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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…

Researcher offers scientific evidence people can see into the future

A prominent psychological journal is expected to make history later this year when it publishes what is believed to be the first scientific paper arguing that humans can predict the future. But that doesn’t mean you should rush out to the betting parlors just yet: While the research (PDF) shows…

FBI agents ‘cheated’ on test related to rules on spying on Americans

Justice IG finds cheating by FBI agents on test of their knowledge of surveillance rules A Justice Department investigation has found that FBI agents, including several supervisors, cheated on an important test covering the bureau’s policies for conducting surveillance on Americans. Justice Department Inspector General Glenn Fine said Monday that…

Michigan’s proposed road-side drug tests may target medical pot users

A bill working its way through Michigan’s legislature could make the state the first in the nation to allow road-side drug testing of drivers without a warrant, but some critics say it may be a way to jail legal pot users under the state’s new medical marijuana law. Under a…

Feds probe Arizona for violating rights of non-native English speakers

Federal investigators have concluded that the state of Arizona is violating the civil rights of many children who are not native speakers of English by denying them the extra services in school to which they are entitled. The violations could lead to a loss of millions of dollars in federal…

Hyundai shows off SKorea’s first electric car

Hyundai shows off South Korea’s first electric car as president takes test drive Hyundai Motor unveiled its first electric car Thursday — the BlueOn — as it moves to catch up with Japanese rivals that have jumped ahead in the field. Hyundai showed off the car on the grounds of…

BP’s internal probe faults its own engineers: report

BANGALORE (Reuters) – BP Plc’s internal probe of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill has placed some of the blame on mistakes by its engineers while finishing the deep sea oil well, Bloomberg reported, citing a person familiar with the report. The probe also blamed BP engineers for misreading pressure…

Scientists on the brink of developing cancer-detecting breath test

Scientists working on a breath test to detect cancer said they were now able to identify different types of the disease, in research published Wednesday. Their preliminary results, printed in the British Journal of Cancer monthly, showed the researchers’ sensors could distinguish whether a patient had lung, breast, bowel or…

Hundreds of FBI agents probed over cheating on surveillance test

FBI Director Robert Mueller told Congress on Wednesday that he does not know how many of his agents cheated on an important exam on the bureau’s policies, an embarrassing revelation that raises questions about whether the FBI knows its own rules for conducting surveillance on Americans. The Justice Department inspector…

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