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9 dead, dozens injured in biker gang shooting in Waco, Texas

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

A gunfire among members of several rival biker gangs in a hectic shopping plaza in the Central Texas city of Waco on Sunday resulted in death of at least nine bikers and injuries to 18 others.

A local television station, News Channel 25, reported that the violence erupted shortly after noon at an area between the Twin Peaks and Don Carlos restaurants.
Waco police official W. Patrick Swanton was reported as saying that eight people died at the scene of the shooting at Twin Peaks restaurant and another person died at a hospital. He added that all were members of the rival gangs. However, he did not give out the names of the gangs or the victims.

The police official told the news channel that members of at least three rival gangs were present in the parking for a meeting. The brawl ensued in the bathroom and later carried on to the restaurant.

Michelle Logan, one of the eye witnesses told the news channel, “There were about 30 firearms in action in the parking lot and around 100 shots were fired in all.”

The police being aware of the meeting in advance was already present at the restaurant when the fight began. The police officers shot the bikers, Swanton told the news channel, to prevent further deaths.

Police said the condition of some of the injured men, who had knife and gunshot wounds, is critical and many more deaths might occur.

The two restaurants were closed after the shootout, and the police detained some of the eye-witnesses to question them.

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NASA to Soon Start Testing ‘quiet’ Supersonic Flights over Texas

NASA recently awarded Lockheed Martin a $247.5 million contract to build the highly anticipated aircraft

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NASA has announced of testing “quiet” supersonic flights over Texas that could revolutionise air travel.

The space agency said on Tuesday that it will publicly demonstrate its technology near the coastal resort city of Galveston to ensure that its prototype really will be barely audible when it crosses the sound barrier, reports CNN.

If NASA’s experimental project — formerly known as the X-plane or “Low-Flight Flight Demonstrator” but recently renamed X-59 QueSST — works, it should help make supersonic flight more economical.

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From November, the US space agency will use supersonic F/A-18 Hornet jets over Galveston to mimic the sonic profile of the X-59 while a group of around 500 residents document the noise levels.

By performing dives at the speed of sound, the jets will produce two types of sonic boom in order to truly determine the sound they produce on the ground.

According to NASA, Galveston was chosen as the testing area as it is located near the Gulf of Mexico, allowing the fighter jets keep louder sonic booms out to sea, while hurling quieter sonic “thumps” into the city.

NASA recently awarded Lockheed Martin a $247.5 million contract to build the highly anticipated aircraft. (IANS)

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