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At least five people were injured, some with critical stab wounds Sunday afternoon after a protest by white supremacists turned violent on the lawn of the California Capitol.  Sacramento Fire Department tweeted that five patients were transported to area hospitals from the melee.

According to its website, the Traditionalist Worker Party believes "European-American identity is under constant attack."

The party writes on its website that "American popular culture offers examples of perverse behaviour that mean to destroy European-American families, leaving us unable to secure our own future as a race."

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups, said the TWP, formed in 2015, is the political wing of the Traditionalist Youth Network, which "aims to indoctrinate high school and college students into white nationalism."

Read more:  USA Today

Federal prosecutors say a Tooele County man placed a pipe bomb against the door of a BLM cabin and pushed the button on a remote detonator multiple times, with no result.  His mistake? He'd unwittingly assigned an undercover FBI agent to build the bomb.

William Keebler, 57, of Stockton, was arrested early Wednesday morning in Nephi and appeared Thursday in U.S. District Court, charged by federal prosecutors with attempting to blow up federal property at an Arizona Strip BLM facility that he had allegedly scouted with Robert LaVoy Finicum.

Keebler is being held in Salt Lake County jail and will have a June 29 detention hearing. He faces five to 20 years in a federal prison if convicted of the charge.

Charging documents say Keebler is the commander of a citizen militia group headquartered in Stockton. He was present at the April 2014 standoff with federal land administrators near the Bunkerville, Nev. ranch of Cliven Bundy, and was an associate of Finicum, who was killed in late January by Oregon state police after he tried to avoid their roadblock in eastern Oregon amid an occupation of a federal wildlife refuge. The Tribune wrote about Keebler in December 2011 when he worked as an outfitter guiding coyote sport hunters.

Read more: Salt Lake Tribune

The man detained by police in connection with the killing of a rising star of British politics had long-standing ties to a U.S.-based neo-Nazi organization and, in the past, had ordered a how-to guide for assembling a homemade gun, according to a watchdog group that tracks extremist behavior.

The details emerged as police on Friday tried to piece together the motive behind the killing of the British lawmaker, Jo Cox, who was stabbed and shot at midday Thursday in an attack that stunned the nation and led to a suspension of Britain’s European Union referendum campaign just a week before the vote.

A statement from West Yorkshire Police in northern Britain said possible links to right-wing extremism were a “priority line of inquiry,” and counter-terrorism investigators were assisting the probe.

Read more: Washington Post

An Indiana man who said he was headed to a gay pride event had a loaded assault rifle with magazines rigged to allow 60 shots to be fired in quick succession, along with 15 pounds of chemicals mixed and ready to explode, according to police in California.

James Wesley Howell, 20, of Charlestown, also had two other loaded rifles, ammunition, a stun gun, a buck knife and a security badge when he was arrested early Sunday in Santa Monica, authorities said Tuesday.

Howell made his initial court appearance Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to three felony weapons and ammunition charges. The judge set bail at $2 million.

Alone, each item found in Howell’s car might not indicate anything sinister, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Keith Schwartz said. But together, they “just don’t pass the common sense test.”

Read more: CBS Baltimore (WJZ)

Pennsylvania police arrested a man early Tuesday morning in connection with a triple homicide that took place near Cacapon State Park in West Virginia Monday afternoon.

Police made the arrest in Pennsylvania with the help of Morgan County deputies and West Virginia State Police.  Reports identified the alleged shooter as Erick Shute, 32, of Great Cacapon, but formerly of Pennsville, NJ.

A 911 call dispatched the sheriff’s department to Valley High Timber Farm around 4:45 p.m. Monday. Deputies responded on high alert fearing there was an active shooter at the scene.  It turned out the shooter had fled, but deputies discovered three bodies all dead of gunshot wounds.  The names of the men killed have not been released.

Read more: West Virginia Metro News