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Eye on crime: FBI is building database of iris scans
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The FBI plans to test by 2014 a database for searching iris scans nationwide to more quickly track criminals, according to budget documents and a contractor working on the project. The Next-Generation Identification system, a multiyear $1 billion program already under way, is expanding the server capacity of the FBI's old fingerprint database to allow for rapid matching of additional physical identifiers, including facial images and palm prints. More

Illinois governor signs legislation to shut loophole for fugitives
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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation to tighten a loophole that allowed close relatives to help fugitives flee without fear of getting punished. Inspired by a Chicago Tribune investigation, the new law allows criminal charges to be filed against a fugitive's spouse, parent and other close relatives who help him avoid prosecution. The new law makes it a felony for close relatives 18 and older to aid the fugitives. More

Judge: Zimmerman was going to jump bail with other people's money
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VideoBriefThe judge overseeing George Zimmerman's murder trial wrote a stern eight-page order that set bail at $1 million and said the former neighborhood watch volunteer thumbed his nose at the judicial system as he plotted a life on the run. Seminole County, Fla., Circuit Judge Kenneth R. Lester ordered Zimmerman to remain in Seminole County, and said nothing in the defense team's presentation in a three-hour hearing explained why someone would stash a second passport and $135,000 if it wasn't to jump bail. More

Dead or alive? Feds seek missing money manager
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Is he dead – or on the lam? That's the question being asked by federal law enforcement authorities about vanished Georgia money manager Aubrey Lee Price, accused by the SEC of having orchestrated "a $40 million investment fraud." The missing financier told associates in a June letter that he planned to kill himself off the coast of Florida by jumping from a ferry boat, according to the FBI. More

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Deadbeat dad pleads guilty after movie ruse
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A man has been ordered to pay more than $32,000 in back child support after being lured back to Pennsylvania by a bounty hunter with the promise of a bogus role in a Jennifer Aniston movie. Joshua Garlathy pleaded guilty to willful failure to pay child support more than a month after he was arrested after his flight from Hawaii landed in Philadelphia. More

Fresh out of jail? Try some fresh yellowtail
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A family-owned and operated fish market and bail bonds company serves hours-old Gulf seafood. The Fort Myers, Fla., business also offers fishing charters. More

Fugitive captured after 4½ years on the lam, charged in Delaware slayings
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For the last 4½ years, a top priority for federal marshals in Delaware was to capture Otis Phillips, a fugitive charged with killing a man with a gunshot to the head at an unlicensed Wilmington, Del., nightclub. After opening fire at a soccer game in a public park, Phillips ran off but was bitten by a police dog that trapped him until officers found him in a vacant lot a few blocks away. More

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Police credit Google, intuition in fugitive arrest
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Even Chicago police rely on the world's most popular Internet search engine when tracking down criminals. Chicago police said that intuition and Google were key factors in last month's arrest of a man suspected in a 2010 gang-related shooting in New York. But it looks like serendipity played a role, too. Ronnell Jones was arrested June 10 during an unrelated traffic stop in Chicago. More

In border agent Brian Terry's death, $1 million reward offered to capture suspects
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The FBI offered a $1 million reward for information leading to the arrest of four fugitives charged in the killing of a border agent whose death is at the center of a Washington, D.C., showdown over a botched gun-tracking operation. The announcement came as the Justice Department unsealed an indictment charging the four men — along with a suspect who is in custody — in the killing of the agent, Brian Terry, who was shot while on patrol in an Arizona canyon in December 2010. More

Texas fugitive captured in Mexico
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Javier Cortez Jr., 32, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive, was in custody after his capture in Mexico and his extradition to the U.S. The $15,000 reward will be paid on three tips that helped lead to his capture. Cortez, a Tango Blast gang member, faces a 2010 Harris County murder charge that stems from a robbery in which an accomplice shot the 29-year-old victim twice, and Cortez allegedly stood over the victim and shot him nine more times. More

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