From the Wires

Obama's near-$4T budget set for Congress

ASSOCIATED PRESS: The plan calls for tax hikes on the rich and big businesses.

GDP grows 2.6 percent in 4Q

ASSOCIATED PRESS: The number represents a drop from the 4.6-percent growth of the third quarter.

Email scammers target younger demographic

WGN: The FBI and Better Business Bureau warned college students of payroll email scam that is targeting school email accounts.

McDonalds' head man steps down

FORTUNE: CEO Don Thompson will be replaced on March 1 after the restaurant continued to struggle under his leadership.

Washington company recalls tainted beef

OREGONLIVE.COM: Washington Beef of Toppenish is recalling 1,620 pounds of beef trim with possible E. coli contamination that was sold in Oregon and Washington.

Commercial jet demand bolsters Boeing

ASSOCIATED PRESS: The Seattle aerospace company beat Wall Street expectations, which were low due to a weak defense market.

Apple augments record quarter by shorting memory

MARKET WATCH: The gadget giant announced Tuesday that it sold 74.5 million iPhones in the final quarter of 2014.

Microsoft, Caterpillar woes lead Dow decrease

BLOOMBERG: The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell after questions were raised about the long-term viability of the economy.

US consumer confidence continues to rise

BLOOMBERG: The Conference Board's index hit its highest level since August 2007 in January.

Radical party's election win in Greece creates shockwaves

ASSOCIATED PRESS: Creditor nations suggest the move doesn't necessarily mean the struggling economy will eschew the euro.

Flights canceled en masse as east coast preps for blizzard

ABC NEWS: Flights out of Portland International Airport were negligibly affected.

West Coast port talks resume after rallies

ASSOCIATED PRESS: Negotiators took Thursday off as dockworkers held a demonstration against their employers.

Consumers pine for better battery life

ASSOCIATED PRESS: As cell phone use soars, battery life has been plummeting.