July 27, 2012 The London Olympics' opening ceremony is a "show," director Danny Boyle says, that celebrates Britain, from the Industrial Revolution to its music and literature — even its socialized medicine. There's also time for thousands of athletes to enter Olympic Stadium. "We don't get lost in show business," Boyle says.
July 26, 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will attend Friday's opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympics. Rescuing the 2002 Salt Lake City Games from the biggest ethics scandal in Olympic history has become one of Romney's biggest boasts in his political campaigns.
July 25, 2012 "What's in a name?" William Shakespeare once wrote in Romeo and Juliet, long before the Olympics ever came to London. It turns out that some Olympic names herald the greatness athletes seek — and the events they enter — while some bear monikers better suited for others.
July 23, 2012 In what may be a first, Monday brought product placement to the Olympics. Is this a sign of change? Will we begin seeing Pampers Diapers wrapped around the Olympic rings, as wrestlers grapple beneath them?
July 17, 2012 Language inserted into a broad appropriations bill would block funding for a Labor Department effort to reduce the occurrence of black lung.
July 13, 2012 The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and the Labor Department are putting together a team of agency experts and lawyers to consider statutory and regulatory weaknesses detailed by NPR and the Center for Public Integrity this week.
July 9, 2012 An investigation by NPR and the Center for Public Integrity found federal regulators and the mining industry are failing to protect miners from the excessive toxic coal mine dust that causes black lung. The disease is now being diagnosed in younger miners and evolving more quickly to complicated stages.
July 9, 2012 A definition, cost and explanation of the resurgence of the deadly coal miners' disease.
July 9, 2012 Breathing devices may seem useful for protecting coal miners from the toxic dust that causes black lung. But federal law does not permit using respirators as a way of complying with dust exposure limits.
July 9, 2012 The deadly disease is no longer just a concern for underground miners. A new study documents severe cases among surface miners, too
June 1, 2012 Citations issued by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) say managers at one mine failed to evacuate a section that was enveloped in thick smoke generated by a malfunctioning conveyor belt. The company disputes that finding.
May 24, 2012 Dozens of federal mine safety inspectors descended into 43 coal mines in three Appalachian states Wednesday. The mines are now owned by Alpha Natural Resources, which absorbed Massey Energy after a 2010 mine disaster in West Virginia.
May 24, 2012 The new agreement means the U.S. Olympic Committee will see new revenues cut sharply.