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Storms bring floods, tornadoes...Gang meeting erupts into shootout...BASE jumpers killed in Yosemite



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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Powerful storms have been pounding communities from Texas to Minnesota with torrential rains, damaging winds and tornadoes today. Rain-soaked Texas saw flash flood warnings, high-water rescues and motorists stranded. Tornadoes touched down near Elmer and Tipton in southwest Oklahoma, damaging homes, businesses and power lines. The National Weather Service says more severe storms could develop tonight in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois.

WACO, Texas (AP) — Police in Waco, Texas, says members of at least five rival biker gangs gathered for a lunchtime meeting at a restaurant today to discuss turf and recruitment. But a fistfight erupted into a shootout that left 9 people dead and 18 injured. Police say dozens of gang members have been detained.

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — A Yosemite National Park spokesman says extreme athlete Dean Potter and another man have died in a BASE jumping accident. The spokesman says Potter and Graham Hunt died late Saturday after attempting a wingsuit flight from the 7,500-foot Taft Point. Search-and-rescue crews found their bodies today in the Yosemite Valley. No parachutes had been deployed. Potter is renowned for his bold and sometimes rogue climbs and BASE jumps, in which he would parachute from a fixed structure or cliff. BASE jumping is illegal in Yosemite. Potter was 43.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Federal Railroad Administration says Amtrak has clearance to resume full service tomorrow along the Northeast Corridor, the busiest passenger line in the country. The agency directed Amtrak to immediately expand speed control measures to the northbound tracks after a speeding train flew off the tracks at a curve Tuesday, killing eight people and injuring more than 200.

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Rockets have advanced to the NBA's Western Conference finals for the first time since 1997. James Harden poured in 31 points and the Rockets never trailed in taking Game 7 of the conference semifinals, 113-100 over the Los Angeles Clippers. The Rockets now prepare for the Golden State Warriors, who took out Memphis in six games. Game 1 is Tuesday in Oakland.

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