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5:19 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Melting Of Antarctic Ice Sheet Might Be Unstoppable

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 6:31 pm

Scientists have long worried about climate change-induced melting of the huge West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Now they say that not only is the disintegration of the ice already underway, but that it's likely unstoppable.

That means that in the coming centuries, global sea levels will rise by anywhere from 4 to 12 feet. As NPR's Nell Greenfieldboyce reports, that's a larger increase than the United Nations expert panel noted last year. But it would occur over a longer time frame — centuries instead of decades.

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The Two-Way
5:08 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Re-Enactment Of Satanic Mass Planned At Harvard Causes Uproar

Harvard University's main campus in Cambridge, Mass.
Darren McCollester Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 5:09 pm

Harvard University Extension School's Cultural Studies Club has ignited a maelstrom of criticism over its plans to reenact a black mass on Monday.

The university and the Catholic Church have condemned it, but the club says the Satanic mass is simply for educational purposes.

The AP reports:

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The Two-Way
2:58 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Italy Searches For African Migrants After Boat Sinks In Mediterranean

An Italian navy photo from March, showing a migrant boat from North Africa intercepted off the coast of Sicily.
AP

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 7:55 pm

A boat carrying migrants from North Africa sank off the coast of Libya on Monday, killing at least 14 people a day after dozens were drowned in a similar incident.

The sinkings are just the latest in a long series of such accidents amid an exodus of would-be illegal immigrants from North Africa trying to reach EU shores.

Monday's accident occurred about 100 miles south of the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, a common destination for migrants trying to enter the European Union illegally because of its relative nearness to the African coast.

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The Two-Way
2:32 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

A Prom Like Any Other — But With A Few Exceptions

Two of the students who participated in the Multnomah Education Service District's Special Needs Prom this past weekend.
Lucy Ohlsen OPB

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 5:56 pm

An "Aloha Prom" was held in Oregon this past weekend, complete with leis and a huge punch bowl. Tailored for students with special needs, the dance was organized by the state's reigning teacher of the year.

Just a few years ago, the students didn't have a prom to go to.

Brett Bigham, who is the first special ed teacher to be named Oregon's teacher of the year, started the Special Needs Prom five years ago, Oregon Public Broadcasting reports.

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The Two-Way
1:24 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Reports: FCC Chairman Revising Net Neutrality Rules

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 4:25 pm

Where the Federal Communications Commission ends up on net neutrality seems to be up in the air: The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and The Washington Post are reporting that FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is revising a proposal that would allow Internet providers to

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The Two-Way
12:16 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

More Cyclists Can Now Call AAA For Help

Cyclists can now call AAA and other groups for help when they run into trouble during a ride. Here, cyclists ride near the White House in Washington, D.C., last autumn.
Mladen Antonov AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 3:23 pm

It's not going to change its name anytime soon, but auto membership club AAA is increasingly in the business of fixing bikes and giving rides to cyclists who run into trouble. AAA clubs in Colorado and Southern New England announced the new service in time for this week's Bike to Work Day, following the lead of other regional auto clubs.

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The Two-Way
11:11 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Nereus, 1 Of 4 Submersibles To Reach Depths Of Mariana, Is Lost

Nereus's mission was to undertake high-risk, high-reward research in the deepest parts of Earth's ocean.
Advanced Imaging and Visualization Lab Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 1:26 pm

Over the weekend, scientists with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution confirmed that Nereus, one of only four submersibles to have reached the depths of the Mariana Trench, suffered a catastrophic implosion.

The unmanned vehicle was on day 30 of a 40-day mission to explore the Kermadec Trench northeast of New Zealand. It dove to depths ranging from 6,000 to 11,000 meters deep. When it imploded, the vehicle was under pressure as great at 16,000 pounds per square inch.

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The Two-Way
10:15 am
Mon May 12, 2014

'I Was Baited,' Donald Sterling Tells CNN In (Mostly) Apologetic Interview

Shelly Sterling (top right), wife of embattled L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling, watches Friday's Game 3 of the Clippers playoff series. The NBA says that if Donald Sterling is forced out, his wife cannot keep the team, either.
Frederic J. Brown AFP/Getty Images

"I'm not a racist," Donald Sterling tells CNN in an interview about the scandal that brought a lifetime ban from the NBA. "I made a terrible, terrible mistake. And I'm here with you today to apologize and to ask for forgiveness for all the people that I've hurt."

Sterling also said he isn't likely to engage in a drawn-out legal battle with the NBA if the league attempts to force him out as the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.

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The Two-Way
8:49 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Book News: Author Of Invented Holocaust Memoir Ordered To Return $22.5 Million

Misha Defonseca sits during proceedings at Massachusetts' Middlesex Superior Court in 2008. Defonseca, the author of a fabricated Holocaust memoir, has been ordered to pay back $22.5 million to her publisher.
MARY SCHWALM AP

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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The Two-Way
8:47 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Our Sympathies: Winter Hangs On In Colorado And Wyoming

Mule deer are seen in the snow during a late spring snow storm in Golden, Colorado on Mother's Day.
Rick Wilking Reuters /Landov

If you were just starting to forget the pretty gruesome winter season we just lived through, remember that our friends in the west are not out of the woods: More than a foot of heavy, wet snow blanketed parts of Colorado and Wyoming Sunday into Monday.

The AP reports that the same system spun tornadoes in Nebraska and high winds across the West. The AP adds:

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