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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

U.S. Politicians Receive Toxic Letters

Letters addressed to U.S. President Barack Obama have tested positive for a toxic compound known as ricin. The President and Senator Roger Wicker from Mississippi both received the toxic letters postmarked April 8, 2013 from Memphis, Tennessee. Both letters were intercepted by authorities before they could be delivered. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is awaiting further tests before they announce suspects. Ricin, which is synthesized from the poisonous castor bean, became well-known as a deadly poison after its use in the assassination of Bulgarian dissident Georgi Markov. However, the compound is actually quite treatable with saline and glucose. The U.S and U.K. militaries have developed experimental antidotes for more acute exposures.

Suspects Arrested in Texas DA Murders

A Texas woman has confessed to her own involvement in the the deaths of a local district attorney, his wife and an assistant prosecutor. Earlier reports by police officers suggesting the involvement of the Aryan Brotherhood proved to be false. Kim Williams, the wife of Eric Williams, a disbarred ex-judge, was arrested early today after she told investigators that she and her husband were involved in the murders. The slain DAs, Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and assistant prosecutor Mark Hasse, were had successfully prosecuted Mr. Williams for the theft of three computer monitors. Subsequently, Mr. Williams was terminated from his role as Justice of the Peace. During the sentencing phase of the theft case, Kim Williams testified in her husband’s defense, “Eric is a loving man, he wouldn’t do anything to hurt anybody. I’m standing by him 100 percent.”

London Observes Baroness Margaret Thatcher’s Funeral

Large, somber crowds gathered around St. Paul Cathedral in London today to attend the funeral of former British Prime Minister Margret Thatcher. The £10 million ($15m) affair lasted an hour and was attend by leaders world wide. Notably absent were the last three U.S. Presidents and Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. While the last week has seen several modest protests against both Thatcherism and the expense of Thatcher’s funeral, there was little of that sentiment to be seen along the mile-long parade route to St. Paul Cathedral.

Colombia Seizes El Loco’s Vast Holdings

Police in Colombia have seized over 300 properties that once belonged to the drug lord Daniel El Loco Barrera. The properties include cattle ranches, restaurants, apartment complexes, villas, and lofts. Four of his relatives have also been detained for money laundering. Barrera was arrested last September in Venezuela and remains in Colombia awaiting extradition to the U.S. to face drug charges. El Loco, who rose to power after the Medellin and Cali drug cartels fell, is best known for brokering protection and drug distribution deals with the marxist rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and their enemies, the far-right paramilitary group United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia. Berrera also enjoyed significant protection from bribed local and national police and was only arrested due to the efforts of four national intelligence agencies.

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