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WACO, Texas (AP) — A Dallas TV station -- WFAA -- is reporting that a state police agency in Texas had warned before Sunday's deadly shootout in Waco that trouble could be brewing between two rival biker gangs. The bulletin was issued May 1 and said there was a dispute over the Cossacks' refusing to pay the Bandidos dues for operating in Texas and for wearing a Texas patch on their vests without the Bandidos' approval. Sunday's gathering at a restaurant turned deadly. Nine bikers were killed and 18 others were injured.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon concedes the Islamic State group has the upper hand in the Iraqi city of Ramadi. But officials say the fall of the city to extremist forces is only temporary and part of the ebb and flow of war. Iraqi forces were routed. Some retreated. Meanwhile, Iranian-backed Shiite militias are gathering at a military base near Ramadi in preparation for an offensive to retake the city.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The federal agency leading the investigation of the Philadelphia train derailment says any reports about the cause of the crash are "pure speculation." Federal investigators say it will likely take months to figure out what happened. The FBI has been called in to investigate whether the locomotive's windshield was hit by an object before the derailment. Investigators are certain the train was not struck by a bullet. The crash killed eight people.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The head of the largest U.S. trade union federation is calling on Congress not to support fast-track trade legislation that would let President Barack Obama present Congress with proposed trade agreements. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says it's better to have no deal at all instead of the proposed agreement with a dozen Pacific Rim nations. Trumka spoke at a news conference in Oregon near Nike headquarters.

UNDATED (AP) — The Coast Guard says a 10-year-old girl drowned in a swimming pool aboard a Norwegian Cruise Line ship off the Carolinas and the ship immediately sailed to a nearby port in Florida. The girl drowned Sunday afternoon aboard the Norwegian Gem while it was in Atlantic waters some 75 miles east of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The Norwegian Gem had left New York on Saturday on a scheduled seven-day cruise.

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