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Reny Pineda was born in Michoacan, Mexico, but grew up in Los Angeles. In 2010 he returned to his homeland, and joined a vigilante battle against a ruthless cartel ruling the region. Now the Mexican government has ordered the civilian militias to disband, and Pineda picks lemons in this orchard. Alan Ortega/KQED hide caption

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Latin America

Migrant Heads Home To Mexico — And Joins Fight Against Cartel

In the Mexican state of Michoacan, civilian militias have put a powerful drug cartel, the Knights Templar, on the run. Among the vigilantes are migrants, like Reny Pineda, returning from the U.S.

A sign over a highway in Glendale, Calif., warned motorists in February to save water in response to the state's severe drought. But a study released earlier this week showed residents in the southern coastal part of the state used more water this spring than they did last year. Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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National

Despite California's Drought, Taps Still Flowing In LA County

7 min

Despite California's Drought, Taps Still Flowing In LA County

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Reny Pineda was born in Michoacan, Mexico, but grew up in Los Angeles. In 2010 he returned to his homeland, and joined a vigilante battle against a ruthless cartel ruling the region. Now the Mexican government has ordered the civilian militias to disband, and Pineda picks lemons in this orchard. Alan Ortega/KQED hide caption

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The Americas

Migrant Heads Home To Mexico — And Joins Fight Against Cartel

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Migrant Heads Home To Mexico — And Joins Fight Against Cartel

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Scientists previously underestimated the ability of the lionfish to live in less salty water. Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Sixth-Grader's Science Project Catches Ecologists' Attention

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Shaun Blokker, known as Shaun T, is the man behind the fitness programs Hip Hop Abs and Insanity. Derek Baron hide caption

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My Big Break

Fitness Trainer Shaun T: 'I Understand Why You Feel Weak'

4 min

Fitness Trainer Shaun T: 'I Understand Why You Feel Weak'

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Shabazz Palaces' new record, Lese Majesty, comes out July 29. Patrick O'Brien-Smith/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Music Interviews

Unlocking The Eclectic

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Unlocking The Eclectic

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