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Bowing to international pressure, pro-Moscow separatists released a train packed with bodies and handed over the black boxes from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane, four days after it plunged into rebel-held eastern Ukraine.

Rebels Release Train with Bodies from Downed Jet

July 22, 2014 | by Nicolas Garriga and Nicolae Dumitrache, Associated Press | Comments

Bowing to international pressure, pro-Moscow separatists released a train packed with bodies and handed over the black boxes from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane, four days after it plunged into rebel-held eastern Ukraine.       

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The Society of Forensic Toxicology Continuing Education and Drug-Facilitated Crimes Committees and the DC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will co-host a two-day workshop on Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault (DFSA), taking place online and on location i

Drug-facilitated Sexual Assault

July 23, 2014 11:43 am | by NIJ | Comments

The Society of Forensic Toxicology Continuing Education and Drug-Facilitated Crimes Committees and the DC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will co-host a two-day workshop on Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault (DFSA), taking place online and on location in Washington, DC, on August 11-12, 2014.

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Returning the 298 victims from Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 to their families with dignity and respect is a major priority for each nation involved. Disaster victim identification (DVI) is a difficult task, but will be made even more challenging in this

Identifying Bodies from MH17 is a Forensic Challenge

July 22, 2014 1:46 pm | by Kirsty Wright, the Conversation | Comments

Returning the 298 victims from Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 to their families with dignity and respect is a major priority for each nation involved. Disaster victim identification (DVI) is a difficult task, but will be made even more challenging in this instance given the delays in body recovery and the interference of the crash site that is said to span over a 10km area including within a combat zone.

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A D.C. Superior Court judge has decided that DNA evidence exonerates a man who spent 26 years in prison for the 1982 rape and murder of a Washington woman.

Man Exonerated, DNA Reveals FBI Error

July 22, 2014 1:00 pm | by Keith Alexander and Spencer Hsu, The Wahington Post | Comments

A D.C. Superior Court judge has decided that DNA evidence exonerates a man who spent 26 years in prison for the 1982 rape and murder of a Washington woman.                           

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 "What exactly are they trying to hide?" President Barack Obama asked Monday as he demanded that Ukrainian rebels give investigators access to the wreckage of the downed jetliner. Aviation and defense experts say the victims' bodies could contain missile

Vital Evidence Feared Withheld by Ukraine's Rebels

July 22, 2014 10:24 am | by Danica Kirka and John-Thor Dahlburg, Associated Press | Comments

"What exactly are they trying to hide?" President Barack Obama asked Monday as he demanded that Ukrainian rebels give investigators access to the wreckage of the downed jetliner. Aviation and defense experts say the victims' bodies could contain missile shrapnel. Chemical residue on the plane could confirm the type of weapon that brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. 

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Human forensic evidence collected from crime scenes is frequently comingled with biomaterial of canine and feline origins. The ability to accurately detect and quantify target DNA in mixed-species samples is crucial when target templates may be overwhelme

DNA-based Multi-species Identification and Quantification Assay

July 22, 2014 9:24 am | by K’Lynn Solt and Sree Kanthaswamy, NIJ | Comments

Human forensic evidence collected from crime scenes is frequently comingled with biomaterial of canine and feline origins. The ability to accurately detect and quantify target DNA in mixed-species samples is crucial when target templates may be overwhelmed by non-target DNA.

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The Bone Detective

July 21, 2014 12:05 pm | by Kelley Freund, William & Mary Univ. | Comments

From serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer’s first victim, to the soldier in Vietnam’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, to victims of the Pentagon plane crash on 9/11, Robert Mann has examined more than 4,000 ancient and modern human skeletons during his career, searching for clues to their identity — which is ironic because he got his start in the field by searching for his own.

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Forensics Experts Reach Crash Victims in Ukraine

July 21, 2014 11:42 am | by David Herszenhorn, Sabrina Tavernise and Neil MacFarquhar, The New York Times | Comments

Dutch forensics experts gained access on Monday to the remains of the victims from the downed Malaysia Airlines jet in eastern Ukraine after days of standoffs over access to the site and growing pressure on President Vladimir Putin of Russia to clear the way for a full international investigation.

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Unlicensed Mortician Had Remains of 50, Twelve Bodies in Storage

July 21, 2014 11:21 am | by Denise LaVoie, Associated Press | Comments

An unlicensed funeral director accused of stealing more than $12,000 from an elderly couple could face more charges after authorities found 12 bodies and the cremated remains of more than 40 others in two self-storage units he rented, authorities say.

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Material Gathered in the Netherlands to ID MH17 Victims

July 21, 2014 11:02 am | by Mike Corder, Associated Press | Comments

Forensic teams fanned out across the Netherlands on Saturday to collect material including DNA samples that will help positively identify the remains of victims killed in the downing of the Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine.       

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An Attempt to Link Cold Cases

July 18, 2014 1:56 pm | by Scott North, The Herald of Everett | Comments

Attorneys for a convicted rapist charged with two 1995 cold-case killings say prosecutors are trying to prop up a pair of weak murder charges by taking them to trial as a matched set.                   

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Innovative Test Determines Details from Just One Fingerprint

July 18, 2014 1:35 pm | by Michael Brown, The Journal | Comments

Experts at Arro SupraNano, based in the Herschel Annex of Newcastle University, UK, has created a new test that can give detailed information about a person just from one fingerprint, in minutes.               

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Black Box Scuffle Could Mask Truth about Flight MH17

July 18, 2014 1:21 pm | by Yijun Yu, The Conversation | Comments

Normally, when a crashed aircraft’s black box is recovered, it can reveal exactly what happened to cause the disaster but in the case of MH17, the political instability between Ukraine and Russia could hamper operations.         

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Jetliner Crash Investigators Face Struggle

July 18, 2014 12:40 pm | by Jill Lawless and Laura Mills, Associated Press | Comments

To figure out why a Malaysian jetliner fell from the sky, investigators will use the wreckage of any missile found to determine where it came from and who fired it, experts said Friday. That may be easier said than done in the middle of a war zone.

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Judge Says DNA 'Probably' Wouldn't Have Affected Murder Conviction

July 17, 2014 1:58 pm | by Allan Turner, Houston Chronicle | Comments

Convicted killer Henry Skinner moved a step closer to the execution chamber this week after a state district judge ruled that results of DNA testing of previously unexamined crime scene evidence probably would not have cleared him of the three Texas Panhandle murders for which he was sentenced to die.

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NIST Webinar to Cover Validation of Forensic DNA Testing Technologies

July 17, 2014 1:48 pm | by NIST | Comments

Forensic DNA analysts and other interested stakeholders are invited to participate in a free NIST webinar on validation concepts and resources. In recent years, instrument manufacturers and software companies have created new technologies to analyze challenging DNA samples.

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