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Letter with ricin sent to Mississippi senator

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
The United States Capitol on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012.

The United States Capitol on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012. (KABC Photo)

A letter addressed to Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker tested positive for ricin in a field test at the Senate mail facility in Landover, Maryland, according to federal law enforcement sources.

A source told ABC News that the letter is being tested in a lab for a definitive result. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Capitol offices are on high alert.

All mail delivery to Capitol Hill has been stopped as a precaution.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano declined to comment on the suspicious letter.

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