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  • WASHINGTON-- In a story Sept. 28 about a presidential decision to block a Chinese company's business deal in Oregon over national security concerns, The Associated Press erroneously cited when another Chinese firm, Huawei Technologies, had abandoned plans for its purchase of a U.S. computer company, 3 Leaf Systems.

  • Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano described it as a "logical development in close security, economic and people-to-people" ties between the U.S. and Taiwan.

  • PARIS, Oct 2- European luxury stocks, once a must-have for portfolio managers seeking to avoid the European economic doldrums and get exposure to surging China sales, are falling out of favour, hit by concerns about slowing growth there.

  • The Dow and S&P 500 turned negative while the Nasdaq cut its gains in late morning on Tuesday, with materials and energy shares leading declines on the S&P. **ARQULE INC $2.21 down 55.5 pct The biotechnology company and Japan's Daiichi Sankyo Co Ltd. **FORD MOTOR CO, $9.78, down 1.6 pct.

  • Global economic activity has slowed this year, curbing fuel demand growth in Asia, Europe and the United States. Supportive to oil prices, the euro rose for a second straight session on growing expectations the euro zone's fourth-largest economy Spain is ready to seek a bailout.

  • By Foo Yun Chee and Leila Abboud BRUSSELS, Oct 2- Vodafone and KPN. Earlier on Tuesday, EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia questioned whether Hutchison could offer sufficient concessions to ease his concerns about the proposed takeover, raising the spectre of a veto.

  • TEHRAN, Iran-- Iran's president on Tuesday blamed the steep drop in Iran's currency on "psychological pressures" linked to Western sanctions over Tehran's nuclear program and Iran's increasing bitter political battles.

  • Qatar has placed orders for 60 Dreamliners- 30 firm and an option for 30 more- and selected General Electric Co's new-generation GEnx engine for the aircraft. "We have informed Boeing that we will not take delivery until the 787 s have the new modified shaft," said Baker, who has often been outspoken about planemakers Airbus and Boeing and other industry issues.

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    David Schmoock, North American President of Lenovo, discusses his company's move to build PCs in the U.S., with "Squawk on the Street's" Carl Quintanilla.

  • Benchmark oil dropped 28 cents Tuesday to $92.20 per barrel in New York. Brent crude, which is used to price international varieties of oil, fell 29 cents to $111.90 per barrel in London. At the pump, the national average for gasoline was unchanged at $3.78 per gallon, according to AAA, Wright Express and the Oil Price Information Service.

  • NEW YORK-- ArQule Inc. stock lost more than half its value in Tuesday trading after the company said it stopped a clinical trial of its cancer drug tivantinib because the therapy was not improving survival in lung cancer patients.

  • By Katya Golubkova and Lidia Kelly. MOSCOW, Oct 2- Russian President Vladimir Putin said he was worried about rising inflation but stopped short of calling for curbs on grain exports to contain food prices after drought decimated this year's harvest.

  • LONDON-- Hopes that the U.S. economy is past its recent soft patch combined with optimism over a Spanish bailout request to shore up financial markets Tuesday. The monthly manufacturing survey from the Institute for Supply Management on Monday pointed to an improvement.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 2- Bill Gross, founder and co-chief investment officer of bond giant PIMCO, said he sees the U.S. going the way of Greece if it does not get its fiscal house in order.

  • BOSTON-- Vanguard Group is trying to bolster its appeal to cost-conscious investors by reducing a key expense of investing in low-cost index mutual funds: fees paid to firms that license benchmarks covering segments of the stock market that the funds track.

  • JAKARTA/ SINGAPORE, Oct 2- Indonesia's biggest coal firm Bumi Resources, facing a probe into its finances by London- listed Bumi Plc, a major shareholder, is considering selling mines and carrying out a rights issue to raise cash, officials said on Tuesday.

  • TEHRAN, Iran-- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad blamed the steep drop in Iran's currency Tuesday to "psychological pressures" linked to Western sanctions over Tehran's nuclear program. The U.S. and its allies have imposed the punishing measures to try to persuade Iran to negotiate over its nuclear program, which the West says is aimed at developing atomic weapons.

  • By Christopher Johnson and Alice Baghdjian. LONDON, Oct 2- Brent crude oil consolidated around $112 a barrel on Tuesday as investors weighed a weaker outlook for fuel demand and sluggish economic growth against the risk of possible supply disruptions.

  • JAKARTA/ SINGAPORE, Oct 2- Indonesia's biggest coal firm Bumi Resources, facing a probe into its finances by London- listed Bumi Plc, a major shareholder, is considering selling mines and carrying out a rights issue to raise cash, officials said on Tuesday.

  • CoreLogic, a private real estate data provider, also said prices rose 0.3 percent in August from July, the sixth straight month of price gains. The CoreLogic report comes a day after the manufacturing survey from the Institute for Supply Management also pointed to an improvement.