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WASHINGTON-A white powdery substance spilled out of an envelope containing an Indian passport in mid-February at a satellite U.S. State Department office. The powder eventually tested negative, according to State Department officials. State Department Federal Credit Union Vice President for Member Services Charles Holmes said the powder had apparently been discovered at the State Department’s Columbia Plaza building but the credit union does not have a branch there. Credit union operations were unaffected by the find. Though State Department FCU’s headquarters are located in Arlington, Va., the credit union still takes the same precautions it did two years ago during the anthrax attacks, he explained. Gloves are used to open the mail in a confined area, Holmes said.

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