Howard Berkes

Howard Berkes appears in the following:

The Turkish Mine Disaster: How Could It Happen?

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The accident that has claimed hundreds of lives appears to have causes that are all too familiar to mining experts in the U.S. and around the world.


Past Disasters Haunt Modern-Day Coal Mining Accidents

Thursday, May 15, 2014

More than 280 miners have died in Turkey with another 150 still missing. It's hard to imagine how so many can perish in a mine accident in modern times.


Regulators Couldn't Close U.S. Mine Despite Poor Safety Record

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Mine Safety and Health Administration says it had no authority to shut down the W.Va. mine where two people were killed this week, despite having cited it for numerous violations.


2 Die In W.Va. Mine With Troubled Safety Record

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A review of federal mine safety data shows that the Brody mine had a rate of violations more than twice the national average for underground coal mines.


Mine Dust Rules Could Slow Production, Coal Mining Companies Say

Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Mine Safety and Health Administration has announced new regulations reducing the amount of coal dust miners can be exposed to in underground and surface mines.


U.S. Olympic Committee Plans To Examine Speedskating's Woes

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The U.S. skaters' hopes, bolstered by wins in the recent World Cup season, were quickly dashed in Russia. U.S. organizers say they'll find out why — and they don't think it's the team's racing suits.


Supreme Court Halts Gay Marriages In Utah

Monday, January 06, 2014

The order puts marriages on hold until an appeal is decided by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. Utah has been allowing same-sex marriages since Dec. 20.


House Lawmakers Seek Federal Probe Of Black Lung Program

Friday, November 08, 2013

Reps. George Miller and Joe Courtney are calling on the Labor Department to investigate "allegations of misconduct by doctors and lawyers working on behalf of the coal industry" and their roles in benefits denied to coal miners with black lung disease.


Johns Hopkins Halts, Reviews Black Lung Program

Monday, November 04, 2013

Investigative reports from the Center for Public Integrity and ABC News concluded that the program "helped coal companies thwart efforts by ailing mine workers to receive disability benefits."


Report Details Industry's 'Cutthroat' Fight Of Miners' Claims

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Center for Public Integrity found miners face a concerted industry effort to deny compensation payments, which includes industry-hired lawyers withholding evidence favorable to miners and doctors at a major university "helping to defeat the claims of sick miners."


Theme Park Called 'Insensitive' For 'Miner's Revenge' Attraction

Monday, October 28, 2013

Many thought the Halloween maze at Kings Dominion in Doswell, Va., was in poor taste because of the region's experience with mine disasters. The park is about 300 miles away from West Virginia's Upper Big Branch mine, where an explosion three years ago killed 29 miners.


Boy Scouts Eject Leaders Who Toppled Ancient Rock

Monday, October 21, 2013

The video uploaded by the Scouts went viral and the men may also face criminal charges. The organization said the actions showed a disregard for natural surroundings.


Former Massey Exec Gets 42 Months In Mine Disaster Case

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

David Hughart is now the highest-ranking former executive of Massey Energy to go to jail for crimes related to the worst coal mine disaster in 40 years.


Sabotage Prompts Two-Year Bans For Olympic Skater And Coach

Monday, August 26, 2013

The bans stem from a incident in which an American athlete tampered with the skates of a Canadian competitor. A panel found coach Jae Su Chun "reated an atmosphere which led to the tampering action."


Wildfire Forces Kick Into Highest Gear

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The 2013 wildfire season hit a milestone Tuesday: Preparedness Level 5, an officious way of saying resources are stretched thin and it could quickly get worse.


2013 Wildfire Season Proving To Be More Mild Than Wild

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The number of acres burned this wildfire season is nearly half of what it was this time last year, though the most active period hasn't yet begun in parts of the West. By one tragic measure, however, 2013 has been one of the grimmest seasons in years.


Brawl Puts 'Bad' Back Into Badminton

Monday, July 22, 2013

A year after an embarrassing match-fixing scandal at the London Olympics, badminton is back in the news for an unexpected brawl.


Talk Of Boycotting Russian Olympics Stirs Emotions

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

There have been suggestions that if Russia grants asylum to "NSA leaker" Edward Snowden, the U.S. should respond by not sending athletes to the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi. But others say that just sends the wrong message and punishes only the athletes.


U.S. Wildfire Season Has Yet To Kick Into High Gear

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

We have the outlook for wildfire activity for the rest of the year and an assessment of the dramatic but relatively slow season so far.


Wildfire Season So Far: Tragic, Destructive And Below Average

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

So far during the 2013 wildfire season, more than 800 homes and businesses have burned to the ground, nearly 1.6 million acres were scorched and over 23,000 blazes have required suppression. And two dozen firefighters have died. But as dramatic as it's been, the season has yet to kick into high gear.