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Sen. John Cornyn’s Texas Office Receives Suspicious Package

FARMERS BRANCH (AP) – A suspicious package delivered to Sen. John Cornyn’s suburban Dallas office Wednesday triggered an evacuation of the top two floors of the sprawling building where the office is located, police said. It was later deemed not to be a threat.

The package was delivered about 10:30 a.m. to Cornyn’s 11th floor office in Farmers Branch, Deputy Police Chief Mark Young said.

Police were called and officers evacuated the building’s 10th and 11th floors as Texas Department of Public Safety bomb experts examined the contents of the 14-inch-long tan box.

The box had a business-size envelope on the front and contained “miscellaneous cassette tapes and film,” Young said. He did not know what was on the tapes, but said the bomb-disposal crew deemed them no threat.

“I don’t know why they thought it was suspicious,” Young said.

The box and its contents were taken to a nearby vacant lot and blown up as a precaution, he said.

No arrests have been made, but Young said the envelope on the front of the box contained a return address and an investigation was ongoing.

Cornyn’s press secretary, Jessica Sandlin, confirmed the incident occurred but had no other comment.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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