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Two charged with threatening Stupak

TRAVERSE CITY | A father and son have been charged with conspiring to threaten U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak and his family because of the Michigan Democrat’s crucial vote for the health care overhaul, federal authorities said.

The charges announced Monday followed an FBI investigation of a letter that said the writer would “paint” a Michigan bridge with the blood of Mr. Stupak and his family.

Federal prosecutors identify the suspects as Russell Hesch, 73, of West Branch, Mich., and David Hesch, 50, of Loveland, Colo.

Russell Hesch is being held in Michigan pending a detention hearing. Court-appointed attorney Robert Dunn said his client is “absolutely not guilty.”

Authorities plan to appoint an attorney for David Hesch, who appeared Monday in federal court in Denver.


No clear front-runners in governor primaries

AUGUSTA | No decided front-runners have emerged in Tuesday’s primary races for governor, leaving the candidates scrapping for every last vote in elections that could turn on tiny margins.

Polling within the past week showed that half of Republicans and 60 percent of Democrats were undecided. The candidates vying for the position - seven Republicans and four Democrats - tried to make the best of their own polling to build momentum as the election drew closer.

“I have yet to meet a gubernatorial candidate whose polling numbers don’t tell them they’re first or second in the polls,” said Republican activist Eric Lusk, as a survey came out last week.

Democratic Gov. John Baldacci, who is completing his second four-year term, is constitutionally barred from seeking a consecutive third term.


Ex-official pleads guilty to sex abuse

A former CIA station chief in Algeria pleaded guilty Monday to sex abuse stemming from a 2008 incident in Algiers and to cocaine use, the U.S. Justice Department said.

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