APco 05/09 1540 Richard Butler SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- The Rev. Richard Butler, head of the

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APco 05/09 1540 Richard Butler SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- The Rev. Richard Butler, head of the white supremacist Aryan Nations, was reported in stable and improving condition today at Sacred Heart Medical Center after an operation to clear blockage in his left carotid artery, said Sacred Heart spokeswoman Janice Kaley. The two-hour operation, performed Thursday, was the second in less than a week for Butler. He underwent quadruple bypass heart surgery last week. The carotid arteries supply blood to the head and neck. Butler, 69, was stricken with heart pains April 28 at the Kootenai County Jail in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, where he was held after being indicted by a federal grand jury in Arkansas on a sedition charge. Butler was indicted with other white supremacists, who were charged with a variety of counts, including sedition, or attempting to overthrow the U.S. government. Butler is head of the Church of Jesus Christ Christian (Aryan Nations), based near Hayden Lake, Idaho. Last page !

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