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An Amber Alert app is seen Thursday on the cell phone of Capt. Greg Gerrero of the California Highway Patrol in Sacramento, Calif. A new national Amber Alert system will automatically send alerts to millions of cell phones when an alert is issued in their area.

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Shriek! Texts on missing kids startle cell users

The next time a child is abducted near you, your cellphone may shriek to life with an alert message.

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