In global news:

South Africa gave the green light on Friday for class action suits seeking damages from gold companies for up to half a million miners who contracted the fatal lung diseases silicosis and tuberculosis. The High Court decision sets the stage for protracted proceedings covering cases dating back decades. South Africa’s gold mines employed half a million men at their high point in the 1980s, and High Court Judge Phineas Mojapelo judge said anywhere from 17,000 to 500,000 miners had been affected.

Read more about this ruling from Reuters here. Read more about the South African silicosis crisis from NPR here.

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