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PRESIDENT TRUMP - SUSPICIOUS LETTER
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Secret Service is confirming that a suspicious envelope was sent to President Donald Trump.
In a statement yesterday, the Secret Service says the envelope addressed to Trump was not received at the White House, nor did it ever enter the White House. The agency did not speak to the contents of the envelope or where it was received on Monday.
The White House had no comment.
Authorities at a Pentagon mail screening facility are investigating two envelopes suspected of containing a poison, ricin, made from castor beans. Officials say those letters received Monday were addressed to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and the Navy’s top officer, Adm. John Richardson. They were turned over to the FBI for further analysis.
U.S. CATHOLICS LOSING FAITH IN POPE’S HANDLING OF SEX ABUSE SCANDAL
NEW YORK (AP) — A new survey by the Pew Research center says Catholics in the U.S. are steadily losing confidence in Pope Francis’ handling of the sex abuse scandal crisis.
The survey released yesterday found that 31 percent of U.S. Catholics felt the pope was doing an excellent or good job in addressing the issue, down from 45 percent in January and 55 percent in 2015.
Sex-abuse scandals have plagued the Catholic church worldwide for decades, but events this year have elevated the issue to crisis-level at the Vatican and sown discord among church leaders in the U.S.
In August, a grand jury report in Pennsylvania detailed decades of abuse and cover-up in six dioceses, alleging that more than 1,000 children had been abused over the years by about 300 priests.
ANIMAL ADVOCACY GROUP SEEKS FREEDOM FOR ELEPHANT
NEW YORK (AP) — An animal welfare group says an elephant named Happy who has lived mostly alone since her mate was fatally injured is being “unlawfully imprisoned” by a New York City zoo.
In a legal petition filed yesterday, the Nonhuman Rights Project says Happy has similar rights to a human being and should be relocated from the Bronx Zoo to a larger private sanctuary.
Bronx Zoo Director Jim Breheny says the lawsuit is based on “ludicrous legal arguments and lies.”
Happy was paired with another elephant named Grumpy for 25 years. Grumpy died in 2002 after he was injured during a confrontation with two other elephants. She was then paired with Sammy, who died in 2006.
Zoo officials say Happy is content, not isolated and might suffer from a transfer.
DENVER ZOO THREAT
DENVER (AP) — About 1,000 people had to cut short their visit to the Denver Zoo after someone threatened to crash an airplane into the facility.
Police spokesman Sonny Jackson tells KUSA-TV someone phoned in the threat yesterday afternoon, and the zoo was immediately evacuated. During the investigation, visitors gathered in surrounding City Park just east of downtown, and some roads were blocked off.
Jackson says investigators have since determined the threat was not credible.
Denver Zoo CEO Bert Vescolani says “any time we get any kind of call in, we’re going to take it seriously” and that the zoo will beef up its security when it reopens today.
FLORIDA KID BRINGS LOADED GUN TO SCHOOL
LAUDERHILL, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a 9-year-old boy brought a loaded gun to his Florida school and aimed it at three classmates.
News outlets report the boy was arrested yesterday at Lauderhill Paul Turner Elementary School, near Fort Lauderdale.
Police say the boy made threatening comments to his classmates, and one of the students told school officials. A school resource officer responded and took the handgun.
Police were trying to determine where the boy found the gun and what prompted him to bring it to school.
The boy was taken to the county’s juvenile detention facility. He faces charges of possession of a firearm on school property and three counts of aggravated assault.