcement and others track illegal activity.               

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Dr. Barbara Sampson is the closest thing to a hometown medical examiner that a city   of eight million people could really expect to see. Born in the Village. Raised to   be a doctor. Working at the local morgue. Of course, that local morgue happens to be

New York's Chief Medical Examiner Seeks to Lead in DNA Research

February 10, 2015 11:53 am | by J. David Goodman, The New York Times | Comments

Dr. Barbara Sampson is the closest thing to a hometown medical examiner that a city of eight million people could really expect to see. Born in the Village. Raised to be a doctor. Working at the local morgue. Of course, that local morgue happens to be among the largest in the country, New York’s Office of Chief Medical Examiner, which handles roughly 12,000 bodies and performs 5,500 autopsies each year.

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Since hackers first began demonstrating that they could take over cars’ digital systems to slam on brakes or hijack steering, most automakers have done everything they can to avoid publicly discussing whether their vehicles are vulnerable. Massachusetts S

Senate Report Reveals Easy-to-Hack Cars

February 9, 2015 2:47 pm | by Andy Greenberg, Wired | Comments

Since hackers first began demonstrating that they could take over cars’ digital systems to slam on brakes or hijack steering, most automakers have done everything they can to avoid publicly discussing whether their vehicles are vulnerable. Massachusetts Senator Edward Markey, however, has demanded answers on that car-hacking question. Now he’s released his findings.

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Forensics have helped catch many criminals and therefore it is important to have DNA samples of all the suspects, convicts, or anyone who is involved in a felony. The state of Virginia is now trying to collect more and more DNA samples to help the forensi

Virginia to Collect DNA for More Offences

February 9, 2015 2:18 pm | by Sara Rose, The Next Digit | Comments

Forensics have helped catch many criminals and therefore it is important to have DNA samples of all the suspects, convicts, or anyone who is involved in a felony. The state of Virginia is now trying to collect more and more DNA samples to help the forensics identify the convicts extremely fast.

Mexico's attorney general's office has questioned assertions by an Argentine-led team of forensics experts who expressed doubts about the government's conclusion that 43 missing college students were all killed and their bodies burned.

Mexico Questions Allegations of Independent Forensic Team

February 9, 2015 1:05 pm | by Maria Verza, Associated Press | Comments

Mexico's attorney general's office has questioned assertions by an Argentine-led team of forensics experts who expressed doubts about the government's conclusion that 43 missing college students were all killed and their bodies burned.    

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 Authorities say a western Pennsylvania teenager charged in the shooting death of another teen took a selfie with the body and sent it to a friend on social media.

Selfie With Body Leads to Murder Suspect

February 9, 2015 12:36 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Authorities say a western Pennsylvania teenager charged in the shooting death of another teen took a selfie with the body and sent it to a friend on social media.                         

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Utah state officials have seen what they describe as a sharp uptick in attempts to hack into state computers in the last two years, and they think it related to the NSA data center south of Salt Lake City.

Cyber Attacks Rising Around Utah NSA Facility

February 9, 2015 8:36 am | by Brady McCombs, Associated Press | Comments

Utah state officials have seen what they describe as a sharp uptick in attempts to hack into state computers in the last two years, and they think it related to the NSA data center south of Salt Lake City.             

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The rush to outfit police officers with body cameras after last summer's unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, threatens to saddle local governments with steep costs for managing the volumes of footage they must keep for months or even years, according to contrac

For Police Body Cameras, Big Costs Loom in Storing Footage

February 6, 2015 2:08 pm | by Brian Bakst and Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press | Comments

The rush to outfit police officers with body cameras after last summer's unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, threatens to saddle local governments with steep costs for managing the volumes of footage they must keep for months or even years, according to contracts, invoices and company data.

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Experts say a skull nearly auctioned off as that of a Civil War soldier killed at Gettysburg is actually more than 700 years old and from the Southwestern U.S.

Skull Nearly Sold as Gettysburg Soldier's is 700 Years Old

February 6, 2015 1:57 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Experts say a skull nearly auctioned off as that of a Civil War soldier killed at Gettysburg is actually more than 700 years old and from the Southwestern U.S.                          

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Commissioner Greg Hartmann called Hamilton County, Ohio's crime lab "a luxury item" in a speech attended by most of the county's top officials. Coroner Lakshmi Sammarco, who runs the lab, took exception. Big time.

Commissioner vs Coroner: Is crime lab a 'luxury?'

February 6, 2015 1:46 pm | by Dan Horn, Cincinnati.com | Comments

Commissioner Greg Hartmann called Hamilton County, Ohio's crime lab "a luxury item" in a speech attended by most of the county's top officials. Coroner Lakshmi Sammarco, who runs the lab, took exception. Big time.           

A mummified monk found preserved in Mongolia last week has been baffling and astounding those who uncovered him. Senior Buddhists say the monk, found sitting in the lotus position, is in a deep meditative trance and not dead.

Mummified Monk Not Dead, Just in Meditative State

February 6, 2015 1:27 pm | by BBC | Comments

A mummified monk found preserved in Mongolia last week has been baffling and astounding those who uncovered him. Senior Buddhists say the monk, found sitting in the lotus position, is in a deep meditative trance and not dead.       

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The recent hack of millions of patient records at health insurer Anthem has brought   out what has become the usual accusations toward China as a state-sponsored actor.   As with other breaches, experts are saying that it is too soon to provide   attribut

State-sponsored Finger Points at China Again

February 6, 2015 12:58 pm | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

The recent hack of millions of patient records at health insurer Anthem has brought out what has become the usual accusations toward China as a state-sponsored actor. As with other breaches, experts are saying that it is too soon to provide attribution.

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