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Mexico's gang-torn Hot Country about to boil over

Troops clashed with armed vigilantes intent on taking on a dangerous meth cartel in Michoacan.

Things are shifting quickly and bloodily in Mexico's western Michoacan state, as troops fight to disarm vigilante gangs intent on combating a dangerous drug cartel. A clash between soldiers and militiamen in one town Monday night ended with multiple deaths — reports vary on how many, but the government has confirmed two fatalities. That's apparently hardened the militia leaders' resolve to continue fighting.

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