Across The Nation

LAS VEGAS

A defense attorney touched off a protest Tuesday about race and free expression in a Las Vegas courtroom when she refused to remove a "Black Lives Matter" button from her blouse despite a judge’s request not to demonstrate what he called "political speech."

Clark County District Court Judge Douglas Herndon asked Erika Ballou, a deputy public defender who is black, to remove the button or leave the courtroom and turn the case she was handling over to another lawyer.

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.

A North Carolina high school teacher says he has been placed on leave after students say he stepped on an American flag as part of a history lesson.

The Fayetteville Observer reports Massey Hill Classical High School teacher Lee Francis said he was informed of his status by the Cumberland County Schools human resources department. Francis said he’s scheduled to meet with system officials on Thursday to discuss the incident stemming from a lesson in his history class.

News media outlets quote students as saying Francis asked students for a lighter or scissors, and when no one produced them, he put the flag on the floor and stomped on it.

NASHVILLE, Tenn.

Nashville police say an officer has fatally shot a 43-year-old man who pulled a pistol when confronted.

Metro police spokesman Don Aaron tells The Tennessean that the man was shot just before 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and no officers were injured.

Robertson County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Ryan Martin has identified the dead man as Sandy Joe Duke of Springfield.

CHICAGO

A Chicago federal judge on Tuesday sentenced a former Illinois National Guard soldier and his cousin to prison for plotting to join Islamic State fighters and to attack a U.S. military facility.

Hasan Edmonds, 23, the former soldier, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 30 years in prison. His cousin, Jonas Edmonds, 30, received a 21-year prison sentence.

The sentences matched what prosecutors asked for the men, both residents of suburban Aurora.

KENANSVILLE, N.C.

Donald Trump is spending a lot of time in this critical presidential swing state, but he campaigned Tuesday evening far from cities like Charlotte and Raleigh where many candidates have courted moderate voters in recent years.

Instead, he zeroed in on this tiny, rural town of about 850 people to make his pitch to the disaffected, working-class white voters who have propelled his campaign. The strategy appears to be less about swaying undecideds and more about making sure supporters don’t stay home on Election Day.

Compiled from wire reports