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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

Brian Cannon, 37, Terry Peace, 47, and Cory Williamson, 29, have been sentenced for conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction in attacks against federal government agencies. The defendants planned to attack critical infrastructure while motivating militia groups in other states to rise up and join them in removing government officials who they believed had exceeded their Constitutional power.

“In this case, anti-government ideology and rhetoric morphed into dangerous extremism and led these defendants to arm themselves and travel to a meeting to pick up pipe bombs and other explosives intended for attacks,” said U.S. Attorney John Horn of the Northern District of Georgia. “The attacks planned by the defendants, while rare, posed a serious threat to not only the safety of our public servants, but also all other members of the community.”

“This case illustrates the FBI’s commitment in preventing attacks instead of responding to their aftermath,” said Special Agent in Charge J. Britt Johnson for the FBI’s Atlanta Field Office. “The convictions and now federal sentencing of these individuals on conspiracy charges again represents that the juries and courts understand this shift in the law enforcement mindset in dealing with individuals or groups that wish to bring harm to the public or those who serve the public.”

Read more: Homeland Security News Wire

According to Ellicott City resident Angie Kozlowski, many people were taught to stop, drop and roll at a young age if their clothing were ever to catch on fire.  "I can talk to anyone who grew up in this country who is my age, or maybe younger, and ask, 'If your clothing caught on fire, what would you do?'" Ellicott City resident Angie Kozlowski said. "Every person would say, 'You stop, drop and roll.'"

But, as the number of active shootings, bombings and other forms of domestic terrorism rise, Kozlowski said its time for citizens to learn to "run, hide, fight," educating the citizens on what to do if they find themselves in the middle of tragedy.  "A lot more people are having their worlds shattered by violence with mass shootings than ever," Kozlowski said. "If I'm just the random person in the supermarket or in the movie theater, I don't have that benefit of [knowing what to do]."

That's why Kozlowski joined the National Center for Citizen Safety, working to close "the gap in the education and public awareness" in schools, businesses and other gathering places and potentially save lives. As an effort to raise funds for survivor programs, the nonprofit organization is continuing to spread the word in preparation for their Survivor Strong 5k Run & Walk on Aug. 30 in Columbia.

Read more: Emergency Management