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  • Rescuers bang on pipe — no response

    DENA POTTER LAWRENCE MESSINA Associated Press Writers MONTCOAL, W.Va .

    Rescuers drilled into a coal mine where 25 people died in an explosion but got no answer this morning when they banged on a pipe, trying to communicate with possible survivors. Crews needed to bore at least one more hole to release poison gases before searchers could enter the Upper Big Branch mine to look for four people still missing in the worst U.S. mining accident in more than two decades. The company that owns the mine, Massey Energy Co., frequently sidesteps hefty fines by aggressively contesting safety violations, inc... Full story