First Word: Threatening letter mailed to Obama

Updated
President Barack Obama during a press conference in the White House Briefing Room on April 30, 2013.
President Barack Obama during a press conference in the White House Briefing Room on April 30, 2013.
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The United States Secret Service confirmed Thursday a threatening letter, possibly containing the deadly poison ricin, was mailed to President Obama. The Secret Service said it was found at an off-site facility and never reached the White House. But, officials warned it appears to be similar in nature to the letters recently mailed to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

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First Word: Threatening letter mailed to Obama

Updated