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James Alex Fields Jr., 21, pleaded not guilty Thursday to dozens of federal hate crimes in connection with last summer's car attack on people protesting a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va.

Demetrius Nathaniel Pitts, aka Abdur Raheem Rafeeq, aka Salah ad-Deen Osama Waleed, 48, was arrested Sunday, July 1, after expressing his desire to launch a large-scale attack during Fourth of July celebrations in Cleveland, according to FBI Special Agent in Charge Stephen Anthony. 

Pitts will be charged with one count of an attempt to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, in this case, Al Qaeda. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years.

A young woman in a traditional long black cloak and a pink prison shirt holds a baby as she stands before a judge.

Then a toddler, becoming agitated in the hallway, is led into the wooden dock to join her mother. The little girl is perhaps 2 years old. She clutches the folds of her mother's black abaya with a chubby hand, as she peers out through the wooden bars.

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A Pataskala man has been arrested for threatening to blow up multiple government buildings.

Court documents show Noah McFarland, 23, told co-workers at a packaging company that he wanted to get bomb-making materials with the goal of blowing up a judge's home, the Licking County courthouse, a police station, and buildings that housed the Internal Revenue Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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Ten people have been killed and 15 injured after a white van struck pedestrians on busy Yonge St. in Toronto today. The driver, identified by police as Alek Minassian, was located and arrested without injury.

The police had initially identified him as Alex Minassian.

Austin Bombings and Terrorism

Mar 27, 2018
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For less than three weeks, the city of Austin, Texas was rocked by random bombings conducted by Mark Conditt, a young white male. Many news outlets and law enforcement groups have been hesitant to call the crimes terrorism.

Today, we consider what terrorism is defined as and the bias we have when discussing terrorism.

The kidnapping of 110 school girls from a Nigerian school in the northeast town of Dapchi on Feb. 19 came to an abrupt and joyful end for most of the families 30 days later. Early Wednesday, militants from Boko Haram, the same group that snatched the girls, brought back 104 of them, handing them over to federal officials, according to the Nigerian government.

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The man police had identified as their top suspect in a string of deadly bombings in the Austin, Texas, area made a cellphone recording describing seven bombs he said he had constructed. Investigators discovered the message after the suspect killed himself early Wednesday by triggering an explosion in his car as officers approached the vehicle to make an arrest, police said Wednesday.

Officials identified him as 23-year-old Mark Anthony Conditt, from Pflugerville, Texas, outside Austin.

An estimated 300 Americans attempted to join the Islamic State and other radical Islamist groups in Iraq and Syria, including a small number who rose to senior positions, according to the most detailed report to date on this issue.

So far, 12 of those Americans have returned home, yet none has carried out an attack on U.S. soil, according the report released Monday by George Washington University's Program on Extremism.

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The U.S. Department of the Treasury took action this week against Abdullah Ibrahim al-Faisal, a Jamaica-based cleric they say provides "recruitment services" to ISIS and helped influence the Ohio State student who injured 13 in a car-and-knife attack last year.

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Abdul Razak Ali Artan, the 18-year-old Ohio State University student who last November rammed a car into a group of pedestrians before attacking people with a large knife, might have been influenced by the Islamic State group, but he was not directed by them.

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Singing the alma mater "Carmen Ohio," Ohio State University students and faculty gathered at the Ohio Union on Tuesday to commemorate the anniversary of last year's car-and-knife attack on campus.

First responder vehicles on the scene of the knife attack at Ohio State on November 28, 2016 attack
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The Ohio State University will host a “moment of reflection” in the Ohio Union on Tuesday, the first anniversary of a car-and-knife attack that injured 13 people.

As the Islamic State has crumbled in its core territory in the Middle East, the extremist group has pressed individual supporters to carry out vehicle attacks in the West.

The lethal assaults have traumatized European cities for more than a year, and authorities are pointing to a similar motivation in the New York City attack that killed eight people on Tuesday.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the attack was a "classic case of a radicalization of a domestic jihadist who associated with ISIS and this is their new playbook. Very simple. Use a vehicle to cause harm."

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A criminal complaint filed by federal prosecutors accuses Sayfullo Saipov of carrying out the truck attack in Lower Manhattan that killed at least eight people and injured a dozen more on Tuesday.

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