Postal workers intercepted a letter addressed to U.S. Senator Roger Wicker that preliminary tests showed contained poisonous ricin, with lawmakers learning of the incident while they were being briefed yesterday on the deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon.
Paul Kevin Curtis played the young Elvis at an annual Tupelo festival honoring the Mississippi city’s most famous son and strummed his guitar at night outside his home in a subsidized housing project an hour to the north.
Federal authorities detained a Mississippi man suspected of mailing letters to President Barack Obama and a U.S. senator that initially tested positive for the poison ricin and heightened tensions after the Boston bombings.
Washington went into terrorism- alert mode as authorities reported preliminary tests showed a letter sent to President Barack Obama contained the poison ricin and suspicious packages triggered a temporary lockdown in parts of two Senate office buildings.
U.S. lawmakers may be nearing agreement on a long-term extension of the National Flood Insurance Program, giving hope to homebuilders, insurers and real estate firms that three years of uncertainty may be coming to a close.
NASA will complete a $350 million structure to test rocket engines at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi early this year. Then, it plans to mothball the 300- foot-high, steel-frame tower for the foreseeable future.