Mexico

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[Editor’s Note: Updated at 10:55 p.m. CDT, Monday]

A line of storms stretching from the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes dumped record rainfall on parts of Texas, Oklahoma and other Plains and Midwest states over this long and disastrous Memorial Day weekend. Among the worst affected places were the small Texas community of Wimberley and nearby San Marcos in the Central Texas corridor between San Antonio and Austin. Many homes in those communities were damaged or destroyed. Twelve people are still unaccounted for. Here is a recap of the day’s events.

10:30 p.m. CDT

What a sheriff described as a “pretty destructive” tornado has destroyed four homes in Central Texas, killing a man. Milam County Judge Dave Barkemeyer said the storm hit a subdivision just outside of the city of Cameron, which is about 60 miles northeast of Austin. County Sheriff David Greene said the twister damaged 10 to 15 homes in all.

Barkemeyer said the man died when his mobile home was destroyed about 4 p.m. Monday. Four other people were injured. No identities have been released. That brings to four the number of people killed in Texas since Friday by the storms that damaged many parts of the state.

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MEXICO CITY — A Texas woman got her long-missing daughter back and headed for home, concluding an eight-year search at a Mexican court hearing a cross-border custody case that earlier mistakenly sent another girl to the U.S. against her will.

Houston resident Dorotea Garcia and 13-year-old Alondra Diaz didn’t speak with reporters after the judge’s ruling Friday afternoon, but they were expected to fly out of Guadalajara on Saturday morning.

At a hearing in Los Reyes, a town in the southwestern state of Michoacan, Judge Cinthia Elodia Mercado returned Alondra to Garcia, noting that DNA tests concluded the previous day showed they are daughter and mother.

They emerged from court under heavy police guard. Clad in jeans, a turquoise T-shirt and matching backpack, Alondra climbed into the backseat of a police van with her beaming mother and the two embraced.

What Is Cinco De Mayo?

May 5, 2015

Today is Cinco de Mayo (the fifth of May), a Mexican holiday traditionally celebrated with colorful costumes, singing, dancing and lots of drinking.

The day is well known in U.S., but as we sip on margaritas, do we know exactly what we’re celebrating?

The holiday commemorates a Mexican victory over the French in Puebla on May 5, 1862.

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CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico — An official says nine police officers were kidnapped by a criminal gang in northern Mexico and later rescued, though one was killed in the confrontation.

The officers from Nuevo Leon state were abducted when they pursued suspects into neighboring Tamaulipas, on the Texas border, Sunday night. They were following a vehicle carrying armed men. On a highway they encountered two other vehicles full of gunmen. One officer was killed, and the others kidnapped.

EL PASO — A fatal police shooting in El Paso is drawing Mexican government scrutiny. Police spokesman Chris Mears says officers responding to a burglary call Wednesday night encountered Erick Emmanuel Salas Sanchez, who armed himself with a metal object and threatened the officers.

Mears says a Taser failed to to subdue the 22-year-old man, who charged the officers. One officer shot Sanchez, who died later at Del Sol Medical Center.

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