The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

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April 17, 2013

Sen. Shelby receives suspicious package

— Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama was among at least three government officials who received suspicious packages Wednesday at the Senate office buildings in Washington, D.C.

“The Capitol police investigated a suspicious package in our front office late this morning,” Jonathan Graffeo, spokesman for Shelby, told The News Courier Wednesday afternoon. “The Capitol police have since given us the all clear. Sen. Shelby and his staff are unharmed.”

He declined to describe the package received and referred further questions to Capitol police.

Meanwhile, the FBI is investigating letters recently sent to President Barack Obama and Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker, which initially tested positive for poisonous ricin. Ricin, which comes from the castor bean plant, can permanently damage the ribosomes that carry out protein synthesis in the cells.

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