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Suspicious Package at IRS Building Sends 2 to Hospital

Package's contents have not yet been determined

(Newser) - About 10 people were sickened after a suspicious package arrived in the mailroom of an IRS building in Kansas City, Missouri, Friday morning, a fire official tells the AP . Symptoms included vomiting and sweating; two of the people were taken to a hospital but are in good condition. The package'... More »

Letter to Obama Had Ricin; Senate Building Evacuated

Police questioning man with a backpack

(Newser) - A letter containing a "suspicious substance" was sent to President Obama and intercepted at the White House's off-site mail center, according to the Secret Service, and the FBI has confirmed that it has tested positive for ricin. It arrived yesterday, the same day as a letter addressed to... More »

Smoking Packages in Maryland Work of 'Lone Wolf'

Terrorist groups weren't involved: congressman

(Newser) - The sender of two packages that released smoke when they were opened in Maryland yesterday was a “lone wolf,” not affiliated with any group, said a congressman briefed on the matter. Maryland’s governor, to whom one package was addressed , said it contained a note deriding highway signs... More »

Suspicious Package Delivered to Merkel's Office

Could be linked to Greek letter bombs

(Newser) - Hours after letter bombs exploded outside the Russian and Swiss embassies in Athens, police are investigating another suspicious package at German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s office, the AP reports. Unconfirmed reports state the Greek Economy Ministry was given as the return address on the package, which was addressed to Merkel.... More »

Letter Bombs Explode in Athens

Swiss and Russian embassies hit with attack

(Newser) - Letter bombs exploded at the Russian and Swiss embassies in Athens today, and three more were sent to other embassies in the Greek capital, the New York Times reports. So far, no injuries have been reported from those two blasts. According to Greek media reports, the Swiss embassy threw a... More »

Greeks Nab Parcel Bomb Addressed to Sarkozy

Others addressed to various embassies; no al-Qaeda link seen

(Newser) - Greek police have intercepted several packages containing “explosive devices,” one of which was addressed to Nicolas Sarkozy, Reuters reports. One, addressed to the Mexican embassy, exploded at an Athens courier firm, slightly wounding an employee. Others addressed to the Dutch and Belgian embassies were detonated by police. Two... More »

Dubai: Plane Bomb Looks Like al-Qaeda

Package bore same explosive as failed Christmas bombing

(Newser) - The US-bound mail bomb discovered yesterday in Yemen had al-Qaeda's fingerprint on it, Dubai officials say, having been packaged in a "professional manner" and containing the same explosive as the failed Christmas bombing. "The plot style carries features similar to previous attacks carried out by terrorist organizations like... More »

Jihadists' New Scam: Leave Suspicious Bags All Over

Extremists seek to exploit vigilance in NYC, DC

(Newser) - It may sound more like the work of annoying pranksters than murderous fanatics but authorities have no choice but to take Islamic extremists' latest tactic extremely seriously. The FBI has uncovered postings on a jihadi website calling for a "suspicious bags" campaign, in which bags containing harmless items would... More »

DC Couple Receives Box Full of Drugs

Police say dealers often send goods to random homes

(Newser) - When the box arrived, Melanie Sloan just pulled it inside and left it there. “We have an 11-month-old,” says her husband, Eric Anderson. “Sometimes somebody will send us a present and we don’t know what it is.” It was only hours later when they tried... More »

Packages Sent to National Guard Prove Harmless

Anti-war CDs among the contents of deliveries to facilities in 36 states

(Newser) - Suspicious packages sent to National Guard and Reserve sites in 36 states turned out to be harmless expressions of First Amendment rights, federal officials say. Though initial reports suggested they contained white power, anti-war CDs were the featured delivery, the AP reports. The FBI says the packages—some postmarked from... More »

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