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The U.S. Department of Education has reversed Obama-era Title IX guidelines on sexual misconduct investigations, announcing that schools may use a higher standard of evidence in adjudicating allegations and that the Department is planning to take...
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9.25.2017
1:05pm
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Violent crime in America rose for the second straight year 2016, but remained near historically low levels, according to FBI data released Monday.
by Sadie Gurman, Associated Press
9.25.2017
12:52pm
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Former New England Patriots star and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez had a severe case of the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, researchers said on Thursday.
by Jimmy Golen, Associated Press
9.25.2017
12:49pm
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Scientists from the University of Surrey have developed a rapid and highly sensitive fingerprint test that can take just seconds to confirm whether someone has used cocaine. This new breakthrough, published in Clinical Chemistry, comes as a result of the...
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9.25.2017
11:04am
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To ease overcrowding in state prisons, California lawmakers want to release more of the state’s older prisoners and more of the inmates who were young when they committed their crimes.
by Don Thompson, Associated Press
9.25.2017
10:52am
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Thanks to the nation’s out-of-control opioid epidemic, New Hampshire's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner can’t completely autopsy every body anymore. It’s been getting too many.
by Carter Sherman, Vice News
9.22.2017
12:25pm
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Authorities have uncovered no evidence that toddler Ayla Reynolds is still alive despite the more than 1,000 leads they’ve received since her 2011 disappearance, state police said Thursday.
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9.22.2017
12:18pm
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Alcohol is a major driver in American homicide. In about half of all U.S. homicides, either victim or perpetrator (or both) are under the influence at the time of the fatal act. Taxing, regulating and restricting alcohol reduces its incidence in...
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9.22.2017
12:14pm
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A teenager suspected of a killing who was named one of Texas' 10 Most Wanted fugitives was caught in Los Angeles on Tuesday after posting a live video on social media, police said.
by Michael Balsamo, Associated Press
9.22.2017
12:03pm
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The use of hearsay testimony to convict former Chicago-area police officer Drew Peterson in the death of his third wife was proper, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday in upholding the conviction.
by John O'Connor, Associated Press
9.22.2017
11:30am
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When a pedophile or rapist films their crime, professor Sue Black can track them down using nothing more than the veins, scars and other markings on their hands.
by Richard Benson, Wired UK
9.22.2017
11:06am
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The price tag on the newly-announced iPhone X may have been the most mentioned aspect of the upcoming $1,000 device throughout the last week of social media buzz, but the feature getting the most attention in cybersecurity circles is Apple’s new Face ID...
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9.21.2017
1:23pm
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An algorithm developed by a team of scientists from Malaysia attempts to clear up pictures for quantitative comparisons of firearms and toolmark evidence, as described in an open-access study published online today.
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9.21.2017
1:14pm
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A new study from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory presents evidence that the number of cyber intrusions can be predicted, particularly when analysts are already observing activities on a company or government organization's computer network.
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9.21.2017
1:04pm
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A petition submitted Wednesday to the state’s highest court seeks the dismissal of every case connected to a convicted former state chemist who authorities say was high almost every day she went to work at a state drug lab for eight years.
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9.21.2017
1:01pm
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Do you know how safe it is to use your finger as a security login? And have you wondered how your cell phone knows if your finger is real or a fake? Michigan State University biometric expert Anil Jain and his team are working to answer these questions...
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9.21.2017
11:11am
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Not all DNA swabs are equal—but that may have more to do with the hand guiding them than the material at the tip, according to a new series of tests by scientists at University College London’s Centre for the Forensic Sciences.
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9.20.2017
12:51pm
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A missing child was recovered and a fugitive was captured one day after “The Hunt with John Walsh,” a television show on HLN, aired an episode about the alleged parental kidnapping, which led to tips that helped locate the pair, authorities say.
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9.20.2017
12:41pm
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The disclosure this week of a five-page, typewritten document that was stolen from an armored cabinet inside the Vatican has revived the mystery surrounding a 15-year-old who vanished in 1983.
by Elisabetta Povoledo, Associated Press
9.20.2017
12:31pm
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A 23-year-old white man was arrested and accused of killing two black men and shooting up a black family's home in a string of attacks last week that police say may have been racially motivated.
by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press
9.20.2017
12:27pm
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The remains of at least 65 victims have been retrieved from a mass grave recently found in central Bosnia, forensic experts said Tuesday about the site of one of the most gruesome crimes of Bosnia's 1992-95 war.
by Sabina Niksic, Associated Press
9.20.2017
10:54am
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A former caseworker faces forgery and other charges for false reporting interviews with victims, family members or witnesses in 12 cases of alleged child abuse or neglect, prosecutors said on Monday.
by Kathleen Foody, Associated Press
9.19.2017
12:03pm
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Glenn Chin, the supervisory pharmacist at the now-closed New England Compounding Center in Framingham, about 22 miles west of Boston, is to go on trial Tuesday for his role in the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 76 people and sickened...
by Alanna Durkin Richer, Associated Press
9.19.2017
11:58am
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The number of patients being referred to the criminal wards at Washington’s congested psychiatric hospitals has soared in the last year, a trend that has befuddled state officials and prompted them to scramble for answers.
by Walker Orenstein, The News Tribune
9.19.2017
11:55am
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Guns, ammunition, a Molotov cocktail and a school yearbook with pictures of faces marked with X’s were seized by police from the home of a Washington state high school sophomore accused of fatally shooting a classmate and wounding three other students,...
by Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press
9.19.2017
11:44am
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Two long-imprisoned men were granted new trials Friday in a deadly 1993 video store robbery, after recent DNA tests on an important piece of evidence matched a man never connected to the case before.
by Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press
9.19.2017
11:14am
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The latest DNA technology, investigative persistence and a handwritten confession have led to the killer and rapist responsible for a brutal slaying, 25 years after the crime, Massachusetts authorities announced Monday.
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9.19.2017
11:04am
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The use of genetic data to establish a physiological basis for violent or impulsive criminal behaviors is occurring more frequently in criminal trials. However, a new review finds that genetic evidence used in the courtroom is not likely to be effective...
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9.18.2017
12:29pm
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In 1991, a jury convicted Darnell Phillips of raping a 10-year-old girl. Several years ago, the Innocence Project took up his case using DNA evidence. Last Wednesday, an Innocence Project attorney took the latest DNA evidence to a judge. This evidence...
by Matt Gregory, WAVY-TV
9.18.2017
12:19pm
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Criminal trials can be won or lost based on what happens outside the presence of the jury, when lawyers do battle over what evidence they can present. That has been the case at the trial of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez and the donor accused of bribing him,...
by David Porter, Associated Press
9.18.2017
12:11pm
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The Department of Justice will roll back some Obama-era oversight on local police departments, according to an announcement on Friday. The Collaborative Reform Initiative of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS office) will be changed...
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9.18.2017
11:57am
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A new forensic lab launched in central Somalia could transform how the Puntland state government handles cases of rape and gender-based violence, and possibly create a model for the rest of the country to follow.
by Neha Wadekar, Voice of America News
9.18.2017
11:03am
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A Wisconsin girl who admitted to participating in the stabbing of a classmate to please horror character Slender Man will avoid prison after a jury determined that she was mentally ill at the time of the attack.
by Todd Richmond, Associated Press
9.18.2017
10:37am
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The Madison County Sheriff’s Office and National Center for Missing and Exploited Children have released the first facial reconstruction of a young girl found deceased in a black suitcase in a field in Madisonville, Texas on Sept. 17, 2016. Authorities...
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9.15.2017
12:38pm
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"Decades of overstatement of latent print examiners” has led to unrealistically high expectations of judges and juries when it comes to the forensic science of fingerprinting, according to a new report by the American Association for the Advancement of...
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9.15.2017
12:16pm
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A judge acquitted a white former St. Louis police officer of murder in the 2011 killing of a black drug suspect, a decision that could spark protests with National Guard troops on standby.
by Jim Salter, Associated Press
9.15.2017
11:07am
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Catherine Hoggle, the Montgomery County, Maryland mother of two children who vanished in 2014, was indicted on two counts of murder. Hoggle’s children, Sarah and Jacob Hoggle, were 3 and 2 years old when they went missing in 2014 and have never been...
by Reem Nadeem, WTOP
9.15.2017
10:52am
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Police released bodycam footage Thursday showing the tense buildup to the fatal shooting of a man holding a knife and what turned out to be a fake gun, though the cameras didn't capture a clear picture of the moment when officers opened fire. It was the...
by Colleen Long, Associated Press
9.15.2017
9:55am
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Safety measures such as the use of USB “condoms” that block data lines but leave power lines open can protect users from some conventional attacks, such as spying from untrusted public charging stations. But what if USB devices could steal information...
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9.15.2017
9:17am
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A man imprisoned for 16 years for a double murder is today free, after a fifth murder trial found him not guilty. Selwyn Days had been arrested and convicted twice for the 1996 killings of Archie Harris, 79, and his home health aide Betty Ramcharan. But...
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9.14.2017
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