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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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Puerto Rico Is Sowing A New Generation Of Small Farmers

Decades of industrialization have left the island reliant on imported food. But change is coming — from government subsidies for small farmers, to classes that teach school kids how to grow food.
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Puerto Rico Is Sowing A New Generation Of Small Farmers

Decades of industrialization have left the island reliant on imported food. But change is coming — from government subsidies for small farmers, to classes that teach school kids how to grow food.
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Abortion Is Back In The Spotlight In Virginia

The state's current attorney general is overturning a ruling from the previous attorney general that would have shut down most of the abortion clinics in the state, and the issue isn't just about regulations and politics. It's also about money.
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Smartphones Can Be Smart Enough To Find A Parasitic Worm

If someone is infected by the Loa loa worm, taking a drug to treat river blindness could be risky. Now there's a fast way to identify the worm — by turning a smartphone into a microscope.

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