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Mindy McCready and Son Found by Police in Arkansas

Frederick Breedon/WireImage(HEBER SPRINGS, Ark.) -- Police tracked down country singer Mindy McCready and her 5-year-old son overnight Friday after she defied a court order to return him to his grandmother.

Around 8 p.m. Friday, police took her son, Zander, from his mother at a lake home owned by McCready's boyfriend in Heber Springs, Ark., according to the Cleburne County Sheriff.

Zander is on his way to his legal guardian, his grandmother, in Florida, according to reports.

Authorities said the boyfriend was talking to police while the multi-platinum selling recording artist was hiding in a closet with her son.

There was no struggle, but they said McCready was quite emotional.

Child welfare officials said Zander is safe and in good health.

He never really was in any danger, but the FBI circulated flyers, called it a "parental abduction" and declared Zander "missing," last seen in a Ford Explorer outside the home of McCready's father.

It appeared that Florida officials may have known McCready's location all along, because police arrived at the home with a signed warrant from an Arkansas court.

After the singer's many troubles, including a stint on celebrity rehab for a serious drug problem, the court gave custody of her son to McCready's mother.

On Friday night, Gayle Inge, Zander's grandmother and McCready's mother broke into tears over the situation.

"I can't even explain it, I just can't explain it," Inge said.

McCready has spent the past few years turning her life around, and she's been fighting for custody of her son.

"The focus in custody cases is what's in the best interest of the child. If she wants to go to court, and she wants to say, you know what, I'd like this court order lifted and I wanna change the nature of this custody arrangement, great, go do that. But you can't just go in there, grab the child and evade authorities," said ABC News legal analyst Dan Abrams.

The court had ordered her to return the boy Thursday evening, but through her representatives, she told authorities she's seven months pregnant with twins and in no condition to travel.

The babies' father is believed to be McCready's music producer boyfriend David Wilson, according to the New York Daily News.

So far, no criminal charges have been filed against McCready for taking her son from his legal guardian.

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Elton John Magazine Photo Censored by Arkansas Grocery Chain

Photo Courtesy - ABC/Ida Mae Astute(MOUNTAIN HOME, Arkansas) -- The customers of Harps, an Arkansas grocery chain, appear to be offended by the Us Weekly cover featuring Elton John and his partner, David Furnish, showing off their new son, Zachary.

When Jennifer Huddleston of Mountain Home, Arkansas visited a branch of Harps not long ago, she noticed the store had placed what is called a "family shield" -- basically, a piece of plastic -- over the magazine's cover.  On the shield are the words, "To protect young Harps shoppers."

The shield is the kind you often see in stores covering the lower two-thirds of adult magazines, like Playboy.

Outraged, Huddleston took a photo of the shield, which she then tweeted, along with the number for the Harps corporate offices, asking everyone on Twitter to bring attention to the incident.  According to ABC News, the company was flooded with calls, and the shields were taken down within a few hours.

A company spokeswoman told ABC News that they'd been put in place to begin with because a customer had complained.

The spokeswoman said, "It's company policy that we use those shields if we get a customer complaint on a certain [magazine] cover.  We have no opinion of what's covered up.  It's strictly because we got a complaint." ´╗┐

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