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Threat remains high in Waco ... Remains of US pilot still in cockpit ... Oakland airport workers busted in drug investigation



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WACO, Texas (AP) — Police in Waco, Texas say the threat remains high following Sunday's violent clash between rival motorcycle gangs that ended in the deaths of nine bikers. It's not clear if police shot and killed some of them. The biker gangs gathered at a popular restaurant to talk about turf and recruitment. The fight began with punches and grew to include chains, knives and guns. The nine dead were members of the Bandidos and Cossacks motorcycle groups.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal investigators say they've heard no communications from the dispatch tape to indicate that something struck the Amtrak train before it derailed last week in Philadelphia. The Amtrak assistant conductor said she heard the engineer of a regional train say he had been hit by a rock or shot at, and she thought the Amtrak engineer had also told the dispatch center that his train had been hit as well. The regional train engineer says he doesn't recall such conversation. Authorities say a windshield crack on the Amtrak train was not from a gunshot.

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The family of an American pilot who died in a plane crash in Cameroon more than a month ago says it's frustrated at the delay in recovering their loved one's remains and returning them to the United States. Bill Fitzpatrick was flying his anti-poaching aircraft for a Johannesburg-based group African Parks when the plane went down. Officials say Fitzpatrick's remains are still in the cockpit of his Cessna 172, even though villagers discovered the wreckage.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Federal authorities say three baggage handlers at Oakland International Airport used their security badges to help them smuggle suitcases filled with marijuana past screening areas. U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag says the baggage handlers would hand off the luggage to passengers waiting to board planes, who would then transport the drugs as carry-on items throughout the country. A criminal complaint says the group had been operating since July 2012.

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Time to wake up. You're under arrest. Police in Sarasota, Florida, say they've arrested a man who broke into a home, and then fell asleep on the couch. Police tell the Bradenton Herald the resident woke up Saturday morning and found 29-year-old Timothy Bontrager sleeping on her living room couch. When she asked the man what he was doing in her house, he apologized and left after she told him she was calling police.

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