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AMBER Alert: McDonald County, Missouri Abduction Involves Red, Ford SUV, MO License Plates RA1J1L

Updated at 6:30 p.m. July 9, 2020: The Missouri State Highway Patrol said: "Grandmother and vehicle located in Stroud, Oklahoma. THe mother and children are believed to now be in a different vehicle - cream Kia Soul Unknown Oklahoma Registration." Updated with further details at 1:40 p.m. July 9, 2020: The McDonald County Sherriff's office said via the state's AMBER alert system that two children are missing after being allegedly abducted from 67 Johnson, Southwest City, Missouri at 8:52 a.m....

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At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Donna Joe says her adult daughters had all kinds of advice to keep her safe. They signed up the 64-year-old retired civil engineer for online grocery delivery, shipped sanitizer to her home in Marietta, Ga., and checked in regularly to make sure she was following the latest protocols. Joe says she missed being with her six grandchildren, though, and when her son invited her over, she jumped at the chance. But she waited until after the visit to tell...

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Missouri Government

The latest news from Jefferson City

The Supreme Court ruled today that about half of the land in Oklahoma is within an Indian reservation, a decision that will have major consequences for both past and future criminal and civil cases.

The court's decision hinged on the question of whether the Creek reservation continued to exist after Oklahoma became a state.

A 24-year-old Black man who was found hanging from a tree in a park in Southern California last month died by suicide, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's office said Thursday.

The World Health Organization has issued a new scientific brief that summarizes what's known about the different ways the coronavirus can transmit.

Scientists say they've identified an enzyme that could help explain how exercise can slow or even reverse some signs of aging in the brain. "Exercise in a bottle" isn't around the corner, but it's not out of the question either.

The idea builds on an observation a few years ago that certain parts of the brain can actually grow, even in older people.

Pirette McKamey is fighting for anti-racist education.

Over her more than 30 years as an educator, the principal at Mission High School in San Francisco spent a decade leading an anti-racism committee.

The Fuji-Q Highland amusement park near Tokyo has an unorthodox request for its roller coaster riders.

"Please scream inside your heart," and not out loud, the park is asking. The unusual ask is meant to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus.

While some may be skeptical that it's possible to quietly ride a roller coaster, a promotional video from Fuji-Q proves that it can be done.

Border closures due to the pandemic have kept many people apart from their relatives for months. Others had to face separation from a different kind of family — their pets.

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks to Lee Bollinger, president of Columbia University, about new regulations regarding international students released Monday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Supreme Court cases are complicated, and their implications can be muddy.

But a few things are clear from what the court decided Thursday about the President Trump's financial records. Presidents do not have absolute immunity from having to release financial records, and more specifically to Trump, we likely won't see his taxes until after the presidential election.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper never received a briefing about alleged Russian practices against U.S. troops in Afghanistan that included the term "bounty," he told Congress on Thursday.

Esper said so in an answer to a carefully worded question from Rep. Mike Turner, R-Ohio, who appeared to be aware about how to cue Esper, potentially from the lawmaker's own awareness of the still-secret underlying intelligence about the Russian allegations.

"To the best of my recollection, I have not received a briefing that included the word 'bounty,' " Esper said.

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