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The Washington Post reports that despite increased federal inspections and crackdown on safety violations, nine men have died in U. S. mines since the Upper Big Branch disaster.

Twenty-nine men were killed in the Upper Branch mine in West Virginia on April 5. Since then, according to the Post, 5 men have been killed by heavy machinery and 4 by falling rock at 8 separate mines in coal country from northern West Virginia to southern Illinois.