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The drill hole 530 feet deep into the mine broke through the mine’s main tunnel roof, causing “hot air and gases to rush up,” Pike River Coal Ltd. Chairman John Dow said.


Holloway’s mom accepts investigation finding

ORANJESTAD | A lawyer for Natalee Holloway’s mother says she accepts the conclusions from authorities in Aruba, who say the jawbone that was found on a beach there does not belong to the missing Alabama teenager.

Dutch investigators compared the lone tooth on the bone with dental records, and say it couldn’t have come from the girl who disappeared during a high school graduation trip to Aruba in 2005.


Panel recommends return of 7 works

VIENNA | A panel has recommended that seven paintings by Austrian artists contained in a prestigious Vienna art collection be returned because they were either seized by the Nazis or given up against the will of their Jewish owners.

The paintings — five by Egon Schiele of the 20th century and two by Anton Romako, a 19th-century artist — belong to the Leopold Museum Private Foundation.

From wire dispatches and staff reports