From the Wires

Benedict XVI says goodbye Pope Benedict XVI has left Vatican City for the last time. He will return -- not as Pope Benedict XVI, but as Pope Emeritus -- a retired man.

Breathable nail polish a hit with Muslims

AP: For many observant Muslim women, manicures have been a problem as it prevents water from making contact with nails in pre-prayer hand and arm washing five times a day.

Corporations urge court to support gay marriage

Reuters: More than 200 businesses will urge the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to strike down a federal law that restricts the definition of marriage to heterosexual union.

Jumbo mortgages return

Reuters:  A luxury real estate revival is being fueled, in part, by another resurgence: so-called jumbo mortgages - those loans, typically over $417,000, that are too big to qualify for purchase by federal agencies.

J.P. Morgan Chase to cut 17,000 jobs

Wall Street Journal: Hoping to trim more than $1 billion in expenses annually the banking giant plans to cut costs and 17,000 positions by next year.

European horse meat causes unease in American consumers

New York Times: Horse meat has been found in more than a dozen European countries, worrying American consumers.

New home sales surge New U.S. single-family home sales surged to their highest level in 4-1/2 years in January.

Yahoo bans working from home The last organization you might expect to stop its workers from telecommuting is a Silicon Valley tech company.

Lost continent discovered in Indian Ocean

Slate: Evidence of a vanished "microcontinent" northeast of Madagascar has been published in a scientific paper by an international research team.

Grants Pass residents film UFO

International Business Times: Two Grants Pass residents recorded an unidentified flying object over Oregon the same day as the Russian meteor blast.

High school graduation rate soars

Reuters: The U.S. is on track to reach a 90 percent graduation rate by 2020.

San Quentin inmates catch startup fever

Reuters: California prison houses growing number of wannabe tech entrepreneurs.

Thin snowpack in much of West portends continued drought

New York Times: After last year's extreme drought and destructive wildfires, Western farmers and ranchers hoped for heavy snows this winter, but so far they have been disappointed.