Activists rally in support of gay marriage on March 25 in Chicago. The Illinois Senate has approved legislation that will legalize same-sex marriage, but it has stalled in the state House. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Students and teachers from Eastlake Elementary and Plaza Towers Elementary schools gathered Thursday to say goodbye for the summer. This was a chance to reconnect after the devastating tornado brought an abrupt end to the school year at Plaza Towers in Moore, Okla. Katie Hayes Luke for NPR hide caption

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Mississippi River floodwaters in Vicksburg, Miss., in 2011. Dave Martin/AP hide caption

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Storm clouds pass over Wrigley Field on July 1, 2011, in Chicago. Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images hide caption

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