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Alabama standoff goes into a 4th day

Young hostage getting medicine

MIDLAND CITY, Ala. — The standoff between police and a gunman accused of holding a kindergartner hostage in an underground bunker dragged into a fourth day on Friday, as authorities sought to continue delicate conversations with the man through a pipe and worked to safely end the tense situation.

Police said Jimmy Lee Dykes shot a school bus driver to death, grabbed a 5-year-old boy off the bus, and slipped into an underground bunker on his property in rural Alabama, where the pair has been since Tuesday. There were signs the standoff could go on: The shelter has electricity, food, television, and police have delivered the boy’s medication through a 4-inch-wide ventilation pipe leading to the bunker.

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