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Coal protesters, firm still battle over song lyrics in suit

The lyrics of a more than 40-year-old strip-mining protest song still amount to fighting words in Wyoming, where a lawsuit pits environmentalists against one of the nation's largest coal mining companies. Lawyers for activists suing Peabody Energy Corp. and others quoted singer-songwriter John Prine's 1971 song "Paradise," which criticized the company's mining activities in Kentucky. It struck a sour chord with Peabody. Activists Thomas Asprey and Leslie Glustrom asked a federal judge this week to deny the company's request to strip the lyrics from their lawsuit, noting that even U.S. Supreme Court opinions have quoted songs. The Boulder, Colorado,...

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