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Mine owner to pay $210M for deadly explosion

The owners of the West Virginia coal mine where 29 died in an explosion agreed to pay $210 million, the biggest ever payout for a disaster the government blamed on "the ruthless pursuit of profits ahead of safety."

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Feds show Massey faked safety records in deadly W Va mine

Federal investigators say they have proof that Massey Energy kept fake safety records to throw off inspectors at a West Virginia coal mine where 29 men died last year, the deadliest U.S. coal field disaster in four decades.

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Mine safety chief: “Some still aren’t getting it”

The Mine Safety and Health Administration has found another mine with the same types of violations that caused 29 deaths last year.

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Massey coal responsible for 29 miner deaths says independent report

"The company broke faith with its workers by frequently and knowingly violating the law and blatantly disregarding known safety practices."

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Dangerous bacteria found on meat in Michigan, and nationwide

Meat samples from Detroit-area supermarkets contained antibiotic-resistant Staphlococcus aurea bacteria, scientists at Wayne State University reported this week. But it's not just Michigan.

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One year after deadly BP explosion, troubles persist

Today marks one year since 11 workers were killed in the BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.

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LaHood “had no idea” air traffic controllers were tired

The problem started 30 years ago when Reagan fired the air traffic controllers who were protesting the very conditions that led to this debacle.

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NY governor bans fracking - for now

Residents concerned about the safety of their towns and drinking water won a first victory over "fracking" as outgoing Gov. David Paterson signed an  order banning the practice until July.

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Congress passes major food safety bill

Food safety advocates hailed the Senate move as the most sweeping reform of food safety in decades prompted by an alarming rise in the numbers of people who die or suffer illness from contaminated food.

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Popcorn, pizza and poison

Chemists had been looking for the likely origin of certain chemicals that appear as contaminants in human blood. Apparently, they're from food packaging.

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