There’s an iceberg on the loose

Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY
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Mother nature appears to be out to get us. Prince Philip has been transferred to a new hospital. And the Biden administration is working to reunite families separated at the border.

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A massive iceberg – larger than New York City – breaks off Antarctica

A massive iceberg – larger than New York City – has broken off Antarctica's Brunt Ice Shelf, British researchers announced. At 490 square miles, the berg is bigger than New York City, which is 302 square miles. A crack in the ice shelf widened several hundred yards Friday before the piece went ahead and said peace out, berg. Was the breakup due to global warming? Experts don’t think so. Thankfully for humans, since the ice is already floating, the newly created iceberg won’t contribute to rising sea levels.

In other less-than-fun news from Mother Nature: Earlier hurricane seasons. Thanks to a recent surge in May storms, meteorologists are considering moving the start date of the Atlantic hurricane season back, from June 1 to May 15.

The iceberg started to crack off of Antarctica's Brunt Ice Shelf in January 2021.
The iceberg started to crack off of Antarctica's Brunt Ice Shelf in January 2021.

Biden administration may let families separated at Mexican border reunite in US

Parents separated from their children at the border under the Trump administration could be allowed to live in the United States after they're reunited, the Biden administration announced Monday. "We are hoping to reunite the families either here or in the country of origin," Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said. If the families choose to reunite in the United States, he said, the administration will "explore lawful pathways for them to remain." President Joe Biden has started to unwind several of former President Donald Trump's hardline immigration policies, and he’s promised better relations with Mexico.

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Prince Philip 'responding to treatment' at new hospital

Prince Philip, the 99-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth II, has been transferred to another London hospital to continue treatment for an infection nearly two weeks after he was first admitted. ⁠Along with treatment for an unspecified infection, he is also undergoing testing and observation for a preexisting heart condition. ⁠The palace says Philip “remains comfortable and is responding to treatment but is expected to remain in hospital until at least the end of the week.’’⁠

Moments you missed from the Golden Globes

Sunday’s Golden Globes were even more unpredictable and chaotic than usual, thanks in large part to the show’s hybrid virtual format, but there were some genuinely terrific moments amid the mayhem. The big moments everyone is talking about:

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Out of power and money

The oldest and largest electric cooperative in Texas has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection following the brutal winter storm that wreaked havoc on the state in February. Brazos Electric Power Cooperative filed its bankruptcy petition after racking up bills owed to the state's grid operator in connection with the outages. Power companies that went down during the winter storm from Feb. 13-19 were required to pay for replacement power sources, and Brazos said it was presented with a bill for more than $2.1 billion for seven days of what it called a "black swan winter event." It refused to pay, saying the winter storm legally eliminated its requirement to do so. The cooperative, which serves more than 1.5 million Texans, said it filed the bankruptcy case "to maintain the stability and integrity of its entire electric cooperative system."

Icicles hang off the  State Highway 195 sign on Feb. 18 in Killeen, Texas. Winter storm Uri brought historic cold weather and power outages to Texas.
Icicles hang off the State Highway 195 sign on Feb. 18 in Killeen, Texas. Winter storm Uri brought historic cold weather and power outages to Texas.

A break from the news: Shout out to women

In honor of Women's History Month, I'll be sharing a different trailblazing woman in every Short List this month who has made a difference in their communities and country. Many names you will know, some you will not. All have something to teach us.

First up: Nancy Woodhull. Woodhull was a founding editor at USA TODAY and worked to redefine how women are covered in the news. 👏

Nancy Woodhull
Nancy Woodhull

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