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    Rescue on for miner trapped by mine collapse in Idaho

    SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – Rescuers on Saturday had yet to make contact with a miner trapped more than a mile below ground after a silver mine in Idaho collapsed for unknown reasons Friday evening, officials said. The miner was one of two workers tapping a vein of silver in a mine owned by Hecla Mining Company in northern Idaho when a section of tunnel caved in, according to the company. One miner was uninjured...

    Winds spare city threatened by Texas wildfires

    LUBBOCK, Texas (Reuters) – Shifting winds gave some relief to Texans menaced by wildfires that have scorched more than 230,000 acres near rural towns but forecasts point to more fire potential in coming days, officials said Saturday. “It’s not what we’d like to see,” said Texas Forest Service spokesman Marq Webb. “We would appreciate a tropical storm.” Officials on Saturday...

    Philadelphia Orchestra to seek bankruptcy protection

    PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – The Philadelphia Orchestra, one of the nation’s “Big Five” symphonies, on Saturday voted to seek Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, a board member said. The 55-member board of directors approved the move, with the only opposition votes cast by five board members who are musicians, said John Koen, a cellist and board member. The vote to take the orchestra founded in...

    Mural showing Mormon temple in flames sparks debate

    COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah (Reuters) – A massive wall-painting depicting a Mormon temple in flames along with a catholic monk, police car and a scantily clad woman has sparked a free speech debate in this conservative, heavily Mormon Salt Lake City suburb. The colorful mural painted on a parking lot wall greets customers at the Canyon Inn Restaurant and Lounge in Cottonwood Heights, a city of 35,000 near the...

    Paul leaves Lakers in dust as Hornets stun LA

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Chris Paul ran circles around the Los Angeles Lakers in a scintillating performance to lead his New Orleans Hornets to a 109-100 upset victory over the defending champions in their NBA playoff series opener Sunday. Paul scored 15 of his 33 points in the final five minutes and dished out 14 assists to spur the underdog Hornets to a 1-0 best-of-seven series lead. Game Two is on Wednesday. “It’s...

    Stock futures signal losses; Citi eyed

    (Reuters) Stock index futures pointed to a lower open on Wall Street on Monday, with futures for the S&P 500 down 0.45 percent, Dow Jones futures down 0.39 percent and Nasdaq 100 futures down 0.4 percent at 0817 GMT. * European stocks were down 0.4 percent in morning trade, led lower by banking stocks such as Societe Generale (SOGN.PA) and BBVA (BBVA.MC), on growing concern Greece could be forced to restructure...

    Tornadoes, storms kill at least 20 in South

    CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) – Tornadoes tore into the Carolinas on Saturday afternoon as the death toll rose to 20 people from storms across the southern United States over the last three days. A mechanic at a tire shop in Raleigh, North Carolina, said he took shelter in his truck while co-workers squeezed into an interior room when the storm hit on Saturday afternoon. “It was one hell of a...

    FAA issues new rules to keep controllers awake

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on Sunday issued new work rules aimed at preventing air traffic controllers from falling asleep on the job during overnight hours. Six separate incidents have alarmed regulators and safety advocates in recent weeks, including a lone controller at Washington’s Reagan National Airport who fell asleep on March 23 with two jetliners en route. The...

    Texas seeks more help as wildfires burn Austin homes

    AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry sought additional federal help in battling wildfires across his drought-parched state as a woodland blaze gutted at least six homes on Sunday and threatened hundreds more in Austin, the state capital. An estimated 1.5 million acres of tinder-like brush and grasslands have gone up in flames in Texas since January 1, about half of that during the past week alone...

    Death toll at 43 as tornadoes and storms rake South

    RALEIGH, North Carolina (Reuters) – Three days of severe storms and tornadoes in the southern United States have killed at least 43 people while downing power lines and wrecking hundreds of buildings, officials said on Sunday. North Carolina accounted for the bulk of casualties and property losses, with 22 people killed and about 130 others injured. Significant damage was reported in at least 26 counties and...

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