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  New Zealand flooding forces evacuations

Sen. Wicker: President slow walking drilling permits

  Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., says the administration should encourage more domestic exploration to bring down gas prices.

Deadly twisters tear across South

  More than 200 people were killed in five states after tornadoes tore across the South. The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore and Jeff Morrow report from Alabama, where a state of emergency has been declared.

3 reported killed at funeral protest in Syria

Gunmen opened fire during a funeral for a slain anti-government protester Sunday, killing at least three people on a day when tens of thousands of people took to the streets nationwide as part of an uprising against the country's authoritarian regime, witnesses and activists said. Full story

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  Survival and heroism in the storms

Amidst stories of death and despair, families share their remarkable stories of fortunate timing and heroic thinking. NBC's Kristen Dahlgren reports.

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