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Official: ricin possible in package at DC base

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By LOLITA C. BALDOR
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. officials say a package containing what authorities said could be ricin was found this morning at a military mail sorting facility at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., told reporters Tuesday there was an incident at the Bolling base that involved the "same substance" as recent letters sent to President Barack Obama and a U.S. senator.
 
A U.S. official says the package was found at a Defense Intelligence Agency headquarters mail-sorting facility on the base. The official says initial tests indicated possible ricin. The official was not authorized to speak publicly about the incident so requested anonymity.
 
The DIA says tests indicated possible biological toxins. DIA says the agency has maintained normal operations.

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