Top 5 On the Go: Monday October 12

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1. Evidence mounts for El Nino that could ease Calif. drought
Scientists say El Nino will finally bring a much needed wet winter to California, but it may also wreak havoc and bring chaotic storms, floods and mudslides.

2. Students return to Oregon community college after shooting
Hundreds of people held heartwarming signs as students returned today to the Oregon community college where a gunman killed nine people last week.

3. U.S. airdrops ammunition to Syria rebels
A military official said U.S. forces airdropped ammunition and other supplies to rebels this week as part of a revamped strategy to fight ISIS in Syria.

4. Washington Post says Iran's conviction of its reporter is 'contemptible'
The Washington Post criticized Iran today after the country convicted one of its reporters of espionage, calling it an "outrageous injustice."

5. Coolest air mass of the season possible this weekend; snow in the interior northeast?
A shift in weather patterns across the U.S. may bring a series of cold fronts to parts of the Midwest and East this weekend, with some areas even getting their first snowfall.

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Top 5 On the Go: Monday October 12
These false-color images provided by NASA satellites compare warm Pacific Ocean water temperatures from the strong El Nino that brought North America large amounts of rainfall in 1997, left, and the current El Nino as of Oct. 1, 2015, right. Warmer ocean water that normally stays in the western Pacific, shown from cooler to warmer as lighter orange to red to white areas, moves east along the equator toward the Americas. Evidence is mounting that the El Nino ocean-warming phenomenon in the Pacific will spawn a rainy winter in California, potentially easing the stateâs punishing drought but also bringing the risk of chaotic storms like those that battered the region in the late 1990s. In the clearest warning yet that Southern California could be due for a deluge, meteorologists said in a report last week that the already strong El Nino has a 95 percent chance of lasting through the winter before weakening in the spring. (NASA via AP)
A roofer with Hull Brothers Roofing & Waterproofing checks the waterproofing of an air-condition duct before resurfacing townhomes roofs at the Marina del Rey seaside community of Los Angeles on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015. Roofers are reveling in the uptick in business as homeowners ready for the prospect of downpours after four years of dry weather. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2014 file photo, a dock sits high and dry at the end of a boat ramp yards away from the edge of Folsom Lake near Folsom, Calif. Donât blame man-made global warming for the devastating California drought, a new federal report says. A report issued Monday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said natural variations _ mostly a La Nina weather oscillation _ were the primary drivers behind the drought that has now stretched to three years. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
EUGENE, OR - OCTOBER 10: A black ribbon is shown painted on the turf before the game between the Oregon Ducks and the Washington State Cougars at Autzen Stadium on October 10, 2015 in Eugene, Oregon. The ribbon commemorates the victims of the campus shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon on October 1, 2015. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
Nari Sarkissin, left, and Penny Lester join hundreds lining the road to Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, to show support for students returning to school for the first time since the deadliest shooting in state history on Oct. 1. (Mike Henneke/The News-Review via AP, Pool) MANDATORY CREDIT
ROSE BURG, OR - OCTOBER 09: A general view of a makeshift memorial near the campus of Umpqua Community College Campus on October 9, 2015 in Roseburg, Oregon. A gunman killed eight students and a writing teacher and injured nine others in a campus there in a shooting on October 1, 2015. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
In this photo taken on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, Syrian soldiers fire repelling an attack in Achan, Hama province, Syria. Russian jets intensified their airstrikes Monday in the central Syrian province as government and allied troops pushed out insurgents from local villages to expand their control of the area, activists and a military statement said. (Alexander Kots/Komsomolskaya Pravda via AP)
In this photo taken on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, Syrian soldiers waving Syrian flags celebrate the ?apture of Achan, Hama province, Syria. Russian jets intensified their airstrikes Monday in the central Syrian province as government and allied troops pushed out insurgents from local villages to expand their control of the area, activists and a military statement said. (Alexander Kots/Komsomolskaya Pravda via AP)
In this photo taken on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, Syrian soldiers fire repelling an attack in Achan, Hama province, Syria. Russian jets intensified their airstrikes Monday in the central Syrian province as government and allied troops pushed out insurgents from local villages to expand their control of the area, activists and a military statement said. (Alexander Kots/Komsomolskaya Pravda via AP)
FILE - In this photo April 11, 2013 file photo, Jason Rezaian, an Iranian-American correspondent for the Washington Post, smiles as he attends a presidential campaign of President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran, Iran. Iran's official IRNA news agency reported that the verdict against Rezaian has been issued. Rezaian, the Post's Tehran bureau chief, is accused of charges including espionage in a closed-door trial that has been widely criticized by the U.S. government and press freedom organizations. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)
Ali Rezaian, brother of Jason Rezaian, The Washington Post's Tehran Bureau Chief who is currently in Evin Prison in Iran, arrives at a news conference at the National Press Club to give an update on the case in Washington, Wednesday, July 22, 2015. The Washington Post, stymied in its efforts to win the release of journalist Rezaian from Iran, has filed an urgent petition asking help from a United Nations agency. Rezaian was arrested over a year ago and has been held for months without charges in Iran's Evin Prison. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)
Mary Rezaian, mother of detained Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian, right, and Jason's wife Yeganeh leave a Revolutionary Court building in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Aug. 10, 2015. The final hearing of Rezaian detained in Iran more than a year ago and charged with espionage ended on Monday,with a verdict expected in the coming days in a trial that has been condemned by the newspaper and press freedom groups. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

A cold front moving into the region will push a few showers through New England. Much of the remainder of the nation will be dry, though a few showers and storms may develop along the Gulf Coast. (Photo: AP)

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