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Nine missing after South Africa gold mine fire PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Wednesday, 05 February 2014 07:15

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A gold-mining company in South Africa says nine employees are missing after an underground fire broke out at a mine west of Johannesburg.

The Harmony company said Wednesday that the fire reportedly started about 1.7 kilometers (1 mile) underground around 6 p.m. Tuesday, and that rescue teams were hampered by smoke and an earthfall.

Harmony says rescue workers reached eight miners who had taken refuge from the fire at Doornkop mine, and they are now trying to locate the missing workers.

Operations at the mine have been suspended.


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Governors write to Obama over propane shortage PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Tuesday, 04 February 2014 15:04

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and six other governors are writing to President Obama asking for help in addressing the propane shortage and price increases.

They are asking for the administration to help increase propane supplies through "every means of transport."

They encouraged Obama to consider regulatory waivers aimed at increasing supplies and hoped the Small Business Administration would ease loan requirements to help communities respond to the shortage.

The letter also said they wanted to explore actions to improve supply stability in future years.

The letter dated Tuesday was sent through the Midwest Governor's Association, of which Dayton is chair. The other governors are Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.


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New York couple charged after toddler calls 911 15 times PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Tuesday, 04 February 2014 12:34

LOWVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities have charged a northern New York woman and her boyfriend because the woman's 2-year-old daughter used their cellphones to dial 911 a total of 15 times last month.

Village of Lowville Police Officer Matthew Martin says the 23-year-old mother and her 33-year-old boyfriend told him they tried to keep their phones away from the persistent toddler, but the girl kept getting them and dialing 911.

Martin spoke to the couple Wednesday after Lewis County 911 dispatchers reported that a child had called 14 times in January. Martin says the child called 911 a 15th time later that night.

He charged the couple the next day with obstructing governmental administration.

Martin says the girl called 911 three more times Friday but hasn't made an emergency call since then.


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FDA launching anti-smoking campaign aimed at youth PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, AP Tobacco Writer   
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 10:51

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration is using ads that depict yellow teeth and wrinkled skin to show the nation's at-risk youth the costs associated with cigarette smoking.

The federal agency said Tuesday it is launching a $115 million multimedia education campaign called "The Real Cost" that's aimed at stopping teenagers from smoking and encouraging them to quit.

Advertisements will run in more than 200 markets throughout the U.S. for at least one year beginning Feb. 11. The campaign will include ads on TV stations such as MTV and print spots in magazines like Teen Vogue. It also will use social media.

"Our kids are the replacement customers for the addicted adult smokers who die or quit each day," said Mitch Zeller, the director of the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products. "And that's why we think it's so important to reach out to them — not to lecture them, not to throw statistics at them — but to reach them in a way that will get them to rethink their relationship with tobacco use."

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Arts advocate, ex-second lady Joan Mondale dies PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by BRIAN BAKST, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 07:12

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Joan Mondale was given a grand platform when her husband was elected Jimmy Carter's vice president in 1976. And she used it.

The avid arts advocate lobbied Congress and the states for more spending on arts programs, and she traveled frequently to museums, theaters and artists' studios on the administration's behalf. She was so passionate that she earned the nickname "Joan of Art" and, in the process of pushing her cause, transformed the role of the second lady.

As Carter's No. 2, Walter Mondale was seen as a trusted adviser and credited with making the office of the vice president more relevant. It was natural that his wife would do the same for her role. Vice presidential aide Al Eisele once said of his boss: "It was important to him that Joan not just be the vice president's wife, but his partner."

Joan Mondale, herself an avid potter, died Monday afternoon with her husband, sons Ted and William, and other family members by her side, the family said in a statement. She was 83.

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