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In a place where “all we’ve got is coal,” residents search for another way to survive

WELCH, W.Va. The seams of coal in some of Eddie Asbury’s mines in McDowell County are so thin workers can barely squeeze down them. They enter on carts nearly flat on their backs, the roof of the mine coursing by just a few inches in front of their faces. They don’t stand up all day.

Thousands of children crossed US-Mexico border in October

SAN ANTONIO Nearly 5,000 unaccompanied immigrant children were caught illegally crossing the U.S. border with Mexico in October, almost double the number from October 2014, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection data.

Also, in the figures released Tuesday, the number of family members crossing together nearly tripled from October 2014 — from 2,162 to 6,029.

Rhodes Trust names 32 US students to receive full scholarships to study at Oxford University

WASHINGTON The 32 American men and women chosen as Rhodes scholars include a member of the U.S. National Rowing Team, an Alzheimer’s disease social activist and a Harvard University student who holds a Guinness World Record for balancing on an exercise ball.

Israeli artist remembers Polish educator who followed his orphans to a Nazi death camp

TEL AVIV, Israel With World War II underway and the Nazis closing in, 16-year-old Itzchak Belfer decided to flee his native Poland and head east to Soviet Russia. The man who had raised the Jewish boy like a son tearfully gave him his blessing, slipped the teen some money and said, “the chicks are leaving the nest.”

In an exclusive interview, Facebook CEO Zuckerberg says he’s not out to disrupt charity

SAN FRANCISCO After making their fortunes from new software or social networks, some Silicon Valley entrepreneurs have vowed to apply their skills to “hacking” philanthropy and “disrupting” old models for funding charity.

Not so Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, who isn’t afraid to take a more conventional approach to giving.

Aging mobster acquitted in 1978 Lufthansa heist dramatized in hit Mafia movie ‘Goodfellas’

NEW YORK An aging mobster who stayed mostly in the shadows for decades by adhering to the Mafia’s strict code of silence was acquitted Thursday of charges he helped plan a legendary 1978 Lufthansa heist retold in the hit film “Goodfellas.”

Navajo code talker recalls role tricking Japanese during World War II

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. Roy Hawthorne recalls his time served during World War II with pride, effortlessly sharing his native Navajo language as he shows off how he used codes to trick the Japanese.

Hawthorne recently travelled to Camp Pendleton near San Diego for the first time since he trained there along with fellow Navajos before they embarked on their fabled war mission in the 1940s.