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How Will Companies Fare Under New SEC Rules?

The courts just upheld the SEC’s requirement that companies disclose their use of conflict minerals. Some companies are more prepared than others. Full story

'Rare earth' mineral could mean revival for Arizona's mines

BISBEE - Some of Arizona's retired mines could gain new life because of the high demand for "rare earth" minerals that accompany large deposits of copper. Full story

Miners in Congo start petition to resume digging

Miners in eastern Congo are seeking to go back to work in territory that has been under a mining ban for three years and is blacklisted by U.S. legislation, according to a petition made public Friday. Full story

Congo: Minerals transported from area under ban

Buyers in eastern Congo say tin ore that was stockpiled because of a ban on minerals trading is now about to be exported. Full story

Ahead of the Bell: Molycorp jumps

Shares of Molycorp Inc. soared before Friday's opening bell on news that the Securities and Exchange Commission completed a formal investigation into its public disclosures, recommending no enforcement action be taken against the company. Full story

Color of Money: Sparkling Blue Mineral May Sell for $100K

Collectors prize the copper mineral linarite for its intense blue color, but specimens with crystals large enough to truly show off this hue are rare. Full story

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  'House of Cards' actress lends her voice to the Congo

Actress Robin Wright and JD Stier join Andrea Mitchell to talk about what’s going on in the Congo, and the work being done by groups like Raise Hope for Congo to bring attention to the situation.

  Minerals similar to Earth found on Mars

NASA has compiled the first-ever list of minerals found on another planet after the Curiosity rover found soil on the Red Planet similar to the volcanic sand found in Hawaii. TODAY’s Tamron Hall reports.

  ‘I accept the fact we are in harm's way’  

NBC’s Miguel Almaguer spoke with Nancy McCullough, a resident of Mineral, Calif., who is hoping for the best as she prepares to evacuate. The Ponderosa fire is moving towards the home she has lived in since 1930. 

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