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White House sent cyanide

The White House this week was sent a letter that tested positive for cyanide, media reported on Tuesday, in yet another piece of bad news for the Secret Service. “On Monday, March 16, an envelope was received at the White House mail-screening facility. Initial biological testing was negative; however, on March 17, the chemical testing returned a presumptive positive for cyanide,” Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary said in a statement on CNN. “The sample was transported to another facility to confirm the results.” Because an investigation is under way, the Secret Service had no additional comment, Leary was quoted as saying. There were no injuries or exposure concerns for the person at the mail-sorting facility — which is not at the White House — who opened the letter, an unidentified law enforcement official told CNN.


‘All Right Now’ writer dies

Andy Fraser, who co-wrote the rousing rock anthem All Right Now when he was the teenage bassist for British rock band Free, has died in California at age 62. Fraser had been living in the desert community of Temecula, where he died on Monday, the Riverside County coroner said in a statement. The cause of death is not yet known and remains under investigation. At age 15, the London-born Fraser briefly became a member of John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers. The group functioned as a training ground for young British rockers, including Eric Clapton and Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor. Within a year, Fraser became a founding member of Free. The band’s most prominent member was singer and guitarist Paul Rodgers, who would also go on to front Bad Company and The Firm. The band’s biggest hit by far was 1970’s All Right Now.


Men hide cash in trousers

Police who noticed three men with unusually large legs at Mexico City’s airport made a stunning discovery in their trousers: 2.8 million pesos (US$182,000) in cash. Authorities on Tuesday said that federal officers making random inspections approached the three suspicious-looking men at the baggage claim for national flights. The suspects “showed swelling in their legs,” federal police said in a statement. When they were searched, police found bills totaling 2.8 million pesos stuffed in socks and wrapped around their legs with elastic bandaging. The money was seized by authorities and the men were taken into custody.


Trafficked animals released

An air force plane whose cargo hold looked more like the hull of Noah’s Ark delivered nearly 150 trafficked animals back to the Amazon on Tuesday following months of rehabilitation. The 149 animals — 83 reptiles, 53 birds and 13 mammals, including wild cats and Capuchin monkeys — underwent 10 months of preparation that included surgery to recover skin and plumage, the Valle del Cauca department environmental authority said. Before being released into the wild, the animals went through thorough medical examinations to make sure they would not spread disease back to their natural populations, and were isolated with other members of their species in conditions similar to the jungle. “We selected individual animals that could defend themselves in their environment, who weren’t too far along in adulthood so they wouldn’t fall easy prey,” said Lorena Gomez, a biologist with Valle del Cauca authority.

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