NEWS OF THE DAY
From Across the Nation
1 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.
2 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.
3 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.
4 Space delivery: Astronauts got a mouth-watering haul with Tuesday’s Earth-to-space delivery — pizza and ice cream. A commercial supply ship arrived at the International Space Station two days after launching from Dulles, Va. Besides NASA equipment and experiments, the Orbital ATK capsule holds chocolate and vanilla ice cream for the six station astronauts, as well as the makings of a good Earth pizza: sauce, cheese, pepperoni, anchovy paste, tomatoes, pesto, olive oil and flatbread. The supply ship will remain at the space station until the beginning of December, when it’s cut loose with a load of trash. It will hover close to the orbiting lab as part of an experiment, then several mini satellites will be released and it will burn up in the atmosphere on re-entry.