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With a driver and his bulldozer missing in a thick, dark lake of coal slurry, a mine safety expert and critic of the coal industry says regulators are ignoring stricter construction standards that could prevent more failures at hundreds of similar dam-like structures around the country.
West Virginia mine safety officials issued 253 violations in their investigation of the Upper Big Branch disaster and targeted two foremen, saying their failures may have exacerbated the unsafe conditions underground before the explosion that killed 29 men.
Seven miners were pulled from more than a mile below the surface after an accident at a northern Idaho silver mine where two workers died in separate mishaps this year.
Massey Energy Co. recklessly ignored safety and allowed dangerous conditions to build inside a West Virginia mine until a blast last year killed 29 men in the deadliest U.S. coal accident since 1970, according to an independent report released Thursday.
Thousands of anchovies and sardines have died in Ventura Harbor after using up all their oxygen, officials say.
More Americans signed contracts to buy homes in February, but sales were uneven across the country and not enough to signal a rebound in the housing market.
HUNTINGTON, Utah (AP) A microphone lowered yesterday into a fourth hole drilled into a collapsed coal mine indicated nothing of the six men trapped for nearly two weeks, another blow in a rescue effort that has killed three other persons.
HUNTINGTON, Utah (AP) — The effort to find six coal miners trapped in a cave-in took a disheartening turn yesterday when a narrow hole drilled more than 1,800 feet down into the earth yielded no sounds of life and barely any oxygen.
HUNTINGTON, Utah (AP) — If the six trapped miners are alive, they may be sitting in inky darkness, their headlamps having burned out. Wearing thin work clothes in the 58-degree cold, they could be chilled to the bone if water is seeping into their chamber 150 stories below ground.