March 30, 2013 in Nation/World

In brief: No signs of life found after China mine slide

From Wire Reports
 

BEIJING – No signs of life have been detected at a gold mining site in a mountainous area of Tibet more than 24 hours after a massive landslide buried 83 workers, Chinese state media said today.

About 2.6 million cubic yards of mud, rock and debris swept through the area as the workers were resting and covered an area measuring around 1.5 square miles, CCTV said.

The miners worked for a subsidiary of the China National Gold Group Corp., a state-owned enterprise and the country’s largest gold producer. A woman who answered the call at its Beijing headquarters today said she could not provide any information.

The reports said at least two of the buried workers were Tibetan, while most of the workers were believed to be ethnic Han Chinese, a reflection of how such large projects often create an influx of the majority ethnic group into the region.

The more than 2,000 police, firefighters, soldiers and medics deployed to the site, about 45 miles east of Lhasa, the regional capital, conducted searches armed with devices to detect signs of life and accompanied by sniffer dogs, reports said.

Around 30 excavators were also digging away at the site late Friday as temperatures fell to just below freezing.

Judge: Cross-shaped beam from WTC is OK

NEW YORK – A New York judge has tossed out a lawsuit seeking to stop the display of a cross-shaped steel beam found among the World Trade Center’s wreckage.

Federal Judge Deborah Batts on Friday rejected the arguments of a national atheists group.

American Atheists had sued the National September 11 Memorial & Museum’s operators in 2011 on constitutional grounds.

The judge said the decision to include the artifact in the Sept. 11 museum didn’t advance religion impermissibly. She also said it doesn’t create excessive entanglement between the state and religion. And she noted that the cross helps tell part of the history of Sept. 11.

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