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Tornado devastates Joplin, Missouri, 116 dead

<p>A woman removes a rifle from the debris of a destroyed home after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone</p>

A woman removes a rifle from the debris of a destroyed home after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone

A woman removes a rifle from the debris of a destroyed home after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone

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<p>Jason Pugh (R) removes two rifles from his father's home which was destroyed by a devastating tornado that hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone</p>

Jason Pugh (R) removes two rifles from his father's home which was destroyed by a devastating tornado that hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone

Jason Pugh (R) removes two rifles from his father's home which was destroyed by a devastating tornado that hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone

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<p>An entire neighborhood lay in ruin after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone</p>

An entire neighborhood lay in ruin after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone

An entire neighborhood lay in ruin after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone

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<p>A bent basketball goal stands in a park next to a bare tree after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Ed Zurga</p>

A bent basketball goal stands in a park next to a bare tree after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Ed Zurga

A bent basketball goal stands in a park next to a bare tree after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Ed Zurga

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<p>Mark Langford sorts through the debris looking for personal belongings after his home was destroyed when a tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone</p>

Mark Langford sorts through the debris looking for personal belongings after his home was destroyed when a tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone

Mark Langford sorts through the debris looking for personal belongings after his home was destroyed when a tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone

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<p>A man looks through a friend's trailer as he tries to find anything salvageable after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Ed Zurga</p>

A man looks through a friend's trailer as he tries to find anything salvageable after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Ed Zurga

A man looks through a friend's trailer as he tries to find anything salvageable after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Ed Zurga

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<p>A sign lays among the ruins after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone</p>

A sign lays among the ruins after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone

A sign lays among the ruins after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone

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<p>Blocks of homes lie in total destruction after a tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone</p>

Blocks of homes lie in total destruction after a tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone

Blocks of homes lie in total destruction after a tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone

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<p>People walk through a demolished neighbourhood the day after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone</p>

People walk through a demolished neighbourhood the day after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone

People walk through a demolished neighbourhood the day after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone

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<p>Evelyn Knoblauch surveys the damage to her children's home after it was destroyed when a tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone</p>

Evelyn Knoblauch surveys the damage to her children's home after it was destroyed when a tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone

Evelyn Knoblauch surveys the damage to her children's home after it was destroyed when a tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone

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<p>Blocks of homes lie in total destruction after a tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone</p>

Blocks of homes lie in total destruction after a tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone

Blocks of homes lie in total destruction after a tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone

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<p>Ted Grabenauer surveys the damage in his brother's home after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone</p>

Ted Grabenauer surveys the damage in his brother's home after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone

Ted Grabenauer surveys the damage in his brother's home after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone

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<p>Ted Grabenauer (L) and Scott Humphry, both of Joplin, look at a heavy duty equipment operator clearing the street in the early morning hours in Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011, the day after a devastating tornado hit the town. REUTERS/Mike Stone</p>

Ted Grabenauer (L) and Scott Humphry, both of Joplin, look at a heavy duty equipment operator clearing the street in the early morning hours in Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011, the day after a devastating tornado hit the town. REUTERS/Mike Stone more

Ted Grabenauer (L) and Scott Humphry, both of Joplin, look at a heavy duty equipment operator clearing the street in the early morning hours in Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011, the day after a devastating tornado hit the town. REUTERS/Mike Stone

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<p>A damaged car is cleared from blocking the street by a heavy duty equipment operator after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone</p>

A damaged car is cleared from blocking the street by a heavy duty equipment operator after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone

A damaged car is cleared from blocking the street by a heavy duty equipment operator after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone

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<p>People dig through the rubble of a shoe store as they look for survivors in Joplin, Missouri May 22, 2011 after a tornado hit the town. REUTERS/Aaron Kafton</p>

People dig through the rubble of a shoe store as they look for survivors in Joplin, Missouri May 22, 2011 after a tornado hit the town. REUTERS/Aaron Kafton

People dig through the rubble of a shoe store as they look for survivors in Joplin, Missouri May 22, 2011 after a tornado hit the town. REUTERS/Aaron Kafton

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<p>A man smokes in front of a damaged home in Joplin, Missouri May 22, 2011 after a tornado hit the town. REUTERS/Aaron Kafton</p>

A man smokes in front of a damaged home in Joplin, Missouri May 22, 2011 after a tornado hit the town. REUTERS/Aaron Kafton

A man smokes in front of a damaged home in Joplin, Missouri May 22, 2011 after a tornado hit the town. REUTERS/Aaron Kafton

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<p>A damaged house is seen on 15th Street and Rangeline road in Joplin, Missouri May 22, 2011 after a tornado hit the town. REUTERS/Aaron Kafton</p>

A damaged house is seen on 15th Street and Rangeline road in Joplin, Missouri May 22, 2011 after a tornado hit the town. REUTERS/Aaron Kafton

A damaged house is seen on 15th Street and Rangeline road in Joplin, Missouri May 22, 2011 after a tornado hit the town. REUTERS/Aaron Kafton

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<p>A vehicle heads east along 15th Street during a storm in Joplin, Missouri May 22, 2011. REUTERS/Aaron Kafton</p>

A vehicle heads east along 15th Street during a storm in Joplin, Missouri May 22, 2011. REUTERS/Aaron Kafton

A vehicle heads east along 15th Street during a storm in Joplin, Missouri May 22, 2011. REUTERS/Aaron Kafton

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<p>A damaged vehicle is seen on Rangeline road in Joplin, Missouri May 22, 2011 after a tornado hit the town. REUTERS/Aaron Kafton</p>

A damaged vehicle is seen on Rangeline road in Joplin, Missouri May 22, 2011 after a tornado hit the town. REUTERS/Aaron Kafton

A damaged vehicle is seen on Rangeline road in Joplin, Missouri May 22, 2011 after a tornado hit the town. REUTERS/Aaron Kafton

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<p>Emergency response vehicles line a highway waiting to be dispatched early May 23, 2011, after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri. REUTERS/Mike Stone</p>

Emergency response vehicles line a highway waiting to be dispatched early May 23, 2011, after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri. REUTERS/Mike Stone

Emergency response vehicles line a highway waiting to be dispatched early May 23, 2011, after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri. REUTERS/Mike Stone

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