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NOAA: El Nino is here

LOS ANGELES — El Nino is here, but don’t expect the Pacific Ocean circulation phenomenon to do much for the drought afflicting California and the western U.S., forecasters said Thursday.

Plane skids off runway at LaGuardia, crashes through fence

NEW YORK (AP) — A plane from Atlanta skidded off a runway at LaGuardia Airport while landing Thursday, crashing through a chain-link fence and apparently losing its right wing. Passengers carrying their bags and bundled up in heavy coats and scarves slid down an inflated chute to deplane and made their way onto a taxiway piled with several inches of snow.

Mysterious, dust-filled galaxy seems very mature for its age

Looking deep into the universe’s past, astronomers have discovered a galaxy that’s surprisingly mature for its age. The star-forming galaxy A1689-zD1, described in the journal Nature, reveals that dust — the stuff we’re made of — might have been able to accumulate much earlier than once thought.

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US considering slowing exit from Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan — The United States is considering slowing its military exit from Afghanistan by keeping a larger-than-planned troop presence this year and next because the new Afghan government is proving to be a more reliable partner, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Saturday.

Unwelcome mat:

WASHINGTON — In what is becoming an increasingly nasty grudge match, the White House is mulling ways to undercut Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s upcoming trip to Washington and blunt his message that a potential nuclear deal with Iran is bad for Israel and the world.