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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'Kingdom' Examines Afghanistan Through The Prism Of The Karzai Family

Journalist Joshua Partlow was in Afghanistan from 2009 to 2012, a time of corruption, government dysfunction and civilian hostility to U.S. military operations. His new book is A Kingdom of Their Own.
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Long Absent In China, Tipping Makes A Comeback At A Few Trendy Restaurants

Viewed for decades as capitalist exploitation, tipping is now encouraged at some upscale urban restaurants catering to wealthy young customers. Restaurateurs insist it's strictly voluntary.
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Do Fact Checks Matter?

Voters' minds are stubborn, and politicians habitually spout falsehoods. That doesn't mean fact-checking is a failure, though.
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WATCH: Elon Musk Unveils His Plan For Colonizing Mars

In a speech at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico, the billionaire tech entrepreneur is detailing his vision for sending humans to the Red Planet.

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