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Ex-Prime Minister Keita holds wide lead in Mali vote

BAMAKO (Reuters) - Former Malian Prime Minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keita holds a comfortable lead and could win an outright first-round victory in the West African nation's high-stakes presidential election, the minister of territorial administration said on Tuesday. Full story

Mali heads to polls for 'fresh start' vote

BAMAKO (Reuters) - Voters in Mali headed to the polls on Sunday in a presidential election it is hoped will they provide a fresh start to a country divided by a coup and a war in its desert north. Full story

'Mystery in the Desert,' Part 1

   Tim McKillop and Joyce Sterrenberg, just 20-years-old, took a ride out to the desert in the warm spring of 1962. What happened next would be a mystery that spanned over 50 years.

GOP rep on undocumented youth: For every one valedictorian, there are 100 smuggling drugs

In an interview last week, Iowa Congressman Steve King argued that many of the undocumented children brought into the country by their parents could be "hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert." Full story

Young man from Mexico dies in Arizona desert

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - The U.S. Border Patrol says a young man from Mexico is dead after a group of immigrants got lost in the Arizona desert. According to the Border Patrol, the 18-year-old was among nine immigrants from the Mexican state of Oaxaca (wuh-HAH'-kah). The Border Patrol says a member of t Full story

Dangerous heat wave scorches western US

   High temperatures could set records across the western US, especially in the Death Valley desert, which may see temperatures rise to 130 degrees. Officials are reminding residents to drink plenty of water and stay in the shade. The Weather Channel’s Mike Seidel reports.

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  Record jackpot up for grabs in Powerball drawing

Saturday night, someone who felt lucky may turn out to be the luckiest person in the world as they pick the numbers for the Powerball jackpot, now at $600 million. NBC’s Miguel Almaguer reports.

  Wendell Pierce's new role off-screen

Wendell Pierce talks to MSNBC's Craig Melvin about his work on food deserts and helping neighborhoods in New Orleans.

  Under the Desert Sky, Part 2

Mickie has been missing for 12 hours and police still have no leads, until cell phone records provide a clue.

  Under the Desert Sky, Part 3

A searcher notices fresh tire tracks in the desert which lead to a grim discovery.

  Under the Desert Sky, Part 1

An attractive teen goes missing in the desert near the Utah-Nevada border. Dateline NBC’s Keith Morrison reports.

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