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Rival gangs battle in Waco...Iraqi forces flee Ramadi...Hard landing in Hawaii injures 12 Marines

By The Associated Press | Posted - May 17, 2015 at 6:41 p.m.



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WACO, Texas (AP) — Police say the nine people killed in a shootout at a Central Texas restaurant were all members of rival biker gangs that had gathered for a meeting. Eighteen other gang members were taken to hospitals for injuries suffered in the midday violence at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco. Police say as many as five rival gangs attended the gathering. Past tensions among the groups have focused on turf and recruitment efforts.

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Pentagon had been describing it as a "fluid and contested battlefield," but the Iraqi city of Ramadi has now fallen to the Islamic State group. A spokesman for the governor of Anbar province says the Iraqi army has been fleeing and the city "completely taken." Local officials say the militants have carried out mass killings of Iraqi security forces and civilians.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Top Amtrak officials are promising the trains and the tracks will be safer when service resumes along the Northeast Corridor morning. Speaking at the site of last week's deadly passenger train derailment in Philadelphia during an event to honor the victims today, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Amtrak has installed new technology that will monitor and correct train speeds, posted new speed limit signs and begun a study of potentially dangerous curves.

HONOLULU (AP) — The Marine Corps says 12 Marines have been taken to a hospital after an Osprey aircraft made a hard landing in Hawaii. A statement from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit didn't provide details about the conditions of the Marines. They had been training at Bellows Air Force Station on Oahu.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Pitch Perfect 2" hit all the right notes in its opening weekend, earning more than $70 million in its debut. That's more than the original grossed domestically in its entire run. "Mad Max: Fury Road" claimed a distant second place in its debut weekend with a solid $44 million. "Avengers: Age of Ultron," ''Hot Pursuit," and "Furious 7" claimed the rest of the spots in the top five.

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