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United Mine Workers expects 5,000 at Pennsylvania rally

Gas line explosions bring new safety proposal

WAYNESBURG, Pa. (AP) — The United Mine Workers of America say they expect 5,000 people to rally and march in southwestern Pennsylvania to safeguard pensions and health benefits. The union is concerned because environmental regulations on coal-burning plants have combined with abundant supplies of natural gas to drive down demand for coal at power plants. Earlier this week, Virginia-based Alpha ...

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Prosecutors seek max prison deal for ex-coal CEO

coal mining, climate change

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Prosecutors want a year in prison and a $250,000 fine for convicted ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, who ran a West Virginia coal mine that was the site of a deadly explosion. In a sentencing memorandum in federal court Monday, prosecutors said a shorter sentence could only be interpreted as declaring that mine safety laws aren’t ...

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Madigan demands Peabody prove it has coal mine-closure money

 SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has demanded that a financially shaky Peabody Energy prove it has the $92 million necessary to restore Illinois mining land if it shuts down. Madigan sent a letter Monday to the St. Louis-based coal company seeking details on the bond amount available for its southern Illinois coal mines. Peabody told federal ...

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Anger in China’s coal country as miners feel left behind

Anger in China's coal country as miners feel left behind

JUNDESHAN, China (AP) — Hanging from a highway overpass two hours’ drive from the Siberian border, a local government banner reads like a last-gasp exhortation to this exhausted coal community: “Improve our structure, change our methods, transform our city.” This area has transformed in dire ways as China has retreated from coal and heavy industry. Li Jiuxian, who hasn’t been ...

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UN approves toughest sanctions on North Korea in 20 years

UN approves toughest sanctions on North Korea in 20 years

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved the toughest sanctions on North Korea in two decades on Wednesday, reflecting growing anger at Pyongyang’s latest nuclear test and rocket launch in defiance of a ban on all nuclear-related activity. The United States and North Korea’s traditional ally China spent seven weeks negotiating the new sanctions, which include mandatory ...

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