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Investigators Seek Ties In Anthrax, Ricin Cases

The discovery of ricin in a Senate office building has prompted the FBI and other federal investigators to consider whether the case could be connected to the unsolved anthrax attacks of late 2001, which killed five people and sickened 17 others. Investigators and lawmakers stressed yesterday that it was much too soon to determine whether there is any link between the cases. But FBI and postal officials noted a number of superficial similarities. In Monday’s incident, a pile of powder was found in the office of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) and may have come from one of several dozen envelopes that had passed through a mail-opening machine, Frist and other officials said. In the anthrax attacks, letters containing the deadly spores were mailed to, among others, Sens. Thomas A. Daschle (D-S.D.) — who was Senate majority leader at the time — and Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.). Full Story

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