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Cliven Bundy emerges free, defiant after Nevada case tossed

by oneopinion » Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:20 pm

The Nevada rancher accused of leading an armed standoff that stopped federal agents from rounding up his cattle in 2014 walked out of a courthouse in Las Vegas a free and defiant man Monday, declaring that his fight against U.S. authority is not over.

Cliven Bundy emerged to supporters' cheers, while environmental and conservation advocates worried that the dismissal of his charges would bolster "violent and racist anti-government" followers who aim to erode established parks, wildlife refuges and other public lands controlled by U.S. officials.

"We're not done with this," the 71-year-old Bundy declared in his first minutes of freedom since his arrest in February 2016.

http://www.idahostatesman.com/latest-ne ... rylink=cpy

Mistrial declared in 2014 Nevada armed standoff

by oneopinion » Thu Dec 21, 2017 12:47 am

A U.S. judge declared a mistrial Wednesday in the Nevada case against a states' rights figure, his two sons and another man accused of leading a 2014 armed standoff with federal agents during a cattle grazing dispute.
Chief U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro in Las Vegas dismissed a jury seated last month for the long-awaited trial of Cliven Bundy, his sons Ryan and Ammon Bundy and self-styled Montana militia leader Ryan Payne.
It is the latest in a string of failed prosecutions in Nevada and Oregon against those who have opposed federal control of vast swaths of land in the American West.

http://idahonews.com/news/local/ap-mist ... d-standoff

Explanation of why the federal government did what they did....

by oneopinion » Sat Dec 16, 2017 11:46 pm

BLM investigator alleges misconduct in Nevada standoff

by oneopinion » Sat Dec 16, 2017 11:25 pm

A lead investigator who looked into how the U.S. Bureau of Land Management handled an armed standoff with ranchers in Nevada is alleging misconduct in a memo obtained by a newspaper.

The memo was obtained Thursday by The Oregonian/OregonLive and a defense lawyer for Cliven Bundy now wants federal charges against his client dismissed.

The trial is currently under way in Las Vegas.

BLM investigator Larry Wooten alleges supervisory agents didn't turn over required evidence to the prosecution team.

http://www.ktvb.com/news/local/regional ... /499974675

Oregon armed standoff leader released from jail in Nevada

by oneopinion » Thu Nov 30, 2017 11:40 pm

A rancher's son at the center of an armed standoff with government agents near his family ranch in Nevada in 2014 and a takeover of an Oregon wildlife refuge in 2016 was released Thursday from federal custody in Las Vegas.

Ammon Bundy, 42, was greeted by his wife and six children while friends cheered as he walked out of the federal courthouse.

His first words after 22 months behind bars were about family and American freedoms and his reasons for opposing federal power.

http://idahonews.com/news/local/oregon- ... -in-nevada

2 Idaho men in Bundy standoff case take plea deals

by oneopinion » Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:34 am

LAS VEGAS - Two Idaho men have pleaded guilty to lesser charges to avoid a third trial for having assault-style weapons during a confrontation with federal agents near states' rights figure Cliven Bundy's ranch in 2014.

Pleas on Monday by Eric Parker and Scott Drexler to misdemeanor charges came with jury selection due to start next week for Bundy, his sons Ammon and Ryan Bundy, and co-defendant Ryan Payne.

Another defendant, Peter Santilli of Cincinnati, pleaded guilty Oct. 6 to a felony conspiracy charge in an agreement that his lawyer says could have him free from federal custody in January with time already served.

http://www.ktvb.com/news/crime/2-idaho- ... /485650691

Re: 1/3 of Idaho lawmakers ask AG Sessions to back off Bundy case

by Puca! » Fri Sep 01, 2017 8:03 pm

oneopinion wrote:
Fri Sep 01, 2017 7:56 pm
Two failed trials is enough.

Thirty-four Republican Idaho lawmakers — one-third of the full combined House and Senate — sent a letter Tuesday to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking him to get Nevada federal prosecutors to relax their pursuit of four Idahoans charged or convicted in connection with the 2014 Bunkerville standoff in Nevada.

“We believe that the decision by the current U.S. attorney to Nevada to prosecute these men a third time represents disrespect for the rule of law and the jury system,” states the letter signed by 26 House members and eight Senate members, along with five retired lawmakers.

On Friday, a federal judge set a trial date for Oct. 10, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

http://www.idahostatesman.com/news/poli ... rylink=cpy

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1/3 of Idaho lawmakers ask AG Sessions to back off Bundy case

by oneopinion » Fri Sep 01, 2017 7:56 pm

Two failed trials is enough.

Thirty-four Republican Idaho lawmakers — one-third of the full combined House and Senate — sent a letter Tuesday to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking him to get Nevada federal prosecutors to relax their pursuit of four Idahoans charged or convicted in connection with the 2014 Bunkerville standoff in Nevada.

“We believe that the decision by the current U.S. attorney to Nevada to prosecute these men a third time represents disrespect for the rule of law and the jury system,” states the letter signed by 26 House members and eight Senate members, along with five retired lawmakers.

On Friday, a federal judge set a trial date for Oct. 10, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

http://www.idahostatesman.com/news/poli ... rylink=cpy

Re: Bundy Thread

by oneopinion » Thu Aug 24, 2017 10:39 pm

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A federal jury has found Ammon Bundy and his six co-defendants not guilty on all charges for taking over a federal wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon earlier this year.
Standoff leaders Ammon and Ryan Bundy and five others were charged with conspiring to impede federal workers from their jobs at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Several also were charged with possessing a firearm in a federal facility.
All seven defendants were found not guilty Thursday on all charges. The jury had no verdict for Ryan Bundy's theft of government property charge.
Ammon Bundy's lawyer, Marcus Mumford, is now in US Marshal custody after repeatedly yelling his client was free to go after the verdict was read in a federal courtroom Thursday afternoon.


http://katu.com/news/local/ammon-bundy- ... and-oregon

Bundy supporter Burleson sentenced to 68 years in prison

by mr2dann » Thu Jul 27, 2017 6:23 am

Gregory Burleson, a member of Arizona militia groups who participated in the 2014 armed standoff in Bunkerville, was sentenced Wednesday to more than 68 years in federal prison.
Burleson, 53, was photographed with a long gun during the standoff, moving around the sandy wash where federal agents were headquartered. The Bureau of Land Management was in Bunkerville to carry out a court order to round up rancher Cliven Bundy’s cattle from public lands. The operation was unsuccessful after hundreds of protesters, many armed, descended on the small rancher town in southwest Nevada.
“Yes, I was down in the wash. I went down there with the intention to see what was going on,” Burleson said during his sentencing hearing Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas.”I did not go down there with the intention of assaulting or killing anyone.”
After the standoff, Burleson, posted incendiary, anti-government messages to his Facebook page.
“I was * bent on killing federal agents that had turned their back on we the people,” he told an undercover FBI agent who posed as a documentary filmmaker in order to interview him. During the sentencing hearing, Burleson, a Phoenix resident, acknowledged some of his previous errors.
“Yes, I said a lot of crazy things. I’m ashamed of them actually,” he said to U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro. “Looking back at them, it’s like, ‘wow, obviously I shouldn’t drink.’” ............Comparing Burleson and other protesters to “playground bullies,” Navarro said, “You don’t just go to the tax office and threaten them to not collect taxes.”
The sentence she imposed of 68 years and three months was markedly lower than the 87 years prosecutors had requested.
Burleson also was ordered to pay $1.5 million in restitution to the government, to reimburse taxpayers for the labor and contractor costs of the failed cattle operation. A jury convicted in April of eight counts, including assault, threats, extortion, obstruction of justice, and multiple gun charges.
https://www.reviewjournal.com/news/bund ... in-prison/


As I understand it federal sentences are what you will serve before being released. If that is indeed true either the prosecutions requested sentence or the one the judge gave him is essentially life in prison. He is one hombre who will not be a repeat offender. One less Trump supporter. Next

FBI Agent indicted for false statements in LaVoy Finicum shooting

by oneopinion » Wed Jun 28, 2017 6:14 am

An FBI agent has been indicted on accusations that he lied about firing at Robert “LaVoy” Finicum in 2016 when officers arrested leaders of an armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in rural Oregon.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that sources familiar with the case say the agent will face allegations of making a false statement with intent to obstruct justice.

The indictment stems from a U.S. Justice Department investigation. The agent will be identified when summoned to appear Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Portland

http://www.leoaffairs.com/news/fbi-agen ... -shooting/

The Dumb and the Restless

by mr2dann » Fri Jun 02, 2017 4:55 am

Ammon Bundy and his band of weeping, self-pitying, gun-toting, wannabe-terrorist metrosexuals are America's most ridiculous people

Contrast that with Ammon Bundy, the man who recently led a small group of gun-wielding outpatients to occupy the Malheur federal wildlife preserve in Oregon.

Before the occupation, Bundy stood up at a town hall meeting in Harney County, Oregon, and fell to pieces as he described to the audience the revelation he had from God about the need to take action against the federal government. He was most put out about the five-year sentence for arson that the feds slapped on a father and son duo of ranchers named Dwight and Steven Hammond for setting fires on federal land.

Bundy, his beard always carefully groomed, his unblemished broad-billed rancher hat always on straight, stood up at the town hall and weepingly explained that God had spoken to him about the Hammonds.

"The Lord was not pleased with what was happening with the Hammonds," he croaked out. "OK?" He then wiped his eyes and — in an absolutely flawless homage to the Mike Myers I'm a little verklempt routine — held a palm out as if to say, "Hang on while I compose myself."

"And I apologize for being emotional," he went on. "I hope you guys can get past that!" (He wiped his eyes again.)

Bundy's town hall speech was nothing compared to the instant-satire performance delivered by fellow militiaman Jon Ritzheimer, who videotaped himself in his front car seat weepily telling his daughters why he wouldn't be home for the holidays. The Oscar-winning scene comes when Ritzheimer sighs, drops his carefully shaved head and carefully trimmed goatee downward (the stratospheric Men's Health-level grooming factor is a constant in the #YallQaeda story), then collects himself just long enough to look up at his camera.

"Your Daddy swore an oath!" Ritzheimer bleats, waving a paperback copy of the Constitution in front of the camera. What's hilarious is that you can see Ritzheimer, who just seconds before was ostensibly so overwhelmed with emotion that he "lost it" and had to gather himself, carefully spread his fingers during the scene so that the audience can see the title.

The video was instant viral comedy and inspired some fantastic parodies. "Your Daddy swore an oath!" cried John Darnielle, a.k.a. @mountain_goats on Twitter. "An oath to the naturalist, and later expressionist, playwright, August Strindburg! And, scene!"

"Daddy swore an oath!" said @PatrickGeCooper, in one of my favorites. "An oath to finally finish Jules Verne's Mysterious Island. I've tried like three times! There are so many descriptions of plants, and rocks…"

This is not to say it's not OK for men to cry. Of course it's OK for men to cry. What's not OK is to be so completely in love with yourself and up your own * that you don't even realize you're committing acts of terrorism. http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/ne ... s-20160107

Feds give Trump ally 87 months for coming to aid of Cliven Bundy

by mr2dann » Fri Jun 02, 2017 4:39 am

Jerry DeLemus of Rochester, who pleaded guilty in connection with Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's armed standoff in 2014, was given a more harsh federal prison sentence Wednesday than prosecutors asked for after the judge called him a "bully vigilante."

DeLemus, the 62-year-old co-chairman of President Trump's 2016 New Hampshire campaign veterans' coalition, was sentenced to 87 months in federal prison on two charges — conspiracy to commit an offense against the U.S. and interstate travel in aid of extortion.

Since his arrest, DeLemus has been in a federal prison for nearly 15 months.

DeLemus was the first prison sentence in the Bundy case. Another 18 arrested in connection with the standoff are in custody.

After his arrest in March 2016, prosecutors called DeLemus a "mid-level leader and organizer of the conspiracy."

Federal prosecutors had asked for DeLemus to receive a six-year prison term after he pleaded guilty last August.

But Judge Gloria Navarro cited DeLemus' attempt to withdraw that plea and his refusal to be remorseful as reasons she went above that recommendation.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, prior to sentencing DeLemus told the court he would do it all again, except for bringing firearms across the country.

He said he joined up with the Bundy armed standoff soon after it began and believed government snipers had surrounded Bundy's home.

For more than a month, DeLemus was in the encampment acting as a go-between with local authorities.

Outside federal court, DeLemus' wife, former State Rep. Susan DeLemus, told reporters her husband may appeal the sentence and it was a "shock" the judge had been so harsh. http://www.unionleader.com/politics/fed ... y-20170531

Re: Bundy Thread

by YPmule » Fri May 12, 2017 1:46 am

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Supporters of rancher Bundy build mock jail cell near prison

by YPmule » Thu May 11, 2017 12:46 pm

Supporters of rancher Bundy build mock jail cell near prison

5/10/17

PAHRUMP, Nev. — Supporters of Nevada cattleman and states’ rights advocate Cliven Bundy and his sons have built a mock jail cell outside a rural Nevada federal prison where 17 defendants are being held pending trial in a 2014 standoff with government agents near the Bundy ranch outside Las Vegas.

Bundy family friend and protest organizer Jonathon “Skipper” Speece said Wednesday that protesters have been taking turns in the plywood box outside the Nevada Southern Detention Center in Pahrump to raise money for a defense fund for Bundy sons Ammon and Ryan Bundy.

The protest began last week, after Ryan Bundy filed court documents complaining about frequent strip searches and periods of solitary lockdown.

http://www.therepublic.com/2017/05/10/u ... detention/

TORTURE AND ABUSE OF AMMON BUNDY AT FOR PROFIT PRISON NOT GOING UNNOTICED

by oneopinion » Tue May 09, 2017 2:17 pm

I have always questioned the need for prisons. They are an unjust means of justice. Even more so, those that are for profit utilize the system to make money and push for quotas to be fulfilled by the states. Here is just one recent example of such abuses of prisoners. Ammon Bundy, who became a national household name during the Bundy Ranch siege in 2014 and the protests at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Oregon in 2016, was tortured and abused by a guard at CCA in Pahrump Nevada last week. Subsequently, when word got out, the guard was sent home.

First, take a listen to a phone call from Ammon that was recorded as he was in solitary confinement (video courtesy of Kelli Stewart).

http://thewashingtonstandard.com/tortur ... unnoticed/

Re: Bundy Thread

by oneopinion » Mon May 08, 2017 7:59 am

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Re: American Standoff' director on Oregon occupation: 'We weren't trying to take a side'

by oneopinion » Sun May 07, 2017 2:17 am

oneopinion wrote:
Sun May 07, 2017 2:07 am
Even though it officially ended on Feb. 11, 2016, the 41-day occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Eastern Oregon still stirs passionate opinions.

But Josh Turnbow, who directed "American Standoff," a new documentary from the AT&T Audience Network about the occupation, says he wasn't interested in taking sides.

"I was looking for an interesting documentary about where things were going in land management," says Turnbow, a senior producer for content for DirecTV and AT&T.

In a phone call from his home base in Los Angeles, Turnbow says he'd long been interested in the topic of land disputes in the west. He was also hearing reports about right-wing extremism and anti-government movements.

"We were talking to Cliven Bundy in the summer of 2015," Turnbow says, referring to the Nevada rancher whose refusal to pay grazing fees led to an armed confrontation with government agents in 2014 on federal land near Bundy's ranch.

When two of Bundy's sons, Ammon Bundy and Ryan Bundy, along with a group of armed protesters, took control of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in January, 2016, "We were on the ground two days later, filming," Turnbow says.

"American Standoff" begins by recounting events that led up to the occupation. Turnbow, who was also the cinematographer, pays particular attention to the case of Dwight Hammond Jr., and his son, Steven.

http://www.oregonlive.com/tv/2017/04/am ... or_on.html

https://youtu.be/A11UI1D3H0s
I came upon this documentary tonight. Watched the last half. (Will watch full thing later)

Some good insight, I believe, of what both sides were seeing.

Sure seems like a federal government f!#k up, like Waco and Ruby Ridge. American citizens are afforded certain rights, even after allegedly committing criminal acts.

Watch the documentary, and find your own conclusion.

American Standoff' director on Oregon occupation: 'We weren't trying to take a side'

by oneopinion » Sun May 07, 2017 2:07 am

Even though it officially ended on Feb. 11, 2016, the 41-day occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Eastern Oregon still stirs passionate opinions.

But Josh Turnbow, who directed "American Standoff," a new documentary from the AT&T Audience Network about the occupation, says he wasn't interested in taking sides.

"I was looking for an interesting documentary about where things were going in land management," says Turnbow, a senior producer for content for DirecTV and AT&T.

In a phone call from his home base in Los Angeles, Turnbow says he'd long been interested in the topic of land disputes in the west. He was also hearing reports about right-wing extremism and anti-government movements.

"We were talking to Cliven Bundy in the summer of 2015," Turnbow says, referring to the Nevada rancher whose refusal to pay grazing fees led to an armed confrontation with government agents in 2014 on federal land near Bundy's ranch.

When two of Bundy's sons, Ammon Bundy and Ryan Bundy, along with a group of armed protesters, took control of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in January, 2016, "We were on the ground two days later, filming," Turnbow says.

"American Standoff" begins by recounting events that led up to the occupation. Turnbow, who was also the cinematographer, pays particular attention to the case of Dwight Hammond Jr., and his son, Steven.

http://www.oregonlive.com/tv/2017/04/am ... or_on.html

https://youtu.be/A11UI1D3H0s

Ammon update!!! By Lisa Bundy

by oneopinion » Wed May 03, 2017 9:58 pm

Chief federal judge moves to prevent Marcus Mumford from practicing in federal court in OR

by YPmule » Tue May 02, 2017 11:52 am

Chief federal judge moves to prevent Marcus Mumford from practicing in federal court in OR

By Maxine Bernstein | The Oregonian/OregonLive
on April 12, 2017 at 12:04 PM, updated April 12, 2017 at 9:21 PM

Attorney Marcus Mumford, who last month had criminal charges dismissed against him stemming from his arrest on the day his client Ammon Bundy was acquitted of conspiracy in federal court in Portland, now faces more legal challenges.

Oregon's Chief U.S. District Judge Michael W. Mosman is seeking to revoke Mumford's ability to practice law in any federal court in the District of Oregon, a rare move.

The judge has given Mumford until May 4 to argue in writing why he should not impose such a sanction.

http://www.oregonlive.com/oregon-stando ... atens.html

Ken Medenbach arrested on warrant for probation violation in Las Vegas

by YPmule » Tue May 02, 2017 11:49 am

Ken Medenbach arrested on warrant for probation violation in Las Vegas

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Kenneth Medenbach, during the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Medenbach was acquitted of all criminal charges stemming from the refuge takeover. But he's on probation for a 2016 illegal camping conviction. He was restricted from leaving the state without prior permission from his probation officer, according to his standby lawyer. (Thomas Boyd|The Oregonian)

By Maxine Bernstein | The Oregonian/OregonLive
on April 13, 2017 at 12:28 PM, updated April 13, 2017 at 12:30 PM

Kenneth Medenbach, who was acquitted of all charges in the takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge but remains on probation for a separate illegal camping conviction, was taken into custody this week in Las Vegas after he showed up to attend the closing arguments in the Bunkerville federal conspiracy case.

Medenbach, 64, is restricted from traveling outside Oregon, a condition of his probation from a 2016 illegal camping conviction in federal court in Eugene, according to his lawyer Matthew Schindler.

Medenbach had asked his probation officer if he could travel to attend part of the federal trial in Nevada.

The officer told him no, but he went anyway and was taken into custody on an arrest warrant for a probation violation, according to Schindler and court records.

Medenbach had been scheduled to appear before a federal judge in Eugene later this month to address another dispute regarding the conditions of his probation.

Medenbach was given five years of probation for unlawfully occupying and camping on federal public land in Josephine County in May 2015.

http://www.oregonlive.com/oregon-stando ... _warr.html

Two men found guilty in Bundy standoff in Nevada

by oneopinion » Mon Apr 24, 2017 3:57 pm

A jury in Las Vegas has deadlocked on federal charges against four men in an armed standoff that stopped government agents from rounding up cattle near Cliven Bundy's Nevada ranch in 2014.

The judge declared a mistrial Monday after jurors couldn't reach verdicts on charges against Richard Lovelien, Scott Drexler, Eric Parker and Steven Stewart. Earlier, the same jury convicted two others in the standoff.

Gregory Burleson of Arizona was found guilty of eight charges, including threatening and assaulting a federal officer. Todd Engel of Idaho was found guilty of obstruction and extortion.

http://www.ktvb.com/news/crime/two-men- ... /433736292

Jury Notes Snag on Conspiracy Counts in Nevada Standoff Case

by mr2dann » Fri Apr 21, 2017 5:46 am

A federal jury in Las Vegas signaled trouble deliberating conspiracy charges before ending work for the week in the trial of six men who brought assault-style weapons to a standoff with government agents near Cliven Bundy's ranch in April 2014.

A federal jury in Las Vegas signaled trouble deliberating conspiracy charges Thursday before ending work for the week in the trial of six men who brought assault-style weapons to a standoff with government agents near Cliven Bundy's ranch in April 2014.

Jurors adjourned shortly before 12:30 p.m. without a verdict and decided to return Monday, after Chief U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro told the eight women and four men that they are allowed to set their own schedule.

The panel, which deliberated from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day this week, and about three hours April 13, had sent a note to the judge indicating confusion about two conspiracy charges.

Conspiracy was also an issue in a federal trial last year in Oregon arising from an armed occupation of a U.S. wildlife refuge. A jury in Portland, Oregon, acquitted Bundy's eldest sons, Ammon and Ryan Bundy, and five other defendants of all charges, including that they planned to impede federal officers from doing their work.

In Las Vegas, one conspiracy count alleges a plan was made to commit an offense against the United States, and that the six defendants then took part in it.

A second count alleges that conspirators agreed to impede and injure a federal law enforcement officer.

Prosecutors have told the jury the defendants answered calls by Cliven Bundy for a "range war" to stop federal agents from confiscating his cattle.

Defense attorneys said their clients came to southern Nevada from Idaho, Arizona and Montana to support protesters after seeing reports about scuffles between federal agents with dogs and stun guns and Bundy family members and supporters. https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states ... doff-trial

Nevada case pitting U.S. against ranchers goes to jury

by mr2dann » Mon Apr 17, 2017 3:57 am

A Nevada jury on Thursday began deliberating the fate of six armed supporters of cattle rancher Cliven Bundy in a tense 2014 standoff with federal agents that drew hundreds of protesters and made headlines worldwide.

The six defendants are the first of 17 people to go on trial charges related to the standoff at Bundy's property near Bunkerville, 75 miles (120 km) northeast of Las Vegas, in a case that has come to symbolize tensions in the U.S. West over the federal ownership of land that ranchers use to graze cattle.

“These people took the law into their own hands and used guns,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Myhre said in federal district court in Las Vegas on Thursday. He said the men threatened federal officers and that the standoff, during which no shots were fired, could have resulted in a bloodbath.

The men, who prosecutors have said were associated with or had been in contact with militia groups, were among hundreds who traveled to the ranch on April 12, 2014, to stand up for Bundy, whose refusal to pay $1 million in grazing fees for running his cattle on federal land became a cause celebre on the political right.

The prosecution described the defendants as armed, dangerous and intimidating to Bureau of Land Management and National Forest Service officers who were present to provide security during a court-ordered impoundment of Bundy’s cattle. Outgunned, authorities released the cattle and left the area. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-neved ... SKBN17F0UD

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