The Linwood neighborhood in Tuscaloosa, Ala., was pulverized by the nation's deadliest tornado outbreak in nearly four decades. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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Scattered Across Ala. City: Broken Homes, Memories

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Tornado Outbreak Leaves Wide Path Of Destruction

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Haley Barbour (right) with President Ronald Reagan aboard Air Force One. Barbour, the consummate insider, served as White House political director during the Reagan administration. Courtesy of the Office of Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour hide caption

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After Oil Spill, Shrimpers Hope For Blessed Season

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Seafood samples are placed in Pyrex dishes to await sensory analysis. Inspectors will sniff for the slightest whiff of oil. Samples are also cooked for a taste test to detect any problems. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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Gulf Seafood Deemed Safe But Still Under Scrutiny

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Blowout Preventer Theory Debated In Oil Spill Inquiry

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Miss. Gov. Barbour Weighs White House Bid

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Boeing Wins $35 Billion Tanker Contract Over EADS

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Oil spill claims czar Kenneth Feinberg speaks about the claims process Feb. 18 at the Mississippi College Law Review Symposium in Jackson, Miss. Feinberg faces criticism from Gulf Coast residents about the slow pace and low amount of payments. Rogelio V. Solis/AP hide caption

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On Gulf Coast, Frustration At BP Claims Process

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Johnny Mack Young, Lawrence Parker and Frederick Jackson attend graduation ceremonies at William E. Donaldson prison in Bessemer, Ala., after completing Vipassana meditation classes. The courses are held four times a year in the prison gymnasium. Dave Martin/AP hide caption

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At End-Of-The Line Prison, An Unlikely Escape

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An Unlikely Pair Pictures Havana

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Aaron Neville revisits the house where he spent his teen years in uptown New Orleans. Debbie Elliot/NPR hide caption

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Aaron Neville Has 'Been Changed'

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Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum says Congress is unfairly coercing states to expand Medicaid roles. Steve Cannon/AP hide caption

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States Ask Court To Throw Out Health Law

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Members of the Vietnamese community listen in Kenner, La., as independent claims administrator Ken Feinberg and Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu conduct a town hall meeting for residents economically affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Gerald Herbert/AP hide caption

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Southeast Asian Immigrants Flounder After Gulf Spill

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Aaron Hofer, 27, of Bayou La Batre, Ala., has been largely out of work since the BP oil spill. The Iraq veteran and fourth-generation shrimper says if it wasn't for his children, he probably would have already committed suicide. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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BP Spill Psychological Scars Similar To Exxon Valdez

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