APmo 05/07 2214 Richard Butler SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- White supremacy leader the Rev. Rich

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APmo 05/07 2214 Richard Butler SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- White supremacy leader the Rev. Richard Butler was recovering from successful surgery on his left carotid artery Thursday afternoon, said a spokeswoman for Sacred Heart Medical Center. The surgery lasted about two hours and Butler was taken to recovery by mid-afternoon, said spokeswoman Marilyn Thordarson. She said the surgery went well and Butler was listed in stable condition. The carotid arteries supply blood to the head and neck. Butler, 69, underwent quadruple bypass heart surgery Friday night. He was stricken with chest pains April 28 while in the Kootenai County Jail at Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, where he was held after being arrested on federal sedition charges. Butler and others were indicted for allegedly plotting to overthrow the government. Butler heads the Church of Jesus Christ Christian (Aryan Nations) near Hayden Lake, Idaho.

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