From Across the Na­tion

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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.

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