<p>"Los Mata Zetas," or the "Zeta Killers," described themselves in a recent video as a paramilitary group that will go after members of the Zeta drug cartel. The Mexican government, however, has described it as a rival drug cartel that is just seeking to eliminate competition from the Zetas.</p>
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In the latest twist to Mexico's drug wars, a new group has vowed to launch a paramilitary offensive against a leading drug cartel in Veracruz, a city that has become a flash point in the violence.
Over the past month, more than 100 bodies have been strewn around the city, which is one of Mexico's largest and oldest ports. The violence prompted Mexican President Felipe Calderon to declare that Veracruz has been "left in the hands of the Zetas," one of the most brutal criminal organizations in the country.
<p>Indian children light fireworks in New Delhi for Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. The festival marks the victory of good over evil and commemorates the time when Hindu God Lord Rama achieved victory over Ravana and returned to his kingdom Ayodhya after 14 years in exile.</p>
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Today Hindus across the world are celebrating Diwali, or the festival of lights. There's plenty of coverage about the celebrations, and the Hindustan Times has a good overview.
<p>Occupy Oakland protesters carry away a man who was hit by a police tear gas canister Tuesday near the Oakland City Hall.</p>
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Police crackdowns in Atlanta and Oakland, Calif., to disperse protests affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement could mark a turning point in the tactics of both the demonstrators and the authorities dealing with them, experts say.
Oakland police equipped with riot gear fired tear gas and, according to demonstrators, used rubber bullets and flash grenades on Tuesday to clear Frank Ogawa Park in front of City Hall. In Atlanta, helicopters circled over a small city park just after midnight Wednesday as officers moved in to arrest about 50 protesters.
Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday is forming an 11-member student council that will provide the education department with feedback on issues affecting students. The Next-Generation Student Council is inviting 10th and 11th grade public school students to apply for membership to the year-long program. Students will meet with Holliday and department staff both in person and digitally from around the commonwealth. They’ll discuss how decisions made at the state level affect the education of the students and how student achievement can be improved.
Legislation pre-filed for the 2012 Kentucky General Assembly would allow more special needs students to earn a high school diploma. As the parent of a daughter with a mild mental disability, Sen. Dennis Parrett (D-Elizabethtown) understands the challenges special education students face. At the beginning of the school year, an individual education program is written for each student, which identifies their unique needs and instructional goals.
Opening statements are set to begin Thursday in Boston at the trial of Tarek Mehanna, a 29-year-old American charged in U.S. District Court with conspiracy and providing material support to al-Qaida, as well as planning to attend training camps abroad and making false statements to authorities. He faces a possible life sentence if convicted.
Bloomberg dug through quite a bit of government data to answer a question that's been talked about quite a bit over the past few months: Has President Obama ushered in an era of costly business regulation? Republicans have made the claim regularly. Former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney, a Republican presidential candidate, said, "President Obama has vastly expanded the regulatory reach of government."
Both the Jackson Independent Schools and the Breathitt County Schools will be getting grant money through two separate partnership programs sponsored by Berea College. The two schools are among 19 districts in Eastern, Southeastern and Central Kentucky who will be getting the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness (GEAR UP) grants from the U. S. Department of Education, totaling almost $10.7 million each year for the next seven years.
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<p>A customer holds up a spoon of deep-fried water bug in a restaurant in Thailand. Insects are a popular food in Thailand and many other countries around the world.</p>
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Kudos to the SF Weekly for their fascinating in-depth cover story last week on bug eating. The City by the Bay has become a "hotbed of insect cuisine," David Gordon, an entomophagist (bug eater) and author of The Eat-A-Bug Cookbook, tells the alternative weekly.
<p>A chest X-ray of a cigarette smoker's lungs.</p>
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The drive to test healthy people for common cancers rests on the idea that finding malignancies early can trigger life-saving treatment. But the evidence that some of the tests will actually reduce mortality is sometimes lacking or is less than clear cut for the people who'll get tested.