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A Mexican soldier patrols the tunnel discovered on Thanksgiving Day at a warehouse in Tijuana. Francisco Vega/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Drug Tunnel Discovery Signals New Cartel In Town

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This photo, provided by a resident of Ciudad Mier who did not want to be identified, shows a burned-out police station in the town. A brutal turf war between the Gulf Cartel and the Zetas drug gang has led to an evacuation of the Mexican border town. hide caption

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Drug War Forces Residents To Flee Mexican Town

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U.S. Border Patrol agents patrol the Rio Grande River, passing under the World Trade Bridge. Every 15 seconds one truck crosses the eight-lane bridge, which connects Laredo, Texas with the Mexican border town of Nuevo Laredo. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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Antonio Ezequiel Cardenas Guillen, also known as "Tony Tormenta," was killed Friday in a shootout with soldiers in Mexico. Drug Enforcement Administration/Getty Images hide caption

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Mexican Border Lake Shooting Still Awash In Mystery

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Are Texans Tired Of Gov. Rick Perry?

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With his growling vocals, Howlin' Wolf fought his way to the top of the cutthroat Chicago blues scene. Frank Driggs Collection hide caption

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Howlin' Wolf: Booming Voice Of The Blues

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In this Aug. 7 photo, a Mexican journalist protests the targeting of journalists by drug cartels and others in the country. The unrest has prompted some journalists to seek asylum in the U.S. Marco Ugarte/AP hide caption

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Pedro Torres, editor of El Diario, holds the front page featuring the Mexican flag dripping blood. Two of his journalists have been killed over the past two years. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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Slaying Prompts Juarez Paper To Weigh Coverage

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Robert Kyr spends late nights at an upright piano, writing down his music. Karen Kuehn/NPR hide caption

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Discovering A Composer In The Desert And Mercy At A Monastery

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On Aug. 7, federal police officers beat commander Salomon "The Shaman" Alarcon after accusing him of being linked to drug cartels and having participated in kidnappings, executions and extortion in Ciudad Juarez. About 250 federal police officers participated in the unprecedented protest against their commanders. Raymundo Ruiz/AP hide caption

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The 65 black and white members of the Shades of Praise choir (Joe King Jr. sings here in 2006) have helped one another to raise money and find doctors, housing, schools and new churches. Evie Stone/NPR hide caption

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Katrina And Three Tales Of Endurance

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