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U.S. Capitol Police said Thursday that officers are investigating a reported threat against Rep. W. Todd Akin, the Missouri congressman who has been criticized for recent comments about rape.

Police spokeswoman Lt. Kimberly Schneider said there was “an active, open investigation” into a reported threat against the Republican, though she declined to detail the threat because it involved security of members of Congress.

Spokesman Steve Taylor said Mr. Akin has received several threats against his person, his family and staff since he said in a television interview broadcast Sunday that women’s bodies have ways of preventing pregnancies in cases of “legitimate rape.”

Mr. Taylor said threats of rape and other violence have been aimed at Mr. Akin through phone calls, emails and tweets.


Ryan: Romney will stop planned military cuts

FAYETTEVILLE — Republican Paul Ryan says Mitt Romney will prevent planned cuts to the U.S. military if elected president.

The GOP vice presidential hopeful spoke to supporters Thursday in Fayetteville, home to the Fort Bragg Army base and a large number of military families.

Mr. Ryan warned of the cuts to military spending outlined in sequestration, a series of automatic, across-the-board cuts that will take effect if Congress doesn’t reach a budget solution in the next few months. Half of the cuts are set to come from the Pentagon.

As a Wisconsin congressman and chairman of the budget committee, Mr. Ryan voted for budget control legislation that included sequestration. He spoke favorably about the agreement on the House floor.

Mr. Ryan has since voted for legislation to block the cuts.

• From wire dispatches and staff reports