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SEATTLE | FBI officials say envelopes with white powder have been found in eight federal buildings in seven different cities across Washington, Idaho and Utah. No illnesses were reported.
Special Agent Frederick Gutt said the letters were found at a federal building in Seattle, Internal Revenue Service offices in Bellevue, Wash.; and an FBI office in Spokane, Wash.
In Idaho, FBI spokeswoman Debbie Dujanovic Bertram said envelopes with powder were found in the U.S. Attorney’s Office and an FBI office in Coeur d’Alene, an FBI office in Pocatello and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boise.
Comic-book titans battle over ‘Spawn’
MADISON | An epic battle between comic book titans will be continued as a judge struggles to decide whether artist Todd McFarlane owes author Neil Gaiman for three characters in the classic Spawn series about a murdered CIA agent who becomes a demon.
U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb heard Monday from Mr. Gaiman, Mr. McFarlane and comic book author Brian Holguin, but did not rule on Mr. Gaiman’s claim that he is owed royalties from three characters — the demon Dark Ages Spawn and two scantily clad female angels. The judge gave both sides until June 25 to submit additional arguments.
Mr. Gaiman testified Monday that he believes Dark Ages Spawn was essentially a copy of Medieval Spawn, a character he created in the ninth issue of the Spawn series in 1993. He also said the angels known as Domina and Tiffany were copies of the red-haired Angela, a character who also debuted in Spawn No. 9.
A jury found in 2002 that Mr. Gaiman was due money for being a co-copyright holder for Medieval Spawn and Angela, as well for as a character named Cogliostro, a one-time Spawn ally.
• From wire dispatches and staff reports
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