• New K-9 officer can sniff out devices carrying porn

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    OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Police in northern Utah have a new K-9 officer trained to sniff out devices that could contain child pornography.

    The Weber County Sheriff's Office says the 17-month-old black lab is named URL, pronounced "Earl." He joined the department at the end of May and officers jokingly call him their "porn dog."

    URL is trained to smell the chemical components unique to photo and video storage and can sniff out devices like flash drives, DVDs and memory cards. He is the state's first electronic detection K-9 and one of only nine such dogs in the country.

    URL's handler, Detective Cameron Hartman, says Utah won a bid for URL because of the state's high rate of porn consumption, although he did not present data to confirm that anecdote.

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