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NEWARK---A suspicious powder mailed
to several locations in New York and New
Jersey, including at least five hotels near
the site of Sunday s NFL championship
game known as the Super Bowl, appeared
not to be dangerous, the FBI said yester-
The agency said further testing was being
conducted on the substance, but it is "with-
in normal values."
White powder also was found in a letter
sent to former New York City Mayor
Rudolph Giuliani s business in New York
City, where police said preliminary tests
showed it posed no threat.
A federal law enforcement official, who
wasn t authorized to comment publicly and
spoke on condition of anonymity, said pow-
der from one envelope tested positive for
baking soda. It s not clear where that letter
Hackensack University Medical Center
received a number of people for evaluation
because they came into contact with the
letters, but a hospital spokeswoman said
there were no reported illnesses or injuries.
In New Jersey, the suspicious mailings
went to at least five hotels, Carlstadt Police
Detective John Cleary said.
The mailings arrived at an Econo Lodge
in Carlstadt, a Homestead Suites hotel in
East Rutherford and a Renaissance Inn in
Rutherford, Cleary said.
Investigators intercepted additional
envelopes from a mail truck before they
reached a Holiday Inn Express and Hamp-
ton Inn in Carlstadt, he said.
At the Homewood Suites, General Man-
ager Thomas Martucci said the letter sent
to his motel contained yellow powder and
a typed letter inside referencing al-Qaeda
and the Dallas FBI.
"It was nonsense," he said.
Lauren Wallace, a jet company employee
from Los Angeles staying at the Homewood
Suites, said she saw hazardous-material
trucks outside and was shooed back from
the lobby to her room around 11.15 am by
a hotel employee.
She said she was allowed out of her room
about 40 minutes later.
Police were called to Giuliani s firm near
Rockefeller Center after a worker opened
the suspicious letter addressed to Giuliani
around 10.30 am yesterday, police said.
Eight mailroom workers underwent decon-
tamination as a precaution.
A representative for Giuliani s firm said
the substance was found to be nonhaz-
PARIS---Top-seeded Maria Sharapova thrashed
eighth-seeded Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium 6-2, 6-
2 yesterday to set up an all-Russian semifinal against
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova at the Open Gaz de France.
Although Sharapova dropped her serve once, the
four-time Grand Slam champion broke Flipkens serve
five times to win in little more than an hour.
In a more tightly-contested match, Pavlyuchenkova
upset fourth-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany
5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (3).
Both had seven aces and also dropped serve four
In yesterday s later quarterfinals, No 3 Sara Errani
of Italy takes on Ukraine s Elina Svitolina, and Andrea
Petkovic of Germany plays France s Alize Cornet. (AP)
FBI: Powder near Super Bowl appears harmless
NOVI SAD---Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka
won their singles matches yesterday to give Switzer-
land a convincing 2-0 lead over Serbia in their World
Group first-round tie.
Returning to Davis Cup tennis, Federer cruised past
Ilija Bozoljac, winning 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 in less than two
hours. Federer faced little challenge from Bozoljac,
who served well but still was no match for his Swiss
Australian Open champion Wawrinka faced a
tougher task against 102-ranked Dusan Lajovic in the
second match, before winning 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, 7-6
(7).Bozoljac began his match against Federer with two
aces and had a set point while leading 5-2 in the sec-
ond. But Federer held serve and broke to regain control
over the set.
Federer was making his first Davis Cup appearance
Bozoljac said he was disappointed about his missed
chance to win the second set.
Lajovic opened his match with a break, but Wawrin-
ka soon broke back and went on to win the set easily.
Lajovic then took advantage of several unforced errors
by Wawrinka to take the second set.
However, Lajovic missed two set points in the tie
break of the fourth before Wawrinka closed out the
Switzerland is an overwhelming favorite against
Serbia, last year s finalist and the 2010 Davis Cup
champion, which is playing without Novak Djokovic
and two other top players.
The second-ranked Djokovic decided to rest after
losing to Wawrinka in the Australian Open quarter-
finals, while Janko Tipsarevic is nursing a heel injury
and Viktor Troicki is serving a 12-month doping ban
for failing to appear at a test. That means Lajovic is
Serbia s highest-ranked team member.
The winner plays Belgium or Kazakhstan in the
quarterfinals in April.
leads Serbia 2-0
in first round tie
reach Open GDF semis
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