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and they’re in a rescue cham-ber, then they’re OK,” Manchinsaid. “That’s the sliver of hopewe have.”Seven bodies had beenbrought out Monday andauthorities hoped to recover 18others known dead from themine owned by Massey EnergyCo., which has been cited fornumerous safety violations.The federal Mine Safetyand Health Administration hasappointed a team of investi-gators to look into the blast,which officials said may havebeen caused by a buildup of methane.Massey has been repeatedlycited for problems with the sys-tem that vents methane and forallowing combustible dust tobuild up, including two largefines assessed in January whenfederal inspectors found dirtyair flowing into an escapewaywhere fresh air should be, and anemergency air system flowingin the wrong direction. Minerswere so concerned about theconditions that several told theircongressman they were afraidto go back into the mine.Even the day of the blast,the federal mine agency citedthe mine with two safety viola-tions, one involving inadequatemaps of escape routes, the otherconcerning an improper spliceof electrical cable. Stricklinsaid, however, that those viola-tions had nothing to do with theexplosion.Massey CEO DonBlankenship has stronglydefended the company’s recordand disputed accusations fromminers that he puts coal profitsahead of safety.The mine produced morethan 1.2 million tons of coal lastyear and uses the lowest-costunderground mining method,making it more profitable. Itproduces metallurgical coal thatis used to make steel and sellsfor up to $200 a ton — morethan double the price for thetype of coal used by powerplants.The confirmed death toll of 25 was the highest in a U.S.mine since 1984, when 27 peo-ple died in a fire at a mine inOrangeville, Utah. If the fourmissing bring the total to 29, itwill be the worst U.S. coal min-ing disaster since a 1970 explo-sion killed 38 in Hyden, Ky.The effect of so many sud-den deaths in the area’s smallcoal-reliant communitiesstarted showing with obituar-ies for the victims appearingin local newspapers. The firstfive funerals were scheduled forFriday and Saturday.Miner William “Bob”Griffith’s family was preparingfor the worst. Griffith went towork Monday and never camehome, said his brother, JamesGriffith, who also works at themine. William Griffith’s broth-er-in-law, Carl Acord, died inthe explosion.
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Today is Thursday, April 8,the 98th day of 2010. There are267 days left in the year.
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On April 8, 1974, HankAaron of the Atlanta Braves hithis 715th career home run in agame against the Los AngelesDodgers, breaking Babe Ruth’srecord.
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In 1513, explorer JuanPonce de Leon and his expe-dition began exploring theFlorida coastline.In 1935, PresidentFranklin D. Rooseveltsigned the Emergency Relief Appropriations Act, whichprovided money for programssuch as the Works ProgressAdministration.In 1946, the League of Nations assembled in Genevafor its final session.In 1952, President Harry S.Truman seized the steel indus-try to avert a nationwide strike.(The U.S. Supreme Court laterruled that Truman had over-stepped his authority.)In 1970, the Senate rejectedPresident Richard M. Nixon’snomination of G. HaroldCarswell to the U.S. SupremeCourt.In 1988, TV evangelistJimmy Swaggart resigned fromthe Assemblies of God afterhe was defrocked for reject-ing an order from the church’snational leaders to stop preach-ing for a year amid reports he’dconsorted with a prostitute.In 1990, Ryan White, theteenage AIDS patient whosebattle for acceptance gainednational attention, died inIndianapolis at age 18.In 1994, Kurt Cobain, sing-er and guitarist for the grungeband Nirvana, was found deadin Seattle from an apparentlyself-inflicted gunshot wound;he was 27.
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The CentralIntelligence Agency confirmedthat personnel action had beentaken following the mistak-en bombing of the Chineseembassy during the NATOwar against Yugoslavia; oneemployee was reportedly fired.
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Withpresidents and kings lookingon, hundreds of thousands of pilgrims in St. Peter’s Squaresang, applauded and chantedfor the Catholic Church todeclare John Paul II a saint asthe pope was laid to rest.
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Somalipirates hijacked the U.S.-flagged Maersk Alabama;although the crew was ableto retake the cargo ship, thecaptain was taken captive bythe raiders and held aboard alifeboat. (Richard Phillips wasrescued five days later by NavySEAL snipers who shot threeof the pirates dead.) A Russianspacecraft carrying a crew of three, including U.S. billionairespace tourist Charles Simonyi,landed safely in Kazakhstan.
Formerfirst lady Betty Ford is 92.Comedian Shecky Greene is84. Actor-turned-diplomat JohnGavin is 79. Author and investi-gative reporter Seymour Hershis 73. Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan is 72.Basketball Hall-of-Famer JohnHavlicek is 70. “Mouseketeer”Darlene Gillespie is 69. SingerJ.J. Jackson is 69. SingerPeggy Lennon (The LennonSisters) is 69. Songwriter-producer Leon Huff is 68.
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20,Van Wert, entered a plea of guilty to a charge of posses-sion of heroin and petitionedthe court for treatment in lieuof conviction.Judge Steele granted themotion for treatment andplaced Norman under thesupervision of the Van WertCounty Adult ProbationDepartment for a period notto exceed one year.The successful comple-tion of the treatment programwould result in Norman nothaving a criminal record.
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19,Convoy, appeared on a com-munity control violation.The Van Wert CountyAdult Probation Departmentalleged that Barnes was notreporting as per the terms of his community control.Barnes denied the viola-tion with a full hearing to bescheduled at a later date.
44, VanWert, was found to be inviolation of his communi-ty control by being in anestablishment that servedalcohol and by consumingalcohol.According to a Van WertCity Police Departmentreport, Snavely allegedly wasin a bar downtown, becameintoxicated and then involvedhimself in a fight with anotherindividual.Judge Steele sentencedSnavely to the original prisonsentence of one year and gavehim credit for 12 days servedawaiting the final dispositionof the case.The high temperatureThursday in Delphos was73 and the low was 64. Ayear ago today, the high was54 and the low was 31. Therecord high for today is 83, setin 2001 and the record low of 14 was set in 1959.
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PRAGUE — Seeking toend years of rancor, PresidentBarack Obama and RussianPresident Dmitry Medvedevon today signed the biggestnuclear arms pact in a gen-eration and envisioned a daywhen they can compromiseon the divisive issue of missiledefense.The new treaty, the first of its kind in two decades andnearly a year in the making,signaled a bold new open-ing in relations between theformer Cold War foes. Bothleaders hoped for more prog-ress on economic matters andpotentially even deeper cuts intheir robust nuclear arsenals,while the Russian presidentstill warned of potential pit-falls ahead.The pact will shrink thelimit of nuclear warheads to1,550 per country over sevenyears. That still allows formutual destruction severaltimes over. But it is intendedto send a strong signal thatRussia and the U.S. — whichbetween them own more than90 percent of the world’snuclear weapons — are seri-ous about disarmament.Obama and Medvedevreaffirmed their commitmentto considering new sanctionsagainst Iran if the Islamicrepublic continues to refuse tosuspend uranium enrichmentand start talks on its nuclearprogram.Medvedev said it’s regret-table that Iran has not respond-ed to many constructive pro-posals the international com-munity has offered, and it’spossible the United NationsSecurity Council will have totake up the issue. And Obamasaid the U.S. will not tolerateany actions by Iran that risk anarms race in the Middle Eastor threaten the credibility of the international community.They spoke after sittingside-by-side in an elegant hallin the Czech Republic capitalcity, signing the nuclear armsdeal that awaits ratification bythe Russian legislature and theU.S. Senate. The White Houselobbying effort on ratificationis under way.The upbeat U.S. presidentsaid he was confident thatDemocrats and Republicanswould ratify the treaty in theSenate, where 67 votes willbe required.“Today is an importantmilestone for nuclear secu-rity and nonproliferation, andfor U.S.-Russia relations,”Obama said. Medvedev hailedthe signing as a historic eventthat would launch a new chap-ter of cooperation between thecountries.Inside the hall, the antici-pated moment came as thetwo presidents picked up theirpens, glanced at each otherand grinned as they signedseveral documents, with aidestransferring the papers backand forth so all would haveboth signatures. When it wasdone, the leaders seemedmomentarily at a loss, withMedvedev flashing a smileand a shrug before they stoodto shake hands.Obama said the treaty setsa foundation for further cutsin nuclear arms.And he pledged moreconversation with Medvedevabout missile defense, whichremains a sticky issue betweenthe countries as the U.S. movesahead with plans it calls nothreat to Russia. Obama saidthe missile defense systemenvisioned is not aimed atchanging the “strategic bal-ance” with Russia but ratheras a way to counter launchesfrom other countries.Medvedev said he wasoptimistic about reaching acompromise on the matter.As for talks about evendeeper cuts in nuclear weap-onry, the aim would be to dis-cuss, for the first time, cuts inshort-range U.S. and Russiannuclear weapons as well asweapons held in reserve andin storage.Beyond slashing nucleararsenals, the U.S. sees “NewSTART” as a key part of efforts to “reset” ties withRussia, badly strained underthe Bush administration, andengage Moscow more in deal-ing with global challenges,including the nuclear arsenalof North Korea and nuclearambitions of Iran.The new pact is only partof the Obama administra-tion’s new nuclear strategy.It was signed only days afterthe White House announced afundamental shift in its policyon the use of nuclear weap-ons, calling the acquisition of atomic arms by terrorists orrogue states a worse menacethan the Cold War threat of mutual annihilation.Other U.S. nuclear initia-tives will follow the Praguesigning. Leaders from morethan 40 countries will gath-er in Washington next weekto discuss improvements insecuring nuclear arsenals.The White House plans tolead calls for disarmament inMay at the United Nationsduring an international con-ference on strengthening theNuclear Non-ProliferationTreaty.The treaty signed today isthe most significant nuclear dis-armament pact in a generation,and Medvedev has lauded it as“an important step” in disarma-ment and arms control efforts.
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RIO DE JANEIRO — Atleast 200 people were buriedand feared dead under the lat-est landslide to hit a slum inRio de Janeiro’s metropolitanarea, authorities said today.If confirmed, the deathswould raise the toll sharplyfrom the 153 people alreadyknown to have died this weekin slides triggered by recordrains.Pedro Machado, subsec-retary of Rio state’s CivilDefense department, toldGlobo TV that as many as 60houses and at least 200 peo-ple were buried in the MorroBumba slum in Niteroi,neighboring Rio.“In our experience, it’san instant death” for thosecaught in their homes at thetime, Machado said.Machado said the shanty-town was built on a mountainof trash that accumulated fordecades, making the groundthere unstable and vulnerableto giving way.Sergio Cortes, Rio statehealth secretary, said thatwhen he climbed the hillwhere the landslide tookplace, “I could see I wasstanding above garbage.”“The residents began tosay there was a landfill therethat had not been used formore than 20 years, and thatthe houses were built there,”Cortes said.A fire department spokes-man said six bodies had beenfound so far in the MorroBumba and 28 were rescuedafter the mudslide hit lateWednesday.Alves Souza, command-er of the firefighters in theNiteroi rescue operations,said the wet, steep terrainposed a continued threat toanyone trapped in the wreck-age and emergency crews aswell.“The work is very intense,given the fact that the volumeof material we have here isvery large,” Souza said.Record rainfall sinceMonday afternoon has trig-gered deadly mudslides acrossRio’s metropolitan area.Firefighters said the offi-cial death toll stands at 153,but that does not include thoseburied in Morro Bumba.Nearly all the deathsoccurred in mudslides thatsmashed through slums —yet another reminder that lifein one of the world’s mostfamous playgrounds is muchdifferent for the poor than itis for the rich.Residents of the shanty-towns often endure dangerssuch as the frequent shoo-touts between police andheavily armed drug gangs,and when heavy rain falls onslopes crowded with poorlybuilt shacks, nature itself candeal out death.Rio officials said they aregoing to step up forced evic-tions of slum residents livingin at-risk areas.Mayor Eduardo Paesannounced that 1,500 fami-lies were going to be removedfrom their homes on in atleast two Rio slums, and thatmore evictions were likely.“I don’t want to spend nextsummer sleepless, worryingif the rains are going to killsomebody,” he told reporters,without saying when the relo-cations would occur.
At least 200 buried, feared dead in Rio
Corn: $3.29Wheat: $4.25Beans: $9.34
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