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Rapid DNA, a quickly-spreading technology that got a boost with federal legislation this summer, was what allowed the quick resolution of the murder of 35-year-old Rhyhiem Hodge on Nov. 12 in Carlisle Borough, Pennsylvania, according to the Cumberland...
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11.22.2017
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A U.K. Supreme Court judge has launched the first of a series of scientific guides for the judiciary. Lord Hughes has overseen a project to help the judiciary deal with scientific evidence in the courtroom. The first primers cover DNA fingerprinting and...
by Pallab Ghosh, BBC News
11.22.2017
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An Oregon woman whose inmate boyfriend died from a meth-laden kiss after a prison visit was sentenced to two years behind bars Tuesday on a drug conspiracy charge. Melissa Ann Blair and Anthony Powell shared a long kiss at the end of a visit last year at...
by Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press
11.22.2017
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A sports doctor accused of molesting girls while working for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University pleaded guilty Wednesday to multiple charges of sexual assault and will face at least 25 years in prison.
by David Eggert, Associated Press
11.22.2017
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The only unsolved case of skyjacking in U.S. history remains unsolved, but a team of investigators is confident it has identified the culprit, his co-conspirators and new evidence covered up by the FBI for 46 years.
by Daniel DeMay, SeattlePI
11.22.2017
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Tips from informants helped lead law enforcement to the man accused of fatally shooting a rookie police officer in suburban Pittsburgh during a traffic stop, officials said Tuesday. A SWAT team arrested Rahmael Sal Holt, 29, at a Pittsburgh home early...
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11.21.2017
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A Tennessee sheriff, his deputy, and his uncle have now all been sentenced to federal prison in connection with a company they formed to sell e-cigarettes to the inmates at the county lockup.
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11.21.2017
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Investigators believe a border patrol agent who died in West Texas after suffering extensive injuries to his head and body may have fallen down a 14-foot (4-meter) culvert, and his partner, who radioed for help, has no memory of what happened, according...
by Claudia Lauer and David Warren, Associated Press
11.21.2017
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Authorities are seeking the public’s help in identifying skeletal remains discovered in a wooded area of Twinsburg, Ohio more than 35 years ago. The Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office and Twinsburg police on Monday...
by Rick Armon, Beacon Journal/Ohio.com
11.21.2017
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A federal investigation will look into possible civil rights violations by police in the St. Louis area in the two months since protests broke out after a white former police officer was acquitted in the shooting death of a black suspect.
by Jim Salter, Associated Press
11.21.2017
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More than 10,000 criminal cases may have been affected by alleged manipulation at a forensics lab that analyzed evidence of drug driving, violent crime, sexual offenses and unexplained deaths, it has been revealed.
by Lizzie Dearden, The Independent
11.21.2017
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It’s been 22 years since Bosnia’s bloody 1992-95 war ended, yet the remains of numerous victims of genocide and war crimes still await identification. Forensic anthropologist Dragana Vucetic spends her working hours in a forensic facility in the northern...
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11.20.2017
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Charles Manson, the cult leader who directed an infamous 1969 crime spree and lived to an old age after California struck down its death penalty, died Sunday of natural causes. Manson, 83, died at a local hospital outside the prison walls, the California...
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11.20.2017
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One of Mississippi's three medical examiners will be leaving after accepting a new job last week. That will leave the state with two medical examiners at a time, says Mississippi Forensics Laboratory Director Sam Howell, when Mississippi's homicide rate...
by Therese Apel, Clarion Ledger
11.20.2017
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A prominent neurologist, already charged with groping patients at a Philadelphia clinic, is facing a growing number of accusations that he preyed on especially vulnerable pain patients at medical facilities in three states, using his impressive...
by Michael Rubinkam, Associated Press
11.20.2017
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International customs officials have a major challenge in preventing illegal sale of poachers’ spoils. Tests can take days, in which time the ill-gotten contraband could be brought through a point of entry. Now, a new tool unveiled at a major...
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11.20.2017
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For Nevada's first execution in more than a decade, state officials are turning to a never-before-tried combination of drugs, including a powerful painkiller that is fueling much of the nation's opioid epidemic and a paralyzing drug that could mask any...
by Ken Ritter and Andrew Welsh-Huggins, Associated Press
11.20.2017
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An Australian team reports now that the human DNA samples pulled from blowfly feces is an overlooked source of forensic clues at some crime scenes.
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11.17.2017
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She was wrapped in a tarp, bound with rope and likely dumped in a very rural location of Polk County, Oregon. Her body was found September 1, 1996, but it may have been there for quite a while, maybe 2 years. She has never been identified.
by Amy Frazier, KOIN 6 News
11.17.2017
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The gunman who killed his wife and four others in a rampage in Northern California this week built his own guns at home. It is the latest case of homemade semi-automatic weapons being used in a crime, and it comes as federal authorities try to draw...
by Michael Balsamo, Associated Press
11.17.2017
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For nearly 50 years Charles Manson has been the living personification of evil. That personification returned to the public consciousness again this week after a report by TMZ.com that the killer of glamorous actress Sharon Tate and six others is...
by John Rogers, Associated Press
11.17.2017
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One by one, the men told the same story: A Chicago police officer would demand money from them. And if they didn't pay, they would find themselves in handcuffs with drugs stuffed in their pockets. A Cook County judge on Thursday threw out the felony drug...
by Don Babwin, Associated Press
11.17.2017
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The fingerprints and smudges you leave on your phone screen while tapping and swiping away may contain an unseen chemical “password” that could one day be used to unlock those very same devices.
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11.16.2017
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The NIST–Fraternal Order of Police Union, which represents the dozen officers at one of the NIST facilities that was breached during covert tests by the Government Accountability Office last month, told Forensic Magazine their staff has been cut in less...
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11.16.2017
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Police officers from adjoining Detroit precincts argued with each other, shoved and even threw punches Thursday night during a raid on a suspected drug house, leaving two cops injured, an investigation under way and a black eye on the department.
by Elisha Anderso, Detroit Free Press (USA Today Network)
11.16.2017
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A protest by government workers in a drug-violence-stricken southern Mexican city over rotting corpses at the municipal morgue temporarily closed a prosecutor's office on Tuesday, officials said.
by Christopher Woody, Business Insider
11.16.2017
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Ohio called off the execution of an ailing 69-year-old killer Wednesday after the executioners couldn't find a vein to insert the IV that delivers the lethal drugs. It was only the third time in modern U.S. history that an execution attempt was halted...
by Andrew Welsh-Huggins, Associated Press
11.16.2017
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A technology called scanning macro X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy, or MA-XRF, has made impressive breakthroughs scanning through layers of paint on famous artworks. It turns out that the penetrating imaging tool can also detect forensic traces such as...
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11.15.2017
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A facial recognition system that recognizes racial differences will yield more accurate results than a “one-size-fits-all” model, researchers from the University of Surrey report in the journal Pattern Recognition.
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11.15.2017
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Idaho State Police says the number of substances testing positive for heroin at the forensic services lab has increased by nearly a thousand percent over the last five years. It's created a staggering caseload that's starting to take a toll.
by Dean Johnson, KTVB
11.15.2017
11:22am
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Today, DHS and FBI released a pair of Joint Technical Alerts that provide details on tools and infrastructure used by North Korea to target the media, aerospace, financial, and critical infrastructure sectors in the United States and globally.
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11.15.2017
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A Pennsylvania man was charged with fatally beating his wife more than 30 years ago, then slashing her wrists to make it appear she killed herself, prosecutors announced Tuesday.
by Michael Rubinkam, Associated Press
11.15.2017
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A new report by the National Academy of Sciences says more stringent regulations and oversight need to be imposed on the makings of improvised explosive devices (IEDs)—even if the threat can never be fully eliminated because of the sheer number of...
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11.14.2017
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A Louisiana man could be freed Tuesday after nearly 50 years in prison for a rape conviction recently thrown out by a judge who concluded authorities withheld evidence. State District Court Judge Richard Anderson overturned Wilbert Jones' conviction Oct...
by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press
11.14.2017
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The maker of Tasers said Monday that at least 15 people have caught fire, and five have died, after being stunned while near flammable materials, similar to an Oklahoma man who was burned beyond recognition after he was shocked and reportedly got into...
by Ken Miller, Associated Press
11.14.2017
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Solving the mysteries of drowning cases could now become much easier. The Punjabi University has come out with new findings that will help to trace the exact location of drowning in a particular river, canal, lake, pond or any other water body.
by Bharat Khanna, The Times of India
11.14.2017
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Police searched a cordoned-off Florida neighborhood Tuesday after a fourth person was shot dead, possibly by a serial killer. Spokesman Steve Hegarty said detectives can't immediately say whether the latest shooting is related to last month's 10-day...
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11.14.2017
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Hate crimes rose for the second straight year in 2016, with increases in attacks motivated by bias against blacks, Jews, Muslims and LGBT people, according to FBI statistics released Monday.
by Sadie Gurman, Associated Press
11.14.2017
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A team from Alabama State University has taken a new tack on tracking the changes that death wreaks on human remains by looking inside a new target: the liver and spleen bacteria.
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11.13.2017
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In the US, 80 percent of students in forensic courses are female. Three women who deal with the gruesome sides of the human condition told The Sydney Morning Herald why they love their work.
by Marina Kamenev, The Sydney Morning Herald
11.13.2017
11:32am
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