A Federal Reserve survey shows the U.S. economy held steady during the 16-day partial government shutdown, growing moderately in most regions from October through late November.More >>
A Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday found that the U.S. economy held steady during the 16-day partial government shutdown, growing moderately in most regions from October through late November.More >>
Thursday, October 17 2013 4:40 PM EDT2013-10-17 20:40:19 GMT
(RNN) - By passing a last-minute deal on the debt ceiling, and a 16 days-late deal on the government shutdown, Congress finally got back to doing its job. So, what now? Some people may see it as the timeMore >>
With a budget passed only until January, a debt ceiling deal through February and a bunch of days off for Congress until then, the country may be back in the same situation soon.More >>
Thursday, October 17 2013 5:27 AM EDT2013-10-17 09:27:22 GMT
A last-minute deal has been struck, allowing the federal government to avoid a shutdown. A shutdown would have suspended all federal government services deemed non-essential. All federally-funded museums,More >>
Congress has passed a bill to fund the government and lift the debt ceiling, avoiding default. More >>
Sunday, October 13 2013 6:52 PM EDT2013-10-13 22:52:24 GMT
WASHINGTON, DC (RNN) - Despite the WWII Memorial being closed, members of the Million Vet March have gathered in Washington, DC to protest the government shutdown – according to media reports. "We do notMore >>
Veterans gathered at the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC to protest the government shutdown.More >>
Saturday, October 12 2013 10:44 PM EDT2013-10-13 02:44:59 GMT
People nationwide have been unable to access welfare benefits through their EBT cards Saturday. Reports on the matter indicated the issue has no connection to the government shutdown.More >>
Xerox, which handles EBT systems in several states, said Saturday night the problem that prevented people from using their cards to shop has now been corrected. More >>
(RNN) - Ricin is a poison that is present in castor beans, according the New York State Department of Health. It is part of the waste that is produced during the production of castor oil and as such, is one of the most easily produced plant toxins.
The chemical is extremely deadly, and an amount as small as a pinhead, about 500 micrograms, can be enough to kill, according to OSHA.gov.
Ricin kills by getting inside a person's cells and preventing them from making proteins. Eventually, the cells die, causing the person to die. But the process takes a long time.
How ricin kills depends on how the person was exposed to it. As a terrorism agent, ricin can be made into a powder, pellet, mist, or can be dissolved in water.
If ricin is inhaled, the first symptoms are usually difficulty breathing, fever, cough, nausea, and tightness in the chest, according to the CDC. Death happens as the result of low blood pressure and respiratory failure.
Ingestion of ricin causes the person to develop vomiting, diarrhea, and severe dehydration. Seizures may also develop. And within days, the victim's liver, spleen, or kidneys may stop working, causing death.
Symptoms can occur as soon as four hours and as late as 24 hours after exposure. But typically, they occur in less than 10 hours. Death can occur within 36 to 72 hours of exposure.
There is no known antidote for ricin poisoning.
In 1978, ricin was used to assassinate Georgi Markov, a Bulgarian dissident writer, who was stabbed with a ricin-poisoned umbrella, in what became known as the "Umbrella Murder."
The KGB is rumored to have conducted the assassination.
More recently, members of a militia from Georgia were arrested for and later pleaded guilty to planning ricin attacks in cities across the country.
Viewers of the television show Breaking Bad might recognize ricin, which was used by the main character, Walter White, to kill a rival drug dealer.
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