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Forensic MagazineFri May 26 16:57:27 EDT 2017

China’s DNA Collection is ‘Orwellian,’ Reports Say
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In China, the government has forged ahead in building what is apparently the most massive genetic database in the world. Authorities have been collecting DNA from people brought in only for questioning, those seeking passports or other official documents—and even ethnic minorities undergoing routine health screenings, according to Human Rights Watch.
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Nurse in Prison for Killing Infant Indicted in Another Death
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A Texas nurse who's been serving a 99-year prison sentence for the fatal overdose of an infant in her care was indicted Thursday in the death of another infant. Genene Jones is accused of killing 11-month-old Joshua Sawyer at a San Antonio hospital in 1981 with a fatal overdose of the anti-seizure drug Dilantin.
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Associated Press
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Fighting Forgery with Paper 'Fingerprints'
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Analyzing the translucent patterns revealed when a light shines through paper, researchers have been able to identify a unique texture "fingerprint" for every single sheet of paper. The researchers showed that a unique fingerprint code can be captured and verified using only an off-the-shelf camera.
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Newcastle University

Bullet Tests Clear Detroit Man in Prison Since 1992
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A judge on Friday threw out the murder conviction of a Detroit man who has been in prison for 25 years after new tests on bullets supported his remarkable claim that police framed him with bogus evidence. Desmond Ricks, now 51, will be released from a prison in western Michigan.
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Ed White, Associated Press
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Proteins Best Preserved in Bone Midshaft, Could Be Age Biomarker
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A new study finds that bones could contribute their own protein palette to forensic investigations of the future. The research team found that the best preserved protein molecules are found deep in the shaft of the long bones such as the femur. Some of the key proteins could also provide a biomarker for age at time of death.
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GOP Candidate for US House Charged with Assaulting Reporter
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The Republican candidate in the nationally-watched election Thursday for Montana's sole congressional seat has been charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly grabbing a reporter by the neck and throwing him to the ground.
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Bobby Caina Calvan, Associated Press

Playboy Model Sentenced to Community Service for Snapchat Photos of Nude Gymgoer
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Dani Mathers earned fame posing as a nude model. She gained notoriety on the other side of the camera when she snapped a photo of an unwitting and unwilling subject—a naked 71-year-old woman in a gym locker room.
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Brian Melley, Associated Press

Man Who Had Lethal Injection Delayed 7 Times To Be Executed
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Alabama inmate Tommy Arthur—called the "Houdini" of death row by some after he got seven prior execution dates postponed—is scheduled to be put to death Thursday evening. Arthur, 75, was convicted in the 1982 murder-for-hire slaying of Troy Wicker.
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Kim Chandler, Associated Press
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UK Investigates 'Network' of Alleged Manchester Attackers
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British security forces raided an apartment building Wednesday in central Manchester as they investigated "a network" of people allegedly behind the city's concert bombing. Four additional arrests have been made in Britain, and members of the deceased bomber's family have been arrested in Libya.
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Jill Lawless, Maggie Michael and Gregory Katz, Associated Press
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Violent Pornography Viewed by Defendant Can Be Presented in Rape Case, Judge Rules
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Violent pornography prosecutors say a defendant imitated during attacks on two women will be allowed as evidence in a Kansas rape trial, a Jackson County judge ruled Monday. Videos of women being hit, choked, degraded and abused were watched by defendant Jacob C. Ewing for several hours per day, prosecutors say.
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Bath Salts Research at Sam Houston State Probes Chemicals, Nets Award
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Scientists at Sam Houston State University have completed one of the most thorough looks into the nitty-gritty workings of the illicit drugs known as "bath salts"—and the work netted a doctoral student a major award for her part on the project.
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Unsealed Records Suggest Years of Abuse for Slain Kansas Boy
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Kansas received reports that a boy who ultimately was murdered and fed to pigs was being physically abused several years before his death, according to documents released Tuesday that also show a social worker was in contact with his father and stepmother by phone more than a year after the state said it lost physical contact with the boy.
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Allison Kite and John Hanna, Associated Press

Las Vegas Attorney Accused of Giving Cellphone to Inmates
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A Las Vegas criminal defense attorney is facing multiple felony counts after authorities accused her of providing at least one cellphone to inmates at the Clark County Detention Center. According to a criminal complaint, Alexis Plunkett allowed two inmates to “possess or control a cellphone” at the jail.
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David Ferrara, Las Vegas Review-Journal

Researchers Find Computer Code That Volkswagen Used to Cheat Emissions Tests
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An international team of researchers has uncovered the mechanism that allowed Volkswagen to circumvent U.S. and European emission tests over at least six years before the Environmental Protection Agency put the company on notice in 2015 for violating the Clean Air Act.
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University of California-San Diego

Lawyers with Cases Related to Mass. Drug Lab Scandal Find Guidance in Previous Scandal
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Defense lawyers are urging the courts to dismiss all cases related to the misconduct of Sonja Farak, the forensic chemist who stole from narcotics samples to feed her addiction, in a move similar to the resolution of cases related to another drug lab scandal.
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Shawn Musgrave, The Boston Globe
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Manchester Suicide Bombing: UK Police Are Crowdsourcing, Investigating Terror Ties
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The suicide bomber who killed 22 and injured 59 with an improvised explosive device at a pop concert in Manchester last night died in the blast. But the Greater Manchester Police Department has arrested a 23-year-old man as part of their investigation—and authorities are also asking for tips and images from the public to assist detectives.
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Human Remains Found in Cellar May Be Woman Missing Since 1988
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Police believe human remains found in the back yard of a Spanish Fork home Monday may help solve a 1988 missing-persons case. A resident and a friend dug down into the dirt floor of a cement cellar on the property and located a human skull.
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Mariah Noble, The Salt Lake Tribune

Police Find Nazi Items, Explosives During Murder Probe
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Investigators found white supremacist propaganda, bomb-making materials and a framed photograph of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh at a Florida apartment where a teenager killed two roommates who had once shared his neo-Nazi beliefs before he converted to Islam, police and the FBI said.
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Jason Dearen and Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press
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NJ Couple Says They Found Note in Family Bible Signed by Serial Killer H.H. Holmes
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A New Jersey couple is speaking out after they say they found a handwritten note signed by America’s first serial killer inside a family Bible. It was a note signed with the distinctive signature of H.H. Holmes, a man who admitted to killing at least 27 people in the 19th century.
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NBC10

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