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Man accused of threat to kill congressman

SEATTLE (AP) -- A California man was arrested Wednesday on charges of making threatening, obscene phone calls to the office of U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott last month, weeks before a gunman shot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others in Arizona.

An FBI complaint unsealed in federal court said Charles T. Habermann, 32, of Palm Springs, called the Seattle Democrat's office Dec. 9 and Dec. 10 and left two messages. He began each with his name and phone number, and went on to threaten to kill the congressman -- as well as his friends and family -- over his opposition to extending tax cuts for the wealthy, according to transcripts recited in the complaint.

According to the transcript of one call, Habermann said, "He thinks he can steal money from people and give it away to losers and get away with it."

It continues, "I'll (expletive) hunt that guy down, and I'll (expletive) get rid of him." In the other call, Habermann allegedly said, "If he ever (expletive) around with my money, ever the (expletive) again, I'll (expletive) kill him, OK."


Haley takes office with calls for cuts

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Nikki Haley took her oath of office Wednesday to become the first woman and first member of a minority group to serve as South Carolina's governor, saying her state must cut taxes and trim government to turn around its lagging economy.

Haley, 38, said the state will continue to fight federal mandates and blamed misguided federal aid for helping ruin the state budget.

"Nearly two years ago, the federal government in Washington decided to transfer its irresponsible fiscal practices to the states. And our state, just like every other, accepted it," Haley said in her inaugural address. "When we produce this year's budget, we will see the heavy price for having done so."

The speech repeated several themes from Haley's rise from state representative, to "tea party" favorite.

Haley became the nation's second Indian-American governor.


Silky-voiced man to enter rehab facility

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Ohio homeless man whose silky voice made him a Web phenomenon is headed to rehab for alcohol and drug dependency after an appearance on "Dr. Phil," show representatives said Wednesday.

Ted Williams agreed to enter a private facility after a lengthy one-on-one interview with Dr. Phil McGraw set to air today, show spokeswoman Stacey Luchs said in a written statement.

Williams' wife and family also will appear to discuss what they call his persistent drinking and a Monday disturbance in a Los Angeles hotel, where police briefly detained Williams and his daughter after a heated argument.

Williams was staying in the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel & Spa while in town to tape several TV appearances. Police called the incident "minor" and said no signs indicated physical abuse.

Family members said the dispute involved Williams' resuming drinking.

The appearance will be Williams' third on the show this week.

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