From the Wires

NASA discovers planets outside of solar system

Forbes: NASA's Kepler mission uncovered 715 new planets circling 305 stars.

Bitcoin on verge of collapse

L.A. Times: The sudden closure of Mt. Gox, the world's largest virtual currency exchange, triggered a massive sell-off.

Toddler obesity rate plummets

BBC: A national study has found the obesity rate among young children has fallen 43% since 2003-2004.

President Obama warns of U.S. Afghan pullout

BBC: President Barack Obama warned Afghanistan's Hamid Karzai that the United States may pull all troops from his country by the end of 2014.

Bitcoin-trading website disappears

CNN: Mt. Gox was taken offline, putting the millions of dollars invested in the digital currency at risk.

Pentagon plans to downsize U.S. Army

BBC: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel reported plans to eliminate an entire class of Air Force attack jets.

Netflix reaches agreement with Comcast

CNET: The video-rental company will pay Comcast for direct access to its broadband network.

President Obama to host Dalai Lama

BBC: The President will meet the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader in a private meeting in the White House Map Room.

Flu hitting young people harder this year

CNN: The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported people between the ages of 18 and 64 represent 61% of all influenza-related hospitalizations. 

Safeway Inc. considers possible sale

Reuters: The second-largest U.S. mainstream grocery store operator is considering selling.

Facebook to buy WhatsApp

BBC: The social networking giant purchased the messaging app for $19 billion.

President Obama considers sanctions against Ukraine

USA Today: In the aftermath of violence that killed at least 25 in Ukraine, the White House is considering imposing sanctions.

U.S. takes alpine skiing gold in Winter Olympics

WSJ: American Ted Ligety dominated in the men's giant slalom at the Sochi Olympics.