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New Test Figures Out Exact Time of Death

It can determine a person's time of death up to 10 days later

(Newser) - Current forensic tests use a person's core body temperature to determine their time of death, but it only works within roughly three days of death. Now researchers at the University of Salzburg in Austria say they've devised a new method that can figure out the exact time of... More »

'Disturbing' Video Shows Deputies Pummeling Man

Internal investigation launched in San Bernardino, Calif.

(Newser) - The pursuit of a fleeing suspect ended with what a California sheriff calls a "disturbing" video of the man lying on the ground and seemingly being beaten by multiple San Bernardino sheriff's deputies, NBC Los Angeles reports. The video, taken from an NBC News helicopter, starts with the... More »

Secret Service Supervisor Accused of Assault

Xavier Morales has lost gun, badge, security clearance for now

(Newser) - Part of Xavier Morales' job with the Secret Service is to determine which agents should lose their security clearance or jobs, but the 48-year-old senior supervisor has now lost his own clearance as the beleaguered service investigates a female agent's allegation that he assaulted her last week after a... More »

DoJ Digs Into 'Downton' Rep: Source

FBI said to be issuing subpoenas as criminal investigation heats up

(Newser) - Rep. Aaron Schock may have thought he could simply disappear into the Illinois sunset after resigning his House seat on Tuesday, but it looks like his troubles are far from over. A source familiar with the case but speaking on condition of anonymity tells the AP that the Justice Department... More »

Chris Christie Faces New Criminal Investigation

Former prosecutor says he was fired unfairly

(Newser) - Chris Christie's administration is under investigation yet again, this time for allegedly quashing indictments against three of his political supporters, ABC News reports. A couple years back in New Jersey, former Hunterdon County Assistant Prosecutor Bennett Barlyn claimed he was fired for objecting when Christie officials canned indictments against... More »

Report: Prosecutors Want David Petraeus Charged

Leak may be intended to put pressure on Eric Holder

(Newser) - Prosecutors are recommending felony charges against David Petraeus for allegedly divulging classified information to an old mistress, unnamed officials tell the New York Times . Now it's Eric Holder's call to either heed the FBI and Justice Dept advice or risk the perception of special treatment for the retired... More »

Report: Cosby Pays for 'Dirt' on Rape Accusers

Comedian specifically targets Beverly Johnson, source says

(Newser) - Bill Cosby plans to fire back at his rape accusers by digging up tidbits about their past—or, rather, paying private investigators six-figure sums to do so for him, according to unnamed sources in the New York Post . A firm in Glendale, Calif., and about six former LAPD detectives are... More »

Alabama House Speaker Charged With 23 Felonies

Mike Hubbard, 52, calls it a 'political witch hunt'

(Newser) - Alabama's house speaker dropped by the Lee County jail today, but not to glad-hand: Special agents booked him on 23 felony violations of ethics laws, AL.com reports. Mike Hubbard, 52, a powerful figure in state Republican politics, was accused of using his office to solicit items of value... More »

How the Secret Service 'Bungled' White House Shooting

Agency didn't even know White House had been hit: investigation

(Newser) - The Secret Service fumbled its response to a 2011 attack on the White House so badly that the president and Michelle Obama were furious with the agency behind closed doors, according to a Washington Post investigation. The Post's article—apparently based on documents, radio transmissions, and interviews with key... More »

Ex-FBI Chief to Investigate Handling of Ray Rice Case

Independent inquiry to be overseen by 2 NFL owners

(Newser) - Former FBI Director Robert Mueller will conduct an "independent" inquiry into the NFL's handling of the Ray Rice case , the league has announced. The move comes after a source said the NFL had the tape of Rice knocking out his then-fiancee five months before it expelled him from... More »

Infamous Speed-Trap Town Investigated Over Tickets

Half of town's budget revenue comes from ticket fines

(Newser) - A small segment of highway that runs through the Florida town of Waldo requires drivers to speed up and slow down six times: 65mph becomes 55mph; 55 becomes 45; then goes back to 55; then back down to 45; to 55 again; and, eventually, 35mph. AAA has named it one... More »

Police Ignored Huge Child Abuse Ring for Years: Report

1,400 kids exploited in UK town of Rotherham over 16 years

(Newser) - For 16 years, 1,400 children in the impoverished South Yorkshire town of Rotherham were stalked, reported missing, or seen leaving school with strange men. At first, they were "white British children" and more recently, they were Pakistani, Kashmiri, and Roma, the AP reports. A new report reveals they... More »

Girl Missing 9 Months Had 'Horrific' Experience: Lawyer

Abigail Hernandez's family releases statement

(Newser) - The survival of Abigail Hernandez through a "horrific" nine-month abduction is being called a miracle by her family. "For many months, she suffered numerous acts of unspeakable violence," one of her lawyers says in a new statement on behalf of the family. "Through her faith, fortitude,... More »

Barney's Coughs Up $525K Over Racial Profiling

Settles investigation, will hire anti-profiling consultant

(Newser) - Barney’s will shell out $525,000 to settle accusations that it racially profiled black and Hispanic shoppers at its Madison Avenue Store, the New York Times reports. Reached Friday, the agreement concludes a state investigation into complaints against Barney’s; state AG Eric Schneiderman continues a similar probe at... More »

9 Surrogate Babies Found in Bangkok Condo

Case raises new concerns about Thailand laws

(Newser) - The bizarre discovery of nine babies and toddlers in a Bangkok condo is raising more concerns about easy foreign access to Thai surrogates in the wake of the high-profile baby Gammy case . Police found six boys and three girls, ages 2 weeks to 2 years, in the rented apartment, reports... More »

Japanese Girl Charged With Decapitating Friend

Police not revealing suspect's name because she's a minor

(Newser) - A 16-year-old Japanese girl described by friends as emotionally unstable has been charged with bludgeoning and decapitating a 15-year-old friend, telling police "I did it all by myself," the Japan News reports. The body of Aiwa Matsuo was found early yesterday in the suspect’s Sasebo apartment, where... More »

Black Boxes: MH17 Downed by 'Explosive Decompression'

Missile 'did what it was designed to do'

(Newser) - Malaysia Airlines Flight 17's black boxes have revealed that the plane was brought down by a "massive explosive decompression” after its fuselage was pierced by shrapnel from a missile explosion, a Ukrainian security spokesman tells the AP . "It did what it was designed to do—bring down... More »

Regulators Take Stern Look at Facebook Study

As Cornell clarifies its involvement

(Newser) - Facebook's controversial emotional manipulation study has users outraged and, at least in Europe, regulators are responding. The study has prompted "several" European data protection agencies, including Britain's Information Commissioner's Office and Ireland's Office of the Data Protection Commissioner, to look into whether Facebook broke privacy... More »

Phil Mickelson, Carl Icahn Face Trading Probe

Sports bettor Billy Walters also caught up in investigation

(Newser) - An unusual trio of public figures is raising federal eyebrows in an insider-trading investigation. The FBI and SEC are looking into whether billionaire investor Carl Icahn might have passed information to Billy Walters, an expert bettor on sports, the Wall Street Journal reports. Officials wonder if, in turn, Walters may... More »

FBI Probes Herbalife Pyramid Scheme Allegations

Hedge fund manager made accusation in 2012

(Newser) - In December 2012, a hedge fund manager accused nutrition company Herbalife of being a pyramid scheme; now, the FBI is investigating. The criminal probe comes on top of civil investigations from multiple agencies, including the Federal Trade Commision, the Financial Times reports—though no charges have been filed. Following news... More »

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