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Apr 10, 2010 9:32 AM by Associated Press

4 missing miners dead; final toll at 29

Authorities say crews have found the bodies of four miners missing nearly a week since an explosion at a West Virginia coal mine, bringing the death toll to 29.

Officials say the mission now is to recover all 22 bodies still inside the Upper Big Branch mine 30 miles of Charleston.

The new deaths mean it's the worst coal mine disaster in the U.S. since 1970, when 38 were killed at Finley Coal Co. in Hyden, Ky.

Authorities said early Saturday that they will start bringing out the bodies so they can be identified. Seven were recovered soon after Monday's blast. The first funerals were held on Friday.

Both the House and Senate plan hearings to examine possible causes of the explosion, and what can be done to improe mine safety.

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