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U.S. judge to approve Peabody Ch. 11 plan, subject to DOJ talks

March 16 (Reuters) - A U.S. bankruptcy judge said on Thursday he would approve a plan by Peabody Energy Corp , the world's largest private sector coal producer, to exit Chapter 11 bankruptcy subject to discussions with the U.S. Department of Justice.

(Reporting by Tom Hals in Wilmington, Delaware; Editing by Chris Reese)