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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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Jeans hang on a clothesline next to a burned down trailer home in Bastrop, Texas. A wildfire raging for nearly two weeks has blackened 50 square miles and destroyed more than 1,500 homes. Erich Schlegel /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Perry Takes Hard Line On Environmental Issues

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A helicopter returns to the lake to refill its tank for a water drop on fires on Aug. 31, 2011 near Possum Kingdom Lake, Texas. By Monday, the worst fire was in Bastrop County, just southeast of Austin, where the blaze had been burning out of control for more than a day. Ron Jenkins/AP/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram hide caption

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney greets veterans after addressing the national conference of the Veterans of Foreign Wars on Tuesday in San Antonio. Eric Gay/AP hide caption

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Susan Edwards, manager of Austin Wildlife Rescue, holds a juvenile raccoon. The raccoon should be twice its size by now. But because of the drought, "the water sources are so poor, the mother's milk" lacked essential nutrients, Edwards said. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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Texas Drought Takes Its Toll On Wildlife

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Austin Plagued By Record Heat Wave

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W.C. Johnson, of the group Community United for Change, protests outside federal court in New Orleans on the opening day of the Danziger trial in June. On Aug. 5, five police officers were convicted of various roles in gunning down innocent civilians in the days after Hurricane Katrina and then covering it up. Five other officers pleaded guilty. Gerald Herbert/AP hide caption

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry prays at a daylong rally in Houston on Saturday. Perry attended the prayer rally despite criticism that the event inappropriately mixes religion and politics. David J. Phillip/AP hide caption

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry looks on during a speech at a Boy Scout ceremony in June aboard the USS Midway in San Diego. At that dinner, he said the federal government is rudderless. Now, he's calling for a "day of prayer and fasting on behalf of our nation." Gregory Bull/AP hide caption

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