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Feds didn't report ricin for 5 days

The Secret Service said Wednesday that it failed to notify law enforcement and public health officials for five days last year that the poison ricin had been found at the White House mail-processing center. The Secret Service, the agency that protects the president, acknowledged the lapse in November as FBI agents searched for the source of Monday’s ricin attack on the U.S. Senate. “In hindsight, we recognize the importance of timely notifications to our partners in law enforcement and public health,” Secret Service spokeswoman Ann Roman said. The admission comes as the FBI is investigating whether the ricin found in a Senate office is connected to the White House letter in November and a previous incident in Greenville, S.C., where a letter containing a vial of ricin was left in a post office Oct. 15. Full Story

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