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Keyword: domestic extremist threats & trends

The three southwest Kansas men recently convicted in a militia plot to bomb Somali immigrants may have been motivated by Russian manipulation of U.S. social media, a terrorism expert says.

Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, said the domestic terrorism attack was being planned at the same time the Russians were conducting a cybercampaign that included posting material on Facebook designed to heighten racial tension in the United States.

And, he said, his center has found that hate crimes spiked after the Russian operatives ramped up the volume of racially charged posts in the months leading up to the 2016 election.

Read more: Kansas City Star

Police arrested two teens in Virginia who were planning a terrorist attack at a high school prom over the weekend, authorities said Monday.

Michael Coleman, 18, and an unnamed 17-year-old were arrested and charged with conspiring to commit a terrorist attack at the Bayside High School prom in Virginia Beach, Virginia, on June 9, police announced Monday.

The teens were taken into custody after police found a semi-automatic rifle in a room they shared at The Westin Hotel in Town Center, where prom was taking place last Saturday evening.

The suspects were not affiliated with the school, but they were placed under police watch after they purchased tickets to the prom.

Read more: ABC News

A man has been charged with arson and terrorism in fires that damaged the entrance of a Pennsylvania city hall and a nearby vehicle last month.

Dwain Stewart London Jr., 29, is charged with two counts of terrorism, two counts of arson, reckless burning or exploding, institutional vandalism and conspiracy.

Authorities consider the May 23 blaze at the Lancaster City Hall not merely property damage but an "act of intimidation," Lancaster police chief Jarrad Berkihiser told reporters Tuesday.

London has told police he was home at the time of the fires. Court documents don't list an attorney representing him, and a message left at a number listed in his name wasn't immediately returned Tuesday.

Berkihiser said surveillance video showed London purchasing gas hours before the fire and an unidentified passenger emerging from his vehicle, entering the store, and then carrying a small red container that appeared to be a gas can. Police said his gait matches that of a man seen on video before and after the fire. That person is being sought.

Read more: U.S. News and World Report

A 24-year-old Arizona man is facing federal charges for allegedly threatening to shoot black Harvard University students and bomb the school to "end their pro-black agenda."

On May 13, 2017, Nicholas Zuckerman allegedly made the racist and threatening comments on Harvard's Instagram page, according to the Massachusetts U.S. Attorney's Office.

"If the blacks only ceremony happens, then I encourage violence and death at it.  I'm thinking two automatics with extendo clips. Just so no [expletive] gets away," Zuckerman allegedly wrote, using a racial slur.

Read more: Mass Live

A white supremacist who plotted a machete attack at a gay pride event has been given an indefinite hospital order.

Ethan Stables, 20, was handed the order at Leeds Crown Court nearly four months after he was found guilty of plotting to attack the LGBT event in Cumbria last June.

He was described as "a risk to the public" by Recorder Peter Collier QC.

"The prosecution say that you made up a pack of lies as you tried to manipulate your way out of this situation," he said.

"It's my clear decision that, for the protection of the public, a hospital order and restriction order are necessary, and that is made."

Read more: Sky News