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WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is proposing tougher restrictions on brokers who manage Americans' retirement accounts, reigniting a confrontation with the financial services industry over rules affecting trillions of dollars in 401k and other savings accounts. By Jim Kuhnhenn. SENT: 790 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated, Obama speaks at 2:05 p.m.



WASHINGTON — A new Obama administration proposal could alter the types of investments a broker recommends to you for your retirement account. It may mean a move away from riskier investments and require brokers to disclose conflicts of interest regarding financial products. Some questions and answers. By Marcy Gordon. SENT: 1,050 words.


ATHENS, Greece — A government official in Greece says a list of reforms demanded from the new government by bailout creditors will be sent early Tuesday — extending a deadline by a few hours. The official says the reforms would later be discussed at a teleconference of eurozone finance ministers. By Derek Gatopoulos and Raf Casert. SENT: 760 words, photos.


TOKYO — Honda Motor Co., the Japanese automaker at the center of an air-bag defect scandal, says its president Takanobu Ito will step aside and be replaced by another Honda executive. The unexpected decision follows massive recalls by Honda of vehicles equipped with air bags made by Japan's Takata Corp. By Elaine Kurtenbach. SENT: 430 words, photos.


WASHINGTON — America's biggest tobacco companies are asking a federal appeals court to set aside a series of court-ordered advertisements saying they lied about the dangers of smoking. SENT: 500 words, photo, audio.



WASHINGTON — After years of providing reassuring words about the need to keep interest rates at record lows, the Federal Reserve is finding the transition to an era of pending rate increases a tricky and complicated one. But anyone who expects Chair Janet Yellen to clarify the Fed's timetable for a rate hike when she addresses Congress this week could be disappointed. By Martin Crutsinger. SENT: 570 words, photo.


WASHINGTON — U.S. home sales hit a snow drift in January, plunging to the slowest pace in nine months. By Josh Boak. SENT: 530 words, photo.


NEW YORK — Falling oil prices and disappointing U.S. home sales data nudge major indexes mostly lower in midday trading. By Alex Veiga. SENT: 730 words. UPCOMING: 700 words by 5 p.m.


— PORT LABOR — Nearly all West Coast seaports began the week with dockworkers hustling to load and unload cargo ships that were held up amid a months-long labor-management dispute. SENT: 150 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated.

— TARGET-FREE SHIPPING Target has sliced its minimum online purchase to qualify for free shipping in half to $25 as the Internet becomes a bigger and bigger sales hub for retailers. SENT: 350 words.

— ROMANIA-CHEVRON — U.S. oil company Chevron says it has pulled out of shale gas drilling in Romania, weeks after ending business in Poland. SENT: 130 words.

— GM-IGNITION SWITCH DEATHS — The death toll from crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches climbs to 57. SENT: 370 words.

— BRITAIN-LLOYDS — Britain's government cuts its stake in Lloyds Banking Group by another 1 percent, recouping about 500 million pounds ($768 million) for taxpayers who rescued the bank at the height of the financial crisis. SENT: 130 words.

— SUPREME COURT-HEALTH OVERHAUL-Q&A — The Supreme Court next week hears a challenge to President Barack Obama's health care overhaul that hinges on just four words: "established by the state." The argument threatens subsidies that help make insurance affordable to consumers in about three dozen states. Some questions and answers. By Mark Sherman. SENT: 1,100 words, photo, video.

— JOHNSONVILLE SAUSAGE-CEO — The former president of Oscar Mayer will become the new CEO at Johnsonville Sausage. SENT: 130 words.



LONDON — Europe's biggest bank by market value said past practices at its Swiss private bank were "unacceptable" as it posted 2014 net income that fell 16 percent to $13.7 billion. SENT: 410 words, photo.



SAN FRANCISCO — A jury is set to hear opening arguments this week in a $16 million sexual harassment lawsuit filed by Ellen Pau, current interim chief of news and social media site Reddit, against her former employer, Kleiner Perkins Caulfield and Byers, a prominent Silicon Valley venture capital firm. By Paul Elias. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m., photos.

— GOOGLE WIRELESS PAYMENTS — Google is teaming up with three major U.S. wireless carriers in an effort to prod more people into using its mobile wallet and undercut the rapid success of Apple's rival payment service. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated.

— DISNEY-OSCARS — Disney wins an Academy Award for "Big Hero 6," a back-to-back win after "Frozen" took the Oscar last year. After years of awards shows being dominated by Pixar-created films, Disney's own studio has quietly returned to critical and box-office acclaim. By Mae Anderson. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m., photo.

— APPLE-EUROPE-DATA CENTERS — Apple says it's investing 1.7 billion euros ($1.92 billion) in data centers in Denmark and Ireland that will be powered by renewable energy, its largest such project in Europe to date. SENT: 260 words.

— DISH NETWORK-CEO — Dish Network co-founder and Chairman Charles Ergen is returning to the helm of the satellite TV provider as the company faces declining subscribers and a changing pay-TV industry. CEO Joseph Clayton, 64, says he'll retire March 31. SENT: 270 words, photos.

— BOOK REVIEW-GIRL IN A BAND — The front woman for influential indie band Sonic Youth for three decades, Kim Gordon's memoir looks back at how experimental music left the grimy clubs of New York and went mainstream with the help of MTV and Lollapalooza and chronicles the dissolution of her rock star marriage. By Mae Anderson. SENT: 500 words, photos.



BERLIN — A closely-watched measure of German business confidence rises for the fourth straight month in February in another positive sign from Europe's largest economy. SENT: 250 words.

— ITALY-SWITZERLAND-BANKING SECRECY — Italy and Switzerland sign an accord ending Swiss banking secrecy. SENT: 150 words.

— UKRAINE-CURRENCY — Ukraine's economy suffers another blow with a sharp drop in the national currency, the hryvnia. SENT: 100 words.

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Gilead and Hep C

Gilead Sciences has undergone an explosive transformation. The biotech company initially made its mark developing HIV medications, then its two breakthrough treatments for hepatitis C were approved in December 2013 and October 2014, changing everything. UPCOMING: Graphic expected by 6 p.m.


Dish co-founder returns

Dish Network shares slip after the satellite TV provider says its co-founder will return to lead the company as it struggles with declining subscribers and a rapidly changing industry. UPCOMING: Graphic expected by 6 p.m.