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Inmate accused of mailing threat, powder to McCain

Prosecutors charged a jail inmate Friday with sending a threatening letter and white powder to a Colorado campaign office for GOP presidential candidate John McCain.

Tests showed the white powder wasn't anthrax or any other lethal substance, but authorities had not determined what it was.

Prosecutors said Marc Harold Ramsey, 39, sent a letter to McCain's office in the south Denver suburb of Centennial reading, “If you are reading this, then you are already dead!” The return address on the envelope had Ramsey's name and “Arapahoe County Detention Facility.”

Ramsey, 39, is in the Arapahoe County jail awaiting trial on a charges of menacing, harassment and assaulting a peace officer.

U.S. Attorney Troy Eid said Ramsey told investigators he wrote the letter to express his views about the U.S. government. Associated Press

College to release records of Obama's service to group

The University of Illinois said Friday it is releasing records of Barack Obama's service to a nonprofit organization linked to former 1960s radical William Ayers.

Supporters of John McCain have been trying to exploit the tie between Obama and Ayers, with a McCain fundraiser donating nearly $2.9 million for an independent ad focusing on Ayers. Ayers' Weatherman group took credit for bombings that included nonfatal blasts at the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol four decades ago.

The records of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, an organization to help reform Chicago schools that Obama chaired and that Ayers co-founded, will be made available Tuesday. Associated Press