Man threatened Pelosi by phone, authorities say

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Man threatened Pelosi by phone, authorities say

A man angry about health care reform allegedly made threatening and harassing phone calls to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, including at least one call in which he got through and spoke to her directly, law enforcement officials said. Gregory Lee Giusti, 48, was arrested Wednesday at his San Francisco home, FBI spokesman Joseph Schadler said. He would not disclose the charges against Giusti, but several federal officials said Giusti made dozens of calls to Pelosi's homes in California and Washington, as well as to her husband's business office. They said he recited her home address and said if she wanted to see it again, she would not support the health care overhaul bill that since has been enacted.

CHARLESTON, W.Va.

Mine cited twice on day of blast

Massey Energy Co.'s Upper Big Branch mine, a sprawling West Virginia coal mine where an explosion killed 25 this week, was cited for violating two federal safety rules on Monday, the day of the blast, Mine Safety and Health Administration records show. Kevin Stricklin, a top federal mine official, says he is confident the violations had nothing to do with the blast. Meanwhile, high levels of dangerous methane gas made it impossible for rescuers to venture inside the mine Wednesday to search for survivors.

Washington

Diplomat sparks bomb scare on jet

A Qatari diplomat trying to sneak a smoke in an airplane bathroom sparked a bomb scare Wednesday night on a flight from Washington to Denver, with fighter jets scrambled and law enforcement put on high alert, officials said. No explosives were found on the man, and officials do not believe he was trying to harm anyone, according to a senior law enforcement officials. An Arab diplomat briefed on the matter identified the diplomat as Mohammed Al-Madadi. Officials said air marshals aboard the flight restrained the man and he was questioned.

Times wires

Man threatened Pelosi by phone, authorities say 04/07/10 [Last modified: Thursday, April 8, 2010 1:00am]

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