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Federal court documents provide some disturbing details about an apparent plot by white supremacists in Chesterfield to incite a race war. They include plans to bomb and shoot up black churches and Jewish synagogues, as well as a plot to kill a local jewelry dealer, and rob an armored car, among other crimes. The crimes were to provide the proceeds to purchase land, weapons and training for the so-called coming race war.  But they were apparently foiled by the FBI.

Neighbors said they saw federal agents swarming around a Chesterfield home around 11 a.m. Sunday.  “I walked to the end of the cul-de-sac, and saw 15 police cars, marked and unmarked, and K-9’s searching,” said a woman who did not want to be identified. “There were people wearing camo and carrying big weapons."

The documents reveal that, Robert Doyle and Ronald Beasley Chaney and others ascribing to a white supremacist version of the Asatru faith met inside a home on Candlelamp Lane in Chester. The FBI received information that during a meeting there in late September members discussed acting out their extremist beliefs by shooting or bombing occupants of black churches and Jewish synagogues and plotting to kill an Oklahoma gun store owner.

Read more: WTVR (VA)

The Justice Department is creating a new position to coordinate investigations into violent homegrown extremism.  John Carlin, head of the department's national security division, announced the new position at a speech Wednesday at George Washington University.  "Just this week, we appointed a new Domestic Terrorism Counsel to serve as our main point of contact for U.S. Attorneys working on domestic terrorism matters," Carlin said.

The new counsel will "play a key role in our headquarters-level efforts to identify trends to help shape our strategy, and to analyze legal gaps or enhancements required to ensure we can combat these threats."  Though Carlin routinely speaks about the threat posed by the Islamic State, his speech Wednesday was more focused on violent extremists inspired by racist and anti-government ideologies.  He said more Americans have been killed in recent years in attacks by domestic extremists than in attacks associated with international terrorist groups.

Read more: CBS News

A friend of the man accused of killing nine black worshippers at a church in South Carolina has been arrested in connection with the killings.

Joey Meek, 21, who hosted shooting suspect Dylann Roof at his home in the weeks before the murders, was arrested on Thursday, various US media report.

It is not clear what charges he faces but he was reportedly told he was being investigated for lying to police.  Mr Roof faces federal hate crime charges and nine counts of murder.

He is accused of killing nine black church members during a bible study group in June.  Soon after the tragedy, Mr Meek told the Associated Press (AP) that Dylann Roof had complained that "blacks were taking over the world".

Before the shootings at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Mr Roof occasionally stayed with his school friend at his mobile home in Red Bank, about 20 miles from Columbia, the state capital.

Unnamed law enforcement officials told the Washington Post and AP that Mr Meek was told a month ago he was being investigated for failing to report a crime and lying to police.

The killings shocked the nation and President Barack Obama delivered a eulogy at the funeral of one of the victims, Pastor Clementa Pinckney.

News source: BBC

A truck's passenger window shattered on a Phoenix freeway Wednesday as Arizona authorities investigated a string of highway shootings that have rattled nerves and heightened fears of a possible serial shooter.

A white GMC Sierra was hit with a "projectile" that was "suspicious in nature" on Interstate 10, the state Department of Public Safety told CBS Phoenix affiliate KPHO-TV, adding that the vehicle was "targeted intentionally."

Arizona State Troopers spokesman Tim Case told CBS News it was the tenth such incident in 11 days.

Authorities were already investigating numerous shootings of vehicles over the past two weeks. Four cars were hit last week along the city's main freeway. One bullet shattered a windshield and the broken glass cut a 13-year-old girl. The other rounds hit a headlight and the sides of vehicles.

Then on Tuesday, police announced that they were investigating five more shootings, including one that shattered the window of an off-duty police sergeant's vehicle as he drove to work.

Read more: CBS News

A jury recommended the death penalty Tuesday for a white supremacist who opened fire last year at a Jewish community center in Kansas, killing three.
F. Glenn Miller, Jr., who was convicted of the murders last week, appeared in court Tuesday to hear jurors' recommendation on his punishment. He had represented himself at trial, and told jurors Tuesday he didn't want any leniency from them.
The jury was faced with one choice: life in prison, or death for Miller. It took them 90 minutes to settle on the latter.
Read more: UPI