Fri December 9, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Ex-Massey CEO Forms Kentucky Coal Company

The former CEO of Massey Energy could be planning a coal mining operation in Kentucky, despite a history of disregard for mine safety laws. Don Blankenship filed papers with the Kentucky Secretary of State in January to incorporate a new coal company: McCoy Coal Group. Blankenship was in charge during last year’s deadly explosion at the Massey-owned Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia. That was the catalyst that drew nationwide attention to his company’s poor safety record, and to Blankenship, a cartoonish CEO who was known to intimidate mine inspectors and force miners to focus on production over safety.

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Fri December 9, 2011
Movie Interviews

Herzog's Doc Brings Prehistoric Paintings To Life

Anthropologist Nicholas Conard (left) and filmmaker Werner Herzog examine artifacts from the Chauvet caves in southern France.
Mark Valesella IFC Films

This interview was originally broadcast on April 20, 2011. The Cave of Forgotten Dreams is now available on DVD and Blu-ray.

In 1994, three French cave explorers discovered hundreds of prehistoric paintings and engravings on the walls of the Chauvet Cave in southern France.

Carbon dating has since shown that the depictions of rhinoceroses, lions, cave bears, horses, bison, mammoths and other animals are between 30,000 and 32,000 years old.

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Fri December 9, 2011
The Two-Way

Virginia Tech: Same Gun Killed Officer And Suspect

Originally published on Fri December 9, 2011 6:39 pm

A student paused Thursday evening at the memorial for the victims of the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech. There was another vigil last night, following Thursday's killing of a campus police officer.
Steve Helber AP

Virginia State Police and other officials briefed reporters this morning about Thursday's shooting on the campus at Virginia Tech, in which a campus police officer was killed and the suspect apparently later shot himself and died. We updated as it happened and put those posts in chronological order after the briefing was over.

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Fri December 9, 2011
Business and the Economy

Chinoe Gas Station On Hold

 Kroger may be building a gas station to its location in front of the Chinoe Village Shopping Center, but some area residents view the addition as anything but a convenience. The 10-pump gas station would sit just behind the Chinoe Pub. Kroger estimates that it could see a 2 to 5 percent increase in the roughly 13,500 customers that visit the location every week. Assistant Real Estate Manager for Kroger Todd Metzmeier says gas has become an integral part of the grocery's business, where customers earn 10 cents off the purchase of gas for every hundred dollars they spend in the store.

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Fri December 9, 2011
The Fresh Air Interview

Fresh Air Remembers Soul Singer Howard Tate

Originally published on Sun February 5, 2012 7:28 pm

Soul singer Howard Tate died last Friday after a battle with cancer. He was 72.
Brian Branch-Price AP Photo

This interview was originally broadcast on October 27, 2003.

Soul singer Howard Tate, who rose to prominence in 1967 with the hit "Get It While You Can," died on Friday. He was 72.

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Fri December 9, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

With Doubts, FDA Panel Votes For Yaz And Related Contaceptives

Originally published on Fri December 9, 2011 4:52 pm

Katie Anderson, shown with her mother, Beth, in 2010, suffered a life-threatening pulmonary embolism. Her symptoms started within a month of taking the birth control pill Yaz.
Jane Greenhalgh NPR

Doubts have been growing about Yasmin, Yaz and their sister contraceptives for several years now. And those doubts reached full flower at a Food Drug Administration advisory panel on Thursday.

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Fri December 9, 2011
The Two-Way

Missing Ex-FBI Agent's Family To Captors: 'Tell Us Your Demands'

Originally published on Fri December 9, 2011 6:37 pm

Robert Levinson, in the video his family received from the retired FBI-agent's captors.

In a direct message to the people who have held retired FBI agent Robert Levinson since he disappeared nearly five years ago in Iran, his son and wife today ask the captors to "please tell us your demands."

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Fri December 9, 2011
The Two-Way

'Inferno' At Hospital In India Kills Scores, Staff Accused Of Running

Originally published on Fri December 9, 2011 6:05 pm

A grieving woman at the scene of today's fire in Kolkata.
AFP/Getty Images

Horrific news from Kolkata, India:

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Fri December 9, 2011
The Two-Way

U.K. Isolated As Euro Nations Move Ahead On New Pact

Britain Prime Minister David Cameron (left) and Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte earlier today at the summit in Brussels.
Eric Feferberg AFP/Getty Images

There's been movement today in Brussels, where leaders from the European Union nations are trying to save the euro and restore some faith in the financial markets that they can manage the euro zone's debt crisis. But an important division remains among the 27 nations.

The consensus among news outlets covering the story seems to be:

-- "UK Isolated As Europe Moves Ahead On Fiscal Union." (Reuters)

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