(Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown issued an emergency proclamation on Wednesday for Santa Barbara County where crews are working to clean up the largest oil spill to hit the local coastline in nearly two decades. "This emergency proclamation cuts red tape and helps the state quickly mobilize all available resources," Brown said in a statement. "We will do everything necessary to protect California's coastline." (Reporting by Daniel Wallis in Denver; Editing by Eric Beech)
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - About 120 guns and 160 knives were recovered from the scene of a deadly Sunday battle between rival motorcycle gangs in the Texas city of Waco that left nine people dead, police said on Wednesday as they sharply dropped their tally of weapons found. Gang members hid weapons in sacks of flour and bags of chips at the Twin Peaks restaurant, where they attacked each other in a fight that was likely set off by a smoldering turf battle, Waco Police said. Waco Police Sergeant Patrick Swanton told cable channel CNN: "These were vicious gang members that were in our city Sunday." The two main adversaries were motorcycle gangs the Bandidos, seen as the long-standing dominant gang in Texas and called a criminal organization by the U.S. Justice Department, and the Cossacks, which have been challenging them for power in the state, according to experts on the gangs.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two brothers charged with killing a Philadelphia police officer during a shootout inside a video game store each struck the officer with a potentially lethal shot, prosecutors said Wednesday as the suspects waived their preliminary hearing.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department has declined to press criminal charges in connection with an investigation into allegations of contract fraud and public corruption at a private prison in Idaho.
WACO, Texas (AP) — As gunfire broke out in the parking lot of a Texas restaurant, dozens of motorcycle riders ran inside seeking cover and tried to guide others to safety, security video reviewed exclusively by The Associated Press showed Wednesday.