Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (r.) looks through a window of a water tank used for crew training at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center outside Moscow on Tuesday.
The Upper Big Branch mine, where the West Virginia mine explosion occurred Monday, had about 500 violations issued against it last year. The mine is owned by Massey Energy.
Monday's West Virginia mine explosion, the worst since 1984, has caused more fatalities than all US coal-mine fatalities last year.
The 5-to-4 decision, involving a justice on the West Virginia Supreme Court, establishes a broad, new constitutional standard.
A West Virginia case before the US Supreme Court could clarify when judges must recuse themselves.
Michael Shnayerson profiles one valley's battle against mountaintop mining.
Michael Shnayerson profiles one valley’s battle against mountaintop mining.