FILE - In this May 20, 2010 photo, Massey Energy Company Chief Executive Officer Don Blankenship pauses as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Health and Human Services ... more 
FILE - In this May 20, 2010 photo, Massey Energy Company Chief Executive Officer Don Blankenship pauses as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Health and Human Services subcommittee hearing on mine safety. Blankenship announced Friday, Dec. 3, 2010 that he will retire at the end of the month, finishing a nearly 30-year career that included big profits for the company but also fights with labor and federal regulators and a recent mine explosion that killed 29 people. The company's board of directors named current president Baxter F. Phillips Jr. as Blakenship's successor, effective Friday. Blankenship's retirement date is Dec. 31. less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Carolyn Kaster
Sat, Dec 4, 2010 3:31 AM EST