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Ricin-Laced Letters Sent... Again.
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Pokemon made a bit of a comeback, Mood-Rings had a little squall and even denim skirts hung in there.
Now, another old favourite has returned.

Quote:Suspected Ricin sent to Pentagon, suspicious letters to Trump, Ted Cruz office.

The Pentagon letters may contain ricin, while the Cruz letter contained an unknown white powder.

'A flurry of suspicious envelopes targeting high-profile figures -including President Trump, Secretary
of Defense James Mattis and Sen. Ted Cruz -were received in the past two days.

The Secret Service said in a Tuesday evening statement that it intercepted a "suspicious envelope"
addressed to the president. The mail was intercepted at a location outside of the White House.
The Secret Service provided no other details about the envelope.

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"We can confirm that we are working jointly with our law enforcement partners to fully investigate this
matter," it said in a statement. "Further, all threats directed towards the President, or any Secret Service
protectee, are treated seriously and fully investigated."

Earlier Tuesday, two people were hospitalized in Houston after a "white powdery substance" was found
in a letter addressed to the campaign headquarters of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in Houston, law-enforcement
sources said.
The condition of the victims was not clear.

The Republican senator's spokeswoman, Catherine Frazier, said no Cruz staffers were taken to the hospital.
Frazier added that the package was opened in the lobby, resulting in a temporary lockdown.
The Houston Fire Department said in a tweet that the ninth floor of the Phoenix Tower was evacuated as a
hazmat team worked to determine the nature of the substance.

The Houston scare came to light hours after NBC News reported that two suspicious envelopes containing
the deadly toxin ricin were mailed to a Department of Defense mail processing center.

The envelopes were addressed to Mattis and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson, a source
familiar with the incident told NBC News.
There were no indications anyone had been exposed to the suspicious substance, the source said.

The mail facility is on the Pentagon campus but not within the main building itself, said Pentagon spokesman
Christopher Sherwood. Law enforcement officials said all four letters, including the two sent to the Pentagon,
appear to have come from the same person.

Col. Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesperson, said in a statement that on Monday the Pentagon Force Protection
Agency "detected a suspicious substance during mail screening at the Pentagon's remote screening facility."
"The envelopes were taken by the FBI this morning for further analysis," he said.
All United States Postal Service mail received at the facility Monday is currently under quarantine, he added.

A federal official said the ricin indication was based on a field test, and those are often unreliable.
At this point, the official said, concern about these envelopes is low.

The Department of Defense facility processes roughly 500,000 pieces of mail each year, a defense official said.
The mail is screened by employees who wear white protective suits.
Once the mail is screened, a sample from each parcel is then taken to a lab for further testing.
Each piece of mail that is deemed "normal" is typically released within 24 hours.
Any mail deemed suspicious is quarantined in another room, the official said.

Ricin, a lethal poison produced naturally in castor beans, has no known antidote and cannot be quickly detected.
A dose the size of a grain of salt can be fatal if inhaled, injected or ingested.

In May 2013, ricin-laced letters were sent to then-President Barack Obama and then-New York Mayor Michael
Bloomberg. No one was seriously hurt in the incidents.
Shannon Guess Richardson, a former actress from Texas, pleaded guilty to the crime.

Prosecutors said Richardson, 35, who had minor roles in the TV series "The Walking Dead" and the movie
"The Blind Side," sent the letters in a bid to set up her estranged husband...'
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Quote:Man arrested over 'ricin' sent to Trump and Pentagon.

Ricin is 6,000 times more potent than cyanide, with no known antidote, and a tiny amount can kill.

'A man has been arrested after packages suspected to contain the poison ricin were sent to the
Pentagon and President Donald Trump.
William Clyde Allen III, 39 and from Logan in Utah, has been detained.

The FBI said it was investigating "potentially hazardous chemicals" in Logan, which is 66 miles
(106km) north of Salt Lake City. Officials asked people to avoid the area, but said "no wider threat
to public safety exists at this time".

Allen is a navy veteran who served for four years, between 1998 and 2002. He also has a criminal
record having pleaded guilty to child neglect and abuse in 2004.
In 2008 he was jailed for two-and-a-half years for attempted aggravated assault.
He was released in 2011.

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There were conflicting reports over whether the packages sent earlier this week had contained ricin
or castor seeds, which can be used to make the poison. At least two packages suspected of containing
the poison were sent to the Pentagon but were intercepted at its mail screening facility.

One was addressed to defence secretary James Mattis and the other to navy chief admiral John
Richardson. Separately, the US Secret Service said it had obtained a "suspicious envelope"
addressed to Mr Trump the same day.

"The envelope was not received at the White House, nor did it ever enter the White House," it said.
No one was hurt.

Ricin is lethal if swallowed, inhaled or injected. It is 6,000 times more potent than cyanide, with no known
antidote. Death can occur within 36 to 72 hours after exposure to an amount as small as a pinhead...'
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