(Reuters) - A U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant who was arrested in February after prosecutors said he was plotting to attack Democratic politicians and TV personalities pleaded guilty on Thursday to weapons and drug charges, changing his earlier not-guilty plea.

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A 24-year-old soldier based at Fort Riley has been charged in federal court in Topeka with sending over social media instructions on how to make bombs triggered by cellphones, according to federal prosecutors in Kansas.

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Two former U.S. officials who led the global fight against ISIS are warning Americans about a new threat to the homeland: homegrown white nationalist terrorism.

Retired Marine Gen. John Allen and Brett McGurk, both of whom served as special presidential envoys for the global coalition taking on ISIS, said in a Washington Post op-ed that the word "terrorism" must be used to describe the new national security threats facing the country from white supremacist groups.

"The terrorist acts may differ from Islamic State attacks in degree, but they are similar in kind: driven by hateful narratives, dehumanization, the rationalization of violence and the glorification of murder, combined with ready access to recruits and weapons of war," they wrote Tuesday.

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David L. Madden (Rice County Sheriff's Department)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The suspect in the shootings Monday of a central Kansas sheriff and undersheriff was a former Marine who once kept an AK-47 machine gun under his bed and stored two dozen pipe bombs and other explosive materials on his property, federal court documents reveal.

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Mark Stevens Domino allegedly planned to detonate improvised explosive devices at several Southern California locations to cause "mass casualties" in a terror plot thwarted by law enforcement officials.

A U.S. Army veteran planned to detonate improvised explosive devices at several Southern California locations to cause "mass casualties" in a terror plot thwarted by law enforcement officials.

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(U.S. Attorney's Office in Maryland)

A federal judge on Thursday ordered the release of the Coast Guard lieutenant accused of amassing an arsenal of illegal firearms and plotting the assassination of journalists and Democratic politicians, the Associated Press reports.

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