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US life expectancy is flat for third straight year; last similar plateau was in the 1980s

NEW YORK Life expectancy in the United States has stalled for three straight years, the government announced Wednesday.

A child born last year can expect to make it to 78 years and 9 1/2 months — the same prediction made for the previous two years.

US mine safety chief says black lung more widespread among coal miners than data shows

LOUISVILLE, Ky. Alarmed that black lung disease routinely goes unreported decades after it was discovered among miners, federal mine safety officials are touting new regulations that will step up monitoring for the coal dust that causes the deadly disease.