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Killer breakthrough – the day DNA evidence first nailed a murderer

It’s 30 years since DNA fingerprinting was first used in a police investigation. The technique has since put millions of criminals behind bars – and it all began when one scientist stumbled on the idea in a failed experiment<p>Thirty years ago this summer, at 4.30 one Thursday afternoon, a 15-year-old …

Crime

Is Forensic Science Tipping the Scales of Justice?

For instance, the 160-page report argues it’s no longer enough for an expert to match two pieces of ballistic evidence and tell a jury that they …

Forensics

Forensic DNA profiling might be about to take a big leap forward. Are we ready? | Cath Ennis

Advances in epigenetics mean incredibly detailed profiles of criminal suspects might soon be reality. Is the legal system ready to use this information?<p>Picture the scene. A detective is addressing her team:<p>“The DNA test results are in. We’re looking for a white male suspect, 34–37 years old, born …

These are the first women to earn the prestigious Army Ranger tab

For the first time in military history, two women will graduate from the excruciating 62-day Ranger School at Fort Benning.<p>This week, Capt. Kristen Griest, 26, and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver, 25, will be awarded the prestigious black and gold Ranger tab along with 94 of their male counterparts.<p>Ranger …

Military

A Marine’s convictions

After a flawed sexual assault investigation, a Naval Academy instructor fights to prove he has done nothing wrong. But did he?<p><b>CHAPTER ONE</b><p>The Plea<p>Innocent.<p>That’s what Marine Maj. Mark Thompson declared the first time we met.<p>He’d been fighting to prove it ever since two young women accused the former …

Military takes cues from colleges for sex assault prevention

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — As the U.S. Air Force prepared to roll out a new sexual assault prevention strategy, it sent a delegation to Connecticut College, a small liberal arts school that introduced the same program several years earlier.<p>The visit last month — including conversations with students, …

A higher paycheck for more women in the military

The New Year is a new start for the American military. All branches of the armed service were supposed to turn in their detailed plans for how women will be fully integrated into all roles, including combat positions, by January 1, 2016. Then, starting January 2 and no later than April 1, the …

Carson willing to rollback roles of women, gays in military

Presidential candidate Ben Carson would consider bringing back restrictions on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military, and on women taking expanded combat roles, based on evidence from military advisers.

Ben Carson

Women in the Military: Female SEALs?

The top admiral says “there is no reason” why women can’t join the elite unit if they can pass the notoriously difficult training program.<p><i>Updated on August 19 at 10:55 a.m. ET</i><p>The Navy’s top admiral tells <i>Defense News</i> and the <i>Navy Times</i> “there is no reason” why women cannot join the elite Navy SEALs …

Military

Should women register for the draft? That's the wrong question to ask about our military.

Should the United States require women to register for the draft? The chief of staff of the U.S. Army and the commandant of the Marine Corps think so. As a result, presidential candidates are weighing in on this suddenly pressing issue. Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, and Marco Rubio are all for it. Ted …

Military

Women Recruited for U.S. Military

The U.S. Military is finally catching on to something we've always known: Women can do anything. All parts of all branches of the service—including the Navy's SEAL program—are beginning to recruit women for combat jobs, according to The Associated Press, and female officers could be serving in …

Why the US Military Is Now Opening Up the Last Combat Positions to Women

Moving Out on Women-in-Service<p>Three months ago, I announced that the Department of Defense would be opening all remaining combat positions to women. As I said at the time, to succeed in our mission of national defense, we cannot afford to cut ourselves off from half the country's talents and …

House backs military burial honor for women pilots

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The House of Representatives voted unanimously on Tuesday to allow women pilots from World War Two to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery, the vast military cemetery just outside Washington.<p>A man pauses at a grave during Memorial Day celebrations at Arlington National …

Military

Meet the cop who brought down the murder rate in inner-city Glasgow

In 2002, the World Health Organization declared Glasgow the murder capital of Europe. It had an average of 71 killings every year. Last year, there …

Inner Cities

Women in more decision-making roles in armed forces

Brig-Gen Norhuda Ahmad says women in the armed forces are generally more committed and patient.<p>PETALING JAYA: Women have increasingly taken on …

The Life Expectancy Gap Between Rich and Poor Women Keeps Growing

Well, this is unsettling.<p>You know that the more money you make, the more opportunities you have to live a healthy life. From shelling out dough for boutique fitness classes to shopping for groceries at the trendy organic supermarket in your ‘hood to getting appointments with the best medical …

Full Gender Equality Would Add $4.3 Trillion To The U.S. Economy

And the U.S.? Women contribute 40% of gross domestic product, which is above the international average of 37%. But that’s still not great. Just …

San Francisco

Why Scarlett Johansson Is Reluctant to Talk About Wage Equality

The actress says the conversation makes her feel “icky” and “obnoxious.”<p>Ever since <b>Patricia Arquette</b> helped launch the conversation about wage equality into the Hollywood limelight at the 2015 Oscars, other actors and actresses have been asked to weigh in. <b>Jennifer Lawrence</b> pushed the conversation …

Iraqi widows, mothers and girls face heightened risks in displaced camps

MAKHMOUR, Iraq (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Fearing for the safety of her four children in battles between Iraqi security forces and Islamic State militants, Umm Rayyad left everything she once owned and last month fled her hometown of Khurbardan, in northern Iraq.<p>The start of a military campaign …

United Nations