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Ricin-laced letter sent to Michael Bloomberg, police say

Letters sent to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Mark Glaze, director of the group Mayors Against Illegal Guns, contained material that preliminary testing indicates is ricin, according to New York City Police Department Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne.

The letters contained anonymous threats with references to the national debate over gun regulation, Browne said. The letter to Bloomberg was opened on Friday and tested both in New York and at the National Bioforensic Analysis Center in Maryland; both tests indicated the presence of ricin. Members of the NYPD  Emergency Service Unit were treated Saturday for minor symptoms of ricin exposure.