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Plan for drilling near Mount St. Helens advances

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LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — A mining company can prospect for gold, copper and other minerals near Mount St. Helens, the U.S. Forest Service said. Drilling planned 12 miles north of the volcano would not have a major impact on the environment of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, the agency said Tuesday. If the Bureau of Land Management agrees, drilling could begin at 23 sites as soon as...