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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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Iranians express optimism over nuclear agreement

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — A senior Iranian official suggested Tuesday that Iran is nearing a preliminary deal with the U.S and five world powers that would lead to a breakthrough eluding them for more than a decade — a formal pact limiting Tehran’s ability to make an atomic weapon while easing punitive economic sanctions on the Islamic Republic.