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Discovery of Deadly Ricin Closes Senate Buildings

A suspicious white powder found in a Senate office building on Monday tested positive for the deadly poison ricin, U.S. Capitol Police Chief Terrence Gainer said. Several preliminary tests confirmed that the substance discovered in a mail handling room was ricin and results of more extensive tests conducted in a laboratory confirmed the earlier findings, Gainer said late on Monday. “Two of those three tests do indicate that it is ricin. So we have had several confirmations that it is ricin,” Gainer said. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, a physician, joined Gainer at the news conference and stressed that no one had been injured. “There is no cause for alarm,” Frist said. He said that the powder that was found could theoretically have been inhaled but there was no evidence of that by any of the people who had been in the office or on the floor where the substance was found. Full Story

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