Posted by: Chuck | April 19, 2013

Terrorists strike Washington and Boston and Chinese Bird Flu discovered in USA


Obama sent letter containing Ricin – 17 Apr 2013 Washington is on high alert after letters sent to President Barack Obama and a senator were found to have tested positive for the poisonous toxin Ricin and parts of the US Senate were closed by police. The letter to President Obama was intercepted by the Secret Service before it reached the White House and is almost identical to an envelope addressed to a Republican senator yesterday. Meanwhile, a bomb squad unit was sent to Capitol Hill after reports of suspicious packages at two Senate office buildings. Parts of the Hart and Russell buildings were closed as police investigated.

English: President Barack Obama talks with Chi...

English: President Barack Obama talks with Chinese President Hu Jintao during the morning plenary session of the G-20 Pittsburgh Summit at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Letter sent to Obama tests positive for ricin, officials say – 17 Apr 2013 A letter addressed to President Barack Obama tested positive for the poison ricin and was from the same sender who mailed a letter to a senator that also tested positive, officials told NBC News on Wednesday. The letter to Obama was intercepted at an off-site White House mail facility Tuesday and was being tested further, a Secret Service official told NBC News. A federal law enforcement official said that the letter was “very similar” to one addressed to Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss. Federal officials told NBC News that they believe they know who sent the letters, but no arrest was made because authorities were waiting for further test results.

Three Suspicious Packages in Senate Office Buildings – 17 Apr 2013 U.S. Capitol Police are investigating several suspicious packages in the Hart and Russell Senate Office buildings, sources confirmed. Loudspeaker alerts announced the discovery of packages on the first and third floors of Hart, while an email to the Senate community notified offices that police have responded to “a suspicious envelope on the third floor of the Russell Senate Office Building.” The email directed “all staff and other personnel” to “avoid this area until further notice.” Other news organizations have reported that the suspicious envelope was found in the office of Sen. Richard C. Shelby, R-Ala. CQ Roll Call has confirmed that at least one of the suspicious packages in Hart was also an envelope.

Suspicious envelope forces evacuation of Sen. Carl Levin’s Saginaw office – 17 Apr 2013 Senator Carl Levin’s (D) Saginaw office has been evacuated after a “suspicious package” was received there, according a member of Levin’s staff. It’s the third such suspicious substance report relating to a government official in two days, with previous items found addressed to President Barack Obama and Sen. Roger Wicker. A staff member flagged the letter at Levin’s office at 515 N. Washington, inside the Wickes Building, and contacted authorities immediately, according to Levin’s office.

Fox pulls ‘Family Guy’ episode that depicts deaths at Boston Marathon – 16 Apr 2013 Fox has pulled from websites a recent episode of “Family Guy” that depicts mass deaths at the Boston Marathon, and has no immediate plans to air it again. Fox spokeswoman Gaude Paez said Tuesday the episode has been removed from Fox dot com and Hulu dot com. In the episode, protagonist Peter Griffin is asked by sports announcer Bob Costas about his performance at the marathon. A flashback shows Peter mowing down runners with his car… Later, Peter befriends a terrorist who, unbeknownst to him, is plotting to blow up a bridge. When Peter dials a cellphone the friend has given him, explosions and screams are heard.

Substantial progress’ in Boston Marathon bombings – report – 17 Apr 2013 A Boston law enforcement source has told CNN that “substantial progress” has been made in the Boston bombings probe. (CNN wire)

Bird Flu discovered at Suffolk poultry farm – 17 Apr 2013 Bird flu has been discovered at a poultry farm in Suffolk, according to environment agency Defra. The outbreak was confirmed at the Bernard Matthews farm after signs of the disease were spotted over the weekend. Environment agency Defra confirmed the outbreak but said initial tests were negative for the H5 and H7 strains which are potentially lethal for humans. However, movement restrictions are in place at the farm and further tests are due to be carried out. 

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