Deadly Mine Explosion: At least 25 people were killed in an explosion at a West Virginia coal mine that The New York Times calls the worst U.S. mining disaster in 25 years. Four more miners are still missing, and authorities think they may have also died in the blast.
New Nuke Rules: President Barack Obama announced yesterday that he will outline new rules for when the United States may use nuclear weapons. The new rules, though much tighter than those in the past, leave an exception for "outliers like Iran and North Korea," The New York Times reports.
GOP Turmoil: The Republican National Committee's chief of staff Ken McKay may have resigned in the wake of news that the committee had picked up a nearly $2,000 tab for a sex-themed nightclub, but embattled RNC Chairman Michael Steele insists that he isn't going to step down anytime soon. The Associated Press reports that in an internal memo, Steele said, "The responsibility to assure our donors, volunteers and voters that it's nothing but our core mission which drives every dollar we spend, every phone call we make, every e-mail we send and every event we organize. Recent events have called that into question. The buck stops with me. That is why I have made this change in management."
Lockheed's $37 Million Win Crashes and Burns: A federal judge has tossed out a $37.3 million trade secrets verdict for Lockheed Martin Corp. and ordered a new trial after finding that the aircraft company failed to turn over to a defendant competitor documents critical to the case. The Fulton County Daily Report reports that U.S. District Judge Charles A. Pannell Jr. said it was "probable" that the outcome of the trial would have been different if the jury had been given access to the information that Lockheed withheld. Pannell also threw out Lockheed's motion for $16 million in legal fees.