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UPDATE: FBI: Early test shows toxin in suspicious Obama letter
FBI: Early test shows ricin in Obama letter
By HENRY C. JACKSON / Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The FBI says preliminary tests on a letter sent to President Barack Obama indicate the presence of poisonous ricin.
The letter is undergoing further testing because preliminary field tests can be unreliable, creating false positives.
The letter was intercepted at a facility away from the White House. It comes the day after officials said a letter sent to Sen. Roger Wicker tested positive for poisonous ricin. That letter to Wicker, a Republican, was intercepted at a Senate mail facility just outside Washington.
The FBI says there is no indication of a connection to the bombing at Monday's Boston Marathon.
By ERIC TUCKER / Associated Press
WASHINGTON -- Law enforcement officials say a second suspicious letter that has been received in Washington was actually directed to the White House, not the Senate.
Two officials told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the letter was being treated in the same manner as a separate one sent to Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker and was undergoing field tests.
The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.
The U.S. Secret Service said it intercepted a letter addressed to President Barack Obama that contained a "suspicious substance."
The letter to Wicker, a Republican, was intercepted at a Senate mail facility just outside Washington and has tested positive for ricin. Sen. Claire McCaskill has said authorities have a suspect in mind in that case, though no one has been charged.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. Capitol police are investigating the discovery of at least two suspicious envelopes in Senate office buildings across the street from the Capitol.
The development comes on the day after a letter mailed to Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi was found in two preliminary tests to contain ricin, a potentially fatal poison. The letter was intercepted at an off-site facility where all mail to the Senate is screened.
It was not clear whether there was a connection between the letter and the two envelopes.