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Labor Department: much more to be done on job safety

The Labor Department's Inspector General is still finding holes in enforcement programs of the Mine Safety and Health Administration and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

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Massey exec cops a plea in mine explosion that killed 29

A high-ranking official at Massey Energy Co, will plead guilty to one misdemeanor count of conspiracy to violate federal mine safety and health standards as part of a plea bargain.

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Massey manager charged with hiding cause of mine deaths

Prosecutors charged Massey Energy mine manager David C. Hughart with covering up defiance of safety regulations and resulting dangerous conditions from government inspectors.

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Oil platform explosion: Another disaster in the Gulf

It seems that, for the Gulf Coast, which has already endured the tragic BP oil spill, the hits just keep on coming.

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Marchers demand end to deadly gun violence

Residents from throughout Oakland called on city leaders to take immediate steps to end gun violence that has cost some 85 lives in the city so far this year,

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Consumers league: Plight of restaurant workers makes dining out unappetizing

Restaurant servers don't receive the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour - they get only $2.13, the federal "tipped minimum wage." That wage has been the same for 21 years.

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Immigrants, lawmakers seek probe of Border Patrol

Alarmed by reports of profiling at the hands of U.S. Border Patrol agents, immigrant advocate groups and 11 members of Congress have asked the GAO to audit Border Patrol practices.

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OSHA's Barab walks fine line on firms' 'voluntary protection'

House Republicans demand OSHA emphasize its Voluntary Protection Program while unions and the GAO say OSHA doesn't have the staff to monitor VPP firms' performance.

 

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Some Republican anti-labor moves derailed, the fight goes on

Three narrow votes in a key Senate committee and some crafty maneuvering by Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., derailed anti-labor schemes that right-wing Republican senators hatched and floated in mid-June.

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