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16 Killed In Ukraine Mine Blast

AP | MARIA DANILOVA | Posted 09.27.2011 | World

KIEV, Ukraine — A blast at a coal mine in eastern Ukraine and an elevator collapse at another on Friday killed at least 20 people, officials sai...

What Makes San Francisco San Francisco?

Geri Spieler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Geri Spieler

With all the hullaballoo about "San Francisco Values," I decided to add some facts to the subject. The people of San Francisco are true settlers of this country and helped to build America to what it is today.

20 Feared Dead In Massive Colombia Mine Blast

AP | FERNANDO VERGARA | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

SARDINATA, Colombia — An explosion likely caused by a methane gas buildup ripped through an underground coal mine in Colombia during a shift cha...

New Zealand Miners Dead; 'No One Would Have Survived' Says Official

AP | JOE MORGAN and RAY LILLEY | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

GREYMOUTH, New Zealand — New Zealand held a national day of mourning Thursday for the 29 victims of its worst mining disaster in decades, while ...

Breaking: EPA Vetoes Largest Mountaintop Removal Permit: New Era of Civility in the Coalfields?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Invoking the rule of law and science, the EPA just announced their veto of the 2,300-acre mountaintop removal mining permit at the Spruce No. 1 Mine in West Virginia.

My 2010 "McLaughlin Awards" [Part 1]

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

My apologies to anyone tuning in who was expecting to see the 150th "Friday Talking Points" column, since it will be pre-empted for two weeks here. B...

TRAGIC: 17-Year Old Was Among Miners Now Declared Dead

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A teenage boy who was on the job for just one hour is among the 29 New Zealand coal miners trapped after last Friday's explosion, the New Zealand Hera...

The Camel and the Cell Phone

Vicky Collins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Vicky Collins

We have gotten to a place where we are so interconnected that you can no longer escape, even in some of the most remote spots on earth.

Chilean Miner Plans To Run In Marathon

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — The Chilean miner who jogged in the tunnels while trapped underground not only will attend Sunday's New York City Marathon – he...

A Chile Wind Blows CNN Some Good

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

Given that CNN gained more viewers than its two rivals combined, I would suggest to my successors that they abandon talking about the news and start showing more of it.

Capitalism didn't save the miners

Allison Kilkenny | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allison Kilkenny

The WSJ published a ridiculous article yesterday that claims Capitalism saved the Chilean miners, and opens with a boldface lie when writer Daniel Hen...

Friday Talking Points [143] -- Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Appeal?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

[OK, that was rather a fun title to write, but I have to at least begin with a warning that, while today's column is almost completely Obama-centric i...

A Major Miner Interruption

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

I'm angry. It's OK to be angry. In New York, there's a lot to be angry about, so why shouldn't I be angry? I say what's on my mind. If I offended anybody, I apologize. So here's my question: Why am I losing by 20 points?

WATCH: Chris Matthews Says Tea Party Miners 'Would Have Been Killing Each Other'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Chris Matthews said Wednesday that, if the Chilean miners trapped underground for nearly 70 days had been members of the Tea Party, their "every man f...

Bidding War for Potash of Saskatchewan?

Michael de Portu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael de Portu

If laptops and automobiles could be priced like fertilizer, and withdrawn from the market whenever buyers balk, think about how much better those companies would be doing today.

Chile Miners Rescued Wearing Oakley Sunglasses (PHOTO, POLL)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Style

Update #3 Oakley posted the following on their website about the miners' Oakley sunglasses: The rescue team in Chile is relying on Oakley eyewear t...

"The Rising" : An Uplifting Playlist for All the Miners in Chile

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Wild

As a rule, songs about miners haven't generally been as upbeat as the news we are watching now on CNN. So here's a largely uplifting playlist for all the miners in Chile, and all the people who love them.

Mother Jones Is Still Calling Out Deadbeat Coal Barons (on Coal Miner's Day)

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Mother Jones, the miner's angel, may be gone, but Mother Jones magazine just called out International Coal Group -- who gave us the Sago, WV tragedy -- for 20,000 clean water violations.

Striking South African Unions Vote on Pay Increase Offer

Robert Weller | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Weller

South Africa appears to be in the worst shape it has been since successfully switching from white-minority rule following elections in 1994.

The Great Wait: Survival Secrets of the 33 Miners Trapped in Chile

Ben Sherwood | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ben Sherwood

The miners call it Hell. The only thing missing is the fire and brimstone. Half a mile underground in northern Chile, 33 men are trapped in a cramped shelter where the temperature is a constant 85 degrees.

Chile Miners Rescued: All 33 Found Alive After Being Trapped Underground For 17 Days

AP | MAURICIO CUEVAS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

COPIAPO, Chile — Chile's president euphorically waved the note, written deep inside a collapsed mine, that his country waited 17 agonizing days to s...

Raspadskaya Coal Mine Blast Kills 12, Traps 83 In Russia

AP | LYNN BERRY | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MOSCOW — Rescue workers scrambled to save 83 people trapped in Russia's largest underground coal mine after two explosions killed at least 12 pe...

The F Word: Coal Company Shopping Spree

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

Until we see some serious structural changes in the coal industry, it is going to continue doing what it has been doing: trading death for profit.

Don Blankenship: Investors, Politicians Begin Calling For Massey Head To Resign

Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The calls to oust Massey Energy Company Chairman and CEO Don Blankenship began in earnest Monday, with members of both the private and public sectors ...

Upper Big Branch: Fallen Miners Remembered

AP | JOHN RABY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — They ranged in age from 20 to 61. Some had been miners only a few months, others for 34 years. Their passions ranged from k...