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.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Investigators are combing through phone records, locomotive data, radio transmissions and surveillance video to determine if the engineer in last week's deadly Amtrak derailment was using his cellphone while at the controls, federal authorities said Wednesday as union officials offered new details on how the engineer spent the hours before the crash.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis police officer who allegedly identified himself as an officer and assaulted at least four people while off-duty, then filed false reports, has been charged with federal civil rights violations and other counts in an indictment announced Wednesday.
By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York's One World Trade Center on Wednesday treated invited guests to a sneak peek at the panoramic views from the observation deck atop the newly opened tower, which rises nearly a quarter of a mile (400 meters) above the streets of Lower Manhattan. The "pre-opening" of the three-floor aerie at the crown of the Western Hemisphere's tallest building marks the latest milestone in the rebuilding of the site where the Twin Towers were destroyed in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. "There's always the thought of 9/11 but you can't really think like that," said Robert Domino, a 20-year-old maintenance worker who has gone to the observatory to do cleaning work.