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Combining multiple poor quality CCTV images into a single, computer-enhanced composite could improve the accuracy of facial recognition systems used to identify criminal suspects, new research suggests.
by University of Lincoln
9.21.2018
12:27pm
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Police in New York say at least five people, including three infants, were stabbed early Friday at an overnight daycare center operating in a private apartment in the borough of Queens.
by Doug Stanglin and Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY
9.21.2018
12:18pm
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Death rates from drug overdoses in the U.S. have been on an exponential growth curve that began at least 15 years before the mid-1990s surge in opioid prescribing, suggesting that overdose death rates may continue along this same historical growth...
by University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences
9.21.2018
11:59am
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The mysterious closure of a solar observatory in New Mexico earlier this month happened after the FBI opened a child pornography investigation involving a janitor's computer found at the observatory, and agents tracked wireless signals used to access...
by Russell Contreras, Associated Press
9.21.2018
11:34am
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Workers say they endured horrifying moments of wild gunfire and terror as a woman working a temporary job at a drugstore warehouse in Maryland fired on colleagues with a handgun, killing three people before fatally shooting herself, according to...
by David McFadden and Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press
9.21.2018
11:25am
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DNA databases of huge ivory shipments have shown a handful of poaching and smuggling cartels that are trying to cover their tracks by separating African elephant tusks in different shipments, according to a new study in the journal Science Advances.
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9.20.2018
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NIST recently released updated versions of two forensic standard reference materials — the standard bullet and the human DNA quantitation standard.
by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
9.20.2018
11:49am
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Taiwan said Thursday it is looking for the owner of a Texas company that sells blueprints to make untraceable 3-D printed guns who is wanted on an arrest warrant tied to an accusation that he had sex with an underage girl and paid her $500 afterward.
by Associated Press
9.20.2018
11:43am
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The Metropolitan Police launched an investigation in 2015 into reports of mutilated cats in Croydon and the surrounding area. During the probe, detectives received more than 400 similar reports of cats being mutilated across London and surrounding...
by BBC News
9.20.2018
11:37am
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The U.S. Justice Department will double the funding it gives tribes for public safety programs and crime victims as it tries to tackle the high rates of violence against Native American women, a top official said.
by Mary Hudetz, Associated Press
9.20.2018
11:32am
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Reporters on Wednesday viewed preliminary autopsy reports in the still-unsolved slayings of eight Ohio family members in one of the state’s most notorious crimes, following a decision by the Ohio Supreme Court. The reports provided few new details.
by Andrew Welsh-Huggins, Associated Press
9.20.2018
11:22am
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The semen left behind at the scene of a brutal rape and murder resulted in a genealogical search that captured the killer, authorities announced. The slaying of Deborah Dalzell on March 29, 1999 went unsolved for nearly 20 years.
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9.19.2018
11:56am
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The governor of the western Mexico state of Jalisco has fired the director of the state morgue after a refrigerated truck carrying 157 unidentified bodies drew complaints from neighbors over the smell.
by Associated Press
9.19.2018
11:43am
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Wisconsin’s crime labs are suffering from multiple shortcomings, including poor morale and accepting too much evidence from police, according to a report released Tuesday commissioned by the state Department of Justice.
by Todd Richmond, Associated Press
9.19.2018
11:27am
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A proposed class action lawsuit alleges Ontario's renowned forensic sciences center has been illegally retaining sensitive genetic data from people who voluntarily submitted bodily samples as part of a criminal investigation and were then excluded as...
by Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press via CP24
9.19.2018
11:24am
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A California physician who appeared in a reality TV dating show and an alleged female accomplice have been charged with drugging and sexually assaulting two women, and authorities said Tuesday there could be many more victims.
by John Antczak, Associated Press
9.19.2018
11:18am
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Colorado prosecutors want a judge to block the release of autopsy reports for a woman and two young girls who were killed and dumped at an oil work site, arguing that the cause of their deaths will be critical evidence during trial for a man charged with...
by Kathleen Foody, Associated Press
9.19.2018
11:12am
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The fallout over the allegedly-bungled investigation into the death of 77-year-old Louise Talley in her North Philadelphia home on Oct. 19, 1991 continues. In June, the city settled a civil-rights lawsuit filed by exoneree Anthony Wright for $9.85...
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9.18.2018
1:34pm
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A judge threw out a man’s murder conviction Monday in the 2014 death of a Southern Illinois University student after saying that jurors could have been confused by wording in the man’s indictment.
by Associated Press
9.18.2018
11:35am
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The last moments of Laquan McDonald's life played over and over again for the jury. The video of the Oct. 20, 2014, shooting is so central to the murder trial of white Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke that jurors watched it at least five times...
by Don Babwin, Associated Press
9.18.2018
11:19am
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An Alaska man found with the cellphone of a missing 10-year-old girl was charged Monday in connection with her death after GPS coordinates of where the phone had traveled led authorities to the girl's body.
by Rachel D'Oro and Mark Thiessen, Associated Press
9.18.2018
11:10am
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Republicans and Democrats joined forces to speed legislation combating the misuse of opioids and other addictive drugs through Senate passage Monday. It takes wide aim at the problem, including increasing scrutiny of arriving international mail that may...
by Alan Fram, Associated Press
9.18.2018
11:04am
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The expert whose testimony was key to Bryan’s conviction for his wife’s 1985 murder says he now believes that some of his techniques were incorrect. His admission comes as a judge considers whether Bryan, whose case was the subject of a ProPublica and...
by Pamela Colloff, ProPublica
9.18.2018
10:54am
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A new study of several hundred Spanish prisoners in Forensic Science International proposes a model that they contend could help better identify psychopaths.
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9.17.2018
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A former doctor was sentenced to death on Friday for the revenge killings of four people connected to a Nebraska medical school, including the 11-year-old son of a physician who helped fire the man from a residency program nearly two decades ago.
by Margery A. Beck, Associated Press
9.17.2018
1:32pm
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In a new analysis of data submitted to Maryland's state trauma registry from 2005 to 2017, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers found that gunshot victims are approximately five times more likely to require blood transfusions, they require 10 times more...
by Johns Hopkins Medicine
9.17.2018
1:29pm
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A registered sex offender jailed since last year has been charged in the kidnapping and killing of two Arizona girls who went missing in 2012 and 2014, authorities announced Saturday.
by Associated Press
9.17.2018
1:23pm
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Body camera video from two campus police officers in Oregon shows they ordered a legally armed black man to drop a gun before opening fire, killing him. Portland State University released the video Friday after Officers James Dewey and Shawn McKenzie...
by Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press
9.17.2018
1:20pm
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A U.S. Border Patrol supervisor who confessed to killing four women and assaulting a fifth who managed to escape remained in jail Monday, police said in court records.
by Associated Press
9.17.2018
12:58pm
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NIST translates files from the National Software Reference Library into unique "digital fingerprints" to help examiners identify these known files more easily when they encounter them in their work. The most recent edition to the library was a set of...
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9.14.2018
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A search that includes 17 FBI agents has yielded no sign of a 10-year-old girl who went missing in a remote, largely Inupiat Eskimo town north of the Arctic Circle on Alaska's western coast, prompting authorities to investigate whether foul play was...
by Rachel D'Oro, Associated Press
9.14.2018
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Chicago's mayor and Illinois' attorney general unveiled an updated plan Thursday to reform the city's police, saying it will ensure permanent, far-reaching changes within a 12,000-officer department that has a long history of committing serious civil...
by Michael Tarm, Associated Press
9.14.2018
9:51am
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A federal judge on Thursday ordered an Alabama county to change bail procedures after issuing a preliminary finding that the county is unconstitutionally detaining people after arrest because they can’t afford to pay.
by Kim Chandler, Associated Press
9.14.2018
9:48am
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A gunman in Southern California fatally shot his ex-wife and a man at a trucking company before chasing after another man, killing him, and then driving to a home where he killed a father and daughter during a nearly 40-minute rampage, authorities said...
by John Antczak and Amanda Lee Myers, Associated Press
9.14.2018
9:33am
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A woman convicted of helping a former street preacher kidnap Elizabeth Smart in 2002 will be freed from prison more than five years earlier than expected, a surprise decision that Smart called "incomprehensible" on Tuesday.
by Brady McCombs, Associated Press
9.13.2018
1:12pm
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A violent burglar who tried to destroy DNA evidence by clipping his victim's fingernails has been jailed.
by BBC News
9.13.2018
12:49pm
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New research has found a way to identify extremists, such as those associated with the terrorist group ISIS, by monitoring their social media accounts, and can identify them even before they post threatening content.
by Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences
9.13.2018
12:14pm
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A woman accused of gunning down her chef husband is a self-published romance writer who once penned an essay titled "How to Murder Your Husband."
by Associated Press
9.13.2018
12:01pm
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As gunshots ring out in one of South Africa's most dangerous neighborhoods, a new technology detects the gun's location and immediately alerts police. South Africa is the first country outside the United States to implement the "shotspotter" audio...
by Neil Shaw, Associated Press
9.13.2018
11:39am
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The brother-in-law of a Dallas woman raped and slain more than two decades ago while her infant daughter slept in a playpen nearby has pleaded guilty, bringing an end to a case that was re-opened when that daughter as an adult went to police to push for...
by Associated Press
9.12.2018
1:07pm
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