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Mass graves from Franco era become Spanish election issue

Apr. 18, 2019 4:34 AM EDT

PATERNA, Spain (AP) — When archaeologists in Spain unearthed layers of human bones from a mass grave last year, the remains of one body emerged draped in a shirt that had the letters "MG" embroidered on it in red. The initials spoke volumes to Daniel Galán. They sparked hope he would be able to...

Philippines: US DNA tests confirm death of IS-linked leader

Apr. 14, 2019 9:13 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — U.S. DNA tests have confirmed the death of a Muslim militant commander who helped lead the 2017 siege of a city in the southern Philippines and was considered a key leader of the Islamic State group in the region, officials said Sunday. Interior Secretary Eduardo Ano said the...

Kentucky to use rapid DNA tests for sex assault cases

Apr. 10, 2019 5:05 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky is helping to pioneer new crime-fighting technology that allows rapid DNA testing to more quickly identify sexual assault offenders and clear those falsely accused, officials said Wednesday. The equipment, known as the ANDE Rapid DNA system, can generate DNA identification...

Cop's attorney: 'Perfect storm' led to unarmed woman's death

Apr. 9, 2019 8:01 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an unarmed woman as she approached his squad car after calling 911 was reacting to a loud noise and feared an ambush, his attorney said Tuesday, calling the shooting "a perfect storm with tragic consequences." Mohamed Noor and his partner...

One man's quest to find the dead after devastating cyclone

Apr. 9, 2019 1:47 PM EDT

MAGARU, Mozambique (AP) — He was haunted by the thought of a small child's skull, unburied and lost in the debris of a cyclone that had claimed hundreds of lives. Stephen Fonseca stood in a field of ruined maize where a tiny spine had been found, and he wanted to find the rest of the body. But in every...

Argentina: Bodies of 600 disappeared wait to be identified

Apr. 5, 2019 12:23 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Bonnie and Daniel Loedel walked into a mausoleum with an urn holding the bone remains of their sister Isabel, who had been unidentified for four decades after being forcibly disappeared during Argentina's military dictatorship. Delivering the simple wooden box was the last...

Peru: British environmentalist was dead when he was burned

Apr. 4, 2019 2:09 PM EDT

LIMA, Peru (AP) — A Peruvian forensic expert said Thursday that a British Catholic missionary and environmental activist died before his body was burned at a youth hostel he ran in the Amazon region. Loreto region chief forensic doctor Francisco Moreno told The Associated Press that that no carbon dioxide...

Details emerge on family whose SUV plunged off Calif. cliff

Apr. 3, 2019 6:20 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jen and Sarah Hart and three of their adopted children died of broken necks after their SUV plunged off a Northern California cliff, a forensic pathologist testified during a coroner's inquest Wednesday to help authorities classify the deaths. A jury in Willits will decide whether the...

Doctor: Florida man believed he was 'half-man, half-dog'

Mar. 29, 2019 8:01 AM EDT

STUART, Fla. (AP) — A forensic psychologist says a former college student believed he was "half-dog, half-man" when he fatally attacked a man and woman at their home and was found biting one of their faces. The Palm Beach Post reports Dr. Phillip Resnick made the conclusion in a 38-page mental-health...

Report: 'Serial' slaying DNA evidence didn't match suspect

Mar. 29, 2019 7:15 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Prosecutors in the murder case chronicled on the podcast "Serial" tested evidence from the 1999 crime last summer and found that none matched DNA from the convicted killer. Defense attorney C. Justin Brown tweeted Thursday that no forensic evidence links his client Adnan Syed to the...