National digest: No ricin at suspect’s home

April 22, 2013
mississippi
No evidence of ricin at suspect’s house

Investigators haven’t found any ricin in the house of a Mississippi man accused of mailing poisoned letters to President Obama, a U.S. senator and a local judge, according to testimony Monday from an FBI agent.

Agent Brandon Grant said that a search of Paul Kevin Curtis’ vehicle and house in Corinth, Miss., on Friday did not turn up ricin or ingredients for the poison. A search of Curtis’s computers found no evidence that he researched making ricin.

“There was no apparent ricin, castor beans or any material there that could be used for the manufacturing, like a blender or something,” Grant testified during preliminary hearing in U.S. District Court in Oxford, Miss.

Through his lawyer, Curtis has denied involvement in letters sent to Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and a Lee County, Miss., judge.

— Associated Press

transportation
TSA delays policy change on knives

A policy change scheduled to go into effect this week that would have allowed airline passengers to carry small knives, bats and other sports equipment onto planes will be delayed, the Transportation Security Administration said Monday.

The delay is necessary to accommodate feedback from an advisory committee made up of aviation industry, consumer and law enforcement officials, the agency said. TSA Administrator John Pistole said last month the policy would free up the agency to concentrate on protecting against greater threats.

— Associated Press

washington
Rampage ends with 5 dead near Seattle

A 28-year-old man fatally shot his live-in girlfriend inside an apartment south of Seattle, then went on a rampage that left three men dead, including a neighbor who had phoned 911 to report hearing gunfire, authorities said.

Arriving officers found a chaotic scene in Federal Way on Sunday night, and authorities say officers twice shot at the suspect, in a stairway and in a parking lot. The man was shot by officers at the parking lot and he died at the scene, police said.

Neither the suspect nor the victims have been identified. Police said the victims were the suspect’s 25-year-old girlfriend, and three men, ages 24, 46 and 62.

— Associated Press

NYC plans to raise age limit to buy cigarettes: No one under 21 would be able to buy cigarettes in New York City under a new proposal announced Monday to crack down on smoking in the nation’s largest city. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said the proposed law would raise the minimum age for tobacco purchases from 18 to 21. Under federal law, no one under 18 can buy tobacco anywhere in the country.

— Associated Press

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