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This emergency alert jolted New Yorkers on Sept. 19 as police sought a suspect in connection with explosions in the New York City metropolitan area. Lacking a photo or a link to one, it raised concerns about racial profiling. AP hide caption

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A sign for missing California teenager Hannah Anderson hangs on a fence at El Capitan High School in the Lakeside neighborhood of San Diego County. Sam Hodgson/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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Amber Alerts were issued as cellphone text messages in California this week. NPR hide caption

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