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Authorities Seize Wrong Mexican Girl For Forced Return To Texas

Apr 22, 2015
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MEXICO CITY  — A 14-year-old Mexican girl who was taken by authorities and sent screaming to live in the United States was returned home Wednesday after DNA tests showed she is not the daughter of the Houston woman who claimed her.

The case of Alondra Luna Nunez drew international attention after a video of the distraught girl being forced into a police vehicle last week circulated in media and on social networks. There was no immediate explanation of why authorities did not confirm her identity before sending her out of the country.

The Foreign Ministry said Mexican officials were carrying out a court order to send Alondra to Dorotea Garcia, a Houston woman who claimed the girl was her daughter who had been illegally taken to Mexico by her father years ago. Alondra's family insisted authorities were mistaken but their pleas were ignored. “They stole my daughter,” Susana Nunez told Milenio Television on Wednesday. “I didn't know this woman existed.”

HOUSTON — A Houston-area high school says it will no longer ask girls to submit a photo of them wearing their prom dress before the night of the dance.

Principal Ben Ibarra of Eisenhower High Senior School said the policy to pre-approve dresses came after parents became upset that their children were turned away at the door for wearing dresses deemed inappropriate.

Houston — Houston police say a pregnant woman has died after being run over by her husband’s truck but doctors saved her nearly full-term baby.

Police say no charges were filed over Monday’s accident. KPRC-TV reports authorities say the baby was delivered at 36 weeks and was hospitalized in stable condition. Police say the couple apparently argued over repairs for her car.

It seems like every firefighter you ask can rattle off examples of 911 calls that didn't come even close to being life-threatening.

"A spider bite that's two or three weeks old," says Jeff Jacobs. "A headache, or a laceration," says Ashley Histand.

Alberto Vela remembers another call from a woman who said, "This medicine's not working; now you need to take me to the hospital so I can get a different medication."

Tyler Hooper describes those calls they shouldn't be getting as "anything from simple colds to toothaches, stubbed toes to paper cuts."

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HOUSTON — Officials from Homeland Security’s Houston investigation unit say the city has become a focal point for illegal imports, including millions of dollars’ worth of honey from China that has been seized over the last two years.

The Houston Chronicle reports that since October, U.S. Customs and Homeland Security has seized more than 900 drums of Chinese honey that was smuggled through Latvia. That brings the value of illegal Chinese honey seized in Houston over the last two years to nearly $8 million. China is the world’s leading producer of honey.

According to court documents, the honey was routed through Latvia to avoid U.S. duties. Officials were suspicious about the honey because the northern European country produces very little honey.

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