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May 21st, 2013
06:44 PM ET

Tracing the path of the killer tornado

Monday's tornado cut a trail of destruction 17 miles long through Oklahoma. There is science behind a tornado with the size and power of the one that hit the city, but there rarely seems to be any logic to it. Many structures were blown away, while others were battered, but still standing.

CNN's Tom Foreman explains in the video above how and why this tornado destroyed some structures, and left others unscathed.

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May 21st, 2013
06:02 PM ET

5th grader survives twister that flattened her school

Fifth grader Lauryn Fugate was a student at Plaza Towers Elementary School, one of the two Oklahoma schools flattened by Monday's deadly tornado, and where at least seven young students were killed.

Fugate said when the tornado hit, everything came down around her.

"The roof caved in on all of us, while we were in the school," Fugate said.

The fifth and sixth graders huddled in the school's bathrooms as the tornado destroyed their school.

"All we heard was lot of rumbling, and then stuff falling on our heads," said Fugate. Part of the roof fell on Fugate's head, and the vent fell on her best friend, who is okay.

When Fugate found her mother after the tornado hit, she was very emotional.

"I started crying, and I like hugged her and stuff. I was like 'I love you Mom!'" said Fugate, who, reunited with her family, was all smiles today.

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May 21st, 2013
05:55 PM ET

Tornado survivors piece lives back together

Survivors of Monday's deadly, powerful Oklahoma tornado are now digging through the rubble, trying to piece their lives back together. Those lucky enough are also hugging their family members just a little tighter.

Justin Stephan returned to a home that was obliterated by the tornado. He picked through the debris, trying to salvage what he could, like family photos, and a small blue Thomas the Tank truck treasured by his son.

"Just the little things that mean the most to my family," said Stephan.

Stephan's wife and two young children were at home when the storm hit, they went across the street to a neighbor's house to take shelter in their cellar. Their eldest daughter was at Plaza Towers Elementary School, one of two schools flattened by the tornado, and where seven young students died. Stephan's daughter escaped mostly unharmed, with just a cut on her leg that needed a few stitches.

Stephan said he is unsure how his family will pick up and start again, but he was certain about one thing.

"I just know that my family is safe, and that's the only thing that matters to me," said Stephan.

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politics lead

May 21st, 2013
12:06 PM ET

Taking the IRS out of Obamacare

Revelations that the IRS targeted conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status has re-energized the Republican-led fight to repeal Obamacare.

Rep. Tom Price, R-Georgia, told CNN he believes the actions of the IRS are illegal and unconstitutional.

"This is not where the IRS ought to be," said Price. "It's so very troubling that we now have Sarah Hall Ingram, who was running the tax exempt division at that time, now put in charge of the implementation and the enforcement of the president's health care law."
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