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On Sunday, India celebrated Diwali with lamps, candles, feasting and fireworks. Now, a day after fireworks for the festival of lights, New Delhi is choked with a thick, dark smog.

The celebrations sharply exacerbated the city's perpetual pollution problems — the BBC reports that in the wake of the fireworks, levels of extremely small particulate matter more than doubled over the course of a few hours.

San Diego native Megan Olbur didn't grow up eating much seafood beyond tuna sandwiches, fish sticks or the occasional salmon dinners her parents made. But in 2015, when Olbur became pregnant with a daughter of her own, she heeded the advice of her physician and deliberately began adding more seafood to her diet as a way to boost brain development and to ensure the health of her growing baby.

It turns out, she wasn't alone in upping her fish fare.

Updated 10:35 p.m. ET with adjusted totals

A gas explosion at a coal mine in China has killed 13 miners, and another 20 miners are missing and presumably trapped underground, Chinese state media report. The Xinhua news agency had previously given totals of 15 dead and 18 missing.

According to Xinhua, more than 200 rescue workers were at the rural mine near the city of Chongqing, looking for any survivors.

The explosion hit Monday morning, NPR's Rob Schmitz says, when 35 miners were working. Two of them escaped.

Our Tools of the Trade series is exploring some of the icons of schools and education.

It was made of shiny, bright pink plastic with a Little Mermaid sticker on the front, and I carried it with me nearly every single day. My lunch box was one of my first prized possessions, a proud statement to everyone in my kindergarten bubble: "I love Ariel."

(Oh, and it held my sandwich too.)

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