FORT WAYNE, IND.
Slaying leads to standoff
A man pulled a woman off a city bus Wednesday, fatally shot her and then took a 3-year-old boy hostage before a sniper killed the suspect during a police standoff. A police officer carried the child out of a house in Fort Wayne about 4:30 p.m., and police announced soon after that the suspect, Kenneth Knight, 45, was dead. Police said from the outset that they did not believe the shooting was random, but the relationship, if any, between Knight, the woman and the child was not immediately clear. Police spokeswoman Raquel Foster said a protective order had been filed against Knight in the past few days, but she did not say who had requested the order.
FORT HOOD, TEXAS
Suspect’s plea forbidden
An Army psychiatrist will not be allowed to plead guilty to any charges in the deadly 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage, a judge ruled Wednesday. Maj. Nidal Hasan’s attorneys previously said he was ready to plead guilty to the 13 counts of premeditated murder he faces in the worst mass shooting on a U.S. military installation, but Army rules prohibit a judge from accepting a guilty plea to charges that carry the death penalty.
Ex-officials found guilty
Five former city councilors in the small, blue-collar Los Angeles suburb of Bell were convicted Wednesday of stealing taxpayer money by creating a panel that helped boost their part-time pay to nearly $100,000 a year. Former Bell Mayor Oscar Hernandez and onetime City Council members Teresa Jacobo, George Mirabal, George Cole and Victor Bello were convicted Wednesday of misappropriating public funds.
Apollo pieces recovered
Rusted pieces of two Apollo-era rocket engines that helped boost astronauts to the moon have been fished out of the murky depths of the Atlantic, Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos and NASA said Wednesday. A privately funded expedition led by Bezos raised the main engine parts during three weeks at sea and was headed back to Cape Canaveral, Fla., the launch pad for the manned lunar missions.
Compiled from wire reports.