A dispute over a tree stand used in deer hunting turned violent Sunday, when five people were shot to death and three others were wounded in western Wisconsin. Chai Vang of Minneapolis, who authorities identified as the suspect, was arrested when he emerged from the woods, out of bullets, with a semiautomatic rifle. Although details remained sketchy, the confrontation apparently began after two hunters returning to their rural cabin on private land discovered the suspect using one of their hunting platforms. Shooting commenced, but who shot first is unclear.

President Bush and GOP congressional leaders were preparing another bid in December to pass legislation to revamp the intelligence community, an overhaul that conservative Republicans blocked over the weekend. If the effort fails, lawmakers would have to restart the legislative process when the new Congress convenes in January.

Infrastructure throughout Amtrak's rail system has reached "critical levels," according to a report released by the Department of Transportation, The Washington Post said Sunday. The report indicates that time has run out for Amtrak to postpone improvements to deteriorating bridges and tunnels.

At least 20 of an estimated 16,000 demonstrators were arrested Sunday in Columbus, Ga., while protesting outside the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, a US-run military school for Latin Americans at Fort Benning. Protesters, who claim the school's graduates have committed human rights abuses, including murder, have staged annual protests at the site since 1990.

Indiana Pacers star Ron Artest was suspended for the rest of the National Basketball Association season for his central role in a brawl involving fans near the end of a game against the Detroit Pistons in Auburn Hills, Mich., last Friday. The longest nondrug-related suspension in league history will cost Artest, one of nine players suspended, about $5 million in lost salary.

In an effort to redistribute 800,000 metric tons of sediment in the Colorado River's fragile Grand Canyon ecosystem, the Bureau of Reclamation opened four giant pipes in the Glen Canyon Dam near Page, Ariz., Sunday. Scientists will study the impacts of 90 hours of controlled flooding.

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