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Letters Containing Ricin Sent to President, Two Senators [UPDATED]

1:10 p.m. (EST): A third letter, this one sent to Senator Joe Manchin (D.-W.V.), has been found to contain ricin.

12:45 p.m. (EST): FBI spokesman Paul Bresson has confirmed that the substance found in the letter to the president was ricin.

The Secret Service says that a letter containing a suspicious substance and addressed to President Obama was received on Tuesday at a White House mail facility. This comes just after a letter sent to Senator Roger Wicker (R.-Miss.) was found to contain the poison ricin.

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Boston Marathon Explosions: How You Can Help

Three people were killed and more than 100 injured on Monday afternoon when two explosions went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Rescue organizations have gathered to help and at the the tragic scene, but how can you help?

The Huffington Post has put together a helpful list of ways:

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Twin Explosions at Boston Marathon Finish Line [UPDATED]

9 p.m. (EST): The final press conference of the day with Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis and various other officials just concluded. The FBI is now leading investigations of the events. Davis confirmed that three people were killed in today's blasts.

CNN is reporting that one of the victims killed was an 8-year-old boy. The Wall Street Journal had reported that as many as five other unexploded devices were found around Boston, but investigators now doubt that they were actually bombs.

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‘The Hobbit’ Tickets Go On Sale Wednesday

'The Hobbit' doesn't hit theaters until December 14th but if you're of the lot that likes to be prepared, we've got good news for you. This week, you can actually buy your tickets and get yourself all set for 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' plus the three films in the original 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy re-release (in case you need to bone up on your Tolkien).

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Full Transcript – ‘You’re Not Special’ Graduation Speech [VIDEO]

There has been a bit of controversy about a brutally-honest graduation speech with the theme 'You're Not Special' which was delivered in Boston recently. The commencement address, given by David McCullough, an English teacher at Wellesley High School, tells it like it is.

Some are critical of the speech because it's not 'positive'. I say, "Bravo, Mr. McCullough, bravo!"

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Inaugural Qualifier Marathon & Half Marathon is Sunday From Midland to Bay City

A new era in road running begins this weekend in Midland as the starting gun for the inaugural "Qualifier" marathon and Half Marathon will go off Sunday morning. The Qualifier marathon is backed by the Crim Fitness Foundation, and should provide runners a great opportunity to set personal bests or qualifying times for the Boston Marathon or other prestigious races which require fast times to get in them.

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Flushing’s Mark Bauman Finishes 43rd Straight Boston Marathon in Extreme Heat

Temperatures at the 116th running of the Boston Marathon reached the mid 80's today, and made for tough going for everybody. Flushing's Mark Bauman, 62, finished his 43rd consecutive Boston Marathon in a time of 6:27:18. It was by far his slowest time, but even the Kenyan runners were slowed by the heat.

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Flushing’s Mark Bauman to Run 43rd Consecutive Boston Marathon

Richard Nixon was still President when Mark Bauman ran his first Boston Marathon. The 62-year old from Flushing will toe the starting line in Hopkinton, Massachusetts for the 43rd time on Monday, April 16th. Bauman ran his first Boston marathon in 1970 as a 20-year old college student.

 

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