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Carolyn DeFord, is pictured with her daughter and mother, Leona Kinsey, in La Grande, Ore., in their last photograph together before Kinsey disappeared in October 1999. Courtesy of Carolyn DeFord hide caption

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Her mother went missing 22 years ago. Now, she finds comfort in the past and future

The disappearance of Carolyn DeFord's mother is among countless cases of missing Indigenous women. Without closure, DeFord continues to grieve. But a special memory and a new grandson give her hope.

Her mother went missing 22 years ago. Now, she finds comfort in the past and future

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21 states are poised to ban or severely restrict abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned

So-called trigger laws in 12 states would automatically enact an abortion ban if Roe is overturned. In nine others, bans that were blocked by courts or have long been unenforced could take effect.

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A suspect has been identified in shooting death of philanthropist Jacqueline Avant

Police have identified a suspect, Aariel Maynor, in the shooting death of Avant after he was apprehended nearby.

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Scientists race to answer the question: Will vaccines protect us against omicron?

There's serious concern about the effectiveness of vaccines against the omicron strain. But there's also reason to be hopeful — especially for those who've had a booster.

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