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Top Stories: In an effort to draw down the U.S. nuclear arsenal by a third, President Obama in his State of the Union address will acknowledge the effort as he is "weighing how to reach an informal agreement with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia for mutual cuts within the framework of the new Start — but without the need for ratification."

World: In Damascus "travels along the city's battlefronts in recent days made clear that new lines, psychological as much as geographical, had been crossed." 

U.S.: Women are becoming more involved in shooting sports and gun ownership, even as, in the renewed debate over gun violence, "the voices of gun owners have largely been those of men." 

New York: New York's Taxi of Tomorrow is "imperiled" by a suit saying that it violates "a little-known section of the city’s administrative code because the vehicle, a Nissan NV200, is not a hybrid."

Technology: Apple had not faced a viable competitor in the smartphone and tablet world until Samsung came along. 

Sports: James Moses, a Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show judge, highlights how insular, and potentially unfair, the world of dog shows can be. 

Opinion: Bill Keller on Hobby Lobby and the question of whether a "a corporation have a conscience." 

Music: Ben Ratliff writes that, at the Grammys, "the old ideals were served." 

Art & Design: Artist Richard Artschwager—who in his work "slyly confounded the usual categories"—died shortly after a retrospective of his work closed at the Whitney. 

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