Federal investigation begins at West Virginia mine

Adam Clayton Powell IV plans to run for a seat in the U.S. House representing Harlem.
Adam Clayton Powell IV plans to run for a seat in the U.S. House representing Harlem. (Seth Wenig/associated Press)
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Tuesday, April 13, 2010


Federal investigation begins at coal mine

Federal investigators arrived Monday at the West Virginia mine where 29 men died in an explosion last week to try to find out what caused the worst U.S. coal-mining disaster since 1970.

Thirty miles to the north, hundreds of mourners, including the governor, observed a moment of silence at the state Capitol during a wreath-laying ceremony at the foot of a statue honoring the state's miners.

-- Associated Press


Powell's son seeks Rangel seat

Adam Clayton Powell IV, a state assemblyman and son of a legendary New York political figure, announced Monday that he will seek the seat his father once held and challenge Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D), who stepped down last month as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee amid ethics charges.

Powell, 47, said that he honors Rangel's 40 years of service but that it is time for new leadership for the 15th District, which covers much of Manhattan's Harlem and Upper West Side.

Powell's late father, Adam Clayton Powell Jr., was a Harlem pastor who represented the district in Congress from 1944 until 1970. He was New York's first black congressman. He was removed from office in 1967 amid allegations that he had misused congressional funds. He ran again and won the seat in 1968 before losing to Rangel in 1970.

-- Associated Press

Confederate month under fire: Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) is drawing criticism for proclaiming April Confederate Heritage Month without mentioning slavery, just a week after Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) apologized for a similar omission. Barbour said Sunday on CNN that slavery was bad but that the fuss over McDonnell's proclamation "doesn't amount to diddly."

Fourth suspect arrested in subway plot: A fourth suspect in a disrupted plot to bomb New York City subways has been arrested in Pakistan, law enforcement officials said Monday. The principal suspect in the case, Najibullah Zazi, has pleaded guilty and is cooperating with investigators. Officials would say little about the fourth person, but they said the suspect is a citizen of Pakistan.

-- From news services

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