Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
1. MERKEL, OBAMA TRY TO BRIDGE DIFFERENCES ON ARMS TO UKRAINE
The German leader is in Washington today as both countries strive to show unity despite a potential split over arming Ukrainian fighters.
2. WHICH STATE NOW ALLOWS GAYS TO MARRY
Alabama has become the 37th to accept same-sex couples to wed after a federal judge's order overturning its ban went into effect.
3. NEW ENGLAND FACES THIRD STORM IN TWO WEEKS
Winter-weary northeast braces for another round of snow, with Boston in the crosshairs for up to two feet.
4. DEMOCRATS TIE JEB BUSH TO ROMNEY
Comparisons between the former Florida governor and the 2012 GOP candidate are meant to prevent him from defining himself as a reformer.
5. SAM SMITH, BECK WIN BIG AT GRAMMYS
The 22-year-old British soul singer sweeps the music awards with three big wins for song and record of the year as well as best new artist. Beck's "Morning Phase" is crowned best album.
6. EGYPT SOCCER RIOT KILLS MORE THAN 20
The turmoil, only three years after similar violence left 74 people dead, began ahead of a match east of Cairo and raises further questions about security forces' policing of crowds and protesters.
7. FAMILY AWAITS WORD ON HOSTAGE HELD BY THE ISLAMIC STATE
The parents of American aid worker Kayla Jean Mueller cling to hope that she is alive, days after the militant group said she died in a Jordanian airstrike.
8. WHO IS SPENDING A LOT OF MONEY ON CAMPAIGNS
Some of the candidates running for office themselves are putting up millions of their own dollars to fund their quest for a political post.
9. BOKO HARAM KIDNAPS 30 PEOPLE IN CAMEROON
The assaults by the Nigeria-based terror group come as other militants invade a town in the neighboring country of Niger for the third time in recent days.
10. WHY HOMELAND SECURITY SPENDING HANGS IN THE BALANCE
The department's budget will freeze by Feb. 27 if Congress doesn't come to an agreement over immigration matters in its annual funding bill.