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U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

Domestic violent extremism is the "single greatest terrorism-related threat" in the U.S., Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told ABC's "This Week" Sunday.

Why it matters: A U.S. intelligence report out Wednesday warned that domestic violent extremism poses a heightened threat in 2021. The issue has seen heightened focus since a series of shootings in Atlanta Tuesday left eight people dead — including six Asian women.

  • Officials have said preliminary findings do not indicate the shootings were racially motivated. But the attacks, coming on the backdrop of an increase in violent crimes against Asians and Pacific Islanders, have left the people in that community fearful and alarmed.
  • Mayorkas expressed his condolences to the victims and their families and said the U.S. was "very focused on the increase in hate crimes targeting the Asian American Pacific Islander community and many other groups."

What they're saying: Mayorkas called homegrown extremism the "single greatest terrorism-related threat that we face in our homeland."

  • "We are focused on gathering intelligence and information and sharing it in actionable form with our state, local, tribal and territorial partners."
  • "We are working with the Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties in addressing the challenges with the social media companies to ensure that we stop the violence that is born of ideologies of hate, and we are engaging with the community."

Go deeper: ODNI says U.S. faces "heightened threat" from domestic extremism

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Students vandalize and steal from schools for viral TikTok challenge

TikTok logo displayed on a phone screen in Krakow, Poland on July 18, 2021. Photo: Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images

A viral TikTok challenge is leading students nationwide to shatter mirrors, steal fire alarms and intentionally clog toilets, The Washington Post reports.

Driving the news: Dubbed the the “Devious Licks challenge, students are showing off their "devious licks" on TikTok — with a sped-up version of "Ski Ski BasedGod" by rapper Lil’ B playing in the background.

Axios-Ipsos poll: People of color face more environmental threats

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Data: Axios/Ipsos poll; Note: ±2.5% margin of error; Chart: Sara Wise/Axios

Americans of color are much less likely than white Americans to experience good air quality or tap water or enough trees or green space in their communities, and they're more likely to face noise pollution and litter, a new Axios-Ipsos poll finds.

The big picture: Our national survey shows Black and Hispanic Americans are more likely than their white counterparts to live near major highways or industrial or manufacturing plants — and to have dealt in the past year with water-boil notices or power outages lasting more than 24 hours.

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FDA advisory panel recommends Pfizer boosters for those 65 and older

A healthcare worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at the Key Biscayne Community Center on Aug. 24, 2021. Photo: Eva Marie Uzcategui/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A key Food and Drug Administration advisory panel on Friday overwhelmingly voted against recommending Pfizer vaccine booster shots for younger Americans, but unanimously recommended approving the third shots for individuals 65 and older, as well as those at high-risk of severe COVID-19.

Why it matters: While the votes are non-binding, and the FDA must still make a final decision, Friday's move pours cold water on the Biden administration's plan to begin administering boosters to most individuals who received the Pfizer vaccine later this month.