Good morning. Here are some of the stories we’re following today:
1. ‘Crushed with snow’: Northeast braces for storm
The National Weather Service estimated that 29 million people will be under a blizzard warning as a storm barrels through the Northeast starting Monday. Heavily populated cities like Philadelphia, New York and Boston could get up to 2 feet of snow, potentially breaking record snowfall amounts. Officials were urging people to stay home if they could, as road conditions, and even walking conditions, could quickly become dangerous. Air travel was expected to be snarled, too, as more than 3,100 flights scheduled for Monday and Tuesday were canceled in advance. Read more in WEATHER.
2. People in the path of the storm should prep now
The Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends having water, three days worth of non-perishable food (and a manual can opener), flashlights, and batteries, in case power and water supplies cut out. Also, it advises people who take medication to make sure they're stocked up in case getting to the pharmacy is difficult. Read more in HEALTH.
3. Drone lands inside White House grounds
A drone was found on the lawn of the White House, Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Monday morning. He said the device did not pose any immediate threat, but there was an increased security presence around the White House early Monday. President Barack Obama and the first lady are on a trip to India, where Obama was the guest of honor at India's Republic Day festivities on Monday. Read more in NEWS.
4. Christie begins fundraising ahead of 2016
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie filed paperwork with the FEC late Friday to form the "Leadership Matters for America" political action committee, the Wall Street Journal reported. Christie aides told WSJ the PAC will allow the governor to bring donors on board for travel and additional staff, but that he has not made a final decision on whether to run for a 2016 presidential bid. Read more in POLITICS.
5. Elderly couple missing after trip to buy Craigslist car
Elrey "Bud" Runion, 69, and his wife, June Runion, 66, vanished Thursday while traveling from one Georgia town to another to pick up a 1966 Mustang they had seen on Craigslist. They were supposed to return that same night, but family told police that the couple never came back and couldn't be reached by cellphone. Police announced Sunday that Ronnie "Jay" Towns, 28, was wanted in connection with the case on suspicion of making false statements to investigators and criminal intent to commit theft by deception. Read more in NEWS.
6. Miss Colombia crowned Miss Universe
Miss Colombia, Paulina Vega, was crowned Miss Universe on Sunday night. Miss USA, Nia Sanchez, came in second. Vega, of Barranquilla, Colombia, said the contests leading to MIss Universe were the first she'd participated in and would be her last because she's ready to get back to her studies in business administration. Read more in NEWS.
And now this ...
The band TLC is making its fifth and last album, and they're turning to the public for help to fund it. "We wouldn't dream of making our final album with anyone buy our fans," the group says on its Kickstarter page.