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Vigilantes take on drug cartels terrorising south-west Mexico

A growing movement is taking the law into its own hands, accusing the government of failing to do anything to help<p>Daniel Castaneda said he had his reasons for taking the law into his own hands. Firstly, the drug cartels had kidnapped his sister; secondly, they were rife in the region, making …

One-third of Mississippi population will have diabetes by 2030, doctor warns

• Obesity rate in southern state dire at more than 34% • One in five Mississippi residents are without health insurance • Warning that healthcare costs could cripple state's economy<p>A third of the population of Mississippi will have diabetes by 2030 and need costly care to stay alive, which will …

Fears that identities of GCHQ operatives could leak if Edward Snowden is captured

Edward Snowden's tranche of documents reportedly contains several names of US and allied personnel, including employees of GCHQ.<p>British and US spies tracking Edward Snowden, the fugitive leaker, are deeply worried he has crafted a "doomsday device" of highly-classified files that would be released …

Surveillance

Massachusetts Teacher Murder: Note on Body Says, 'I Hate You All'

The body of a popular Massachusetts teacher who police say was killed by one of her students was found in the woods, naked from the waist down and …

Crime

Oldest Wine Cellar Discovered

Four couples sue to overturn Idaho ban on same-sex marriage

Idaho has become the latest state in which same-sex couples are seeking to have the right of marriage, after two couples that married elsewhere joined two couples who want to wed and filed suit against the state on Friday.<p>The suit, supported by the National Center for Lesbian Rights in San …

LGBTQ

Terry McAuliffe wins Virginia governor's race

Democrat Terry McAuliffe defeats Ken Cucinelli, a Republican conservative, to win the Virginia governor's race.<p>Terry McAuliffe, a <b>Democrat</b> businessman and long-time Clinton ally, narrowly won the Virginia governor's race tonight, bringing in enough moderate voters to claim victory in a once firmly …

Government

Former Brazilian footballer decapitated by drug traffickers

• Policewoman wife involved in World Cup crackdown • João Rodrigo Silva Santos kidnapped at night<p>A former Brazilian footballer, João Rodrigo Silva Santos, has been decapitated and his severed head delivered to his policewoman wife. Police in Rio de Janeiro said they suspect local drug …

Obama administration knew millions could not keep their health insurance - Investigations

President Barack Obama walks out to deliver remarks about the Affordable Care Act in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on Oct. 1, 2013.<p>By Lisa Myers and Hannah Rappleye, NBC News<p>President Obama repeatedly assured Americans that after the Affordable Care Act became law, people who …

Man who stabbed mother, 4 children reportedly was jealous of their lifestyle

Authorities believe a Chinese immigrant who fatally stabbed a mother and her four children in their Brooklyn home Saturday night was jealous that the family had been so much more successful in America than him.<p>"The family had too much. Their income (and) lifestyle was better than his," a police …

Obama knew of NSA spying on Merkel and approved it, report says

President Barack Obama knew of the organization’s spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel – and approved of the efforts, a National Security Agency official has reportedly told a German newspaper.<p>The Economic Times writes the “high-ranking” NSA official spoke to Bild am Sonntag on the condition …

Four teens arrested in murder of beloved World War II veteran

Four Mississippi teenagers have been charged with murder in the killing of a beloved World War II veteran who gained local fame for his home-cooked hot tamales.<p>The long and lustrous life of Lawrence “Shine” Thornton, 87, was celebrated last week during a ceremony at St. Joseph Catholic Church. …

Ore. School Board Votes to Allow Staff to Pack Heat at School

A school board in St. Helens, Ore., voted to allow teachers and staff to pack heat on school grounds, an official said.<p>St. Helens School Board …

Guns

DC protestors stand with Snowden to fight surveillance

Edward Snowden wasn't there in the flesh at this weekend's Stop Watching Us rally. But he participated by way of a statement, calling for NSA reform and reminding politicos that the public is watching them.<p>Saturday's Stop Watching Us rally in the US capital attracted a slew of people concerned by …

Bullet-time rig made from 130 HTC One smartphones

To demonstrate the power of its Snapdragon processor, Qualcomm has set up a bullet-time rig made up of 130 HTC One smartphones.<p>You may not know the technique by name, but you've most likely seen the results of bullet-time photography. Popularized by movies like "The Matrix," it involves a rig of …

Obama on Syria: "Being President is Boring and Hard"

The <i>New York Times</i> has an article out now laying out the White House’s approach to the decision-making process on Syria, and the picture it paints, …

Nevada School Shooting 'Hero' Teacher Was Former Marine

A middle school math teacher was shot dead today while shielding students from a boy with a gun in a Nevada middle school.<p>Two students were shot and …

Crime

No Plan B as deadline approaches

Whatever deal Senate leaders come up with to solve the fiscal crisis had better work, because President Barack Obama has no Plan B if it doesn’t.<p>The Treasury is set to hit its credit limit Thursday.<p>Much of the federal government has been shut down for more than two weeks.<p>And Fitch, one of the three …

Chicago nurse charged with sexually abusing paralyzed Afghan war veteran

A male nurse in Chicago has been arrested and charged with sexual abuse for allegedly fondling a paralyzed Afghan war veteran who cannot speak.<p>The two incidents, which happened in the soldier’s room at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago between July 4 and Aug. 6, involved 39-year-old nurse …

US Army defines Christian ministry as 'domestic hate group'

Several dozen U.S. Army active duty and reserve troops were told last week that the American Family Association, a well-respected Christian ministry, should be classified as a domestic hate group because the group advocates for traditional family values.<p>The briefing was held at Camp Shelby in …

Living relatives of iceman mummy found

Ötzi the Iceman has at least 19 living male relatives in the Austrian Tirol, according to a genetic study into the origins of the people who now inhabit the region.<p>Scientists from the Institute of Legal Medicine at Innsbruck Medical University analyzed DNA samples taken from 3,700 blood donors in …

1 in 5 U.S. Workers: I'm Too Educated for My Job

Actually, that's not so bad, by international standards.<p>When Americans aren't fretting over being undereducated, we're usually fretting about being overeducated.<p>Every so often, writers and academics start sounding the alarm about a coming glut of college graduates who will end up doomed to a life …

Calif. Gov. vetoes bill allowing non-citizens to serve on juries

Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would have made California the first state in the nation to allow non-citizens who are in the country legally to serve on jury duty.<p>"Jury service, like voting, is quintessentially a prerogative and responsibility of citizenship," Brown said in an announcement …

Power Wars: Reid reportedly tries to freeze out Biden from Hill negotiations

Is Joe Biden's vice presidential luster fading, in advance of a possible presidential bid?<p>The vice president, blaming the partial government shutdown, has canceled plans to campaign Friday for Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker, in his race for U.S. Senate.<p>Though that decision could well stem from …

Boehner dismisses Obama's position on fiscal crisis as 'not sustainable'

House Speaker John Boehner dismissed President Obama’s position on the fiscal crisis as “not sustainable” Tuesday, only hours after Obama held a non-press conference to say he was willing to compromise but not negotiate.<p>"What the president said today was, if there's unconditional surrender by …