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January 21, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Urooj Khan, the Chicago lottery winner who likely died of cyanide poisoning,  has been buried for a second time, but it could be a long time before the mystery around his death is put to rest. Khan, 46, was reburied Monday afternoon following his exhumation Friday morning. He died in July, weeks after winning $1 million in the Illinois lottery. Officials reclassified his death as a homicide after a blood sample showed cyanide. Cook County Chief Medical Examiner Stephen J. Cina's office conducted an autopsy on Khan on Friday to take hair, fingernail and organ samples from his remains.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2014 | By Jessica Garrison and Kim Christensen
A Northern California metal-plating business and its owner were charged Thursday with felony violations of state hazardous waste laws, including storing cyanide near acid in a way that could have triggered a deadly accident. Electro-Forming Co. and Marion Ingrid Patigler face 11 felony counts and 12 misdemeanor charges related to the alleged illegal disposal, storage, treatment and transportation of hazardous waste. The alleged crimes - which include storing cyanide and other toxic substances in an unpermitted, 6,900-gallon tank at the Richmond site - occurred over a two-year period beginning in March 2011, according to a criminal complaint filed by the Contra Costa County district attorney's office.
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NATIONAL
August 2, 2013 | By Alana Semuels
Stephen "Stippo" Rakes, who had frequently and vocally accused James "Whitey" Bulger of stealing his liquor store, was poisoned to death when an acquaintance laced his coffee with cyanide, Massachusetts authorities said Friday. Police arrested William Camuti, 69, of Sudbury, Mass., Middlesex Dist. Atty. Marian Ryan said, and have charged him with attempted murder, misleading police, and unlawful disposition of human remains.  Camuti is suspected of luring Rakes to a meeting with a promise of a real estate deal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 2013 | By Jessica Garrison
A judge has ordered a metal plating company in Richmond, Calif., to remove large quantities of hazardous waste, including potentially deadly cyanide, after state officials argued that it poses a health threat to nearby residents. Contra Costa County Superior Court Judge Judith Craddick gave Electro-Forming 14 days to dispose of some waste and 30 days for others. "This company has failed to comply with the rules that protect public health of the neighborhood," said Reed Sato, the chief counsel for state Department of Toxic Substances Control, which sought the order.
NATIONAL
July 27, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
Michael Marin, an outdoor enthusiast and former Wall Street trader, killed himself by swallowing cyanide in an Arizona courtroom moments after he was convicted of arson, officials have ruled. Marin, 53, was sitting at the defendant's table in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix when the verdict was returned June 28. He was caught on video, slumping forward, head in hands, and he appeared to swallow something that had been hidden in his fingers. He also drank from a water bottle.
WORLD
May 30, 2002 | From Times Wire Services
Authorities on Wednesday recovered most of nearly 10 tons of highly toxic sodium cyanide that had been hijacked from a truck in central Mexico nearly three weeks ago, easing security concerns in Mexico and the United States. The truck was stolen with the cyanide in 96 drums on May 10 in Hidalgo state. Authorities found the abandoned vehicle and 20 of the drums about a week later along a highway in Zacatlan, about 120 miles southeast of Mexico City in the state of Puebla.
NEWS
June 19, 1986 | United Press International
Tissue tests from a man initially believed to have died from natural causes show he may be the second person in the area to die of a cyanide-laced Extra-Strength Excedrin capsule, a source close to the King County Medical Examiner's Office said today. Preliminary toxicology reports of the tissues from the body of Bruce Nickell, 52, indicated the presence of cyanide, the source said.
WORLD
May 17, 2002 | From Associated Press
Mexican police found a stolen truck on Thursday that had been carrying 10 tons of sodium cyanide, but most of the deadly chemicals were missing. Authorities discovered the truck abandoned along a highway in Zacatlan, about 120 miles southeast of Mexico City in the state of Puebla. Only about half a ton of the cyanide, contained in barrels, was still inside the truck and investigators were searching for the remainder, police said. One barrel had been opened, sparking concerns of a health hazard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 1998 | JOHN GLIONNA and JOHN L. MITCHELL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Kathryn Schoonover, the 50-year-old woman who allegedly tried to mail 100 envelopes with sodium cyanide packaged to look like samples of a nutritional supplement, was described Monday as a homeless cancer patient living out of her van. Investigators, who confiscated a list of potential recipients Sunday, said they worked through the night to contact the targets. Authorities Monday continued to grapple with Schoonover's motives.
NEWS
June 23, 1986 | Associated Press
The cyanide in two bottles of Extra-Strength Excedrin that caused the death of two Auburn residents came from the same batch, authorities said after a laboratory test "fingerprinted" samples of the poison. Susan Hutchcroft of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said an agency laboratory in Cincinnati analyzed the cyanide linked to the two deaths and also determined that the cyanide is different from that used in past tampering cases, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported today.
OPINION
September 1, 2013 | By Deborah Blum
On April 17, a Pennsylvania physician named Autumn Klein, dreaming of a second child, sent her husband a hopeful text message: "According to my calendar I ovulate tomorrow. " "Perfect timing," her husband typed back. And, he reminded her, "Creatine" - referring to the energy drink he'd been mixing up. "Will it stimulate egg production too?" she asked. He answered simply - according to a police report - by sending an emoticon, a bright yellow smiley face. Three days later, Klein, 41, was dead; hospital tests found a lethal amount of cyanide in her blood.
NATIONAL
August 2, 2013 | By Alana Semuels
Stephen "Stippo" Rakes, who had frequently and vocally accused James "Whitey" Bulger of stealing his liquor store, was poisoned to death when an acquaintance laced his coffee with cyanide, Massachusetts authorities said Friday. Police arrested William Camuti, 69, of Sudbury, Mass., Middlesex Dist. Atty. Marian Ryan said, and have charged him with attempted murder, misleading police, and unlawful disposition of human remains.  Camuti is suspected of luring Rakes to a meeting with a promise of a real estate deal.
NATIONAL
March 1, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
The examination of the exhumed body of a Chicago lottery winner had found nothing new that would change the original finding of homicide by poison, the chief medical examiner said on Friday. At a news conference, Cook County Chief Medical Examiner Stephen J. Cina said that Urooj Khan, whose body was exhumed on Jan. 18, died from cyanide toxicity with heart disease as a contributing factor. Weeks before Khan died on July 20, he won a lottery prize of about $425,000 after taxes. “As a pathologist you have to look at the totality of the evidence,” Cina told reporters, according to media reports from the news conference.
NATIONAL
January 21, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Urooj Khan, the Chicago lottery winner who likely died of cyanide poisoning,  has been buried for a second time, but it could be a long time before the mystery around his death is put to rest. Khan, 46, was reburied Monday afternoon following his exhumation Friday morning. He died in July, weeks after winning $1 million in the Illinois lottery. Officials reclassified his death as a homicide after a blood sample showed cyanide. Cook County Chief Medical Examiner Stephen J. Cina's office conducted an autopsy on Khan on Friday to take hair, fingernail and organ samples from his remains.
NATIONAL
January 17, 2013 | By Andrew Khouri
Authorities on Friday plan to exhume the body of a Chicago lottery winner who officials say died of cyanide poisoning, police confirmed to the Los Angeles Times. Last week, a Cook County judge gave the medical examiner's office approval to remove Urooj Khan's body to conduct an autopsy. Chief Medical Examiner Stephen J. Cina said in a court filing that his office needs to confirm the cyanide poisoning finding and “rule out any other natural causes that might have contributed to or caused Mr. Khan's death.
NATIONAL
July 27, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
Michael Marin, an outdoor enthusiast and former Wall Street trader, killed himself by swallowing cyanide in an Arizona courtroom moments after he was convicted of arson, officials have ruled. Marin, 53, was sitting at the defendant's table in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix when the verdict was returned June 28. He was caught on video, slumping forward, head in hands, and he appeared to swallow something that had been hidden in his fingers. He also drank from a water bottle.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 1992
A Van Nuys man died early Thursday after police, who were responding to a domestic dispute, found him unconscious near a small container of heated potassium cyanide. Investigators said they were investigating the death of Rodolpho Tamaseo, 50, as an accident or suicide. Tamaseo operated a jewelry repair business in his garage in the 6700 block of Jellico Avenue, where he was found before dawn Thursday, said Michael Little, a Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman.
NEWS
February 28, 1986 | United Press International
An ardent Jehovah's Witness preacher who died of a massive dose of cyanide in a case linked to Tylenol poisoning purchased a pound of the lethal chemical last week, police said today. Timothy Green, 32, bought the cyanide on Feb.18 under the guise of using it to clean jewelry, Police Sgt. Dave Roberts said at a hastily called news conference.
SCIENCE
November 4, 2010 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
Hours after the Deep Impact space probe flew within about 435 miles of comet Hartley 2 on Thursday morning, images beamed back to Earth revealed a body shaped rather like a peanut or an overturned bowling pin, with two bulbous, roughened edges and a smooth band in between. The images coming in were "just amazing," team scientist Jessica Sunshine of the University of Maryland said at a news conference. The ice and debris that make up a comet are thought to be leftovers from the solar system's early development, when the planets were still coalescing, said astronomer Michael A'Hearn of the University of Maryland, the mission's principal investigator.
WORLD
September 3, 2008 | Chris Kraul, Times Staff Writer
Colombian authorities, seeking to head off a potential environmental disaster, were still searching Tuesday for two missing cyanide barrels that had been aboard a ferry that capsized in the Magdalena River. A total of 96 drums of the highly toxic chemical were aboard the vessel when it sank early Saturday in Colombia's longest river. All but two of the canisters, which were loaded on a vehicle that was on the ferry, had been recovered by late Tuesday afternoon. The urgency of the situation was made clear Sunday and Monday by the fact that Colombian President Alvaro Uribe remained at the site, about 220 miles north of the capital, Bogota, to oversee salvage operations.
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