Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Actress Charged in Ricin Threat

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Actress Charged in Ricin Threat

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TEXARKANA, Texas -- A pregnant Texas actress who told the FBI her husband had sent ricin-tainted letters to President Barack Obama and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, then allegedly said her husband made her mail the letters, was charged Friday with threatening the president.

Shannon Guess Richardson, 35, appeared in a Texarkana courtroom after being charged with mailing a threatening communication to the president. The federal charge carries up to 10 years in prison, U.S. attorney's office spokeswoman Davilyn Walston said.

Ms. Richardson, a mother of five who has played bit roles in television shows, was arrested earlier Friday for allegedly mailing the ricin-laced letters last month to the White House, Mr. Bloomberg and the mayor's Washington gun-control group. The letters threatened violence against gun-control advocates, authorities said.

Wolf may lose protections

BILLINGS, Mont. -- The Obama administration on Friday proposed lifting most remaining federal protections for gray wolves across the Lower 48 states, a move that would end four decades of recovery efforts.

State and federal agencies have spent more than $117 million restoring the predators since they were added to the endangered species list in 1974. Today more than 6,100 wolves roam portions of the Northern Rockies and western Great Lakes where protections already have been lifted.

But prominent scientists and dozens of lawmakers in Congress say protections should remain in force so the animals can expand beyond the portions of 10 states they now occupy.

Phila. schools layoff 3,800

PHILADELPHIA -- The fallout from the Philadelphia School District's dreaded "doomsday" budget began Friday as officials said they sent out nearly 3,800 pink slips to employees from assistant principals to secretaries.

The pink slips are the result of the district's need to close a $304 million deficit. The School Reform Commission approved a $2.4 billion spending plan last week that also eliminates art, music and athletics. …

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