Top 5 stories: Northeastern US preps for March blizzard

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HOUSTON -- Here are some of the top stories for Monday, March 13, 2017:

New wave of Jewish center bomb threats

At least six Jewish Community Centers across the country received bomb threats on Sunday, including a center located in Houston, according to officials.It is the second bomb threat at the Houston community center this year. The first threat was made on February 20, 2017. Officer completed a search after that time as a precaution and did not find anything suspicious but security remains high. Tap here to read more & watch report.

Texas teachers to speak out against Senate Bill 13

 Dozens of teachers are expected at the Texas Capitol on Monday to speak against a bill that would stop payroll deductions to associations or unions for state employees. The associations provide liability insurance and continuing education programs. Currently, membership dues are automatically deducted from teachers’ paychecks, which senators backing Senate Bill 13 say the state should not be doing. Tap here to read the report.

Winter storm is bearing down on NE U.S.: What you need to know

Houston's weather this week starts off cool & sunny with no severe conditions in the 7-day, but it's not as nice in the northeastern U.S. A powerful nor'easter was forecast to develop along the East Coast on Monday and roll through the Northeast deep into Tuesday, the National Weather Service said. Heavy snow and strong winds with gusts of up to 50 mph could knock out power to thousands and snarl travel. The Weather Service issued a blizzard watch for New York City and parts of northern New Jersey and southern Connecticut. Tap here to read more.

Grandson charged in grandmother's murder at Cypress, TX home

A grandmother was found dead inside a home in Cypress Sunday afternoon, and now her grandson is facing murder charges, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office. Deputies were called to the 1700 block of Longwood Meadows by family members who said the victim's grandson, 21-year-old Nathan Billingsley, had threatened to kill his grandmother. Tap here to read & watch the full report.

FBI at SXSW in Austin, but no Comey

Participants at the lively, tech- and music-infused South by Southwest festival wanting to hear from FBI Director Jim Comey will have to settle Monday for a subordinate. Comey, in political crosshairs from both directions in recent weeks and months, last week abruptly cancelled his planned Austin appearance, citing scheduling conflicts. In his place will be Jim Baker, the FBI's general counsel. The national security expert will sit down for a chat (possibly touching on President Trump's tweet that Obama had Trump Tower wiretapped?) with Newseum CEO Jeffrey Herbst.

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