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FBI hair analysis problems reveal limits of forensic science

Advancing technologies have put such techniques under more scrutiny, including from judges, and highlighted the limits of once-established practices - Full Story

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Report: Detroit model in effort to clear rape-kit backlog

The city's success in clearing the backlog could be a model for other cities facing similar problems - Full Story

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Police testing spent shell casings faster to solve cases

Police testing spent shell casings faster to solve cases

Police in Denver are leading a national trend to put ballistics evidence into the hands of investigators quicker — before leads dry up and suspects disappear - Full Story

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Vice President Biden touts funding for rape kit testing

Vice President Joe Biden says $41 million in federal funds approved by Congress will help clear rape kit backlogs across the country - Full Story

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Memphis police: Backlogged rape kits tested, suspects ID'd

Memphis, Houston, Cleveland and Detroit are among the U.S. cities working to reduce a backlog of thousands of untested rape kits - Full Story

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DNA clears Nev. woman imprisoned 35 years for murder

DNA clears Nev. woman imprisoned 35 years for murder

A judge tossed Woods' conviction in September after new DNA tests linked the Reno crime to an Oregon inmate - Full Story

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Hundreds of DNA matches as Houston clears rape kit backlog

Evidence from more than 6,600 rape kits that went untested for years have turned up 850 hits in the FBI's nationwide database of DNA profiles - Full Story

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3D laser scanner could revolutionize police procedures

Over the past couple days, Pittsburgh emergency management and homeland security have been training to use a 3-D laser scanner - Full Story

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Va. to consider taking more DNA samples following murder

Graham's slaying illustrates why expansion of Virginia's DNA collection effort is a good idea, proponents say - Full Story

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LE investigation tools expand beyond DNA to bacteria American Military University - In Public Safety

LE investigation tools expand beyond DNA to bacteria

New research has found that bacteria may be the next generation of forensic evidence used in police investigations - Full Story



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with Lt. Raymond E. Foster, LAPD (ret.)