October 19th, 2010
11:08 AM ET

On the Radar: N.C. missing girl, Tylenol recall, oil lessons

Missing girl's medical records  sought - North Carolina authorities have been in contact with Zahra Baker's biological mother in Australia and have asked for the medical records of the missing 10-year-old girl. Officials did not specify what kind of medical records they were seeking. Dental records are sometimes used to identify a body.

Although authorities believe Zahra is dead, her remains have not been found. Burke County Sheriff John McDevitt has said that Zahra's disappearance is being investigated as a homicide. CNN will watch for updates and bring you any new information available.

Tylenol's headaches - Johnson & Johnson reported a sales drop in its third quarter Tuesday, saying that successive recalls of its over-the-counter drugs have "significantly impacted" its business.

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October 17th, 2010
09:21 PM ET

3-year-old boy reported missing in Pasadena, California

Police in Pasadena, California, issued an Amber Alert on Sunday for a missing 3-year-old boy.

The child was reported missing Sunday morning by the boy's mother, police said in a news release. The boy, identified as Dylan Kurihara, was last seen with his father at 9:30 p.m. Saturday leaving a "parking structure" in a 2001 silver Lexus RX 300, the release said.

Upon investigation, authorities discovered that the father was arrested an hour later Saturday night for public intoxication.

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October 12th, 2010
11:38 AM ET

Missing N.C. girl's stepmom admits she wrote ransom note

The stepmother of a missing 10-year-old girl has admitted she wrote a ransom note found at the family's home, Hickory, North Carolina, Police Chief Tom Adkins said Tuesday.

Elisa Baker made the admission during an interview Monday night at the jail where she is held on charges unrelated to Zahra Clare Baker's disappearance, Adkins said. She then requested an attorney, he said. Authorities have obtained an arrest warrant for her on a felony charge of obstruction of justice, Adkins said.

Police have been searching for 10-year-old Zahra Clare Baker.

Police have not been able to find anyone who has seen Zahra within the past month, Adkins said, and do not know how long the girl has been missing. The Amber Alert issued Saturday for Zahra is being canceled, he said, and the investigation will shift from a possible abduction to a homicide investigation.

Zahra Clare Baker had a "horrible home life" and was frequently locked in her room, a relative said Tuesday.

Zahra was reported missing about 2 p.m. Saturday. Police have said her father, Adam Baker, and stepmother, Elisa Baker, reported she was last seen sleeping in her bed about 12 hours earlier, at 2:30 a.m.

Authorities on Monday pleaded for swift public help in reconstructing events leading to Zahra's disappearance.

WCNC: Relative: Missing N.C. girl had terrible home life

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October 12th, 2010
11:03 AM ET

Relative: Missing N.C. girl had 'horrible home life'

A 10-year-old North Carolina girl, the subject of an intensive police search after she was reported missing over the weekend, had a "horrible home life" and was frequently locked in her room, a relative said Tuesday.

Meanwhile, a search warrant released in the case says that cadaver dogs indicated the possible presence of human remains in two cars at Zahra Clare Baker's Hickory, North Carolina, home, and details a ransom note found on the windshield of an SUV that had gasoline poured inside.

Zahra was reported missing about 2 p.m. Saturday. Police have said her father, Adam Baker, and stepmother, Elisa Baker, reported she was last seen sleeping in her bed about 12 hours earlier, at 2:30 a.m.

Authorities on Monday pleaded for swift public help in reconstructing events leading to Zahra's disappearance. "We are running out of time, folks," Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins told reporters. "The longer this thing goes, the likelihood [is] that this outcome will not be positive.

The girl - a bone cancer survivor, according to CNN affiliate WCNC - uses a prosthetic leg and hearing aids. The hearing aids have been found, but not the prosthesis, Adkins said.

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October 11th, 2010
11:32 AM ET

Police: 'Anything's a possibility' in disappearance of 10-year-old

Investigators are interviewing former neighbors and former teachers, and seeking surveillance video as they investigate the disappearance of a 10-year-old girl from her Hickory, North Carolina, home, police said Monday.

Zahra Clare Baker was last seen sleeping in her bedroom about 2:30 a.m. Saturday, according to Hickory police. She was reported missing about 2 p.m. Saturday by her father, Adam Baker, and stepmother, Elisa Baker.

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October 11th, 2010
09:32 AM ET

On the Radar: Chile miners, British hostage, missing kid

Trapped Chilean miners - Cheering "Viva Chile," workers early Monday completed the installation of steel tubing to reinforce the path that will be used to bring 33 trapped miners to the surface.

About 96 meters of sheet metal was put in place to line the tunnel bored four-tenths of a mile into the Earth, according to Jeff Hart, operations manager for Layne Christensen Co., who has been in Chile advising workers on the drilling and casing operations. The casing has a lip that holds it in place at the surface and hangs down into the hole to serve as a buffer between the rescue capsule and the walls of the shaft, Hart said.

British hostage killed - A British aid worker who died during an operation to rescue her from kidnappers in Afghanistan may have been killed by a grenade thrown by American forces trying to free her, British Prime Minister David Cameron said Monday.

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October 9th, 2010
11:59 PM ET

Amber Alert issued for North Carolina girl

An Amber Alert has been issued after a 10-year-old girl was reported missing from her Hickory, North Carolina, home. FULL POST

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October 5th, 2010
10:34 AM ET

8-year-old girl found safe after abduction, suspect in custody

An 8-year-old girl, believed abducted by a stranger who forced her into a pickup truck, was found safe Tuesday, and a suspect was in custody, Fresno, California, police said.

Elisa Cardenas' recovery was announced by police spokesman Jeff Cardinale. Cardinale said a short time later that a suspect was in custody in connection with the incident.

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September 9th, 2010
08:13 PM ET

Parents try to recover runaway teen in Brazil

The parents of a 15-year-old American girl are seeking to get their daughter back after she ran away with her boyfriend to Brazil, where authorities handed her over to the boyfriend's family.

The Brazilian authorities' decision to give custody of Samantha Hernandez to her boyfriend's uncle, while a legal action against her goes through the system, has left her family and U.S. officials scratching their heads.

"If this was a senator's daughter, if this was a congressman's daughter, somebody would've gotten her back already," said Samantha's father, Robert Hernandez of Florida.

On August 29, Samantha and her boyfriend, whom she had met online less than a year ago, boarded a flight from Boston, Massachusetts, to Belo Horizonte, Brazil, with Samantha using a fake passport, police said.

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July 27th, 2010
05:48 PM ET

Mother of missing Oregon boy pleads for his safe return

The mother of a missing 7-year-old Oregon boy pleaded for her son's safe return Tuesday, imploring him to "never give up hope."
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July 7th, 2010
08:49 AM ET

On the Radar: Oil disaster, heat wave, 'climategate'

Gulf oil disaster - Interfaith leaders prayed for restoration and renewal of the Gulf of Mexico as they prepared Wednesday for a tour of the oil-soaked marshes, wetlands and rookeries of the Louisiana coast. Out at sea, crews are in the process of connecting the vessel Helix Producer to the ruptured oil well in the Gulf, said the man leading the federal response to the oil disaster. The hookup has been partially completed despite rough seas. The vessel should draw up to 53,000 barrels of oil a day when it becomes operational, newly retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said.

As the attempts continue at sea, a nearly 40-year-old board game is getting a lot of renewed attention because of eerie similarities between the scenarios of its play and the Gulf oil disaster. The game BP Offshore Oil Strike, which came out in the 1970s and is adorned with an old BP logo, revolves around four players exploring for oil, building platforms and constructing pipelines – all in the name of being the first to make $120 million.

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July 7th, 2010
03:43 AM ET

Missing Missouri girl found alive

A 4-year-old girl abducted Monday from the front yard of her Missouri home has been found alive, according to authorities.

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June 7th, 2010
09:47 AM ET

Crews search for missing child in Oregon

The search for a second-grade student who disappeared last week after he arrived at his Portland, Oregon elementary school intensified Monday

Kyron Horman, 7, did not return home on Friday from Skyline Elementary School, police said.

According to investigators, the boy's stepmother said she last saw Kyron Friday morning while he was walking down the hallway towards his classroom.

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April 26th, 2010
12:38 PM ET

Missing family in Idaho found

[Updated at 12:38 p.m.] Five family members who had been missing in northern Idaho were found safe on Monday morning, a police spokeswoman in Coeur d'Alene said.

Their car apparently got stuck on a dirt road in the woods, she said.

[Posted at 12:16 p.m.] Search crews in Idaho were looking Monday for an elderly couple and their three grandchildren, who have been missing for a day.

Neil and Connie Bigelow picked up the three with plans to take them to a lake to skip rocks Sunday afternoon, but they have not been seen since, police in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, said Monday.

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April 14th, 2010
09:58 AM ET

God 'led me directly' to Nadia, Florida rescuer says

The man who rescued an 11-year-old girl lost in a dense Florida swamp said Wednesday that God led him directly to her, and that finding her was no surprise.

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April 14th, 2010
09:55 AM ET

On the Radar: Nadia Bloom, mine safety, Russia adoptions

Nadia Bloom is carried out of a swampy area in Florida after being missing for four days.

Here’s a look at some of the stories CNN.com reporters are working on Wednesday:

Missing girl found alive - When Nadia Bloom was missing for four days after heading into the woods in central Florida, her family prayed she would be found alive. On Tuesday, those prayers were answered when a one-time member of the girl's church found her alive in a swampy area. CNN talks to the man who discovered Nadia and finds out how he stumbled upon her before rescuers did.

Mine safety - The CEOs of two of the largest U.S. coal-mining companies plan to testify about a range of issues in a hearing on Capitol Hill on Wednesday morning. One topic likely to come up: mine safety, particularly after last week's coal mine explosion that killed 29 miners in West Virginia.

To Russia, for love - For the nearly 3,000 American families in the process of adopting children from Russia, the actions of a Tennessee adoptive mother last week have them scared. Stephen Jack and his wife, Christine, said they worry the woman's decision to send a 7-year-old child back to Russia on a plane will hurt them all. “What this woman did to us is put us on pins and needles,” Stephen Jack said.

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