Update: Will Norton among those killed by Joplin tornado, according to authorities
Will Norton's family began an agressive search for him soon after a massive tornado struck Joplin, MO nearly a week ago. Anderson spoke Monday with Norton's sister and aunt on AC360°.
May 28th, 2011
09:15 PM ET

Update: Will Norton among those killed by Joplin tornado, according to authorities

(CNN) - Missouri authorities have identified additional people killed in last weekend's tornado, bringing the toll of the United States' single deadliest twister ever recorded to 142 deaths, authorities said Saturday.

Among the dead was Will Norton, a recent high school graduate who attracted national attention when he disappeared during the storm.

The 18-year-old was driving home from his graduation Sunday when the tornado destroyed the Hummer H3 he and his father were in.

"Mark (Norton's father) said that he reached over and he grabbed Will with both of his arms ... he held on to him until he possibly couldn't anymore and so he's feeling really bad about that because as a dad you don't want to ever let go of your kids. You want to protect them forever. But at least we know that he did absolutely everything he possibly could," said Tracey Presslor, Norton's aunt, through tears.

Norton's body was found Friday by divers in a pond close to where his vehicle had been.

Related: Family searching for missing teen

Meanwhile, 100 persons remain unaccounted for, the Missouri Department of Public Safety said in a statement Saturday.

Deputy Director Andrea Spillars acknowledged earlier that families are frustrated that the identification process hasn't proceeded quickly enough the past week.


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May 28th, 2011
09:00 AM ET

Letters to the President: #859 'Stories you should see'

Reporter's Note: I’m not sure if the president has much time for watching TV. Maybe not with all these letters coming in. Ha!

Dear Mr. President,

I have a special report on CNN tonight, and I hope you will watch. It is called Stories: Reporter, it airs at 7:30 pm ET, and as tired as you must be from all your travels, I think it is worth checking out.

One story in particular may interest you. You have said good things in the past about PEPFAR, the program started by former President George W. Bush to combat AIDS in Africa. It has been arguably one of our greatest success stories in terms of foreign relations, and hundreds of thousands, even millions, of Africans are alive today because of it.

And yet, with all of our budget concerns here at home, lawmakers are understandably looking at foreign aid, wondering what can be sliced. And PEPFAR is coming up on the blocks. It does not look like it will be eliminated, but by the time you make it through the next budget talks, it sure seems like it could take a hard hit.

Anyway, I think you might find that story intriguing.

Oh, and here is another one!