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Suspicious package near Capitol not a threat

- Associated Press - Monday, January 10, 2011

WASHINGTON — Investigators said a suspicious package that disrupted commuters headed to the Capitol on Monday was not a threat.

Sgt. Kimberly Schneider, a Capitol Police spokeswoman, said the package was deemed suspicious when it was detected by a bomb-sniffing dog.

Investigators X-rayed the package and determined it was not a hazard, Sgt. Schneider said.

The Capitol South Metro station, which is about two blocks from the Capitol, was closed because of the package and is now being reopened.

Riders trying to leave the station initially were redirected to other stations. Others later were allowed to take an elevator and exit about a block from where the package was found.

It wasn't clear whether additional precautions were being taken because of the shooting Saturday of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.


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