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FBI investigating threats to Democrats

FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009 file photo, Rep. Tom Perriello, D-Va. testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Authorities on Wednesday, March 24, 2010 were investigating the severing of a gas line at the Charlottesville, Va. home of Rep. Perriello's brother Bo following the posting of his address online by Tea Party activists. FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009 file photo, Rep. Tom Perriello, D-Va. testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Authorities on Wednesday, March 24, 2010 were investigating the severing of a gas line at the Charlottesville, Va. home of Rep. Perriello's brother Bo following the posting of his address online by Tea Party activists. (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg, file)
By Jim Abrams
Associated Press Writer / March 24, 2010

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WASHINGTON—The FBI is investigating threats against lawmakers stemming from intense opposition to the health care overhaul law.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer says more than 10 Democratic lawmakers have reported incidents. Hoyer adds that the FBI and Capitol Police briefed Democrats on how to handle perceived security threats.

The FBI says that all threats and incidents directed against members of Congress are taken seriously and are being investigated by the FBI. The bureau's Washington field office issued the statement.

The FBI statement added that U.S. Capitol Police and other law enforcement agencies also are investigating to identify and bring to justice those responsible.