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This three-photo combo shows a scene taken on May 23, 2011, top, July 21, 2011, center, and May 7, 2012, bottom, shows progress made in Joplin, Mo. in the year after an EF-5 tornado destroyed a large swath of the city and killed 161 people. In the top photo, Anita Stokes salvages items from her home which today stands cleared of much of the tornado debris. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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