Photo gallery: Melting in Antarctica

From the ground of this extreme northern part of Antarctica, a spectacular white and blinding ice seemingly extends forever. What can’t be seen is the battle raging below to reshape Earth. Water is eating away at the Antarctic ice, melting it where it hits the oceans. As the ice sheets slowly thaw, enough water pours into the sea to fill more than 1.3 million Olympic swimming pools every year, according to NASA satellite calculations. And the melting is accelerating.


Greece will not seek 3rd bailout, prime minister says

Having succeeded in separating a recent loan agreement from “disastrous” austerity conditions, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Saturday that Greece won’t seek a third bailout deal. He singles out Spain and Portugal as leaders of “an axis of forces” that undermined Greece during negotiations for an extension of its second bailout agreement.


Who scored, who didn’t, at CPAC

In the conservative conference’s search for a rising star, Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin comes closest. He has momentum with conservatives. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul have the passion. And Jeb Bush still faces widespread skepticism that’s not going away.


CPAC photo gallery: Conservative voices

Conservatives remain guided by one firm principle: Government is too big. But there’s no consensus on how to change it. “We’re not a church. It’s a mistake to somehow think there’s a book of dogma and you accept those teachings if you’re a conservative, and if you don’t, you’re not,” said Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union, which is sponsoring the four-day Conservative Political Action Conference in a Washington suburb.

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