FBI tightens grip on final occupiers at Oregon wildlife refuge

PORTLAND, Ore. Federal agents on Wednesday closed in on the last four anti-government militants still holed up at a national wildlife refuge in Oregon after a 40-day armed occupation protesting federal land control in the West.

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Ripple effect: scientists await word on gravitational waves

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Yellen: Fed not likely to reverse course on rates despite risks

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Justice Dept. sues Ferguson, Missouri, to force police reforms

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Exclusive: Australia directed officials how to address Nauru rights concerns, documents show

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Kurdish forces said to take air base near Turkish border

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