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Police stand near the scene of a murder in Juarez, Mexico. The country suffers from drug cartel-related violence despite some of the most restrictive gun laws in the world. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Miles and Kent Romney, (left to right), distant cousins of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, in Colonia Juarez, Mexico. Miles believes his cousin's candidacy is nothing less than prophetic. Peter Breslow/NPR hide caption

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Mexican Cousins Keep Romney's Family Tree Rooted

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A musician performs at the Bat Bar during SXSW 2011 in Austin, Texas. Katie Hayes Luke for NPR hide caption

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Austin's Musicians Caught In Conundrum

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After 20 minutes of silent witness, the angels gather around a group of neighbors and pray with them for employment, for better living conditions, for salvation from sin, and for an end to the murders. Raymundo Aguirre for NPR hide caption

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A Border Patrol agent looks for footprints from illegal immigrants crossing the U.S.- Mexico border in 2010. Traffickers have begun using immigrants as drug smugglers, recruiting voluntarily and forcibly. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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Migrants Say They're Unwilling Mules For Cartels

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In front of the Texas flag: Iraq vet and aspiring songwriter Buddy Lee Dobberteen. John Burnett hide caption

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Vets Write Music To Heal The Wounds Of War

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A track hoe sifts through Hurricane Ike debris in Smith Point, Texas, in 2008. In 2009, HNTB won a contract to manage disaster recovery, including the aftermath of Hurricane Ike. Pat Sullivan/AP hide caption

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Scientists Say Texas Agency Edits Out Climate Change

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In 2005, death penalty opponents protest the impending execution of condemned inmate Frances Newton in Huntsville, Texas. Newton was convicted of killing her husband and two children in their Houston apartment. She was put to death by lethal injection on Sept. 14, 2005.

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Mexican journalists march in a protest against violence directed against the media on Sept. 11, in Mexico City. Drug cartels, which have been responsible for many of the deaths, are now intimidating social media sites. Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Mexican Drug Cartels Now Menace Social Media

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Occasional flooding is part of life on the batture, between the Mississippi River and the levee. Kevin O'Mara hide caption

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At The Mississippi's Edge, Residents Cling To Land

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