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Bloody Ramadi ... Deadly motorcycle gang clash in Waco ... Prosecutors want gag order in Freddie Gray case



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BAGHDAD (AP) — Militants with the Islamic State group have been searching door-to-door for policemen and pro-government fighters after capturing the Iraqi city of Ramadi. Authorities say some 500 civilians and soldiers have died in the extremist killing rampage since Friday. Some bodies have been thrown in the Euphrates River in Monday's bloody purge. Iranian-allied Shiite militiamen are preparing for an assault to try to retake the city, but the Obama administration is concerned that Shiite fighters in a Sunni-dominated region could spark sectarian bloodshed.

WACO, Texas (AP) — About 170 members of rival motorcycle gangs have been charged with engaging in organized crime, a day after Sunday's shootout at a Texas restaurant that killed nine bikers and wounded 18. Police say there were so many suspects that authorities opened a convention center to hold them all before they were arrested. The deadly clash happened as rival gangs met to settle differences over turf and recruitment.

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — President Barack Obama says equipment made for the battlefield should not be a tool of American criminal justice. Obama ended a long-running practice of transferring surplus military equipment, like grenade launchers and armored vehicles, to local police departments. It's an attempt to ease tensions between police and minority communities.

BALTIMORE (AP) — Prosecutors want a judge to place a gag order on attorneys, police and witnesses in the case of Freddie Gray, who died in police custody after sustaining a spine injury in Baltimore. Prosecutors argue in court documents that statements by attorneys for some of the six police officers accused in Gray's death could prejudice the public. Prosecutors say they've denied all media requests for documents and evidence, but they say attorneys for the officers have provided copies of pretrial motions to the media before prosecutors received them.

DUBLIN (AP) — The Irish nationalist Sinn Fein (shin fayn) party says its two senior figures will meet Prince Charles during his visit this week to Ireland in a groundbreaking event for peacemaking. Charles and his wife, Camilla, will visit the fishing village where his great-uncle Lord Louis Mountbatten was assassinated by the Irish Republican Army in 1979. This is the first time Charles will have direct contact with Sinn Fein leaders Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness.

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