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Charlotte FAA employee Paul George Dandan, 30, was arrested along with Derrick Fells, 39, on Friday night, charged with possessing a weapon of mass destruction, which was later revealed to be a homemade pipe bomb. Dandan was released from jail Saturday morning. He will appear before a judge in Charlotte on Monday afternoon.

Here are five things to know about the case:

Read more: Charlotte Observer

Authorities continue to search for the person responsible for leaving what Champaign police described as "a potential bomb" inside a women's health clinic Tuesday.

Around 8 a.m., police responded to a call about "a suspicious object" left inside a broken side window at the Women's Health Practice at 2125 S. Neil St. Bomb technicians from the multi-jurisdictional Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit were dispatched to the scene, and removed the object without incident, police said.

The clinic often draws anti-abortion protesters, and Champaign police Deputy Chief Troy Daniels said "it's very possible that the reason the device ended up here was because of someone who may have something against what occurs in the building."

Read more: The News-Gazette (Champaign/Urbana IL)

A gunman entered a church in a small town in southeast Texas on Sunday and began firing, resulting in many fatalities and injuries, a county commissioner told Reuters.

The gunman was killed several miles from the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, about 40 miles (65 km) east of San Antonio, said Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Sergeant Robert Murphy.

Neither the suspect’s identity nor any possible motive were disclosed by authorities. The exact number of deaths and injuries was not disclosed.

“There are a number of fatalities,” said Wilson County Commissioner Larry Wiley in a phone interview with Reuters.

The massacre is the latest in a rash of mass shootings that have plagued the United States in recent years, stirring a national debate over whether easy access to firearms was contributing to the trend.


Read more:  Reuters

The man accused of causing a small explosion on Thursday that started a fire at a popular tree on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was taken to a local hospital for a mental evaluation, according to the Orange County District Attorney's Office.

One person was taken into custody Thursday afternoon after authorities said a small device detonated at the Davie Poplar tree, which was planted when UNC-CH was founded. Police later searched a vehicle in Carrboro they believe belonged to the suspect did not find anything dangerous.

The suspect was identified as 24-year-old Joshua Daniel Edwards, a former student at the university. No charges have been filed, according to UNC officials.

Read more: WRAL

Crowds of protesters began gathering at 8 a.m. on a cold, cloudy Saturday. They’d come to see Nazis. But, two hours later, there were still none.

Around 10:30 a.m., one of the organizers of the counterprotest grabbed a microphone and began taunting the handful of rallygoers who had just shown up across the street.

“Some master race,” he snickered. “Can’t even show up on time.”

Local residents and leaders spent most of the week anxiously wondering how many would travel the rural highway that snakes south from Nashville over Christmas Creek into Shelbyville for a “White Lives Matter” rally planned by several national white supremacist groups.

Such rallies have turned violent, even deadly, in recent months, sparking fears that the Shelbyville gathering could as well. Once the white supremacists showed up — the rally started about an hour late — there was yelling, but no violence.

Rally organizers had anticipated about 175 people, while Tennessee’s racial justice and liberal groups were unsure of how many of their members would attend. Ultimately it appeared that about 300 people attended — about 100 “White Lives Matter” attendees and twice as many counterprotesters.

Read more:  The Washington Post