Adoption

People gather at a memorial near Staples Center after the death of Laker legend Kobe Bryant Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
January 27, 2020 - 2:37 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The chants rose in the plaza across from Staples Center. "Kobe!" and "MVP! MVP!" They came from hundreds of fans gathered to mourn the death of Kobe Bryant. Candles burned alongside hand-lettered messages scrawled on signs and the pavement. Bunches of flowers piled up, some with...
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FILE- In this July 16, 2016, file photo Haven Shepherd prepares for her race at Schifferdecker Pool in Joplin, Mo. Haven Shepherd’s dad brought a pair of bombs to their small hut in Vietnam. He strapped one to himself and the other to Haven's mom and placed Haven in between. She was 14 months old. The bombs killed the parents, but Haven survived. She lost both legs below the knees. (Roger Nomer/The Joplin Globe via AP, File)
November 23, 2018 - 1:54 am
CARTHAGE, Mo. (AP) — Miracle No. 1: Haven Shepherd wasn't killed. Her dad, destitute, desperate and unable to support a child, brought a pair of bombs to their small hut in Vietnam. He strapped one to himself and the other to Haven's mom and placed Haven, then 14 months old, in between. The parents...
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FILE- In this July 16, 2016, file photo Haven Shepherd prepares for her race at Schifferdecker Pool in Joplin, Mo. Haven Shepherd’s dad brought a pair of bombs to their small hut in Vietnam. He strapped one to himself and the other to Haven's mom and placed Haven in between. She was 14 months old. The bombs killed the parents, but Haven survived. She lost both legs below the knees. (Roger Nomer/The Joplin Globe via AP, File)
November 23, 2018 - 1:53 am
CARTHAGE, Mo. (AP) — Miracle No. 1: Haven Shepherd wasn't killed. Her dad, destitute, desperate and unable to support a child, brought a pair of bombs to their small hut in Vietnam. He strapped one to himself and the other to Haven's mom and placed Haven, then 14 months old, in between. The parents...
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March 12, 2018 - 6:38 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gay-rights advocates in Oklahoma launched a campaign Monday to stop a bill they say will codify the ability of religious-based adoption agencies to discriminate against same-sex couples seeking to adopt. Faith-based groups including the Catholic Conference of Oklahoma and the...
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Athletes from various nations including Pita Taufatofua, of Tonga, at left, United States' Lindsey Vonn, third from left, and Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, fifth from left, pose for photos during the closing ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
February 25, 2018 - 8:00 am
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local): 10 p.m. The IOC president, Thomas Bach, says that by marching together at the Winter Games, athletes from South and North Korea showed they both believe in "a peaceful future." In his wrap-up speech at the...
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Marissa Brandt signs a proclamation naming her an honorary ambassador for adoptee birth family searches by Neunghoo Park, right, South Korean minister of health and welfare, during a lunch in Gangneung, South Korea. Brandt, adopted as a baby by Greg and Robin Brandt of Vadnais Heights, Minnesota, played for South Korea’s historic combined women’s team under her birth name, Park Yoonjung. (AP Photo/Teresa M. Walker)
February 25, 2018 - 4:56 am
GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Marissa Brandt isn't quite sure what her new position will require, and she's only had a couple of days to start getting used to the idea of being an honorary ambassador. The Korean-American hockey player is more than happy to do whatever she can. "It's going to be...
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In this Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, photo, Kim Muir, her son Vincenzo and daughter Alexis arrive at Holt Korea in Seoul, South Korea. Muir returned to South Korea for the first time since she was adopted by an American family at 4 years old. She is 45 now and is a renowned skating teacher who trains hockey players how to skate more efficiently. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
February 22, 2018 - 7:58 am
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Kim Muir can now say that she has made it all the way back. To the place where her life began in so much uncertainty. To the place where she was adopted as a 4-year-old orphan by an American family that raised her as its own. The skating coach, now 45, got to witness...
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In this Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, photo, Kim Muir talks to her hockey clients center at the Suburban Ice Arena in Farmington Hills, Mich. Muir, a renowned skating coach is returning to South Korea to cheer for clients playing hockey at the Olympics and to return to Seoul. As a 6-month-old girl, she was left next to a trash can on the streets of Seoul in the winter of 1974. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
February 20, 2018 - 3:16 am
FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (AP) — A 6-month-old girl was left next to a trash bin on the streets of Seoul in the winter of 1974 and wound up in an orphanage for a few years. She later stood at the bedside of her adopted parents as they slept, making sure they weren't going to leave her, too. Kim Muir...
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January 31, 2018 - 6:02 pm
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FILE - In this May 11, 2017, file photo, sisters Hannah, left, and Marissa Brandt, pose at their family's home in Vadnais Heights. Minn. Marissa, a native Korean who was adopted as an infant by parents in Minnesota, and her sister Hannah will both be playing in the upcoming Winter Olympics in women's hockey. Marissa for South Korea and Hannah for the U.S. (Scott Takushi/Pioneer Press via AP, File)
January 31, 2018 - 11:41 am
When Megan Olson lands in South Korea for the Winter Olympics next week, she'll feel something that is both surreal and vivid. An intoxicating sense of belonging. A deep sense of loss. Pride, for the motherland she barely knows after being secretly adopted away. The 33-year-old social worker from...
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