The FBI and Oregon State Police vehicles race past a road block leaving the Malheur Wildlife Refuge Headquarters near Burns, Oregon, on Feb. 11, 2016. / AFP / Rob Kerr
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Law enforcement officials Friday were sweeping a wildlife refuge in Oregon for possible live explosives and evidence, a day after the last holdouts in a protest over federal control of Western land surrendered, ending a six-week armed standoff.Federal authorities said the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon would remain closed for several weeks, as agents secured what was now considered a crime scene and scoured it for fugitives or explosives.The final four occupiers of the refuge surrendered on Thursday, with the last protester repeatedly threatening suicide in a dramatic final phone call with mediators before he gave up.The takeover, which began on Jan. 2, was sparked by the return to prison of two Oregon ranchers convicted of setting fires that spread to federal property near the refuge.
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