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Biological evidence that eventually led to arrests in decades-old Bay Area killings was readily available years earlier but languished untested in police evidence labs, according to a Bay Area News Group investigation.
by Nate Gartrell, East Bay Times
7.17.2018
12:02pm
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Sheriff’s deputies in Houston acting on a tip from a caller Tuesday arrested a suspected serial killer linked to the deaths of three people. The caller spotted a Nissan Sentra that authorities had earlier said was being driven by Jose Gilberto Rodriguez...
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7.17.2018
11:51am
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The New York Police Department announced on Monday that it will allow disciplinary proceedings to go forward against a patrolman accused in the notorious chokehold death of an unarmed black man, saying it’s run out of patience with federal authorities’...
by Tom Hays, Associated Press
7.17.2018
11:32am
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White mass shooters receive much more sympathetic treatment in the media than black shooters, according to a new study that analyzed coverage of 219 attacks. Findings showed that white shooters were 95 percent more likely to be described as "mentally ill...
by Ohio State University
7.17.2018
11:25am
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Testing more than 7,000 unsubmitted rape kits in Oklahoma could cost more than $9 million, according to state estimates.
by Associated Press
7.17.2018
11:18am
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The latest development in the case of an unidentified boy's 1998 death is facial reconstructions released by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. But there are also stable isotope analysis and pollen analysis — two tools that have...
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7.16.2018
1:18pm
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Assistant Prosecutor Grant DeProw told The Jonesboro Sun his office is looking at establishing a circuit court cybercrime fee that could be as much as $500. DeProw said in 2017 Arkansas legislators passed a bill that allowed them to add a cybercrime fee...
by Stephen Simpson, Associated Press
7.16.2018
12:39pm
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British police said Saturday that search teams have found over 400 items as part of the investigation into the poisoning of two Britons by the nerve agent Novichok — but searches will likely take many more weeks as officers seek further evidence.
by Sylvia Hui, Associated Press
7.16.2018
12:33pm
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In the first known case of its kind, U.S. drug agents supplied unwitting cocaine-trafficking suspects in California with smartphones they thought were encrypted but had been rigged to allow eavesdropping, Human Rights Watch reported Friday.
by Frank Bajak, Associated Press
7.16.2018
11:57am
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The Mississippi Medical Examiner's Office is down to just two doctors to perform 1,400 autopsies a year. That’s well above the average 250 autopsies each doctor is supposed to be limited to every year. It’s why autopsies are on hold for months on end as...
by April Thompson, Associated Press
7.16.2018
11:44am
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The message was slashed onto the weather-beaten planks of a barn in the empty farmland not far from where the girl’s body had been found. Police in northern Indiana stared at the jerky handwritten scrawl in May 1990, realizing this was the most...
by Kyle Swenson, The Washington Post
7.16.2018
11:28am
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Digital forensics examiners can now make use of forensic images of over a dozen different drones uploaded to the National Institute of Standards and Technology website last month, following a year-long endeavor by VTO Labs to investigate the devices’...
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7.13.2018
1:11pm
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A study, published in the Journal of the National Medical Association, finds states with greater residential segregation of black and white populations have higher racial disparities in firearm homicide fatalities.
by Boston University School of Medicine
7.13.2018
1:08pm
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Federal prosecutors in eight states with high drug overdose death rates will pursue even seemingly small synthetic opioid cases under a program announced Thursday by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
by Holly Ramer, Associated Press
7.13.2018
12:43pm
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Maryland's highest court has agreed to review a decision to reopen a high-profile case for a man whose murder conviction was chronicled in the hit podcast "Serial," according to an order issued Thursday.
by David McFadden, Associated Press
7.13.2018
12:25pm
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After spending more than half their lives in prison for a crime their lawyers insist they had no part in, three former U.S. soldiers learned Thursday that they are finally free from prosecution.
by Jeff Martin and Russ Bynum, Associated Press
7.13.2018
12:05pm
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A full battery of tests, and particularly a computed tomography (CT) scan, allowed pathologists to determine the cause of death of a severely bruised 2-year-old boy, as reported in the latest issue of the Journal of Forensic Sciences.
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7.12.2018
12:50pm
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A Montana man faces resentencing next month in the 2003 murder of his uncle after a judge said the shooting did not meet the definition of a violent crime.
by Matthew Brown, Associated Press
7.12.2018
12:36pm
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A 17-year-old Akron girl who disappeared 44 years ago is no longer missing. Investigators have confirmed through DNA tests that remains buried in a pauper’s grave in Cleveland were those of Linda Pagano.
by Stephanie Warsmith, Beacon Journal/Ohio.com
7.12.2018
12:33pm
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The federal government has reopened its investigation into the slaying of Emmett Till, the black teenager whose brutal killing in Mississippi shocked the world and helped inspire the civil rights movement more than 60 years ago.
by Jay Reeves, Associated Press
7.12.2018
12:23pm
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A twice-convicted killer who wants to die rather than spend his life in prison was about an hour from eating his final meal Wednesday when he found out a Nevada judge had indefinitely delayed his execution after a pharmaceutical company objected to the...
by Ken Ritter and Michelle L. Price, Associated Press
7.12.2018
12:13pm
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A nearly 5-month-old boy, weighing less at his February death than he did when he was born, died of a homicide, the coroner’s office said Tuesday.
by Mike Shoro, Las Vegas Review-Journal
7.12.2018
11:46am
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A survey of 20 bodies cataloged by medicolegal death investigators in the region around Nice, France found that extensive mummification can happen in a variety of environments in a matter of weeks, according to the new paper in Forensic Science...
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7.11.2018
1:41pm
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An Oklahoma man who spent more than 30 years in prison for rape in southeastern Oklahoma is free after the Innocence Project presented DNA evidence it said excluded him from the crime.
by Ken Miller, Associated Press
7.11.2018
12:52pm
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Authorities have arrested 10 North Carolina volunteer firefighters and accused them of setting fire to abandoned buildings and woods over two years. Robeson County Sheriff Ken Sealey said in a statement Tuesday the firefighters were from the Fairmont...
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7.11.2018
12:44pm
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To pose as kids, British cops are learning how to talk like them online.
by Chris Stokel-Walker, The Atlantic
7.11.2018
12:29pm
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A twice-convicted killer scheduled to be executed Wednesday night in Nevada by an untried three-drug lethal injection is steadfast in his desire to be put to death, but a final-hour lawsuit by a drug company could halt the execution.
by Ken Ritter, Associated Press
7.11.2018
11:20am
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Adults who leave opioids — especially those obtained illegally — in reach of children can face charges ranging from drug charges to manslaughter. Now, researchers from three universities in collaboration with the Clark County Coroner’s Office in Las...
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7.10.2018
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Thirty-eight years after the body of a New York man was found shot to death in northern New Jersey, authorities have arrested a suspect in the slaying.
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7.10.2018
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Kansas child-welfare officials had received reports that a Wichita boy was being abused and neglected from the time he was 7 months old up until the 5-year-old went missing this year before his body was found under a rural bridge, according to newly...
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7.10.2018
10:59am
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President Donald Trump has pardoned two ranchers whose case sparked the armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon.
by Jill Colvin and Zeke Miller, Associated Press
7.10.2018
10:52am
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A University of Illinois at Chicago researcher says most overdoses and opioid-related overdose deaths in Illinois are now caused by heroin use, often in combination with potent synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl and carfentanyl.
by University of Illinois at Chicago
7.10.2018
10:42am
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Two members of an Oregon church that shuns traditional medicine in favor of prayer and anointing the sick with oils pleaded guilty Monday to negligent homicide and criminal mistreatment in the death of their newborn daughter, who struggled to breathe for...
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7.10.2018
10:33am
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Drones and near-infrared photography have become inexpensive technology that is widely available in the 21st century. Its forensic promise in locating clandestine graves, however, still has limitations in 2018, according to a recent study in the journal...
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7.9.2018
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The sheriff of metro Phoenix said Thursday he is examining whether his deputies should have done more when they began receiving calls earlier this year from a home where a 92-year-old woman is accused of fatally shooting her son because he wanted to put...
by Jacques Billeaud, Associated Press
7.9.2018
1:00pm
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The ongoing police excavation at a north Toronto property where alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur worked has introduced more uncertainty about when the investigation might end, the lead detective said Friday.
by CBC News
7.9.2018
12:36pm
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The Oregon Supreme Court has vacated the conviction of a Bend man who was sentenced to prison for raping a woman he met on a dating website.
by Associated Press
7.9.2018
12:29pm
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A California police department is drawing attention to a 45-year-old murder case by tweeting about the crime as if it just happened, in the voice of the 11-year-old victim.
by Amanda Lee Myers, Associated Press
7.9.2018
12:22pm
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A Montana man’s “shaken baby syndrome” murder conviction was overturned this week, after appeals attorneys effectively pointed out that the autopsy had ruled the manner of death as “undetermined” — something the defense attorney never even raised at...
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7.6.2018
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British police scoured sections of Salisbury and Amesbury in southwest England on Friday, searching for a small vial feared to be contaminated with traces of the deadly nerve agent Novichok. More than 100 officers were looking for clues in a race to...
by Matt Dunham and Gregory Katz, Associated Press
7.6.2018
12:24pm
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