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A Minnesota man who survived a 2007 bridge collapse in Minneapolis that killed over a dozen people has been charged with conspiring to support ISIS, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.

Mohamed Amiin Ali Roble, 20, is accused of traveling to Syria and joining the terror group just after he turned 18 — and using a more than $91,000 settlement to fund them, the FBI said.

Read more: NBC News

The FBI has launched a federal terrorism investigation into a weekend stabbing in Roanoke, Va., looking at whether the attacker may have been trying to behead his victim in an alleged ISIS-inspired assault, sources tell ABC News. 

Federal authorities have been aware of the alleged attacker, 20-year-old Wasil Farooqui, of the Roanoke area, for some time, sources familiar with the case told ABC News. In the past year, he traveled to Turkey and may have tried to sneak into Syria, where ISIS is recruiting and inspiring sympathizers from across the world, sources said. 

During the Saturday stabbing, Farooqui allegedly injured a man and woman at an apartment complex in Roanoke, yelling "Allah Akbar" as he attacked them with a knife, sources told ABC News.  Authorities believe he may have been trying to behead the male victim, who was likely picked at random, ABC News was told. 

Read more: ABC News

The United States was founded on the idea of independence. But what happens when a group of people declare independence from the U.S. itself?

“A sovereign citizen is an individual that believes the U.S. government does not have any legal jurisdiction over them,” said FBI Supervisory Special agent William Petoskey.

The FBI estimates there are approximately 300,000 sovereign citizens in the U.S. Over the years, the bureau has recovered a slew of illegitimate documents from members of the group — fake passports, a forged U.S. Marshal’s badge, even un-authorized license plates.

Read more: WBIR

Kansas City native Gavin Eugene Long, who died on his 29th birthday on Sunday after ambushing and killing three Baton Rouge police officers, said in online postings that he didn't want to be affiliated with any group.  Long was, however, a member of a group involved in the sovereign citizen movement. 

Since 2011, the FBI has considered sovereign citizens "a growing domestic threat to law enforcement." In a bulletin, the agency wrote that they consider "sovereign-citizen extremists as comprising a domestic terrorist movement."

Simply put, sovereign citizens believe themselves to be above the law of the land. Their reasons vary, but they don't believe they have to do things like pay taxes or respect law enforcement officials, because in their minds all governments are operating illegally.

The movement's most high-profile member to date has been Terry Nichols, the accomplice in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

Read more: CBS News

A gunman suspected of killing five police officers during a protest march in downtown Dallas late Thursday told negotiators before he died that he was upset over recent police-involved shootings of African Americans and "wanted to kill white people, especially white officers," Dallas Police Chief David Brown said.

Seven other police officers and two civilians were injured in the melee that sent protesters scrambling as heavy gunfire erupted.

After almost an hour of negotiations, the heavily armed gunman — who was holed up in a building that overlooked the protest route — was killed by police using a robot-controlled explosive device, Brown told reporters Friday morning.

Read more: USA Today