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A former Air Force senior airman suspected of setting off a pipe bomb outside an Air Force recruiting office in Oklahoma has been declared mentally incompetent for trial on federal charges.

In July,  officers with the bomb squad were called to an explosion at the U.S. Air Force Recruiting Center in Bixby.

Fortunately, no one was injured since the recruitment center was closed at the time.

Investigators say the suspect threw a pipe bomb, which was concealed with a military style ammunition can, at the office, the affidavit states.

Read more: KFOR

A 52-year-old Baltimore man has been arrested and charged with firing a gun at the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., earlier this month.

Richard Wilson Preston was arrested Saturday in Maryland and charged with discharging a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school during the Aug. 12 rally, Charlottesville police said. 

He was identified in news reports as imperial wizard of a Ku Klux Klan chapter in Maryland.

Charlottesville police said two more men have been arrested in connection with the rally. 

Read more: Baltimore Sun

When Attorney General Jeff Sessions was asked how he viewed the car attack in Charlottesville, Va., here's how he responded:

"It does meet the definition of domestic terrorism in our statute," he told ABC's Good Morning America.

That certainly seems to suggest the government is looking into a possible terrorism charge against the suspect, 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. At Saturday's rally organized by white supremacists, a car slammed into counterprotesters, killing one and injuring 19.

But according to the Justice Department and legal analysts, it's simply not possible for the government to file charges of domestic terrorism, because no such criminal law exists.

Read more: NPR

The man who allegedly drove into a group of people who were protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, Saturday, killing a woman and injuring several others, was denied bail this morning as he secures an attorney.  James Alex Fields Jr., 20, is charged with second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and one count related to leaving the scene. 

The Saturday crash that killed Heather Heyer took place at a Unite the Right rally spurred on by Charlottesville's plan to remove a Confederate statue from a local park.  The rally was attended by neo-Nazis, skinheads and Ku Klux Klan members, and the white nationalists were met with hundreds of counterprotesters, which led to street brawls and violent clashes.
 
Fields is accused of driving into the counterprotesters.  A former high school classmate of the suspect told ABC News that Fields had proclaimed himself a neo-Nazi and white supremacist. 

Read more: ABC News

An Ohio man who used a bomb to maim an Oneida County man was sentenced to 35 years in federal prison on Monday.  U.S. District Judge Brenda K. Sannes imposed the sentence on Keith Seppi, 59, of Conneaut, for leaving a bomb in the driveway of Alan Dobransky's driveway at his home in Floyd.

Federal prosecutors said the bomb was built to detonate when it was moved and it went off when Dobransky tried to pick it up.  Dobransky survived the May 28, 2016 explosion but was hospitalized for weeks with severe injuries and burns, the U.S. Attorney's office said.

Read more: Albany Times Union