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Substance in letter to Daschle was talc

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The powdery substance in the new threatening letter sent to Sen. Tom Daschle was talc and contained no trace of anthrax, Army scientists and the FBI said Friday.

Tests on the letter, which was opened Thursday, were completed more quickly than expected, said Chuck Dasey, a spokesman for the Army's Fort Detrick in Maryland, where the testing was done.

"They tested for anthrax and found none," he said.

An FBI spokesman, Chris Murray, said the white powder was talc.

"We are going to investigate the letter as a criminal hoax," Murray said.

Daschle described the letter as "a copycat mailing" similar in message and tone to one he received last fall containing anthrax.