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Stand­off trial: Ne­vada rancher Cliven Bundy was cast Tues­day as the leader of a con­spir­acy to en­list armed mili­tia mem­bers to force the fed­eral agents, “at the end of a gun,” to aban­don ef­forts to col­lect his cat­tle from pub­lic range­land. As the long-awaited trial opened in Las Ve­gas, act­ing U.S. At­tor­ney Steven Myhre re­jected sup­port­ers’ char­ac­ter­i­za­tions of the 71-year-old Bundy, sons Ryan and Am­mon Bundy and co-de­fen­dant Ryan Payne as peace­ful pro­test­ers and states’ rights free­dom fight­ers. The pros­e­cu­tor used his open­ing state­ment to cast as lit­tle more than ex­tor­tion and theft the April 12, 2014, armed stand­off that led the fed­eral Bureau of Land Man­age­ment to aban­don round­ing up Bundy cat­tle and re­lease al­most 400 cows. Each de­fen­dant faces 15 felony charges, in­clud­ing con­spir­acy, as­sault and threats against fed­eral of­fi­cers, firearms counts, ob­struc­tion and ex­tor­tion.

Tampa homi­cides: A po­lice SWAT team and dogs searched a block­aded Florida neigh­bor­hood for a pos­si­ble se­rial killer Tues­day af­ter a fourth per­son was shot dead for no ap­par­ent rea­son. Res­i­dents of the Semi­nole Heights neigh­bor­hood re­ported hear­ing shots just be­fore 5 a.m. Tues­day. Of­fi­cers quickly moved in, and found the body of Ron­ald Fel­ton, 60, who had been walk­ing across the street when a gun­man came up be­hind him and fired. Po­lice said Fel­ton’s shoot­ing will be treated as if it’s re­lated to last month’s 10-day spree where the pre­vi­ous three vic­tims were alone, had got­ten off a bus in the neigh­bor­hood and were gunned downed at night. None was robbed.

Po­lice shoot­ing: A crowd of an­gry neigh­bors gath­ered overnight af­ter the fa­tal shoot­ing of a man by a po­lice of­fi­cer at an apart­ment com­plex in Ba­ton Rouge, a city that was wracked by un­rest af­ter an­other po­lice shoot­ing last year. The of­fi­cer suf­fered mi­nor in­juries Mon­day night, Louisiana State Po­lice spokesman Trooper Bryan Lee said. The man fa­tally shot was iden­ti­fied as 24-year-old Calvin Toney. Toney died of a sin­gle gun­shot wound to the chest, ac­cord­ing to the East Ba­ton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Of­fice, which re­leased pre­lim­i­nary re­sults of an au­topsy per­formed Tues­day.

Man­hunt ex­pands: The search for a dan­ger­ous man who es­caped from a Hawaii psy­chi­atric hospi­tal moved to the Bay Area af­ter au­thor­i­ties said Tues­day he boarded a flight to San Jose from Maui two days ear­lier. Ran­dall Saito, who was ac­quit­ted of a 1979 mur­der by rea­son of in­san­ity, left the state hospi­tal out­side Honolulu on Sun­day at 10 a.m., took a taxi to a char­tered plane that took him to the is­land of Maui and then boarded an­other plane to San Jose, Honolulu po­lice said. “Saito is con­sid­ered ex­tremely dan­ger­ous and should not be ap­proached,” po­lice said in state­ment late Tues­day. The FBI and U.S. Mar­shals Ser­vice have re­viewed se­cu­rity footage from San Jose In­ter­na­tional Air­port in connection with the man­hunt, said Jon Vaden, a spokesman for the air­port.

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