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Today, prosecutors from multiple counties appeared to draw a circle around Joseph James DeAngelo's reign of terror on California with a new amended criminal complaint: 13 murders, and 26 total felony charges, that occurred from 1975 to 1986.
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8.21.2018
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Investigators have recovered a body believed to be that of 20-year-old college student Mollie Tibbetts, who disappeared from her small hometown in central Iowa a month ago, a spokesman for a reward fund said Tuesday.
by Ryan Foley, Associated Press
8.21.2018
10:35am
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In a unanimous vote, Montreal city council adopted a motion Monday calling on the federal government to impose a nationwide ban on the possession of handguns and assault weapons.
by Sabrina Marandola, CBC News
8.20.2018
11:44pm
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Texas A&M University officials said Monday that they are imposing clearer and tougher sanctions for students found responsible for sexual assault and misconduct after multiple women came forward this summer to criticize how their cases were handled.
by Associated Press
8.20.2018
11:38pm
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Jess Dunn Correctional Center in Taft, Oklahoma stands out this year for what the Department of Corrections calls “walkways” — a term for people who decide to run away from low-security areas.
by Quinton Chandler, Associated Press
8.20.2018
11:34pm
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The FBI is looking for three suspects who kidnapped a Chinese man after a business meeting in the Los Angeles area last month, but authorities haven't heard from the kidnappers since they demanded a $2 million ransom and the man remains missing,...
by Michael Balsamo, Associated Press
8.20.2018
11:21pm
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The discovery of a human skull on a crumbling riverbank in Western Australia has led to one of the largest recoveries of human remains from unmarked grave sites in Australia.
by Matt Bamford, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
8.20.2018
11:20pm
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There are certain contextual factors that can be giant flashing warning signals in investigating homicides from a height, according to a new study in the American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology.
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8.20.2018
12:19pm
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A California death row inmate with some high-profile supporters on Friday asked Gov. Jerry Brown to appoint an independent special master to reinvestigate the case and oversee new DNA testing.
by Don Thompson, Associated Press
8.20.2018
12:06pm
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New court documents suggest that within weeks of a south Georgia teacher's 2005 disappearance, two of her ex-students told friends at a party they had killed her and burned her body.
by Associated Press
8.20.2018
11:58am
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America's drug problem may be even worse than officials realize. And illicit drugs are consumed at a higher rate during celebratory events. Those are just two of the conclusions scientists have drawn from recent studies of drug residues in sewage.
by American Chemical Society
8.20.2018
11:56am
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State District Judge David Thomson has ordered the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator to change its determination on the cause of death for high-profile Albuquerque lawyer Mary Han from “suicide” to “undetermined.”
by Phaedra Haywood, Santa Fe New Mexican
8.20.2018
11:51am
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Omar Ameen, 45, is accused of gunning down a police officer in Rawah in 2014, just as ISIS was reaching the peak of their power, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Now facing extradition, Ameen could be executed himself if convicted, according...
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8.17.2018
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A former Texas police officer accused of killing a black teenager was angry, out of control and "trigger happy" when he fired at a car full of teenagers while responding to a house party, a prosecutor told jurors Thursday during the ex-officer's murder...
by Ryan Tarinelli, Associated Press
8.17.2018
12:35pm
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One of the U.K.’s leading forensics experts hopes techniques she developed in Dundee could identify child abusers around the globe.
by Stefan Morkis, The Courier
8.17.2018
11:39am
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After his pregnant wife and two daughters disappeared, Christopher Watts stood on his porch in Colorado and lamented to reporters how much he missed them. On Thursday, Watts was in jail after being arrested on suspicion of killing his family, probably...
by Kathleen Foody and Jonathan Drew, Associated Press
8.17.2018
11:15am
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A Kansas carnival worker posed as a member of a fictitious mafia group and ordered fellow workers to kill a couple as part of an initiation ritual, police in Arkansas alleged in filing charges related to dumping the bodies.
by Associated Press
8.17.2018
11:09am
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A cross-section of hundreds of people who were shot by police shows that a majority of the suspects who were subject to the use of force had recent arrests or hospitalizations, along with higher rates of substance abuse use, psychosis and impulsivity...
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8.16.2018
11:42am
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Brandon Hein was 18 when he and three other teenagers were charged in the 1995 stabbing death of the 16-year-old son of a Los Angeles police detective. Hein was sentenced to life in prison under California's "felony murder" rule that holds accomplices to...
by Don Thompson, Associated Press
8.16.2018
11:12am
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A divided Minnesota Supreme Court overturned a Court of Appeals ruling that using a drug-sniffing dog outside a person’s apartment without a warrant is a violation of Fourth Amendment rights.
by Bob Collins, Minnesota Public Radio
8.16.2018
11:06am
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Forty-six people overdosed Wednesday at or near a Connecticut park from a suspected bad batch of "K2" synthetic marijuana, requiring paramedics to be stationed there to provide treatment, authorities said.
by Associated Press
8.16.2018
10:58am
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According to research from the U.S., over 25 percent of people later exonerated by DNA evidence made a false confession. So, what makes an innocent person admit to a serious crime?
by Faye Skelton, Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology, Edinburgh Napier University
8.16.2018
10:44am
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Police can identify suspects within 60 seconds, without needing to bring them into a station, with a new mobile fingerprint system being rolled out in the next six months by the Metropolitan Police Service of Greater London, England, authorities...
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8.15.2018
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Ordinary Wi-Fi can easily detect weapons, bombs and explosive chemicals in bags at museums, stadiums, theme parks, schools and other public venues, according to a Rutgers University-New Brunswick-led study.
by Rutgers University
8.15.2018
11:34am
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Nebraska carried out its first execution in more than two decades on Tuesday with a drug combination never tried before, including the first use of the powerful opioid fentanyl in a lethal injection.
by Grant Schulte, Associated Press
8.15.2018
11:21am
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Roughly 300 Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania molested more than 1,000 children — and possibly many more — since the 1940s, according to a sweeping state grand jury report released Tuesday that accused senior church officials, including a clergyman...
by Marc Levy and Mark Scolforo, Associated Press
8.15.2018
11:19am
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Tests confirmed the remains of an unknown person buried in Georgia are those of a 15-year-old boy who ran away from his southeastern Michigan home in 1979, authorities said.
by Jeff Karoub, Associated Press
8.15.2018
11:15am
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LIDAR, or the use of light in a radar-liked platform, can show minute changes in elevations for burial mounds, according to the recent study by personnel from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee’s “Body Farm,” published in...
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8.14.2018
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The Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science are inviting the forensic science community to input to a study on reproducible science.
by University of Dundee
8.14.2018
11:30am
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Prosecutors charged a white man with manslaughter Monday in the death of an unarmed black man whose video-recorded shooting in a store parking lot has revived debate over Florida's "stand your ground" law.
by Terry Spencer and Tamara Lush, Associated Press
8.14.2018
11:21am
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Violence has fallen in nearly all major U.S. cities since 1991, according to a new analysis by researchers at New York University. However, recent fluctuations in violence in selected cities point to temporary disruptions in this 17-year decline.
by New York University
8.14.2018
11:14am
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Prosecutors added another murder charge Monday against a California serial killing suspect, boosting the number of victims to 13 in the Golden State Killer case.
by Olga R. Rodriguez, Associated Press
8.14.2018
10:46am
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A divided New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Monday that police videos of an arrest that led to criminal charges against an officer can be shielded from disclosure under public records laws.
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8.14.2018
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A man who fled to Thailand after allegedly tossing his dead 7-month-old son into a river sent a chilling text to the mother while he was on the run about the fate of her child, prosecutors said Friday.
by Stephen R. Groves, Associated Press
8.13.2018
12:32pm
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A man convicted of a 1988 double killing in western Nebraska is seeking to reopen the case by using new technology to identify fingerprints left at the crime scene, even as a new documentary series nearing completion calls into question his guilt.
by Margery A. Beck, Associated Press
8.13.2018
12:22pm
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A federal judge on Friday refused to block Nebraska from carrying out the state's first-ever lethal injection despite a German pharmaceutical company's lawsuit that claims the state illicitly obtained its drugs.
by Grant Schulte, Associated Press
8.13.2018
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Missing in Michigan is holding their first “DoeFundMe” online fundraiser. The goal is to raise $3500 to put towards DNA processing in the murder of a young woman who was never identified.
by Jessica Royce, WNEM
8.13.2018
12:05pm
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Authorities say the killer of three family members in Colorado in 1984 was hidden in prison two states over. His DNA was never collected because of a loophole in Nevada law — a loophole authorities are only now starting to close, according to an...
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8.10.2018
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In 2013, the Czech Bishops’ Conference approved the process of beatification of a priest who had become a martyr figure in the decades since the fall of the Iron Curtain. But there was a problem: the process requires the remains. Enter advanced DNA — and...
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8.10.2018
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Civil rights activists and local aldermen are criticizing a joint investigation by Chicago police and the Norfolk Southern Railroad that involved using a truck loaded with shoes to lure potential thieves.
by Associated Press
8.10.2018
12:08pm
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