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In the photo above, dust circles a worker during the construction of the Hawks Nest Tunnel in 1930. Workers on the project were exposed to toxic levels of silica dust; hundreds ultimately died. Courtesy of Elkem Metals Collection, West Virginia State Archives hide caption

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Investigations

Before Black Lung, The Hawks Nest Tunnel Disaster Killed Hundreds

One of the worst industrial disasters in American history is a forgotten example of the dangers of silica, the toxic dust behind the modern black lung epidemic in Appalachia.

Fishermen wait to help people going to Colombia across the Arauca River near San Fernando de Apure in Venezuela in February 2017. More than 1 million Venezuelans are estimated to be living in Colombia. Juancho Torres/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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Fleeing Crisis, Some Venezuelans Are Recruited By Rebel Forces Fighting In Colombia

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In the photo above, dust circles a worker during the construction of the Hawks Nest Tunnel in 1930. Workers on the project were exposed to toxic levels of silica dust; hundreds ultimately died. Courtesy of Elkem Metals Collection, West Virginia State Archives hide caption

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Courtesy of Elkem Metals Collection, West Virginia State Archives

Investigations

Before Black Lung, The Hawks Nest Tunnel Disaster Killed Hundreds

7 min

Before Black Lung, The Hawks Nest Tunnel Disaster Killed Hundreds

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Sunday Puzzle

Sunday Puzzle: You're Halfway There

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Sunday Puzzle: You're Halfway There

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Chaz Bear explores adulthood, technology and identity with his latest album, Outer Peace. Jack Bool/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Music Interviews

Toro y Moi Jumps Out Of His Comfort Zone With 'Outer Peace'

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Toro y Moi Jumps Out Of His Comfort Zone With 'Outer Peace'

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Client Wanetta Nurse (left) and senior companion Kitty Gee chat about topics like family, the good old days, and men. Patty Wight/Maine Public Radio hide caption

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Federally Funded Companions Keep Seniors Connected To Their Neighbors

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The 10-Year Challenge has gone viral on platforms like Facebook, but some worry about how the data will be used. Eric Baradat/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Technology

Could The 10-Year Challenge Be Putting Your Data At Risk?

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Could The 10-Year Challenge Be Putting Your Data At Risk?

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Hindu holy men sample the sacred waters, which are believed to be restorative, with the power to cleanse sin. Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Goats and Soda

Welcome To The World's Largest Gathering Of Humans

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Welcome To The World's Largest Gathering Of Humans

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