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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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Attack on Tunisian museum leaves 19 dead

TUNIS, Tunisia — Gunmen stormed a museum in Tunis on Wednesday, killing 19 people, including 17 foreign tourists, in the worst attack in Tunisia’s capital since the overthrow of the country’s dictator in 2011.

The states where poor kids are most likely to graduate from high school

WASHINGTON — More high school students of minority backgrounds and from poor families are graduating, the U.S. Department of Education announced this week. New data shows that not only does the high school graduation rate for the country as a whole continue to rise, but also that the increase was particularly pronounced among black, Hispanic and American Indian kids and for economically disadvantaged students.