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Police in Galveston, Texas are seeking help identifying a young boy whose body was found Friday evening not far from the ocean surf line in a case that they are treating as a possible homicide. Local police, surrounding authorities and federal agencies...
by Collin Eaton, Houston Chronicle
10.23.2017
12:30pm
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A team of international scientists said Friday that Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda did not die of cancer or malnutrition, rejecting the official cause of death but not laying to rest one of the great mysteries of post-coup Chile.
by Eva Vergara, Associated Press
10.23.2017
11:51am
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Easier access to concealed firearms is associated with significantly higher rates of handgun-related homicide, according to a new study led by a Boston University School of Public Health researcher.
by Boston University School of Medicine
10.23.2017
11:39am
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The FBI hasn’t been able to retrieve data from more than half of the mobile devices it tried to access in less than a year, FBI Director Christopher Wray said Sunday, turning up the heat on a debate between technology companies and law enforcement...
by Michael Balsamo, Associated Press
10.23.2017
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Friends and relatives of a couple whose bodies were found in Joshua Tree National Park say they believe the two got lost while hiking in the sprawling desert park and struggled in the searing heat with little food or water before they died in a "...
by Daisy Nguyen, Associated Press
10.23.2017
10:54am
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Alabama on Thursday executed a man convicted of killing a police officer in 1997 by shooting him multiple times in his patrol car, prison officials said.
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10.20.2017
12:47pm
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The Travis County District Attorney’s Office has reviewed thousands of cases that may have been impacted by compromised evidence at APD’s now-closed DNA lab.
by KXAN
10.20.2017
12:43pm
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Three years of the most serious criminal investigations in Connecticut show that forensic analysis of biological evidence, including DNA, has skyrocketed.
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10.20.2017
12:36pm
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Boys involved in school shootings often struggle to live up to what they perceive as their school's ideals surrounding masculinity.
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10.20.2017
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In addition to representing the residents of the Second Assembly District, which reaches from northern Santa Rosa to the Oregon border, Jim Wood is a forensic odontologist, a special type of dentist who examines the teeth and dental records of those...
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10.20.2017
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A federal judge this week unsealed the source code for a software program developed by New York City’s crime lab, exposing to public scrutiny a disputed technique for analyzing complex DNA evidence.
by Lauren Kirchner, ProPublica
10.20.2017
12:18pm
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Researcher and associate professor of electrical engineering Changzhi Li of Texas Tech University envisions a form of passive and “continuous authentication” with his “cardiac password” project, an ongoing research effort to develop sensors that could...
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10.19.2017
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A judge on Wednesday halted the execution of a man known as the Houston area's "Tourniquet Killer" so authorities can investigate an alleged scheme in which the inmate says a fellow death row prisoner asked him to confess to another killing.
by Michael Graczyk, Associated Press
10.19.2017
1:11pm
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The National Rifle Association is offering insurance for people who shoot someone, stirring criticism from gun-control advocates who say it could foster more violence and give gun owners a false sense of security to shoot first and ask questions later.
by Lisa Marie Pane, Associated Press
10.19.2017
1:07pm
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Statistics over the last decade point to a routine, if grim, reality: the rate of mass killings has remained completely steady. At the same time, it remains completely unpredictable, report two scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign...
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10.19.2017
12:59pm
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Texas' highest criminal court on Wednesday ordered a closer examination of death row inmate Areli Escobar’s claims that shoddy work by the Austin police crime lab compromised evidence in his case.
by Chuck Lindell, American-Statesman
10.19.2017
12:49pm
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A total of 118 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty in 2016, according to the FBI’s annual Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) report released Monday. Of those deaths, 52 were accidental and 66 were felonious.
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10.19.2017
12:09pm
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A reward of $30,000 is being offered to identify the killer of a dog who was found stabbed over 50 times, beaten and stuffed in a suitcase in Hollywood, Florida last week.
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10.18.2017
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A 15-year-old walked out of her family’s Chicago home in the middle of the night two weeks ago. Kayleigh Green left behind her cellphone charger and case, and four important medications. Two weeks into the search, Green is now considered to be in “...
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10.18.2017
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A federal judge in Chicago is the latest to weigh in on still-disputed legal questions about whether law enforcement can order suspects to put their fingers on fingerprint sensors to unlock a smartphone, concluding it’s not necessarily a violation of...
by Michael Tarm, Associated Press
10.18.2017
12:34pm
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Over a year ago, a group of students in Harvard Law School’s Criminal Justice Policy Program (CJPP) began working to propel forensic science reform in Massachusetts. On Oct. 2, the students’ work on forensic science reform culminated in a Wrongful...
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10.18.2017
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Two Chinese nationals have been indicted on charges they manufactured tons of fentanyl and other powerful narcotics that were then peddled in the United States, killing at least four people and seriously injuring five others, Justice Department officials...
by Sadie Gurman, Associated Press
10.18.2017
12:03pm
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Orlando police noticed some crystals on the floorboard of the car 64-year-old Daniel Rushing during a search, and when they used a field testing kit, the white substance tested positive for methamphetamine. Rushing told the officers the substance was...
by Laurel Wamsley, NPR
10.17.2017
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A Dutch forensic team arrived in Malta on Tuesday to help investigate the car bomb slaying of a journalist who scrutinized the country's top politicians and other powerful figures, an official said, as angry Maltese demanded the truth about who killed...
by Stephen Calleja and Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press
10.17.2017
1:25pm
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In Ohio, the rate of “hits” in CODIS from tested rape kits is higher than just about any other state. But a CODIS hit doesn’t mean detectives are immediately hot on the trail of a serial rapist. That’s just the beginning of a new investigation. And...
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10.17.2017
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The head of a state crime lab office was fired Monday after investigators found that staff withheld exculpatory evidence from defense lawyers in thousands of drunken-driving cases since 2011, a disclosure that could threaten many convictions.
by Aimee Ortiz and Maria Cramer, The Boston Globe
10.17.2017
12:04pm
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The Supreme Court agreed Monday to take on a major dispute over the government's authority to force American technology companies to hand over emails and other digital information sought in criminal probes but stored outside the U.S.
by Mark Sherman, Associated Press
10.17.2017
10:53am
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Familial searching, partial matching and lineage searches are in use in many states, and continue to gain ground, according to a series of papers produced for the Office of Justice Programs by the ICF consulting firm.
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10.16.2017
1:29pm
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Search and rescue crews, accompanied by search dogs and forensic anthropologists, continue searching the ruins of California's wildfires for human remains. At least 40 people have been killed and 74 remain missing after the fires blazed through Northern...
by Sam Gross, USA Today
10.16.2017
1:16pm
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The gunman who sprayed more than 1,000 bullets into a Las Vegas country music concert also took shots at jet fuel tanks and targeted police officers responding to the scene, investigators said Friday in portraying a killer who seemed determined to...
by Ken Ritter, Associated Press
10.16.2017
1:04pm
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A couple held hostage for five years by a Taliban-linked extremist network in Afghanistan was safely back in Canada on Saturday after what the husband described as a harrowing firefight during a raid to free the family.
by Rob Gillies and Patrick Lejtenyi, Associated Press
10.16.2017
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A New Jersey man was convicted Monday of planting two pressure-cooker bombs on New York City streets, including one that injured 30 people with a rain of shrapnel when it detonated in a bustling neighborhood on a weekend night last summer.
by Larry Neumeister, Associated Press
10.16.2017
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A small number of police departments are showing interest in a new type of video camera that can be mounted directly on officers' guns, saying it may offer a better view of officer-involved shootings than body cameras. Some law enforcement officials and...
by Dave Collins, Associated Press
10.16.2017
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A new study by two statisticians at the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) contends likelihood ratios should not be used in American courtrooms—since the attempt at objectivity is actually only a mathematical model of an expert’s...
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10.13.2017
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A Greensburg, Pennsylvania man allegedly had an 8-year-old boy twice provide him with urine so he could pass a drug test, according to child endangerment allegations filed Wednesday.
by Renatta Signorini, TribLIVE
10.13.2017
11:33am
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New research published in the open access peer-reviewed journal PeerJ uses law enforcement data collected from 2010 to 2015 to understand the geographical distribution of the illegal use of natural resources across the region's protected area network.
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10.13.2017
11:27am
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Police detectives in New York City and London are taking a fresh look into sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein now that some 30 women have accused the Hollywood film producer of inappropriate conduct.
by Colleen Long, Associated Press
10.13.2017
10:48am
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Authorities early Friday identified two employees killed during an attempted inmate escape from a North Carolina prison. Justin Smith, 35, and Veronica Darden, 50, were killed after inmates started a fire at the prison sewing plant in an attempt to...
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10.13.2017
10:35am
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The image of a woman’s face, and a clip of her saying “you can’t play with this” in Vietnamese, were pulled from a child porn video. Now the hunt is on for “Jane Doe 39”—the latest suspected abuser of children sought in the FBI’s Operation Rescue Me and...
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10.12.2017
12:53pm
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A forensic interview with a 2-year-old girl, believed to be the youngest person to ever give evidence for a U.K. criminal court, helped prosecutors send a child sexual abuser to prison for 10 years.
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10.12.2017
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