• A City of Corinth police car prevents access to a house in the West Hills Subdivision in Corinth, Miss. on Thursday morning, April 18, 2013. Law enforcement officials were blocking off the dwelling after taking Paul Kevin Curtis of Corinth, Mississippi into custody Wednesday. (Rogelio V. Solis/AP)He's reportedly an Elvis impersonator, he was apparently writing a novel about black-market body parts, and now he's definitely in big trouble.

    Federal authorities announced Thursday that Paul Kevin Curtis, arrested on suspicion that he sent potentially poisoned letters to President Barack Obama and Republican Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi, has been charged with threatening the life of the president. Curtis, 45, appeared in court Thursday.

    “If convicted on these charges, Curtis faces maximum possible penalties of 15 years in prison, $500,000 in fines and three years of supervised release,” said U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi Felicia Adams and Daniel McMullen, special agent in charge of the FBI in Mississippi, in a joint statement.

    Authorities arrested the Corinth, Miss., resident on Wednesday. Letters he allegedly sent to Obama and Wicker tested positive for ricin, a deadly substance for which there is no known antidote. The letters were intercepted at off-site mail facilities. The Clarion-Ledger of nearby Jackson, Miss., posted photos of a man it said was Curtis in the throes of passion—as an Elvis Presley impersonator.

    Curtis, 45, faces charges of “knowingly depositing for conveyance in the mail and for delivery from any post office any letter, paper, writing or document containing threats to take the life of or to inflict bodily harm upon the President of the United States” and of “knowingly depositing and causing to be delivered by the Postal Service according to the directions thereon, communications addressed to other persons, and containing a threat to injure the person of others.”

    But you want to read about the body parts thing, right?

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  • The day after a bipartisan proposal to increase background checks for gun purchases failed in the Senate, the House of Representatives seems to be in no rush to pass its own version of a bill to change gun laws.

    During a press conference Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner said that "no decisions have been made" at this point on how to proceed on a gun bill in the House.

    "Our committees continue to work at this," Boehner told reporters. "No decisions have been made beyond that."

    He added: "When we have a decision to announce, we'll announce it."

    The Senate on Wednesday rejected an amendment proposed by Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Pat Toomey and West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin that would expand background check mandates on firearm sales. The failed measure was a tremendous blow to gun control advocates, including President Barack Obama. They renewed their call for stricter gun laws after the mass school shooting in Newtown, Conn., last year that resulted in the deaths of 20

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  • President Barack Obama on Thursday delivered a message in Boston to those in the city touched by Monday's deadly bombings, as well as to individuals worldwide watching the country's response: We will persevere.

    “This doesn’t stop us," Obama said at an interfaith service at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston's South End held for those killed and injured in the bombings at the Boston Marathon finish line. "And that’s what you’ve taught us, Boston. That’s what you’ve reminded us, to push on. To persevere. To not grow weary. To not get faint. Even when it hurts. Even when our heart aches. We summon the strength that maybe we didn’t even know we had, and we carry on. We finish the race."

    To those responsible for the attacks, which killed three and injured more than 170, Obama issued a stern warning: "It should be pretty clear by now that they picked the wrong city to do it," he said. He spoke at length about the city's resolve, and the outpouring of kindness and assistance that grew

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