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Cops Justified in Killing Ore. Occupier

County prosecutor clears police in shooting of rancher Lavoy Finicum

(Newser) - Authorities say police were justified in killing an armed Arizona rancher who helped lead a standoff at an Oregon national wildlife refuge earlier this year, reports the AP . A county prosecutor on Tuesday released the results of an investigation into the death of Robert "LaVoy" Finicum. Oregon State Police... More »

Militants Who Grabbed Fed Building Won't Like This

Dwight and Steven Hammond turning themselves in

(Newser) - Two ranchers whose legal woes spurred an armed takeover of a government building in Oregon are reporting to prison today to serve their sentences—but will ask President Obama for clemency, the Oregonian reports. Dwight Hammond Jr., 73, is facing up to five years and son Steven, 46, around four... More »

Texan Discovers $2M Pot Farm on His Land

Someone was secretly growing 5,500 marijuana plants

(Newser) - A Texas rancher noticing suspicious activity on a remote section of his property has discovered that he was housing more than just squatters. After calling the local sheriff for help on Tuesday, the two hiked three-quarters of a mile through dense woods to get to an area inaccessible by vehicle,... More »

Rancher Bundy Doubles Down on Racist Remarks

As his conservative allies back away

(Newser) - Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy is standing by his widely condemned remarks on slavery even as most of his conservative allies hastily back away from him. "I don't think I'm wrong," Bundy, who wondered if black people were "better off as slaves, picking cotton and having... More »

Rancher Bundy Explains the 'Negro'

Rand Paul and other supporters quickly start distancing themselves

(Newser) - Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy became a hero in some libertarian and conservative circles for his standoff with federal authorities over grazing rights earlier this month. But then he kept talking. The New York Times today quotes him thusly:
  • “I want to tell you one more thing I know about
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In Shootout With Feds, We'd 'Put Women at Front': Ex-Sheriff

Richard Mack explains strategy in Nevada cattle showdown

(Newser) - Fortunately, a face-off between a rancher's supporters—some armed—and federal officials concluded peacefully in Nevada on Saturday. Had it not, a former Arizona sheriff had a plan: "We were actually strategizing to put all the women up at the front" near the feds, Richard Mack told Fox... More »

Feds Halt Roundup of Rancher's Cattle, Fearing for Safety

Officials, protesters faced off earlier this week

(Newser) - After a confrontation between locals and federal officials this week, the US has ended a Nevada cattle roundup early, CNN reports. "We have made a decision to conclude the cattle gather because of our serious concern about the safety of employees and members of the public," said Neil... More »

Florida Ranchers Give Returning Panthers a Break

Their cows are disappearing, but they're working with conservationists

(Newser) - Florida’s endangered panther population has come a long way; thirty years ago there were just 20 of the big cats left, whereas now there are more than 160 of them. That’s the good news. The bad news? Panthers will be panthers, and Florida ranchers are reporting increasing deaths... More »

Ranchers Shoot Hearst Castle Zebras

One rancher's turning them into rugs

(Newser) - Hasty California ranchers shot dead three Hearst Castle zebras who strayed onto their property, and neighbors are aghast. The zebras—a buck, a mare and yearling—were part of a herd that roams castle grounds, the remnants of what was at one time the largest private zoo in the world,... More »

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