WASHINGTON — FBI agents arrested a Washington state man Tuesday and accused him of threatening to kill Sen. Patty Murray because of her support for a health care bill.
Charles Alan Wilson, 63, was arrested without incident in Selah, Wash., where he lives, after investigators connected him to a series of profanity-laced phone messages left at Murray's office shortly after the Washington state Democrat voted in favor of the health care bill.
The messages reportedly said Murray had a "target on her back" because of her vote, warned of a "growing hatred" in the nation and said it would be only a matter of time before someone would breach her security and put a "(expletive) gun to your head and blow your (expletive) brains out."
Next archbishop for Los Angeles named
LOS ANGELES — Archbishop Jose Gomez's appointment Tuesday to head the Archdiocese of Los Angeles underscores the growing importance of Latinos in the American church and promises to give the nation's largest Roman Catholic diocese an even stronger voice in the immigration debate.
The appointment was also evidence that Pope Benedict XVI wants a strong defender of orthodoxy at the helm in Los Angeles, which is nearly three-quarters Hispanic.
The Mexican-born Gomez was named coadjutor for Los Angeles, which means he will take over the archdiocese when current archbishop Cardinal Roger Mahony retires next Feb. 27, his 75th birthday.
Wilma Mankiller dies; led Cherokee Nation
OKLAHOMA CITY — Former Cherokee Nation Chief Wilma Mankiller, one of the nation's most visible American Indian leaders and one of the few women to lead a major tribe, died Tuesday after suffering from cancer and other health problems. She was 64.
As the first female chief of the Cherokees, from 1985 to 1995, Mankiller led the tribe in tripling its enrollment, doubling employment and building new health centers and children's programs.