The armed standoff at an Oregon wildlife refuge appeared to be headed to a violent climax.
Four occupiers were sounding increasingly agitated as heavily armed FBI agents inched closer.
“They're 50 feet from me,” said Sean Anderson, during a series of telephone calls that were broadcast live over the Internet by a supporter.
On the other end of the line was Nevada state Assemblywoman Michele Fiore, racing from the Portland airport to the refuge five hours away in a bid to help avert a bloody showdown. “We're speeding,” she said. “We need you to stay alive."
During hours of tense negotiations Wednesday, Fiore, 45, emerged as an...