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Peabody Coal, one of the largest coal producers in the world, is teetering on the edge of bankruptcy. It would be the latest in a string of major coal companies going under. But drive through Wyoming's Powder River Basin, where 40 percent of U.S. coal is mined, and it's as if nothing has changed, even at sites owned by bankrupt companies.

A biotech company says its genetically engineered mosquitoes could help Brazil and other countries fight the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which spread Zika and other viruses.

A mother in Ivory Coast defiantly brings her children to the resort town where al-Qaida terrorists killed 19 people on March 13. A new music video reinforces her stand.

In engineering the cell, researchers paired away nearly all genes that weren't essential to life. It might eventually serve as a basic framework for different sorts of cellular factories, they say.

A tribunal in The Hague has sentenced the former Bosnian Serb leader to 40 years in prison. NPR's Tom Gjelten, who covered the Bosnian war, explains the twists and turns in the case.

Charlotte recently passed an LGBT nondiscrimination ordinance. The state is banning all such local measures, present and future. It's also barring cities and counties from raising the minimum wage.

The mayor says his town, known for its boardwalk casinos, will run out of money soon. State lawmakers have a plan to get the city's finances under control, but city leaders say it's a bad deal.

Police are still determining the number of suspects involved. Meanwhile, Salah Abdeslam, the suspect in the Paris attacks who was arrested last week, now says he is not fighting extradition to France.

In northeastern Syria, local residents are watching the comings and goings from a rural airstrip they say is America's Syria footprint in the anti-ISIS war.

Long known as a workplace hazard, silica dust can cause irreversible lung scarring and cancer. The Department of Labor expects its new limit to save about 600 lives a year. But industry is balking.

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