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COPIAPO, Chile, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Most of the 33 miners trapped more than 2,000 feet below ground in a Chilean mine for more than two months were released from hospital Friday.

While the men seem to be physically fit after their ordeal, Health Minister Jaime Manalich said some were showing signs of psychological stress, the Los Angeles Times reported. A mass of thanksgiving planned for Sunday at the San Jose mine was canceled because officials decided the miners were not psychologically ready for it.

"Ideally, they need a period of rest because they are still on emotional roller coasters," Manalich said. "They still have to process what they went through, to let their experiences settle, have their nightmares and let out their anxieties."

The miners also have to cope with international fame.

One of them, Juan Illanes, 52, told friends and neighbors: "This is really incredible. It hasn't sunk in."

The miners were rescued this week at the gold and copper mine at Copiapo after 69 days underground, a record for survival in a collapsed mine. They underwent tests and received treatment at a hospital, where doctors said the men were in amazingly good health considering their living conditions underground, Britain's Daily Telegraph reported.

One miner has pneumonia and some needed dental work but none suffered from serious health problems.

"I didn't think I'd make it back, so this reception really blows my mind," said Edison Pena, 34, a triathlete who ran 6 miles a day underground after the mine collapse Aug. 5 to cope with the stress.

Former D.A. sued over suggestive texts

MILWAUKEE, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- A Wisconsin woman has filed a lawsuit against a former prosecutor who sent her suggestive text messages after her boyfriend was charged with domestic violence.

Stephanie Van Groll reported the text messages from Ken Kratz -- who was Calumet County District Attorney at the time -- to the Kaukauna Police Department in October 2009. In the federal lawsuit filed Friday, Van Groll said she has since learned Kratz made advances to another women, the Appleton (Wis.) Post-Crescent reported.

Kratz, who had been district attorney for 18 years, resigned last week. He has not faced criminal charges or other official sanctions but Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said Kratz could face criminal charges, possibly including stalking, extortion, or public misconduct, WAOW.com reported.

Van Groll reported Kratz barraged her with texts, 30 in three days, including one that called her a "tall, young, hot nymph." In the complaint, she says her right to due process and equal protection was violated.

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Milwaukee. The complaint alleges a pattern of misconduct, saying Kratz threatened a victim of domestic violence more than 10 years ago after she rejected his advances.

"Kratz's latest victim blew a whistle and no one listened," Van Groll's lawyer, Michael Fox, wrote. "This lawsuit will provide her with the hearing she never received."

EPA recommends revoking mine permit

WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- A federal regulator says the U.S. government should revoke the permit for one of the nation's largest proposed mountaintop removal mining projects.

Shawn M. Garvin, the Environmental Protection Agency's regional administrator for the mid-Atlantic, said Arch Coal's (NYSE:ACI) proposed Spruce No. 1 Mine in Logan County, W.Va., would impact miles of the state's streams and the plant and animal life they support, The New York Times reported Friday.

The mine should be stopped because it "would likely have unacceptable adverse effects on wildlife," Garvin said in a report.

The project, approved by the Bush administration in 2007, would dynamite the tops off mountains over 2,278 acres to mine the coal beneath while dumping the resultant rubble in adjacent valleys and streams.

The EPA review said the project would bury more than 7 miles of local streams under 110 million cubic yards of dirt and rubble, killing all life in them and sending a flood of contaminants and toxic substances downstream.

A spokeswoman for Arch Coal said in a statement the company would "vigorously" challenge the EPA's finding.

"If the EPA proceeds with its unlawful veto of the Spruce permit -- as it appears determined to do -- West Virginia's economy and future tax base will suffer a serious blow," spokeswoman Kim Link said.

U.S.: Legal pot would be 'detriment'

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says if California legalizes pot it would "complicate federal drug enforcement efforts to the detriment of our citizens."

The California ballot next month includes an initiative known as Proposition 19 that would legalize pot, but Holder -- in a letter sent this week to nine former heads of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency -- said regardless of the outcome of the Nov. 2 vote, the Obama administration will "vigorously enforce" drug laws, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.

"Let me state clearly that the Department of Justice strongly opposes Proposition 19," Holder wrote. "If passed, this legislation will greatly complicate federal drug enforcement efforts to the detriment of our citizens."

Proposition 19 would make it legally permissible for anyone in California age 21 and older to possess as much as an ounce of marijuana and to grow as much as 25 square feet of pot plants. It would also authorize local governments to sanction the cultivation and sale of pot.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca held a news conference Friday to publicize Holder's letter, which included a reminder that the federal Controlled Substances Act outlaws possession and sale of marijuana.

"We will vigorously enforce the CSA against those individuals and organizations that possess, manufacture or distribute marijuana for recreational use, even if such activities are permitted under state law," Holder wrote.

A spokeswoman for the Proposition 19 campaign told the Times Holder's letter indicates the administration intends to enforce "a failed" drug policy.

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