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Clergymen carry a wooden relic believed to be from Jesus' manger outside the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, on Saturday. Majdi Mohammed/AP hide caption

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On Tuesday, coal miners Danny Smith (left) and Greg Kelly are expected on Capitol Hill, where they'll ask lawmakers to fully restore a tax that pays for medical care for miners diagnosed with black lung. Both have the worst stage of the disease after years of mining. Rich-Joseph Facun for NPR hide caption

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Gary Hairston, a coal miner for 27 years, spoke at the hearing. He has been diagnosed with progressive massive fibrosis, the advanced stage of black lung disease. House Committee on Education and Labor hide caption

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Grand Canyon officials don't keep track of visitors by country of residence, but Mandarin-language brochures are the most in demand there. The Arizona Office of Tourism estimates that in 2018, the number of Chinese visitors to the state dipped 3.7%, after nearly quadrupling from 2010 to 2017. Sean Gallup/Getty Images hide caption

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"There's a lot of memories here, some good, some bad," says Smith, while reflecting on his years working at the now defunct Solid Energy mine in Pike County. Rich-Joseph Facun for NPR hide caption

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An Epidemic Is Killing Thousands Of Coal Miners. Regulators Could Have Stopped It

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