Mining Agency Release Review Of Big Branch Explosion

Nearly two years after the deadliest mine disaster in four decades, the Mine Safety and Health Administration reveals its internal review of the Upper Big Branch mine explosion. The report focuses on possible agency failures that contributed to the tragedy in which 29 coal miners died. The report will likely provide an official record of shortcomings and specific connections to the conditions that led to the explosion. Critics have wondered how mine safety regulators could miss or fail to respond adequately to dangerous, persistent and clearly evident problems with Massey Energy's management of the mine.
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Pack These Pages: Three Must-Reads For Summer

Harriet Logan, owner of Loganberry Books in Shaker Heights, Ohio, recommends a graphic novel about trash, a George Eliot classic and a children's book about a bear pianist.
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Why Does Every New Restaurant Look Like A Factory?

The stripped-down look of exposed brick, poured cement floors, and Edison light bulbs is popular in restaurants across America. One reporter dares to ask, "Seriously, why?"
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Conservative Christians Grapple With Whether 'Religious Freedom' Includes Muslims

Religious liberty is a key concern for many evangelical voters. But in the current political climate, there's some debate among Christian conservatives about how that applies to faiths like Islam.
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Facebook Shakes Up News Feed, But We Still Don't Know Exactly How It Works

It will now prioritize posts from friends and family — potentially bad news for media companies relying on Facebook for traffic. The company has been under pressure to defend its political neutrality.

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