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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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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.

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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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Before Black Lung, The Hawks Nest Tunnel Disaster Killed Hundreds

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Silicosis Is Killin' Me Josh White
Bravery D. P. Kaufman
Reckoner Robert Glasper

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

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Baby Drive It Down Toro y Moi
Inside My Head Toro y Moi
I Still Belong To Jesus Robert Randolph & the Family Band
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Largo for glass harmonica in C minor [transposed to G minor]

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Federally Funded Companions Keep Seniors Connected To Their Neighbors

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Circumstantial Evidence Laika & the Cosmonauts

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

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Welcome To The World's Largest Gathering Of Humans

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Na Banguela Tagua Tagua
Tu Nada Demais Tagua Tagua

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