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Ricin probe turns to Elvis impersonator's foe

OXFORD, Miss. -- The investigation into poisoned letters mailed to President Barack Obama and others has shifted from an Elvis impersonator to his longtime foe, and authorities must now figure out whether an online feud between the two men might have escalated into something more sinister.

Paul Kevin Curtis, 45, was released from jail on Tuesday and charges against him were dropped, nearly a week after authorities charged him with sending ricin-laced letters to the president, Republican Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi and a Lee County, Miss., Justice Court judge, Sadie Holland, 80.

Before Curtis left jail, authorities had already descended on the home of Everett Dutschke, 41, in Tupelo, a northeast town best known as the birthplace of the King himself. Yesterday, they searched the site of a Tupelo martial arts studio once operated by Dutschke, who hasn't been arrested or charged.

His attorney, Lori Nail Basham, said Dutschke is "cooperating fully" with investigators and that no arrest warrant had been issued. -- AP

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