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Wall Street insider trading trial picks jury

NEW YORK – The trial of former hedge fund tycoon Raj Rajaratnam began Tuesday in New York with the painstaking selection of a jury in a case prosecutors see as an example of Wall Street corruption and greed. Sri Lankan-born Rajaratnam, 53, used insider information at his Galleon Group fund…

GOP inquiry finds no evidence that ‘climategate’ scientists misused data

WASHINGTON – A Republican-led federal probe of climate scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found no evidence that they manipulated data, after leaked e-mails in 2009 sparked the “climategate” controversy. The investigation was conducted by the inspector general of the Commerce Department. It reviewed the 1,073 leaked messages,…

Texas man cleared of rape after 24 years in jail

CHICAGO — A Texas man was cleared of rape charges Thursday after serving more than 24 years in jail, court officials said. Larry Sims, 60, was convicted of rape in October 1986. But DNA evidence — which remained untested until recently — undermined the testimony of his accuser. “We’ve officially…

Bubbles key to New Year’s champagne: study

Days before New Year’s Eve, French researchers have found scientific evidence for what many champagne tipplers have long known — that the bubbles are the key to a good bubbly. The scientists found that the tiny bubbles “are the essence of fine champagnes and sparkling wines” and play a central…

‘New human relative’ roamed Asia 30,000 years ago

Scientists have recovered the DNA code of a human relative recently discovered in Siberia, and it delivered a surprise: This relative roamed far from the cave that holds its only known remains. By comparing the DNA to that of modern populations, scientists found evidence that these “Denisovans” from more than…

Texas executed man in 2000 based on someone else’s DNA, test reveals

A Texas man was condemned to death and executed in 2000 on the basis of hair that did not belong to him, according to the results of a recent DNA test. A test by Mitotyping Technologies published by the Texas Observer magazine — which fought a three-year legal battle to…

Texas man executed for hair that didn’t belong to him

WASHINGTON — A Texas man was condemned to death and executed in 2000 on the basis of hair that did not belong to him, according to the results of a DNA test released Thursday. A test by Mitotyping Technologies published by the Texas Observer magazine — which fought a three-year…

Review finds flawed North Carolina cases, including executions

Gov’t-ordered review finds crime lab evidence errors in 190 NC cases, including 3 executions Analysts at North Carolina’s crime lab omitted, overstated or falsely reported blood evidence in dozens of cases, including three that ended in executions and another where two men were convicted of killing Michael Jordan’s father, according…

BP oil spill evidence to be collected by suspects

Key evidence on one of the world’s worst oil spills could soon be in the hands of the leading suspects as BP and partner contractors are set to start salvaging the wreckage of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. The US government is leading what could become a criminal investigation into…

New evidence of police brutality during Katrina

The New Orleans Times-Picayune has uncovered evidence that police officers physically attacked two city residents and a working photojournalist on Sept. 1, 2005, three days after Hurricane Katrina made landfall. The story helps explain a mysterious scene we reported about last December in a joint project with the Times-Picayune and…

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