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  • West Virginina Mine Boss Charged with Fraud in Deadly Blast

    February 22, 2012 10:11 AM

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The superintendent of the West Virginia coal mine where an explosion killed 29 men was charged Wednesday with conspiracy to defraud the federal government, becoming the highest-ranking Massey Energy employee to face criminal prosecution so far over the deadly blast. Former Upper Big Branch mine boss... more »
  • Test Shows Chile Mine Rescue Shaft Works

    October 11, 2010 12:29 PM

    SAN JOSE MINE, Chile (AP) - The engineer leading Chilean rescue efforts says his team has successfully tested a rescue capsule nearly all the way down to where the miners are trapped. Andres Sougarett says the empty capsule descended 2,000 feet (610 meters), just 46 feet (14 meters) short of... more »
  • Salt Mine Closed After Malfunction

    October 4, 2010 5:34 PM

    The Cargill salt mine in Avery Island remains down at this hour after a piece of equipment malfunctioned. A spokesman says the hoist that brings the salt up from below the mine got damaged. Because that opening is one of the safety evacuation routes, the mine was closed around nine... more »
  • 16 bodies recovered from China coal mine

    August 5, 2010 10:30 PM

    BEIJING (AP) - A Chinese state news agency is reporting that no survivors have been found among the 16 miners trapped by a lethal gas leak in a coal mine in central China four days ago. The official Xinhua News Agency said Friday that workers had retrieved 16 bodies from... more »
  • Obama Orders Review of Mine Safety

    April 15, 2010 12:12 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama ordered an exhaustive federal review of coal mine safety Thursday and asked Congress to strengthen existing laws "riddled with loopholes." "I refuse to accept any number of miner deaths as simply a cost of doing business," Obama told reporters... more »

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