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Iraqi prime minister issues no-retreat order...NTSB member downplays report of object hitting train...More stormy weather today

By The Associated Press | Posted - May 17, 2015 at 10:51 a.m.



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BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's prime minister has ordered his country's security forces not to abandon their positions in Anbar province to the Islamic State group. The order came as some troops left their weapons and vehicles behind to flee the militants in the embattled city of Ramadi. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (HY'-dahr ahl ah-BAH'-dee) also ordered Shiite militias to prepare to go into the Sunni-dominated region, ignoring worries their presence could spark sectarian bloodshed.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — As repair crews work to restore service following the deadly Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia, investigators are sorting through conflicting information about an object striking the train's windshield before it went off the rails. National Transportation Safety Board member Robert Sumwalt told CBS's "Face the Nation" program today that he wants to "downplay" the idea that someone may have fired at the train. He says the fracture pattern indicates a grapefruit-sized object that didn't completely penetrate the windshield.

DENVER (AP) — Police in Denver say a car narrowly missed pedestrians as it slammed through a barricade for the Colfax Marathon today, after hitting several cars and a building. The car raced past runners on the opposite side of the highway before police lost sight of it. It was found abandoned a short time later. There are no reports of any injuries.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An airport official says a Delta Air Lines flight bound for Atlanta has made an emergency in Los Angeles. A spokesman for Los Angeles International Airport says Flight 1471A reported possible mechanical problems minutes after taking off this morning and returned to the airport. The plane was carrying 205 passengers and crew. No injuries were reported.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A powerful storm system is bringing heavy rain and flooding to parts of Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Damaging tornadoes and strong winds blew through the Plains yesterday and early today, but there are no reports of deaths or injuries. Forecasters say scattered severe storms could to develop today in eastern Minnesota, western Wisconsin and parts of Missouri, Illinois and Arkansas.

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