Thursday, May 16, 2013

MORNING BRIEFING: ricin-laced letters, a deadly Texas tornado and a fatal officer-involved shooting

Posted By on Thu, May 16, 2013 at 8:35 AM

HERE

Lab tests have indicated the presence of the hazardous material ricin on two letters — one addressed to the downtown Spokane Post Office and the other to a federal judge here. Both letters were mailed on Tuesday. (KHQ) 

Two men died this morning after an SPD officer-involved shooting that began in an area of North Spokane, followed by a second incident when officers continued their pursuit of a believed suspect in Nine Mile Falls. (S-R)

Spokane police raided Lonnie's Garage, a South Perry District business, yesterday after investigating reports of illegal drug sales taking place at the business, located across the street from an elementary school. (KXLY)

A 10-year-old boy who plotted to attack his classmates at Fort Colville Elementary School has been sentenced to 3-5 years in custody. (KXLY) 

THERE

A deadly mile-wide tornado that touched down yesterday in North Texas — southwest of Dallas-Fort Worth — has killed six people so far and injured many others, leveling homes and buildings. (NYT)

The acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, Steven Miller, announced his resignation yesterday amid controversy over the IRS's alleged deliberate targeting of conservative groups. (CNN)

Meanwhile, President Obama is scheduled today to answer questions from reporters about the IRS controversy, as well as inquiries about internal government emails regarding last year's attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya. (NYT)

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev left a message about his motives for the attack, scribbled on the inside of the boat where he was discovered hiding when taken into custody. (CNN) 

GRAB BAG 

British soccer star David Beckham has announced his retirement from the sport at the end of the season. (CNN) 

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