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Ricin in Obama letter, odd packages scramble Hill 


    WASHINGTON — Police swept across the U.S. Capitol complex to chase a flurry of reports of suspicious packages and envelopes Wednesday after preliminary tests indicated poisonous ricin in two letters sent to President Barack Obama and a Mississippi senator.

    In an intelligence bulletin obtained by The Associated Press, the FBI says that the letters

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    • Written by The Chicago Defender
    • Category: Chicago

    Doctors ask for medical marijuana legalization

      Nearly 250 Illinois physicians put their names behind a proposal Tuesday that would legalize marijuana for patients with serious illnesses, hoping to give a boost to the legislation one day before an anticipated vote on the House floor.

      Three of those doctors spoke at a press conference in Chicago, saying the drug can be a safer and more effective

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      • Written by The Chicago Defender
      • Category: Chicago

      Program to expand Internet access in Chicago

        More than a million Chicago residents will be eligible for low-cost Internet service through a program aimed at expanding digital access to underserved areas.

        Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Tuesday that Chicago will be a pilot city for the national EveryoneOn campaign. The program provides low-cost Internet access and training to residents in

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        • Written by The Chicago Defender
        • Category: Chicago

        FBI seeks images in Boston Marathon bomb inquiry

          BOSTON — Investigators appealed to the public Tuesday for amateur video and photos that might yield clues to the Boston Marathon bombing as the chief FBI agent in Boston vowed "we will go to the ends of the Earth" to find whoever carried out the deadly attack.

          Two bombs blew up seconds apart Monday at the finish line of one of the world's most

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          • Written by The Chicago Defender
          • Category: Chicago