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The tornado survivors

The stories of human endurance, luck, and neighbor helping neighbor continue to pour in following the series of tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in the Southeast United States.

In St. Elmo, Tenn., one family barely avoided a terrible accident. A tree from their front yard smashed through the house into the bedroom of their 10-year-old son, Robert. The tree landed in the very spot the boy's bunk bed had been just a week earlier. The family says they were blessed.

One University of Alabama student, Adam Melton, told of his harrowing experience. A tornado hit his house, lifting it and a Jeep up into the air. The Jeep flew over his head, and then hit Adam and landed on top of him. He stayed under it until the storm passed. When he got out from underneath the vehicle, the house was completely gone.

In an Alabama suburb, one line was repeated constantly as people walked the debris strewn streets, "Alberta is gone. I've lost everything."

A Facebook page has been set up for important papers and photographs lost in the destruction. People are posting images of found objects so they can be claimed.

This storm system has caused the deaths of more than 250 people. Experts and residents alike have called this cluster of 100-plus tornadoes the worst since 1974, the year of a “super outbreak" that killed 350 people.


Obama: End the “silliness” about my birth certificate

Eventually, there comes a time when distractions must be put aside, President Obama stated in a press conference to release his birth certificate earlier today. He was prompted to make the move by the media, he added, because it had ignored important issues in favor of focussing on his citizenship. Now, his long-form birth certificate is online for the whole world to see. So the question is settled, right? Apparently, not yet.

Phil Berg, the attorney who filed one of the first 'birther' lawsuits, says the certificate is not a resolution since Obama renounced his citizenship in Indonesia. Orly Taitz, the "queen of birthers," has said if the birth certificate is authentic, this question about Obama's eligibility to be president will have to be laid to rest.

Still, this birth certificate release is merely a step in the right direction, she says. Taitz questions whether the president qualifies as a natural-born citizen because his father was a British subject when Obama was born.

Further responses are expected to come out of the woodwork, with forgery allegations on one side and "the White House should not have stooped to that level" on the other.

Before the certificate was released online, only 38 percent of Americans were certain Obama was a natural-born citizen. However, only 43 percent were convinced that Republican hopeful Donald Trump was born in the United States.

During his 2008 election campaign, Obama released a computer printout of the information on his birth certificate, which is recognized as an official record of birth for passport applications. As of early March, 10 states were debating putting a 'birther bill' into effect. These laws would require any presidential nominee to certify his or her citizenship before being put on the ballot.