June 1, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The FBI has intercepted a letter addressed to President Obama that may contain the poisonous substance ricin. A spokesman in the FBI's Washington Field Office said that a "suspicious letter" sent to Obama was intercepted at a White House mail facility on Thursday morning. The FBI is investigating the letter and does not yet know whether the letter tested positive or negative for ricin. The Secret Service confirms that the letter appears similar to a ricin-laced letter addressed to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
June 1, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - A Western Pennsylvania legislator who has tangled with natural gas drillers apologized Thursday for using false names or anonymity when he posted online comments criticizing the industry. State Rep. Jesse White (D., Washington) issued a statement after a Pittsburgh television station reported that industry backers had linked him to an online comment posted in a constituent's name. KDKA reported Wednesday that an industry-funded group had traced anti-drilling posts that appeared under the constituent's name to White's state e-mail address.
May 31, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Two threatening letters containing traces of the deadly poison ricin were sent to Mayor Michael Bloomberg in New York and his gun-control group in Washington, police said Wednesday. The anonymous letters were opened in New York on Friday at the city's mail facility in Manhattan and in Washington on Sunday at an office used by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the nonprofit started by Bloomberg, police said. Chief New York Police spokesman Paul Browne said that preliminary testing indicted the presence of ricin in both letters but that more testing would be done.
May 25, 2013 |
SPOKANE, Wash. - A 37-year-old janitor who has been charged with threatening to kill a federal judge in a case that involves letters containing the deadly poison ricin is a registered sex offender who lived in a rundown apartment building near downtown Spokane. Matthew Ryan Buquet remained jailed Thursday after appearing in federal court a day earlier and pleading not guilty to a charge of mailing a threatening communication. "He sticks to himself," said Scott Ward, who lives across the hall from Buquet's apartment.
May 17, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The White House released 100 pages of e-mails Wednesday that reveal differences between intelligence analysts and State Department officials over how to initially describe the September attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya. The internal debate did not include political interference from the White House, according to the e-mails, which were also provided to congressional intelligence committees several months ago. Since the assault that killed four Americans, Republicans have accused President Obama and his senior advisers of mischaracterizing the attack during a close reelection campaign.
May 16, 2013 |
A POSTAGE stamp for Wilt? According to a recent report, the late Wilt Chamberlain, an NBA star who starred at Overbrook High, is on the short list of those being considered for next year's U.S. Stamp Program. In the upcoming May 27 issue of Linn's Stamp News, Bill McAllister reports that Wilt, the Beatles, Elizabeth Taylor, Steve Jobs, Julia Child, Sarah Vaughn and James Brown are among those on the list. According to Donald Hunt, of the Philadelphia Tribune, the Chamberlain stamp is tentatively scheduled to be issued in February, which coincides with Black History Month.
May 11, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Political considerations influenced the talking points that U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice used five days after the deadly Sept. 11 assault in Benghazi, Libya, with State Department and other senior administration officials asking that references to terror groups and prior warnings be deleted, according to department e-mails. The latest disclosures Friday raised new questions about whether the Obama administration tried to play down any terrorist factor in the attack on a diplomatic compound just weeks before the November presidential election.
May 10, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday he's determined to answer any questions related to the deadly assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, as the House Republican leader pushed for more information from the Obama administration. One day after a lengthy House hearing on the Sept. 11 attack, Kerry told reporters as he traveled overseas that anyone culpable of wrongdoing will be dealt with appropriately. But he's withholding judgment on testimony in Congress suggesting that senior State Department officials were pressured or demoted for objecting to the administration's initial and since-debunked explanations for the attacks.
April 30, 2013 |
JACK McBRIDE'S DOOR was always open. Friends, friends of friends, his sons' friends - all were welcome to drop in anytime, check out the refrigerator, have a meal, sleep over if they wanted to. A happy, congenial Irishman, Jack was the kind of guy who always gave of himself, whether it was to his five sons, his cherished grandkids or his many friends. Jack was there with an open door and an open heart. And his grandkids could wrap him around their fingers. They were spoiled rotten by Grandad.
April 19, 2013 |
OXFORD, Miss. - A Mississippi man was arrested Wednesday, accused of sending letters to President Obama and a senator that tested positive for the poisonous ricin and set the nation's capital on edge days after the Boston Marathon bombings. FBI Special Agent in Charge Daniel McMullen said Paul Kevin Curtis, 45, was arrested at 5:15 p.m. at his apartment in Corinth, near the Tennessee state line about 100 miles east of Memphis. It was not immediately known where he was being held.