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Many questions in Mexico cartel battle that killed 43

The call for backup went out to local police just after 8 a.m. There was a shootout underway at a ranch in the western reaches of Michoacan state and the federal authorities needed help. One patrolman said he sped with his colleagues from a town 20 minutes away and arrived at the scene Friday to see bullets flying and military and police helicopters hovering overhead in what would become the deadliest confrontation with suspected cartel members in recent memory. "It looked like a battlefield," the officer said Saturday, speaking on condition of anonymity like everyone at the scene. The bloodshed at the private ranch left 42 suspected criminals dead, and one federal police...

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