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E-mails Hacked By 'Anonymous' Raise Concerns

Feb 16, 2011

Late last year, activists attacked websites belonging to companies that refused to do business with WikiLeaks, an online group that has disclosed classified U.S. government documents.

When the activists, who called themselves Anonymous, found out it was being investigated by the Internet security company HBGary Federal, it hacked the company's servers and stole thousands of private e-mails. And then it dumped them onto the Internet.

It was an embarrassment for the security company to get hacked — but the content of some of those e-mails is raising concerns.

Massey Continues To Shift Blame For Mine Explosion

Jan 28, 2011

Ten days after the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported its working theory about the deadly Upper Big Branch coal mine explosion, mine owner Massey Energy presented its latest findings Friday to reporters and the families of the 29 miners killed.

"Our conclusion to date is different," said Massey Vice President and General Counsel Shane Harvey.

Feds Illustrate Likely Cause Of Big Branch Mine Blast

Jan 19, 2011

Investigators from the Mine Safety and Health Administration today briefed reporters on what they believe caused the Upper Big Branch mine explosion that killed 29 in West Virginia last April.

Their working theory about the blast confirmed much of what we've already reported in our stories this morning and last Friday.

Feds Reveal Theory On Why W.Va. Mine Exploded

Jan 19, 2011

For four hours Tuesday night, investigators from the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) laid out their working theory about what happened April 5, just before a West Virginia coal mine exploded and 29 miners were killed.

They went through the explosion scenario step-by-step in an MSHA auditorium in Beckley, W.Va., filled with relatives of the victims, some weeping at times at the painful implications of the evidence.

NPR News has learned that safety systems were not working properly before that blast at the Upper Big Branch coal mine. Some mine safety experts believe these water-based safety systems might have helped prevent the blast if they all had been working together properly. Host Scott Simon speaks with NPR's Howard Berkes about new developments in the investigation of last year's coal mine explosion.

Legally required water systems at Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch coal mine in West Virginia were not functioning properly before the April 5 explosion that killed 29 mineworkers, according to multiple sources familiar with the disaster investigation.

Some mine safety experts believe that these safety systems might have helped prevent the explosion if they had been working as designed.

Massey Energy's attempt to derail an unprecedented use of the government's toughest mine safety enforcement tool was formally rejected by a federal judge in a ruling issued late Wednesday.

States in the South and West gained residents — and political clout — at the expense of the Midwest and East, according to new census figures that will change the nation's political makeup.

The 2010 Census Bureau report, released Tuesday, officially put the U.S. population at 308.7 million, reflecting the lowest growth since the Great Depression. Texas and Nevada led the way, reinforcing a decades-long shift away from the traditional manufacturing belt and toward warmer regions of the country.

If you've ridden the subway in New York City any time in the past few years, you've probably seen the signs: "If You See Something, Say Something."

In Washington, D.C., Metro riders are treated to a recording of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano urging them to report suspicious sights to the proper authorities.

Now, Wal-Mart shoppers across the country will see Napolitano's message in a video as they stand in the checkout line.

Why Walmart?

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