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Plea hearing in Oregon for ecoterrorism suspect Rebecca Rubin

PORTLAND, Ore. — A woman accused of taking part in ecoterrorism firebombings is scheduled to enter a plea Thursday in federal court in Portland, Ore.

The Oregonian reports 40-year-old Rebecca Rubin is expected to plead guilty to conspiracy and arson charges.

She was a fugitive from December 2005 to last November, when her mother drove her from Vancouver, British Columbia, to the U.S. border at Blaine, Wash. She surrendered to the FBI for her role with the Earth Liberation Front and the Animal Liberation Front.

Investigators blame the groups for 20 fires across the West from 1996 to 2001 that did $40 million in damage. They burned a ski resort in Colorado, wild horse corrals in Oregon and Northern California, and lumber mills and Forest Service offices in Oregon.

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