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Keyword: domestic extremist threats & trends

An Indiana man who told Santa Monica police he was on his way to the L.A. Pride parade in West Hollywood when he was found with with assault rifles and explosives-making materials in his car is scheduled to make an initial court appearance Tuesday, jail records show.

The arrest of James Wesley Howell, 20, raised alarms hours after a gunman killed 50 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., in  the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.

Howell was taken into custody after officers found him seated in a car in Santa Monica with three assault rifles, high-capacity magazines, ammunition and a 5-gallon bucket containing chemicals that can be used to make an improvised-explosive device Sunday. Jail records show he is being held on $500,000 bail and is scheduled to be in court Tuesday.

Read more: Los Angeles Times

Islamic State radio on Monday called the U.S.-born gunman who opened fire in a packed nightclub, killing at least 50 people, "one of the soldiers of the caliphate in America."

The attack, which happened early Sunday at Pulse, a gay club in Orlando, is the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.

Federal authorities identified the shooter as Omar Mateen, 29, a New York-born resident of Fort Pierce, Fla., who worked for the security firm G4S. He was killed by police. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said 53 people were wounded.

Mateen acknowledged his support for the Islamic State group during a 911 call to local law enforcement from the nightclub, Orlando FBI chief Ron Hopper said. Investigators have yet to determine whether the extremist group had any direct role in the attack.

Read more:  USA Today

The photo from Omar Mateen’s high school yearbook is hardly remarkable - a toothy, dimpled smile with a peach-fuzz mustache below a mop of black hair.

His transformation from high school football player to perpetrator of America's worst mass shooting raises questions about whether red flags were missed over the depth of his apparent sympathies with Muslim extremists.

As families of the victims grieved and the nation recoiled at the scale of yet another mass shooting, a picture began to emerge of the 29-year-old killer as a quiet, devout person who in recent years displayed a hateful and violent streak.

Early on Sunday, he stormed a packed gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, with a handgun and AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, fatally shooting 50 people before police killed him. Fifty-three others were wounded, many critically.

His ex-wife, Sitora Yusufiy, described him as "bipolar," and emotionally disturbed with a violent temper. She said she had been beaten and otherwise physically abused by Mateen during outbursts in which he would "express hatred towards everything". She was "rescued" by family members just four months into a stormy marriage that began in 2009 and ended in divorce, she said.

"He would often get into fights with his parents, but as I was the only one in his life most of the violence was directed towards me,” she told reporters in Boulder, Colorado outside a home where she was staying.

Read more:  Reuters

An Army Reserve officer left bacon at a mosque and brandished a handgun while threatening to kill Muslims and "bury them behind the mosque," North Carolina authorities said Friday.

The series of threats began Thursday afternoon when members of the mosque in Raeford noticed open packages of bacon near one of the entrances, according to a Hoke County Sheriff's Office news release.

Read more: Stars and Stripes

Terrorism and intelligence experts from across the Mid-Atlantic region are gathering Friday in New Jersey, for a special conference on domestic terrorism sponsored by the state Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness.  Director Chris Rodriguez said because terrorism doesn’t conform to state borders it’s important to meet with experts from neighboring states “to focus on domestic terrorism and domestic extremism, and try to share best practices, get to know each other, look at what we’re doing in our respective states and see if there are things we can learn from each other.”

He noted this kind of gathering is critically important because domestic terrorism is now considered to be the greatest threat to our security.

Read more: NJ 101.5