From the Wires

Rival banana firms to merge

BBC: Irish fruit firm Fyffes and U.S. brand Chiquita will merge to create the world's largest banana company, worth about $1 billion.

Blood test predicts Alzheimer's disease

CNN: Researchers have developed a blood test that will predict whether a healthy person will develop the disease.

Cerberus Capital to buy Safeway

Reuters: Cerberus Capital Management will acquire the second-largest U.S. mainstream grocery store operator for about $9.4 billion.

U.S. adds 175,000 jobs

WSJ: The U.S. labor force grew as people joined the workforce, but so did the number of unemployed.

Bitcoin creator revealed

Newsweek: The creator of the virtual currency is 64-year-old Satoshi Nakamoto from Los Angeles, CA.

Staples closing 225 stores

Forbes: The office-supplies retailer released disappointing fourth quarter earning results.

EU to offer aid package to Ukraine

WSJ: The European Union would make at least $15.12 billion in grants and loans available for Ukraine.

Daily sugar intake 'should be halved'

BBC: The World Health Organization advises people to halve the amount of sugar in their diet.

White House reveals 2015 budget

WSJ: President Obama proposed a $3.9 trillion budget package.

RadioShack to close 1,100 stores

Bloomberg: The electronics chain's shares slumped the most in more than four months.

Bill Gates regains spot as world's richest person

BBC: The Microsoft founder's total net worth was estimated at $76 billion.

West scrambles on Ukraine as Russia tightens grip in Crimea

New York Times: Western nations sought a political and economic response to the crisis in Ukraine.

Mt. Gox files for bankruptcy

Reuters: The world's largest bitcoin exchange filed for bankruptcy protection in Japan.