From the Wires

In Silicon Valley, connections matter

Reuters: The notion that anyone with smarts, drive and a great idea can raise money and start a company is a central tenet of the Valley's ethos.

Assad confirms chemical weapons plan

BBC: Syria's President Bashar al-Assad has appeared on Russian TV to confirm that his country's chemical weapons will be placed under international control.

Apple thrusts biometrics into mainstream

Reuters: By adding a fingerprint scanner to its newest mobile phone, Apple Inc is offering a tantalizing glimpse of a future where your favorite gadget might become a biometric pass.

Recovery has mostly helped the rich

SFGate: Five years after Lehman Bros.' collapse, wealthier Americans have enjoyed the lion's share of economic recovery, while the poor and middle class continue to struggle.

NASA to grow its own food in orbit for first time

Modern Farmer: NASA will begin producing its own food in orbit for the first time ever later this year.

Ceremonies mark September 11th anniversary

Reuters: A reading of the names of the nearly 3,000 people killed when hijacked jetliners crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field marked the 12th anniversary of the September 11 attacks in 2001.

Arctic winter ice volume hits new low

BBC: During March/April - the time of year when marine floes are at their thickest - the radar spacecraft recorded just under 15,000 cu km of ice.

Big insurers abandon health exchanges

CNN: When Americans start shopping on the state-based exchanges next month, a couple of big insurers will not be present.

Top one percent to receive record share of income

AP: The pay gap between the richest 1 percent and the rest of America widened to a record last year.

Internet giants renew efforts to reveal NSA spying

Reuters: Google and other big Internet players are asking courts to allow public discussion of their mandated cooperation with the U.S. spy agencies.

Ohio governor wants adults to work for food stamps

The Columbus Dispatch: Ohio's Gov. John Kasich will limit food stamps for 130,000 adults starting Jan. 1.

What to expect from Apple event

CNET: Apple's holding a special event tomorrow. Here's what to expect.

New van Gogh painting identified

BBC: A previously unknown landscape painting by Vincent van Gogh has been identified by the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.