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5:07pm

Mon April 18, 2011
Religion

Beyond Bunnies: The Real Meaning Of Easter Season

This is the season of high holy days: Passover, Pascua, Holy Friday and Easter Sunday. For many Christians, the ritual of this Easter weekend will be punctuated by bursting pink and yellow dresses on little girls, and magnificent hats on their mothers and grandmothers. There will be Easter baskets filled with chocolate eggs and plush bunnies.

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6:38pm

Wed April 13, 2011
The Two-Way

First Guilty Plea In Mine Disaster Criminal Probe

A former foreman for Massey Energy has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the federal criminal investigation of last year's deadly coal mine disaster in West Virginia.

Thomas Harrah, 45, admits in a plea agreement (see below) to faking the foreman's credentials he used at the Upper Big Branch mine and then lying about it to federal agents.

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7:48am

Sat April 9, 2011
Mine Safety In America

Questions Remain Year After W. Va. Mine Explosion

One year ago tonight, mine rescuers discovered the remains of the last four missing coal miners deep inside Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia.

There had been hope that the four had made it to refuge chambers and were still alive. Optimistic rescuers carried four sets of breathing apparatus with them, hoping they would be used to bring the miners safely to the surface. The bodies of 25 other miners were found four days earlier.

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6:57am

Tue April 5, 2011
Strange News

Population Of Lost Springs, Wyo., Surges To Four

A new highway sign in Lost Springs, Wyo., reveals a demographic shift. Drivers on Route 20 will notice the town's population seems to have quadrupled — from one person to four. Residents told the Casper Star-Tribune that the original sign — reading "POP 1" — was actually inaccurate. When it was put up, there were a full five people living there. So Lost Springs is actually living up to its name.

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12:52pm

Mon April 4, 2011
National Security

Military Panel To Try Alleged Sept. 11 Mastermind

The Obama administration has decided to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, before a military commission at Guantanamo Bay. The decision, announced on Monday by Attorney General Eric Holder, ends more than a year of to-ing and fro-ing over where to try the self-professed Sept. 11 plotter.

While the attorney general said he continued to believe that the case should be tried in federal civilian courts, he said he "reluctantly" came to the conclusion that congressional opposition made that all but impossible.

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