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The Supreme Court says police generally need a search warrant if they want to track criminal suspects’ movements by collecting information about where they’ve used their cellphones.
by Mark Sherman, Associated Press
6.22.2018
11:14am
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A Mississippi man admitted Thursday that he killed two Roman Catholic nuns, pleading guilty to murder in an agreement that avoided the death penalty, which was opposed by the women's families and their religious orders.
by Jeff Amy, Associated Press
6.22.2018
11:11am
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A new study found that ballot measure Prop. 47 reduced felony drug arrests by nearly 75 percent across California, and also helped to alleviate some of the inequality between blacks and whites in how often they got arrested on drug charges.
by University of California—San Francisco
6.22.2018
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Tacoma police have arrested a man suspected of killing a 12-year-old girl more than three decades ago. The News Tribune reports 66-year-old Gary Hartman was booked into Pierce County Jail Wednesday afternoon on suspicion of first-degree murder in the...
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6.22.2018
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In the city that's home to Hollywood, even releasing police body camera footage is a high-quality production. Los Angeles police made public body camera video under a new policy that requires the public see footage within 45 days of a "critical incident...
by Michael Balsamo, Associated Press
6.22.2018
10:25am
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The Burglary Microbiome Project, an ongoing study using mock crime scenes and scientific sampling of homes, residents and intruders, is underway to lay the groundwork for implementing the concept in real life, according to a group of scientists from...
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6.21.2018
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The Atlanta Police Department learned earlier this year how virtual forms of evidence can not only be stolen, but wiped from existence, when ransomware attacks in March resulted in the loss of “years” of dashcam footage. And this is not the first time...
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6.21.2018
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Sixteen-year-old Brendan Dassey's confession—seen by viewers nationwide as part of the Netflix series "Making a Murderer"—should never have been used to convict him, his lawyers say, and they're hoping the Supreme Court agrees to take his case. They say...
by Jessica Gresko, Associated Press
6.21.2018
10:35am
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Marijuana will be legal nationwide in Canada starting Oct. 17 in a move that should take market share away from organized crime and protect the country's youth, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday.
by Rob Gillies, Associated Press
6.21.2018
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The mother of a 4-year-old boy whose naked body was found on a South Texas beach last year admitted to authorities that she beat him and denied him medical care after he suffered a head injury from running into a wall, then drove to Galveston in the...
by Ryan Tarinelli, Associated Press
6.21.2018
10:27am
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For the next 10 months, the Houston Forensic Science Center will outsource most of its DNA work to a private laboratory to play catch-up with a backlog of evidence.
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6.20.2018
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A Monroe man jailed for life for murder is free for the first time in his adult life. Innocence Project New Orleans and Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights, in a news release, said Gerald Manning—now 59—Tuesday walked out of the Louisiana State...
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6.20.2018
11:55am
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Researchers report in ACS Central Science that a new blood test, which could be performed at a crime scene, could help determine the age of a suspect or victim within just an hour.
by American Chemical Society
6.20.2018
11:46am
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Civil rights groups filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging that the Chicago Police Department relies on an error-plagued database that names up to 195,000 people as gang members, including many who have never been in a gang.
by Michael Tarm, Associated Press
6.20.2018
11:37am
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A monthlong global operation against illegal trade in wildlife and timber has resulted in the seizure of thousands of live animals and tons of meat and ivory, international police agency Interpol announced on Wednesday.
by Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press
6.20.2018
11:32am
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The assassination of Robert F. Kennedy was one that altered the course of history, 50 years ago this month. The first full medical review of the murder, published today in the Journal of Neurosurgery, reviews what has been called “the perfect autopsy.”
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6.19.2018
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A grand jury has indicted the John Doe DNA profile of a serial rapist who was active in the D.C. area between 1998 and 2006, and mainly targeted hotel housekeepers as they cleaned rooms. Officials including the FBI are now seeking the public’s help and...
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6.19.2018
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Hair can show a retrospective history of your drug or alcohol consumption (or abstinence) over many months. This level of information makes hair testing invaluable in a wide variety of legal scenarios.
by Richard Paul, Principal Academic in Biological Chemistry, Bournemouth University
6.19.2018
11:42am
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Deputies were searching for suspects Tuesday after troubled rapper-singer XXXTentacion was fatally shot in the driver's seat of a luxury electric sportscar.
by Kelli Kennedy, Associated Press
6.19.2018
11:32am
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Police arrested a man Friday in connection with a 31-year-old sexual assault case and believe he’s connected to other unsolved cases from decades ago.
by McKenna Oxenden, The Tampa Bay Times
6.18.2018
1:14pm
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Apple is trying to drag the U.S.'s antiquated system for handling 911 calls into the 21st century. If it lives up to Apple's promise, the iPhone's next operating system will automatically deliver quicker and more reliable information pinpointing the...
by Michael Liedtke, Associated Press
6.18.2018
12:58pm
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A Missouri man who served 36 years in prison is enjoying his freedom with his family after he had his sentence commuted by former Gov. Eric Greitens. Rodney Lincoln remained in prison despite key pieces of his conviction falling apart.
by Associated Press
6.18.2018
12:52pm
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More than 1,000 anti-terrorism technologies have now been approved for coverage under the Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies (SAFETY) Act.
by Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate
6.18.2018
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A wide array of swabs used for forensic collection can absorb trace material remarkably well, according to a new series of laboratory tests. But less than half of the DNA absorbed by the tips is actually ever recovered off the swab material, according to...
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6.15.2018
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Apple is closing a security gap that allowed outsiders to pry personal information from locked iPhones without a password, a change that will thwart law enforcement agencies that have been exploiting the vulnerability to collect evidence in criminal...
by Michael Liedtke, Associated Press
6.15.2018
12:01pm
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An Arizona man convicted of helping plot a 2015 attack on a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in suburban Dallas is seeking a new trial, arguing prosecutors did not reveal that an undercover FBI agent who witnessed the shooting had communicated about the...
by Jacques Billeaud, Associated Press
6.15.2018
11:56am
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The parents of a 4-year-old girl found dead three decades ago have been handed preliminary charges for her murder, in a cold case resurrected by DNA testing, a French prosecutor said Thursday.
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6.15.2018
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Two online gamers whose dispute over a $1.50 Call of Duty WWII video game bet allegedly led police to fatally shoot a Kansas man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges in a "swatting" case that drew national attention.
by Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press
6.15.2018
11:45am
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New Jersey’s attorney general on Tuesday demanded that firearms companies stop marketing and selling untraceable weapons, or ghost guns.
by Mike Catalini, Associated Press
6.14.2018
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The clear reductions in crime demonstrated by a new study imply that some individuals end up watching sports instead of committing crimes, and that entertainment may be an important and under-utilized crime prevention strategy.
by University of California – Davis Health System
6.14.2018
1:34pm
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A Japanese team of archaeologists have extensively mapped a shipwreck using advanced 3D imaging, even though the ship sits more than 40 meters deep in the Pacific Ocean.
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6.14.2018
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A man serving 18 years in prison in South Carolina for burglary was rightfully convicted in part because he left his cellphone at the crime scene and a detective guessed his passcode as 1-2-3-4 instead of getting a warrant, the state Supreme Court ruled...
by Jeffrey Collins, Associated Press
6.14.2018
1:04pm
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About 5,300 American soldiers remain in the soil of North Korea, casualties in a war that has never officially ended. The new talks between U.S. President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un of North Korea lasted several hours yesterday in Singapore. Among the...
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6.13.2018
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A Nebraska woman who went missing in November was still alive when the duo accused of killing her was caught on store surveillance video buying the tools that police think they used to dismember her, prosecutors allege in newly unsealed court documents.
by Margery A. Beck, Associated Press
6.13.2018
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With frustration mounting over lawmakers' inaction on gun control, the American Medical Association on Tuesday pressed for a ban on assault weapons and came out against arming teachers as a way to fight what it calls a public health crisis.
by Lindsey Tanner, Associated Press
6.13.2018
10:24am
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California voters' decision to reduce penalties for drug and property crimes in 2014 contributed to a jump in car burglaries, shoplifting and other theft, researchers reported.
by Don Thompson, Associated Press
6.13.2018
10:20am
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A judge has ruled that a 3D model can't be used as evidence in the upcoming trial of an FBI agent accused of lying about firing two shots at a key figure in the 2016 takeover of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon.
by Associated Press
6.13.2018
10:17am
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Forensic Magazine and a local Nebraska newspaper both asked about the DNA collection of inmates in the state last spring. Brandon Weathers’ DNA was collected forcibly within weeks—and it “hit” four violent rapes in Omaha committed between 2002 and 2004,...
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6.12.2018
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The Air Force Office of Special Investigations said in a news release they had apprehended a man identified as Capt. William Howard Hughes Jr., an officer who had top security clearance when he disappeared in New Mexico 35 years ago.
by Jocelyn Gecker, Associated Press
6.12.2018
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A Virginia Commonwealth University researcher has developed a procedure for identifying the source of cells present in a forensic biological sample that could change how cell types are identified in samples across numerous industries.
by Virginia Commonwealth University
6.12.2018
11:54am
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