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The occupiers of the federal wildlife refuge in Oregon did not immediately surrender to law enforcement at 8 a.m. local time Thursday, as had been tenuously agreed to the night before. Instead, they waited for Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore and the Rev. Franklin Graham be there to accompany them when they surrendered.

Fiore and Graham were preparing to make their way to the Malheur Wildlife Refuge to help escort out the remaining occupiers Thursday morning.

In a livestream audio stream posted on YouTube, Fiore could be heard directing the individuals still at the refuge to stay calm until she could get to them. Meanwhile, individuals at the refuge reported hearing the sounds of helicopters and a drone overhead.

Fiore asked the occupiers to follow instructions and stay peaceful because "God has his hand in this."

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In a post on Facebook, the Rev. Franklin Graham said he would arrive in Oregon on Thursday morning and head to the federal wildlife refuge where the four remaining occupiers are reportedly set to turn themselves in to federal authorities.

Graham wrote that he had been on the phone with the occupiers each night for the past week and that he was on the phone with them on Wednesday night as the FBI closed in on the refuge.

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DETMOLD, Germany (AP) — A 94-year-old former SS sergeant went on trial Thursday in western Germany on 170,000 counts of accessory to murder, based on accusations that he served as a guard in the Auschwitz death camp as hundreds of thousands of Hungarian Jews and others were gassed to death there.

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Two of the remaining occupiers at the Oregon wildlife refuge, husband and wife duo Sean and Sandy Anderson, confirmed on social media that they still plan to turn themselves in to federal authorities on Thursday morning.

"It's a very said day for me as we plan to turn ourselves over to the very people we fought so hard against," Sandy Anderson wrote in a Facebook post, first reported by The Oregonian.

Sean Anderson wrote on his Facebook page that the occupation was coming "to an end," according to The Oregonian.

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