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August 24th, 2012
11:59 PM ET

Author of "Tour de Lance" on Lance Armstrong

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency today slapped Lance Armstrong with a life-time ban and said the superstar cyclist will be stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, after Armstrong announced he's giving up his battle to clear his name of doping charges.

Armstrong maintains he's innocent, that he's never used performance enhancing drugs, and that he's never once tested positive.

So why then is he giving up the fight to clear his name and save his legacy?

Bill Strickland, editor-at-large at “Bicycling” magazine, has followed Armstrong's career from the beginning. He shares his take with Anderson.

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Report: Deadliest U.S. mining disaster in 40 years was due to failure of basic coal mine safety practices
At a memorial service in April 2010, the president and vice president paid their respects to the 29 men killed when an explosion ripped through the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia. (Photo credit: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)
May 19th, 2011
11:05 AM ET

Report: Deadliest U.S. mining disaster in 40 years was due to failure of basic coal mine safety practices

(CNN) - A "perfect storm was brewing" in the Upper Big Branch coal mine in the weeks and days before a fireball tore through it on April 5, 2010, killing 29 miners and injuring one severely, according to a just-released report by the Governor's Independent Investigation Panel. The report describes in vivid detail the conditions at Upper Big Branch before, during and after the deadliest U.S. mine disaster in 40 years, and concludes the explosion was preventable and resulted from “failures in safety systems” at the mine in southern West Virginia.

The findings are based on physical examinations of the mine; regulatory records; the mine’s internal records; and more than 300 interviews with current and former mine employees, family members of miners, and state and federal mine regulators. One thing you won’t find in the 120-page report: testimony from the top people in charge of the mine; they invoked their Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination and refused to cooperate with investigators.

(Read the full report here: http://www.nttc.edu/ubb.)

Among the key findings: The Upper Big Branch mine lacked adequate ventilation; water sprays on equipment were not properly maintained and failed to function as they should have; and the mining company didn’t meet federal and state safety standards for the application of rock dust, a crucial tool in keeping highly explosive coal dust inert. FULL POST

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