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Settlement reached in anthrax wrongful death lawsuit

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A settlement has been reached in the wrongful death lawsuit between the U.S. government and the widow of a man who died during the 2001 anthrax attacks.

The widow originally filed the suit in 2003, claiming the government was to blame because it was negligent in safely securing the anthrax disease at a military laboratory. In 2008, the FBI concluded that an Army scientist was responsible for mailing athrax-laced letters to media outlets and government officials.

Her husband was a tabloid photo editor and was the first to die from the attacks when a letter was mailed to the publishing office of the National Enquirer. Five people died and seventeen fell ill from the letters.