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Forensic experts in Spain have removed hair, nails and two long bones from Salvador Dali's embalmed remains to find genetic samples for a paternity test—a move that opens the possibility for a woman who says she is the surrealist artist's daughter to...
by Hernan Munoz and Aritz Parra, Associated Press
7.21.2017
10:54am
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The FBI has released a report that accuses Chicago police of pressuring four suspects in a 1994 murder case as they gave prosecutors their statements. The four men spent 15 years in prison before 2011 tests matched DNA from the victim’s body to another...
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7.21.2017
10:41am
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The Texas Department of Public Safety notified local law enforcement agencies across the state Thursday afternoon that it will begin charging for forensic analysis at its crime labs in six weeks, a service that has long been provided for free.
by Jason Whitely, WFAA
7.21.2017
10:17am
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A recent study found that among adult patients who came to the emergency room after being revived from a heroin overdose, nearly all had fentanyl in their urine. When asked, roughly half of the patients did not know they had taken fentanyl.
by Susan Spencer, Telegram & Gazette
7.21.2017
10:03am
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Shark feeding habits are helping scientists identify marks on human bones found in the ocean. Knowing how to identify shark tooth marks can be helpful for forensic anthropologists so they can discern them from other marks that might help with criminal...
by Florida Museum of Natural History
7.20.2017
12:27pm
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An explosive found in the Oklahoma apartment of a man accused of setting off a pipe bomb near a military recruiting office had “unusual” features usually seen outside the U.S., according to a preliminary FBI investigation.
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7.20.2017
12:24pm
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A Supreme Court decision that limits the types of statements that can be admitted as evidence unless the victim testifies in court discourages prosecutors from trying some child maltreatment cases, according to a recent national survey of more than 200...
by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
7.20.2017
12:17pm
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Ovidiy Stealer is an info-stealing tool that takes credentials from browsers and applications and hands them over to its user on an organized interface where they can keep track of the machines they’ve infected. This simplistic but potentially dangerous...
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7.20.2017
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A Baltimore officer’s police powers have been suspended after defense attorneys released a body camera video that they said shows an officer planting drugs. The video released Tuesday by the public defender’s office was taken during a drug arrest in...
by Kasey Jones, Associated Press
7.20.2017
10:19am
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A 16-year-old who disappeared after running away from home in 1976 has been identified as one of the 33 victims of serial killer John Wayne Gacy. Jimmy Haakenson's was only recently identified thanks to DNA technology that wasn't available when the...
by Don Babwin and Jeff Baenen, Associated Press
7.20.2017
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Ohio officials have released a forensic facial reconstruction of a man whose skull was found 18 months ago outside an abandoned house in Akron.
7.19.2017
11:32am
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Two men accused of stealing $4,300 from a Wisconsin fast-food restaurant are facing murder charges after a bystander suffered a fatal heart attack during the armed robbery. The medical examiner's office said the victim's heart attack was caused by stress...
by Associated Press
7.19.2017
11:02am
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Swiss police say they've formally identified two bodies found on an Alpine glacier as those of a couple missing for nearly 75 years. Police said Wednesday that forensic experts using DNA analysis identified the two as husband and wife pair Marcelin and...
by CBS/AP
7.19.2017
10:52am
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A blind man, who worked as a trainee officer at a public sector bank, has been found guilty of repeatedly raping a 32-year-old widow, also blind. The woman identified her tormentor by his voice in court.
by Bagish Jha, The Times of India
7.19.2017
9:35am
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A top Brooklyn politician pressed the state Tuesday to set up a special commission to investigate wrongful convictions and pinpoint the problems—and people—to blame. Borough President Eric Adams represents a county where more than two dozen murder and...
by Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press
7.19.2017
9:11am
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A 10-year-old boy from a drug-ridden Miami neighborhood apparently died of a fentanyl overdose last month, becoming one of Florida's littlest victims of the opioid crisis, authorities say. But how he came into contact with the powerful painkiller is a...
by Jennifer Kay and Curt Anderson, Associated Press
7.19.2017
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O.J. Simpson, 70, will have history in his favor and a clean record behind bars as he approaches the nine-year minimum of his 33-year sentence for armed robbery and assault with a weapon. No one at his Thursday hearing is expected to oppose releasing him...
by Ken Ritter, Associated Press
7.18.2017
11:46am
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A study led by Oregon State University researchers found that American organizations identifying as gun violence prevention groups advocate for the right to bear arms and for some gun purchase and ownership conditions, which they argue will curb gun-...
by Oregon State University
7.18.2017
11:23am
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The explosion of smartphones and apps, and the growing size of computer hard drives has created a glut of evidence for investigators in recent years. But all of that data is swamping the computer forensic units at the Maryland State Police and other...
by Amanda Iacone, WTOP
7.18.2017
11:15am
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An Australian woman who called 911 to report what she believed to be an active sexual assault was shot and killed by a Minneapolis police officer in a case that has left many relatives and neighbors searching for answers.
by Amy Forliti and Jeff Baenen, Associated Press
7.18.2017
10:58am
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Indiana police have released a witness-aided composite sketch of the man officials say is the main suspect in their search for the murderer of two Indiana girls. Grainy photographs of the suspect and audio of his voice retrieved from one of the victim’s...
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7.18.2017
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British police have charged a teenager with a spate of London acid attacks, as authorities considered whether tougher sentences would curb a spike in assaults with corrosive liquids. Police say the number of reported attacks with corrosive liquids in...
by Associated Press
7.17.2017
12:20pm
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New York State Police are hoping, more than three decades after the murder and dismemberment of 19-year-old Tina Foglia, that her case will be an early candidate for DNA familial searching, a special test approved for use this fall in New York state.
by Mary Murphy, PIX11
7.17.2017
12:16pm
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Bioarchaeological scientists in Athens, Greece will use forensic techniques to uncover the history of 80 skeletons discovered in a centuries-old mass grave in the country last year. They will perform a battery of tests—particularly gene, radiographic and...
by Hurriyet Daily News
7.17.2017
11:48am
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They hide in weeds along hiking trails and in playground grass. They wash into rivers and float downstream to land on beaches. They pepper baseball dugouts, sidewalks and streets. Syringes left by drug users amid the heroin crisis are turning up...
by Michael Casey, Associated Press
7.17.2017
11:18am
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A decadeslong search for a fugitive charged in the 1980 killing of a Pennsylvania police chief came to a dramatic end Friday as authorities positively identified remains found buried in a Massachusetts yard as the man they have long suspected in the...
by Denise Lavoie, Associated Press
7.17.2017
10:48am
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Forensic Magazine has found that seven states had prisoners whose DNA had not been collected, and who were not in CODIS. Most often, these states had no retroactivity conditions in their DNA laws, which were generally enacted in the 1990s and were never...
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7.17.2017
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Recent reports that the smart home device and voice recognition assistant Alexa called 911 during a domestic abuse incident, whether accurate or not, have generated some interest in the potential for smart devices to intervene in domestic violence...
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7.14.2017
12:58pm
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Years of sustained and coordinated efforts will be required to contain and reverse the harmful societal effects of the prescription and illicit opioid epidemics, which are intertwined and getting worse, says a new FDA-requested report from the National...
by National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
7.14.2017
12:50pm
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A forensic expert in northwest Indiana says it’s possible to find the source of a falling bullet that fatally struck a 13-year-old boy. Police say they believe Noah Inman was playing basketball on July 1 when he was struck by a bullet that was likely...
by Associated Press
7.14.2017
12:47pm
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A man who spent 21 years behind bars for murder was set free Wednesday after prosecutors abandoned his conviction, saying their office improperly withheld information and allowed a mistaken impression that a wounded eyewitness implicated him.
by Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press
7.14.2017
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The Australian government on Friday proposed a new cybersecurity law to force global technology companies such as Facebook and Google to help police by unscrambling encrypted messages sent by suspected extremists and other criminals.
by Rod McGuirk, Associated Press
7.14.2017
9:22am
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A man who fled federal custody more than 25 years ago couldn't escape new-age crime fighting, thanks to facial recognition technology. The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles said it nabbed 64-year-old Robert Frederick Nelson in June as he tried to renew...
by Sally Ho and Steve Karnowski, Associated Press
7.13.2017
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A former University of Pittsburgh neuroresearcher convicted of first-degree murder for killing his neurologist wife with cyanide believes he deserves a new trial. At trial, prosecutors presented evidence that Robert Ferrante, 68, ordered cyanide through...
by Paula Reed Ward, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
7.13.2017
12:17pm
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The search for four young men who went missing last week, igniting a massive operation that involved the FBI and U.S. Marshals, has taken a turn for the worse as investigators have found the remains of at least one of the four men.
7.13.2017
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Craniometrics, the measurements of skull shapes, has been a critical anthropological and forensic tool. But the increasingly complex racial mixtures in the United States have complicated what was once a simpler set of markers. So-called “admixture” of...
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7.13.2017
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Police in Victoria, Australia will begin the painstaking task of retesting all the forensic exhibits held in relation to the 1980 stabbing murder of Maria James to build a DNA profile of her killer, after admitting they had used the wrong sample to rule...
by Nino Bucci, The Age
7.13.2017
10:27am
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A 15-year-old Illinois girl posted "I love you so much mom" on Facebook after allegedly shooting her mother in the head and trying to conceal the body by setting the house on fire. Another 15-year-old girl could face charges of concealing a homicide and...
by Associated Press
7.13.2017
9:43am
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A federal appeals court in Philadelphia has joined five other circuits in finding that citizens have a First Amendment right to videotape police in public. The U.S. 3rd Circuit on Friday joined what it called the “growing consensus” that the public can...
by Maryclaire Dale, Associated Press
7.12.2017
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Genetic material from workers who manufacture forensic tools, such as swabs, has the potential to contaminate crime scene evidence. The International Organization for Standardization put forth a standard last year to try and prevent such contamination....
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7.12.2017
11:46am
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