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The Latest: Soros spokeswoman: ‘Tone down rhetoric’

FILE - In this May 29, 2018, file photo, philanthropist George Soros, founder and chairman of the Open Society Foundations, attends the European Council On Foreign Relations Annual Meeting in Paris. The FBI and local police responded to an address near Soros' home after an object that appeared to be an explosive was found in a mailbox. The Bedford Police Department said it responded to the address in the hamlet of Katonah, N.Y., Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, after an employee of the residence opened the package. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

BEDFORD, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on an explosive device found at a suburban home of George Soros (all times local):

1 p.m.

A spokeswoman for George Soros’s Open Society Foundations is urging politicians to “tone down their rhetoric” a day after a bomb was found outside Soros’ suburban New York residence.

Spokeswoman Laura Silber says Soros is calling for a more civil way to discuss political differences.

The liberal philanthropist Soros has been the subject of several right-wing conspiracies.

A law enforcement official says the device was not a hoax and had the components of an actual bomb.

The official isn’t authorized to discuss the ongoing investigation and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

— Jim Mustian in New York

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11:30 a.m.

A law enforcement official says an explosive device found outside liberal philanthropist George Soros’ suburban New York compound resembled a pipe bomb and was inside a package discovered in a mailbox.

The official wasn’t authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation and spoke Tuesday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Police have said an employee at the compound opened the package and discovered the device. They said the employee then placed the package in a wooded area and summoned authorities.

A second law enforcement official said investigators are reviewing surveillance video to determine whether the package was sent through the mail or otherwise delivered.

It isn’t clear whether the package was addressed to Soros.

— Michael Balsamo in Washington and Jim Mustian in New York

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9:45 a.m.

A law enforcement official says the device found outside a New York residential compound owned by George Soros “had the components” of an actual bomb, including explosive powder.

The official spoke Tuesday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to publicly discuss the continuing investigation.

He says “the components were there for an explosive device” and it was “not a hoax device.”

The official says the investigators are reviewing surveillance video to determine whether the package had been sent through the mail or otherwise delivered.

Authorities detonated it as a precaution.

Among the unanswered questions is whether the package was addressed to Soros.

— Jim Mustian in New York

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12:30 a.m.

The FBI and local police responded to an address near the home of philanthropist George Soros after an object that appeared to be an explosive was found in a mailbox.

The Bedford Police Department said it responded to the address in the hamlet of Katonah at 3:45 p.m. Monday after an employee of the residence opened the package.

The person placed the package in a wooded area and called police, who alerted the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms and Explosives.

Bedford police said the FBI’s terrorism task force was investigating.

The FBI’s New York field office said on Twitter that it was “conducting an investigation at and around a residence in Bedford, NY. There is no threat to public safety, and we have no further comment at this time.”

A message emailed to Soros’ foundation wasn’t immediately returned.

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