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Report: Federal Agency Shares Blame In Mine Blast

The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration released its final report this week into last year's West Virginia mine explosion. That explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine killed 29 workers. The government has maintained that the company that owned the mine, Massey Energy, didn't do enough to prevent the accident. Now, documentation obtained by NPR indicates that the government didn't do enough, either.
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Obama Pushes Agenda Despite Losses On The Hill

On Thursday, a bid to extend the payroll tax cut failed in the Senate, and Republicans blocked the president's nominee to head a new financial watchdog agency. But the White House is still convinced President Obama is winning the broader political argument.
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When Airlines Depart Cities, Businesses May Follow

Chiquita recently announced it will move its headquarters from Cincinnati to Charlotte, N.C., in part because of better air service there. After Delta filed for bankruptcy, its Cincinnati hub dropped from over 670 daily flights to just 200. Like many cities, it's trying to draw back some of that traffic.
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Online Video Sites Go Pro And Get Original

Move over, cute kittens and goofy kiddos: YouTube is pouring money into slick, professional channels, including one that works with Madonna. Streaming services are developing their own original programing — including a resurrected, Netflix-only season of Arrested Development. It's like the early days of cable TV, when HBO started out airing movies and ended up with The Sopranos.
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A Survivor's Duty After Pearl Harbor: Telling The Story

Frank Curre admitted to being haunted by the Pearl Harbor raid, saying it gave him nightmares. But he also saw every day after Dec. 7, 1941, as a gift. And as a survivor, he saw it as his duty to tell the story of what he saw that day.
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A Livin' Thing: After Decades, A Couple Reconnects

Jim and MaryAnn Fletcher met when they were just children, in the first grade. Later they became high school sweethearts. But then they split up — until they found each other again, more than 20 years later.
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Black Atlantans Struggle To Stay In The Middle Class

There's no question that the Great Recession has meant hard times all around, but from 2007 to 2009, it sent black America into an economic tailspin. NPR's Robert Siegel travels to Atlanta to find out what those numbers mean in the lives of real people.

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