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Midas touch: French demolition workers find 600 gold coins

Jun. 11, 2018 5:28 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French gendarmes say workers paid to demolish an uninhabited house in Brittany made an unexpected discovery in the cellar — 600 gold coins. The Pont-Aven gendarmerie said Monday that after rattling a mysterious, shell-shaped container, the workers discovered the coins inside. They were...

Court: Montana minimizes impact of mining near Yellowstone

May. 25, 2018 7:14 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A gold exploration proposal near Yellowstone National Park faced a significant setback as a judge blamed Montana officials for understating the potential for mining to harm land, water and wildlife. The ruling released Friday means the Montana Department of Environmental Quality...

Trump reversal of mining pollution rule challenged in court

May. 16, 2018 4:55 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Environmental groups challenged the Trump administration in federal court Wednesday over its rejection of an Obama-era proposal that would have required mining companies to prove they have enough money to clean up their pollution. The Idaho Conservation League, Earthworks, Sierra...

Death toll in South African mining accident rises to 7

May. 5, 2018 11:58 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A mining company in South Africa says seven workers died and six were rescued after an earth tremor caused a rock fall at a gold mine. The Sibanye-Stillwater company said Saturday that 13 miners had been trapped at the Masakhane mine in Driefontein after the 2.2-magnitude quake on...

4 miners killed at South African gold mine after tremor

May. 4, 2018 3:44 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A mining company in South Africa says four workers have died and two others are missing after an earth tremor caused a rockfall at a gold mine. The Sibanye-Stillwater company says 13 miners had been trapped at the Masakhane mine in Driefontein after the 2.2-magnitude quake on Thursday....

Miners in South Africa settle with firms over lung diseases

May. 3, 2018 9:57 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Lawyers for gold miners in South Africa who got lung diseases while working underground over many decades have reached a compensation agreement in their class action lawsuit against mining companies. The Legal Resources Centre, a South African group, said Thursday that the deal provides...

Tourists flocking to Peru's newfound 'Rainbow Mountain'

May. 2, 2018 8:13 AM EDT

PITUMARCA, Peru (AP) — Tourists gasp for breath as they climb for two hours to a peak in the Peruvian Andes that stands 16,404 feet (5,000 meters) above sea level. They're dead tired, but stunned by the magical beauty unfurled before them. Stripes of turquoise, lavender and gold blanket what has become...

Police free human trafficking victims across the Caribbean

Apr. 30, 2018 10:03 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A police operation across the Caribbean and South America has freed nearly 350 people from human trafficking networks and led to the arrests of 22 people. Those rescued included children and adults working in nightclubs, gold mines, factories, open-air markets and on farms, international...

Thai court acquits northeastern gold mine protesters

Apr. 19, 2018 9:50 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Thailand found seven environmental activists not guilty Thursday of violating a law on public gatherings that imposes severe penalties for actions that disrupt public services. The activists, all women, in November 2016 blocked access to a meeting at a local government office in...