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June 17, 2013 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK--The FBI and other law enforcement officials met a United Airlines jet at Newark's international airport Monday after a passenger became disruptive during a nearly 15-hour flight and yelled that everyone on board had been poisoned.  Flight 116, which left Hong Kong at 10:25 a.m. local time, landed shortly after 1:30 p.m. Eastern in Newark, where agents were waiting. Footage from news helicopters showed officials leaving the jet with a man who was subsequently put into the back of an emergency medical services vehicle on a stretcher.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 3, 2013 | By Hector Tobar
For 40 years, the killer of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda was not a “who” but a “what.” Prostate cancer was said to have killed the Nobel laureate, at age 69, just weeks after a military coup brought a bloody dictatorship to power in his South American country. But now Neruda's death in 1973 is becoming a true murder mystery, with a tall, blue-eyed American (who is in hiding) named as the chief suspect - although he might have a good alibi. An investigation into Neruda's death was launched earlier this year when Neruda's driver, Manuel Araya, alleged the poet had been poisoned via injection while receiving treatment at Santiago's Santa Maria hospital.
WORLD
June 2, 2013 | By Don Lee, Los Angeles Times
LIANGHE, China - When kindergarten was dismissed on that April afternoon, 6-year-old Ren Xinyi and her younger cousin hurried home. They were eager to check out a plastic bag they had spotted on the way to school that morning with their grandmother, who had taken it home without thinking twice. Xinyi looked inside and grabbed a blue pencil and notebook; 5-year-old Ren Zhaoning took out a children's yogurt drink and sipped half of the creamy white liquid before handing it to her cousin.
WORLD
May 10, 2013 | By Don Lee
BEIJING - She was a promising student at Beijing's prestigious Tsinghua University, a talented musician who loved to swim and dreamed of studying German and computer science. But in her sophomore year, Zhu Ling began suffering acute stomach pains and hair loss, eventually becoming severely disabled. Lab tests showed she had been poisoned with thallium, a toxic metal used in rat poisons, but police made no arrests and quietly closed the investigation. Today, 19 years after Zhu first fell ill, she remains paralyzed, nearly blind and has the mental capacity of a child.
NEWS
May 1, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
It sounds like a bizarre story line straight out of an episode of "CSI. " A woman was arrested after allegedly planting tainted bottles of orange juice in a Starbucks refrigerator in San Jose. Witnesses said they saw the woman walk into a Starbucks in the 6000 block of Snell Avenue and take two bottles of orange juice out of her purse. The woman then put the orange juice bottles in a refrigerator with other purchasable items, reported the Mercury News . Those bottles of O.J. were tainted with rubbing alcohol.
NATIONAL
April 27, 2013 | By Matthew Teague and Shashank Bengali
TUPELO, Miss.  - A Mississippi karate instructor whose home and business were searched as part of an investigation into poisoned letters sent to President Obama, a U.S. senator and a local judge has been arrested in the case. The arrest of J. Everett Dutschke followed several days of raids and inspections at his home and the karate studio he used. Dutschke, 41, was arrested without incident about 12:50 a.m. Saturday at his Tupelo home by special agents of the FBI, FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden told The Times.
WORLD
April 26, 2013 | By David Zucchino and Hashmat Baktash
KUNDUZ, Afghanistan -- Six village police officers were poisoned and then shot to death Thursday night at a remote outpost in northern Afghanistan, the deputy governor of Kunduz province reported Friday. A seventh member of the Afghan Local Police unit is missing. An investigation has concluded that the officer conspired with insurgents to poison fellow officers and then flee, said Hamdullah Danishi, the deputy governor. The killings took place in the Dasht e Archi district in northeastern Kunduz, about 180 miles north of Kabul, the capital.
WORLD
April 26, 2013 | By Paul Richter, Ken Dilanian and David S. Cloud, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - U.S. intelligence agencies unanimously agree that Syrians have been exposed to deadly sarin gas in recent weeks, but they are divided over how certain they can be that the Syrian regime is to blame, U.S. and congressional officials said Friday. As the Obama administration weighs how to respond to the use of poison gas, intelligence officials say they are confident that sophisticated tests of tissue and soil samples and other evidence point to sarin. But reactions in the U.S. intelligence community have varied because of the possibility - however small - that the exposure was accidental or caused by rebel fighters or others outside the Syrian government's control, officials said.
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April 23, 2013 | By Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times
A Mississippi man who had been accused of sending ricin-laced letters to President Obama, a U.S. senator and a Mississippi judge was set free Tuesday and charges against him were dropped as authorities converged on the home of another man. Paul Kevin Curtis of Corinth, Miss., had been released on bond earlier in the day. The part-time Elvis impersonator had been arrested last week on suspicion of mailing three letters filled with ricin within days...
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