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The back-to-back vehicle attacks in Barcelona and a nearby resort had been planned for a long time by an Islamic terrorist cell—and could have been far deadlier had its base not been destroyed by an apparently accidental explosion this week, Spanish...
by Joseph Wilson, Ciaran Giles and Barry Hatton, Associated Press
8.18.2017
12:22pm
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Researchers Jonathan Lusthaus and Federico Varese, of the Human Cybercriminal Project at the University of Oxford, traveled to Romania in 2014 and 2015 to study the oft-ignored real-world aspect of cybercrime in an area known to be a hub for one specific...
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8.18.2017
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Researchers have determined that household cleaner OxiClean has proven scientifically to be effective in cleaning up fentanyl spills. The product contains sodium percarbonate, a chemical which, in previous research, had been shown to oxidize and break...
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8.18.2017
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A man in prison for 45 years could be on the cusp of freedom after another man said he had no role in a 1971 murder in Detroit. A judge last week threw out Richard Phillips’ conviction and granted a new trial. Wayne County prosecutors have pledged to...
by Ed White, Associated Press
8.18.2017
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A team of forensic linguistics experts lead by the University of Manchester’s Dr. Andrea Nini believe they have solved a longstanding mystery about a letter Abraham Lincoln may have authored.
8.18.2017
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A popular Chinese writer drafting a book about a novelist who got away with murder was himself arrested by authorities for a 1995 quadruple homicide, according to state and independent media.
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8.17.2017
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The Air Force Technical Applications Center will collaborate with the University of Texas at Austin to conduct research in the field of nuclear forensics. AFTAC and UTA will focus on analyzing short-lived radionuclides using gamma coincidence...
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8.17.2017
12:49pm
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Aiming to stay ahead of an evolving threat against transit systems worldwide, officials in Los Angeles are testing out airport-style body scanners that screen subway passengers for firearms and explosives.
by Michael Balsamo, Associated Press
8.17.2017
10:29am
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Researchers have demonstrated how it is possible to transform a smart device into a surveillance tool that can collect information about the body position and movements of the user. Their approach involves remotely hijacking smart devices to play music...
by University of Washington
8.17.2017
10:24am
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A bill signed by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Tuesday makes personal-use possession of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and other drugs a misdemeanor, not a felony. Oregon joined just a handful of other U.S. states in defelonizing drugs under the new law,...
by Andrew Selsky, Associated Press
8.17.2017
10:15am
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The father of Natalee Holloway, the American teenager who disappeared in Aruba 12 years ago, revealed that he and a private investigator recently discovered human remains behind a house on the island. The remains are being DNA tested to determine if they...
by Mary Bowerman, USA Today
8.17.2017
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The U.S. Department of Justice has issued a search warrant for internet records possessed by web hosting service DreamHost regarding a 2017 Inauguration Day protest website, after about 200 were arrested in relation to the Jan. 20 event. DreamHost says...
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8.16.2017
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MH370, the flight that made a suspicious turn into the Indian Ocean three years ago with 239 people aboard and has never been located, could be discovered with further searching, contends a group of Australian scientists. High-resolution satellite images...
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8.16.2017
12:38pm
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The likelihood of a police officer identifying someone concealing a gun or bomb is only slightly better than chance, according to new research from Iowa State University. The results, published in the journal Law and Human Behavior, found officers with...
by Iowa State University
8.16.2017
12:23pm
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Prosecutors' reliance on DNA evidence and police credibility went on trial, along with a man they call murderer, kidnapper and arsonist, as a 24-year-old Mesa, Arizona cold case finally made it to court Tuesday.
by Sean Holstege, Pheonix News Times
8.16.2017
12:19pm
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When drug users go online for the first time to buy opioids, they aren't looking for the widest selection or the best prices for their illicit purchases, a new study suggests. Researchers found that first-time drug buyers who visited one marketplace on...
by Ohio State University
8.16.2017
9:21am
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The government of Uzbekistan was essentially an organized crime network that benefited the leader and his daughter for decades, according to ongoing investigations. But Western companies were complicit in assisting the schemes of President Islam Karimov...
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8.15.2017
12:41pm
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This week, scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Michigan State University report that they have developed an algorithm that automates a key step in the fingerprint analysis process.
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8.15.2017
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The face of a 19th century murderer has been revealed using modern forensic techniques. John Howison, known as the Cramond Murderer following a brutal killing in the Scottish village in 1831, is the subject of a new museum exhibition.
by Neil Pooran, STV News
8.15.2017
11:13am
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The state medical examiner that helped send a Natchez, Mississippi man to death row 15 years ago for reportedly shaking a baby to death testified Monday that the baby's injuries could have come from a fall. The convicted man has contended from early in...
by Cain Madden, The Natchez Democrat
8.15.2017
10:45am
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Police from Sweden assisted their Danish counterparts on Tuesday with pursuing leads in the search for a missing Swedish woman who was on an amateur-built submarine the night before it sank, while volunteers and authorities combed the countries'...
by Jan M. Olsen, Associated Press
8.15.2017
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Police in Massachusetts are testing a new database for documenting opioid overdoses they hope will help departments share information in real time and get people into treatment. The database was developed by criminal justice experts Sean Varano at Roger...
by Jennifer McDermott, Associated Press
8.15.2017
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An MS-13 member who is accused of brutally butchering his friend as part of a gang initiation was apprehended after four months on the FBI’s Most Wanted List. Walter Yovany Gomez, who allegedly killed his friend with an aluminum baseball bat, a knife and...
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8.14.2017
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In a first, the Director General (Legal and Technical) has asked the Forensic Science Laboratories (FSLs) across Maharashtra, India to keep a track of cases in which forensic evidence has been collected. This is to map the role of forensic evidence in...
by Rashmi Rajpur, The Indian Express
8.14.2017
11:40am
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A Texas doctor believes a modeling system that’s successfully identified neighborhoods, streets and even specific businesses where shootings and other crimes are likely to occur can help stop child abuse and neglect before it happens.
by Jamie Stengle, Associated Press
8.14.2017
11:26am
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Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory geochemist Kevin Uno and his colleague, University of Washington research professor Samuel Wasser, use radiocarbon dating and DNA testing to determine when and where an elephant was killed; sampling ivory recently seized...
by Columbia University
8.14.2017
11:13am
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The young man accused of plowing a car into a crowd of people protesting a white supremacist rally was fascinated with Nazism, idolized Adolf Hitler, and had been singled out by school officials in the 9th grade for his "deeply held, radical" convictions...
by Dake Kang and Dan Sewell, Associated Press
8.14.2017
10:42am
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Police commanders in Houston say order numbers taken from popular Texas fast-food restaurant Whataburger cannot be used to highlight evidence at crime scenes.
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8.14.2017
9:33am
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Back-to-back Las Vegas cybersecurity/hacker conferences Black Hat and Def Con have packed the last few weeks with buzzworthy cyber news. With dozens of talks, presentations, demonstrations, workshops and hacking contests, the two events have become a...
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8.11.2017
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Officer Quincy Smith of the Estill Police Department survived four bullet wounds—and the glasses equipped with a camera he was wearing at the time of the shooting have now resulted in a lengthy prison term for his attacker, 29-year-old Malcolm Antwan Orr...
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8.11.2017
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U.S. seabed exploration company Ocean Infinity said Friday it had offered to take the financial risk of a renewed search for the missing Malaysian airliner, as victims' families urged the Malaysian government to agree to a private sector hunt for Flight...
by Rod McGuirk, Associated Press
8.11.2017
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President Donald Trump said Thursday that he will officially declare the opioid crisis a "national emergency" and pledged to ramp up government efforts to combat the epidemic. A drug commission convened by Trump and led by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie...
by Jill Covin and Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press
8.11.2017
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The remains found inside a septic tank at an Edcouch, Texas home were linked to a suspect in a 12-year-old murder case, according to the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office. Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra said a private company specializing in removal...
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8.11.2017
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When Illinois jurors convicted Patrick Pursley of murder, they relied on an expert’s assurance that the scratches and dents on bullets and shell casings from the crime scene proved they could only have come from Pursley’s gun. More than two decades later...
by Ivan Moreno, Associated Press
8.11.2017
10:40am
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In a chance occurrence, the Y-STR mixture in the underwear of a rape victim was provided solely by two of three convicted suspects, and the third was only exonerated when a fuller profile of the DNA showed he was excluded from the mixture, as reported in...
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8.10.2017
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A former FBI agent and his daughter today were found guilty of killing the daughter's husband. A Davidson County, North Carolina, jury found Thomas Martens, 67, who worked with the FBI for over 30 years, and his 33-year-old daughter, Molly Corbett,...
by Linzie Janis, Cat Rakowski and Laren Effron, ABC News
8.10.2017
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In a single morning, courts on Wednesday threw out more than 640,000 warrants for New Yorkers ticketed for minor offenses years ago. The move—requested by prosecutors and hailed by the mayor—marks a sweeping step in city officials' efforts to promote...
by Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press
8.10.2017
9:51am
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Each year, some 2 million people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses are arrested for various crimes, inadvertently turning the U.S. correctional system into the nation's primary provider of inpatient psychiatric care. But an...
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8.10.2017
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A man on death row for the notorious slaying nearly 20 years ago of a black man chained to the back of a pickup truck and dragged along a bumpy rural East Texas road will get his claim of innocence and poor legal representation reviewed by an appeals...
by Michael Graczyk, Associated Press
8.10.2017
9:38am
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A multidisciplinary, victim-centered approach and standardized, efficient evidence processing in sexual assault cases are the focus of a new report by the National Institute of Justice. The report, National Best Practices for Sexual Assault Kits,...
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