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Reports of mass killings after Ramadi falls...Airstrikes resume in Yemen...Biker gangs battle

By The Associated Press | Posted - May 17, 2015 at 4:51 p.m.



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BAGHDAD (AP) — Local officials in Iraq's western Anbar province say Islamic State militants have been carrying out mass killings of Iraqi security forces and civilians after seizing control of the provincial capital Ramadi today. Iraqi forces abandoned their weapons and armored vehicles to flee the city despite intensified U.S.-led airstrikes. A spokesman for Anbar's governor says "Ramadi has fallen," and "the military is fleeing."

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni security officials and witnesses say the Saudi-led coalition has resumed airstrikes in Yemen after the end of a five-day humanitarian ceasefire. They are targeting Shiite rebels in the southern port city of Aden. Since late March, Saudi Arabia has led airstrikes against the Houthi rebels and allied military units loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh (AH'-lee ahb-DUH'-luh sah-LEH').

WACO, Texas (AP) — A shooting involving rival biker gangs at a Central Texas restaurant has left nine people dead and others injured. Waco police say eight people died at the scene of the midday shooting at Twin Peaks restaurant and another person died at a hospital. It's not immediately clear if bystanders are among the dead.

DALLAS (AP) — Another storm system moving through rain-soaked Texas has brought flash flood warnings and high-water rescues of residents and motorists overwhelmed by torrential rains. The National Weather Service says parts of Dallas-Fort Worth received up to 5 inches of rain overnight, while areas south of Fort Worth received up to 8 inches. Rains also have pummeled the Houston area and a tornado warning has been issued for the region. Meanwhile, there are flood warnings around San Antonio.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A close friend of the engineer in Philadelphia's deadly train derailment says news that something might have struck the train's windshield just before the crash is "verification" that it wasn't Brandon Bostian's fault. James Weir tells The Associated Press that Bostian is extremely safety conscious and the kind of person "you'd want to be your engineer." Investigators are looking into the train's speed and the cracked windshield as they try to determine what caused the crash.

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