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On Tuesday, Penn State’s College of Nursing celebrated the open house for a new project that will utilize technology to help increase access to sexual assault forensic exams in underserved and rural areas in Pennsylvania.
by Sarah Rafacz
7.26.2017
11:41am
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An Ohio appeals court ruling has cleared the way for a Cleveland man to seek financial compensation for his time behind bars after the court found he was wrongfully imprisoned for 18 years following a murder conviction. The ruling said authorities...
by Associated Press
7.26.2017
11:25am
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On Tuesday, police and federal agents warned that so-called virtual kidnappings are on the rise, and dozens of people already have found themselves terrorized into giving money to con artists. In the fake kidnappings, the callers demand that the victims...
by Robert Jablon, Associated Press
7.26.2017
11:06am
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In a newly published article, Northwestern University economist Charles F. Manski and his co-author, Carnegie Mellon University criminologist Daniel S. Nagin, outline a "formal model of optimal policing" that can be used to resolve tensions between...
by Northwestern University
7.26.2017
10:54am
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A New York woman and one of her sons were found guilty Tuesday of killing her estranged husband and pouring acid on his face to make identifying him more difficult before the body was dumped in the woods.
by Associated Press
7.26.2017
10:06am
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Authorities from the U.S. and Europe announced Thursday that they had taken down illegal dark web marketplaces AlphaBay and Hansa, but not before using the latter site as bait to collect information on users attempting to buy and sell drugs, fake IDs,...
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7.25.2017
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A man armed with a chainsaw wounded five people at a health insurer's office Monday in the northern Swiss city of Schaffhausen, police said, triggering a manhunt for a suspect described as aggressive and psychologically unstable.
by Associated Press
7.25.2017
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A Louisville man already convicted of four rapes and who is awaiting trial for two more has been charged with another rape—the first indictment to result from Kentucky’s efforts to clear its rape kit backlog.
by Mark Vanderhoff, WLKY
7.25.2017
10:47am
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A woman who was accused of intentionally drowning her fiance in the Hudson River by tampering with his kayak as part of a murderous plot to collect on his life insurance pleaded guilty on Monday to a lesser charge that could minimize the amount of...
by Associated Press
7.25.2017
10:27am
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An arrest has been made in the 2009 killing of Sierra Bouzigard in Louisiana. Authorities announced Monday that a match to suspect Blake A. Russell had been made through DNA. Russell's arrest followed a tip based on a sketch built by Parabon NanoLabs...
by KPLC
7.25.2017
10:12am
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In a new study published Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that over half of adult female homicide victims were killed by a current or former intimate partner. The study also found that non-Hispanic black women and American...
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7.24.2017
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A Thai non-governmental organization combating human slavery said it relied on state-of-the-art technology to gather evidence that aided in the conviction of an army general in a human trafficking case described as the country’s biggest to date.
by A. Azim Idris, Asian Correspondent
7.24.2017
11:12am
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Gun-friendly Arizona is trying to avoid deadly encounters between police and people behind the wheel by teaching armed drivers how they should handle themselves when they are pulled over. Arizona, which allows residents to carry weapons without permits,...
by Jacques Billeaud, Associated Press
7.24.2017
11:07am
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Signs of blood have been found on part of a sandal and on soil inside a toy car recovered by police searching for missing British toddler Ben Needham. Ben was 21 months old when he disappeared on the Greek island of Kos in July 1991.
by BBC News
7.24.2017
10:18am
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Nine people are dead and the death toll could rise after emergency crews pulled dozens of people from a sweltering tractor-trailer found parked outside a Walmart in the midsummer Texas heat, victims of what officials said was an immigrant-smuggling...
by Eric Gay and Will Weissert, Associated Press
7.24.2017
9:18am
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A recent report by the American Association for the Advancement of Science examines some of the shortcomings of current forensic fire investigation practices, both on the scene and in the lab in cases which may include suspected arson, and offers several...
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7.21.2017
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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...
by Associated Press
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
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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.
by Associated Press
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
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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...
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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
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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
8:58am
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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
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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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