An envelope mailed to the White House tested "presumptive positive" for cyanide and will undergo more testing to confirm the results, the U.S. Secret Service said on Tuesday. The agency charged with protecting the president said the envelope, which was received on Monday at the White House Mail Screening Facility, initially tested negative. Biological testing on Tuesday "returned a presumptive positive for Cyanide," the Secret Service said in a statement, adding the sample was then sent to another facility to confirm the results.
The Secret Service says an envelope addressed to the White House has tentatively tested positive for cyanide. Initial biological testing was negative. The agency says additional testing Tuesday returned a "presumptive positive" for cyanide. The Secret Service is responsible for President Barack Obama's security.
The U.S. Presbyterian Church on Tuesday approved a change in the wording of its constitution to include same-sex marriage, a move which threatens to further splinter one of the largest U.S. mainline Protestant denominations. A majority of the 171 regional "presbyteries," or local leadership bodies of the church, have now voted to change the wording of the constitution to define marriage as a commitment "between two people, traditionally a man and a woman." That change in the Louisville, Kentucky-based church's constitution was recommended by its General Assembly last year and required a simple majority of 86 votes, achieved on Tuesday, the church said. The church, also known as PCUSA, has more than 1.7 million members, but has lost more than 500,000 over the past decade. "Let us pray that we can allow the Spirit to continue to create in us a common call to follow Christ while respecting each other's convictions," Gradye Parsons, stated clerk of the General Assembly, said in a statement.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Tuesday that minimum wage increases should be left to businesses and state governments, opposing a hike in the federal pay floor as an impediment to individuals trying to escape from poverty.
Two groups of people got into a fight Tuesday outside a dining hall on the Morgan State University campus, and three football players were stabbed by someone swinging a knife wildly, police and college officials said.
ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Md. (AP) — Britain's Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, arrived in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday for a three-day visit, during which they plan to visit cultural and educational sites before heading to Kentucky.
Snowpack in the mountains and valleys where the Colorado River originates has been shrinking since the beginning of March, a federal water expert said Tuesday. The snow ranged between 89 and 91 percent ...