National Roundup: April 12, 2014

NEVADA
Feds abruptly stop cattle roundup

Federal land managers abruptly ended a roundup of cattle on public land in southern Nevada owned by a rancher who has refused to recognize their authority, citing a “serious concern” for the safety of employees and the public.

Bureau of Land Management chief Neil Kornze made the announcement Saturday morning as hundreds of people, including militia members, gathered near the roundup area to protest the removal of hundreds of Cliven Bundy’s cattle.

The bureau also will release 100 of the seized cattle under a deal announced after protesters, some of them armed with handguns and rifles, headed for a corral outside Mesquite in an attempt to free all of the seized cattle, the Las Vegas Review-
Journal reported. The bureau did not immediately return calls to the Associated Press.

The fight between Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management has widened into a debate about states’ rights and federal land-use policy. The bureau revoked Bundy’s grazing rights after he stopped paying grazing fees and disregarded federal court orders to remove his animals.

— Associated Press

N.Y. officer fatally shoots
86-year-old man:
Police in New York City say a uniformed officer shot and killed an 86-year-old man after he refused to drop his gun. They say two officers responded to a call of a family dispute in Queens on Saturday after a caller said he’d shot his daughter. Police say the gunman refused to drop his weapon, then pointed it at the officers. One of the officers shot him in the torso. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Boston announces stepped-up marathon security measures: Boston officials have announced improved public safety measures for the final two miles of the Boston Marathon on April 21, a year after two explosions near the finish line killed three people and wounded more than 260 others. Mayor Martin Walsh (D) and Police Commissioner William Evans said Saturday that more uniformed and undercover officers will be deployed along the marathon’s Boston route, and that more than 100 cameras have been installed.

— From news services

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