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News Wrap: Texas officer who shot unarmed man won’t be charged

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  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Leaders in Baghdad and Washington scrambled to respond today after Islamic State forces scored a stunning new victory in Iraq. The fall of the city of Ramadi put a stop to recent gains by Iraqi government forces, and it dealt a blow to U.S. efforts to destroy the extremist group. We will look at reactions to this reversal after the news summary.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Police in Waco, Texas, were on high alert today after Sunday’s deadly shoot-out involving five motorcycle gangs. Nine bikers were killed and at least 18 wounded. The incident erupted as rival gangs gathered at a Waco restaurant.

    In the aftermath, more than 170 people were arrested on a long list of charges.

  • W. PATRICK SWANTON, Sergeant, Waco Police Department:

    They have showed up repeatedly over two months and have been here. We have had a little bit of issue out of them, some arrests for warrants, things like that, minor skirmishes. We had particular intelligence yesterday that there was going to be an even worse group of individuals here yesterday.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Police also fired shots in the gun battle, but there was no word on whether they killed or wounded anyone.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    A Texas grand jury decided today not to charge a police officer for killing an unarmed Mexican man. It happened last February in a Dallas suburb, and triggered protest rallies. Video from a police dashboard camera showed the victim with hands raised, walking forward unsteadily. The officer repeatedly called for him to stop, and then opened fire.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    In Yemen, Saudi-led airstrikes resumed against Shiite rebels, after a five-day cease-fire ended Sunday. There was also new fighting in several cities across Yemen.

    Meanwhile, the rebels’ chief sponsor, Iran, criticized diplomatic talks being held in the Saudi capital.

  • ALI AKBAR VELAYATI, Advisor to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (through interpreter):

    In fact, since we consider Riyadh and Saudi Arabia as part of the conflict, it cannot host a conference for solving the Yemeni crisis. A conference or a national dialogue should be held including all Yemeni groups alone in a neutral country that has no links to Riyadh or other sides who are part of the conflict.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    So far, the rebels and their allies have boycotted the talks.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Secretary of State John Kerry fired off a broadside at North Korea today, accusing it of horrific conduct on human rights and nuclear weapons. Kerry spoke during his stop in South Korea. He said the North is acting with reckless abandon, and warned there could be additional sanctions.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Back in this country, the U.S. Supreme Court made it easier for employees to sue their companies over 401(k) retirement plans. The justices ruled unanimously in a challenge to choosing mutual funds with high fees.

    Separately, the court refused to stop an investigation of governor Scott Walker’s 2012 recall campaign in Wisconsin. At issue is whether he illegally coordinated activities with outside groups. He’s now a potential Republican presidential candidate.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Amtrak service between New York and Philadelphia has resumed for the first time since last week’s deadly derailment. A northbound train carrying about 60 people left Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station just after 6:00 this morning. A similar southbound train departed New York an hour earlier. The wreck killed eight people and injured more than 200.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    And on Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 26 points to close near 18300. The Nasdaq rose 30 points, and the S&P 500 added six.

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