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AP Top Business News At 6:49 p.m. EDT

Small investors blame bad advice from brokers for big losses
NEW YORK (AP) -- Susan Bernardo trusted her stockbroker. She wound up losing a fortune....

4 tips to avoid getting fleeced by your broker
Can your broker or adviser be trusted? There is no way to be 100 percent certain, but far too many investors don't even take a few simple steps to protect themselves. Start by asking questions. Here are four key ones, and tips for finding the answers....

Stocks gain on encouraging signs in spending and home sales
Encouraging U.S. economic data and a batch of corporate deals put investors in a buying mood Monday, sending stocks sharply higher....

Pharmacists' group discourages providing execution drugs
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The American Pharmacists Association on Monday adopted a policy that discourages its members from providing death-penalty drugs....

Greek prime minister: Debt needs restructuring for repayment
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece will be unable to repay massive bailout debts without eventually restructuring them, the prime minister said, as pressure from lenders mounted on Athens to produce viable cost-cutting reforms to unlock emergency funds and prevent default....

UnitedHealth bulks up for prescription drug cost battle
The nation's largest health insurer, UnitedHealth, will muscle up for its fight against rising prescription drug costs by spending more than $12 billion to buy pharmacy benefits manager Catamaran Corp....

US university, foundation invested in frozen Chinese stocks
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The University of Michigan, defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. and a foundation helping Appalachian children all own stakes in an overseas investment fund backing two major Chinese companies, which recently froze their stocks and missed financial reporting deadlines....

German co-pilot was once treated for suicidal tendencies
DUESSELDORF, Germany (AP) -- How could someone once diagnosed with suicidal tendencies get a job as a commercial pilot, entrusted with the lives of hundreds of people? That's the question being asked after officials confirmed Monday that Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz received lengthy psychotherapy before receiving his pilot's license....

McDonald's to test all-day breakfast beginning in April
NEW YORK (AP) -- A McMuffin for dinner? It might happen, as McDonald's plans to test an all-day breakfast at some locations in the San Diego area starting next month....

Jay Z, Madonna, Minaj among owners of new streaming service
NEW YORK (AP) -- Madonna, Rihanna, Beyonce and Jay Z are among the A-List musicians who are co-owners of Tidal, a streaming service being billed as the first artist-owned platform for music and video....

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Rates for US Treasury bills edged up at weekly auction

Business Highlights

US consumer spending edges up 0.1 percent in February

UnitedHealth bulks up for prescription drug cost battle

Volvo Cars plans to open its first US plant

How the Dow Jones industrial average fared Monday

Norcraft and Auspex are big market movers

Stocks gain on encouraging signs in spending and home sales

Figures on government spending and debt

Bernanke rejects charge of Fed 'throwing seniors under bus'