9 others charged with armed Oregon standoff

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BURNS, OR - JANUARY 06: A view of a building at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters on January 6, 2016 near Burns, Oregon. An armed anti-government militia group continues to occupy the Malheur National Wildlife Headquarters as they protest the jailing of two ranchers for arson. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

BURNS, Ore. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say nine additional people from six states have been charged in connection with the armed occupation of an Oregon wildlife refuge.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Oregon says seven of them were arrested Thursday and two remain at large.

That means a total of 25 people have been charged with the standoff. They all face the same felony count of conspiracy to interfere with federal workers.

The newly charged include: Blaine Cooper of Arizona; Wesley Kjar of Utah; Corey Lequieu of Nevada; Neil Wampler of California, Jason Blomgren of North Carolina, and Darryl Thorn and Eric Flores, both of Washington state.

The names of the two being sought haven’t been released.

Prosecutors say those in custody are scheduled to appear in federal court in the different states Thursday and Friday.

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