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The last time Carolyn DeFord, a member of the Puyallup tribe, saw her mother was in 1999.

That's when Leona Kinsey, who raised DeFord in La Grande, Ore., went missing. She was never seen again. Her disappearance is just one unsolved case in the nationwide crisis of missing or murdered Indigenous women.

Two new drugs are awaiting authorization from the Food and Drug Administration for treating patients with COVID-19, and both may be effective against the omicron variant.

One is made by Merck, the other by Pfizer.

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Public health officials have confirmed cases of the omicron variant in at least 20 countries.

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Going to turn now to Francis Collins. He's the director of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Collins, good morning.

FRANCIS COLLINS: Good morning, A. Glad to be with you.

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Lee Elder, the first Black golfer to play in the Masters Tournament, has died.

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