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National coal mining deaths
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- National coal mining deaths dropped by more than half the year after the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine explosion in West Virginia, from 48 to 21, and there were 20 each in 2012 and 2013, and a record low of 15 so far in 2014. The U.S. averaged about 30 coal mining deaths a year in the five years before Upper Big Branch. Injuries in coal mines have been on the decline each year since 2007, when there were 4.2 incidents per 200,000 hours worked. Last year the rate was...
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Sharpton denounces violence against police
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Rev. Al Sharpton is denouncing any violence against police in the name of Eric Garner and Michael Brown....
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US coal mines nearing record low in worker deaths
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Less than five years after an explosion fueled by excess coal dust killed 29 men deep inside a West Virginia underground mine, the nation's coal mines are on pace for an all-time low in work-related deaths....
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NY farmers lament lost opportunity for gas riches
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- While environmental groups are doing a victory dance over New York's decision to ban fracking, farmers such as apple grower David Johnson are grieving for dashed hopes and dreams....
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Tent city sprouts in shadow of downtown Detroit
DETROIT (AP) -- Bankruptcy behind it, Detroit's atmosphere swirls with the promise of better days. Charles Floyd Jones can only hope that the city's good fortune trickles down to him and the 10 other residents of a tent city that's sprouted in the shadow of a resurgent downtown where rental occupancy is close to full and restaurants and shops are doing brisk business....
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States trying to lure lawyers into rural practice
CORSICA, S.D. (AP) -- By landing a steady job in a hopping metropolis, Jake Fischer achieved the dream of many who finished law school during the Great Recession. Then, he left the big-city life and moved to a small South Dakota town, lured by a program that seeks to boost the number of rural attorneys....
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Canadian man told to pay $1.5 million for credit card fraud
FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- Prosecutors described a Toronto man's massive credit card fraud scheme as high-tech bank robbery - stealing the identities of 38,000 people in order to bilk dozens of banks. So when he was convicted of mail fraud in February 2011, the federal government began the arduous task of figuring out just how much each victim was owed....
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Florida authorities say 1 police officer shot and killed
TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) -- Florida authorities say a police officer was shot and killed in Tarpon Springs early Sunday....
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TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say police officer shot to death in Tarpon Springs, Florida; suspect in custody....
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Reaction to the fatal shootings of 2 NYC police officers
NEW YORK (AP) -- Reaction to the fatal shooting of two New York City police officers on Saturday by a gunman who, according to authorities, announced online that he was planning to shoot two "pigs" in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner....
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President Obama's Hawaii vacation: Day 1
KAILUA, Hawaii (AP) -- How President Barack Obama spent the first day of his holiday vacation in Hawaii on Saturday:...
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Michael Brown's family condemns shootings of NYC officers
The family of Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, has released a statement condemning the shooting deaths of two New York City officers....
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3 killed in car crash on way to Mexico funeral
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Three people were killed in a rollover crash in northern San Diego County while they were on their way to a funeral service in Mexico, authorities said....
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Police brutality protesters rally at Mall of America
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) -- A mass of demonstrators chanting, "Black lives matter," converged in the Mall of America rotunda Saturday as part of a protest against police brutality that caused part of the mall to shut down on a busy day for holiday shopping....
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2 dozen injured in southern Indiana bus crash
SEYMOUR, Ind. (AP) -- A double-decker bus headed from Chicago to Atlanta slid off a highway in southern Indiana and rolled onto its side early Saturday, injuring 24 people, authorities said....
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