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Global warming is slowing down the circulation of the oceans - with potentially dire consequences

WASHINGTON — We’re now seeing a slowdown of the great ocean circulation that, among other planetary roles, helps to partly drive the Gulf Stream off the U.S. East Coast, according to a study just out in Nature Climate Change, by Stefan Rahmstorf of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and a group of co-authors. The consequences could be dire — including significant extra sea level rise for coastal cities like New York and Boston.

France jet audio shows pilot locked out of cockpit

SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France — The first half of Germanwings Flight 9525 was chilling in its normalcy. It took off from Barcelona en route to Duesseldorf, climbing up over the Mediterranean and turning over France. The last communication was a routine request to continue on its route.

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GOP lawmaker targets Obama climate plan

WASHINGTON — House Republicans on Monday targeted a key element of President Barack Obama’s strategy for fighting climate change, releasing a bill to delay the Obama administration’s plan to limit carbon pollution from existing power plants.

Obama is expected to slow troop pullout in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is expected to disclose Tuesday if he will withdraw most U.S. troops from Afghanistan on schedule this year, or keep 9,800 troops and thousands of contractors there through 2016, when the president insists America’s longest war should finally end.