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Paper says bomb probe progressing

ATLANTA - Materials seized from the property of a Georgia man appear to be similar to components in parcels bombs that killed a federal judge and a black lawyer in December, the Atlanta Journal said Tuesday. In a copyright story, the newspaper quoted federal sources as saying that laboratory tests to establish whether the materials match the bombs are pending but that the results of last Thursday's raid on property belonging to Walter Leroy Moody Jr. in Rex, Ga., appeared very promising.

The investigation into the parcel bomb deaths of U.S. Appeals Court Judge Robert Vance and black lawyer and civil rights worker Robert Robinson of Savannah, Ga., remains the FBI's top case, according to government spokesmen.

Washington officials have said racial bigotry is regarded as a likely motive for the murders and the mailing of similar parcel bombs recovered from the Atlanta-based federal appeals court and the Jacksonville office of the NAACP.