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  • LOS ANGELES, March 4- A second top Los Angeles hospital has reported an outbreak of drug-resistant "superbug" infections, and dozens more potential exposures, from procedures performed with a fiber-optic instrument called a duodenoscope. The Cedars-Sinai cases, like the larger number of infections and potential exposures reported last month at the UCLA...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Microsoft is attempting to break down the walls surrounding console gaming. Phil Spencer, head of the company's video game division, detailed Microsoft's plan for game makers to create universal apps that can run on both Xbox One consoles and PCs with Windows 10, as well as smartphones, tablets and other devices running the forthcoming version...

  • March 4- HBO network is in talks with Apple Inc, Google Inc and some other companies to be its launch partner for the highly anticipated HBO Now video streaming service, according to two media reports. HBO, ramping up plans for an a-la-carte version of its premium channel, is in talks with at least five companies including Apple and Google to distribute the Web-only...

  • March 4- A plan by McDonald's Corp to phase out chicken raised with certain kinds of antibiotics at its 14,000 U.S. restaurants will put additional pressure on an already-stressed supply chain. Available product has been so tight that when six of the largest U.S. school districts tried to make the switch to antibiotic-free poultry last year, chicken sellers...

  • March 4- U.S. solar project developer SunEdison Inc is expanding into the fast-growing market for grid energy storage with the acquisition of a startup that pairs big batteries with solar installations. SunEdison said its purchase of Solar Grid Storage LLC, to be announced on Thursday, will allow it to begin building a storage plan across the country, Tom Leyden,...

  • It did recommend that healthcare providers inform patients of the risks, including infection, and benefits associated with the procedure and report to the manufacturer and the FDA if they suspect problems with the equipment have led to patient infections. In a safety alert the same day, the FDA said the complex design of endoscopes linked to the UCLA outbreak...

  • Garrison Capital beats Street 4Q forecasts Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 7:13 PM ET

    NEW YORK _ Garrison Capital Inc. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $5.7 million. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 37 cents per share. Garrison Capital shares have risen nearly 4 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Great Panther reports 4Q loss Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 7:13 PM ET

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia _ Great Panther Silver Ltd. on Wednesday reported a loss of $21.5 million in its fourth quarter. On a per-share basis, the Vancouver, British Columbia- based company said it had a loss of 15 cents. Keywords: Great Panther Silver, Earnings Report.

  • China lowers growth target, promises to open industries Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 7:12 PM ET

    BEIJING— China announced a lower economic growth target for this year and promised to open more industries to foreign investors as it tries to make its slowing, state-dominated economy more productive. The growth target of about 7 percent, down from last year's 7.5 percent, is in line with efforts to create a "moderately prosperous society," said Premier Li...

  • LAS VEGAS— A federal judge in Chicago ruled Wednesday that a bankrupt division of Caesars Entertainment Corp. can tap some of the $847 million in cash it has on hand for at least five weeks. Judge Benjamin Goldgar said Caesars Entertainment Operating Co. could access its cash in the interim despite objections from some of the company's creditors.

  • Airlines canceling large number of flights for Thursday Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 7:04 PM ET

    The patience of thousands of airline travelers will be tested again Thursday by a winter storm stretching from Texas to southern New England. Airlines canceled more than 1,800 U.S. flights scheduled for Thursday after scrubbing nearly 1,700 through early evening on Wednesday, according to tracking service FlightAware.com. The airports likely to be hit...

  • DIARY-Top Economic Events to March 18 Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    TEXAS- Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Richard Fisher speaks on "Reflections on 10 Years at the Fed& Farewell, El Paso" before a community forum hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas El Paso Branch- 0000 GMT. SYDNEY- Reserve Bank of Australia Deputy Governor Philip Lowe speaks at the Goldman Sachs 10th Annual Global Macroeconomics Conference- 0130...

  • SINGAPORE, March 5- U.S. crude was trading comfortably above $51 a barrel on Thursday, after comments by Saudi's oil minister predicting a floor for prices and as Iran nuclear talks hit a bump. President Barack Obama' s demand that it freeze sensitive nuclear activities for at least 10 years but said it would continue talks on a deal, Iran's semi-official Fars news...

  • Triumph Bancorp posts 4Q profit Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 6:54 PM ET

    DALLAS _ Triumph Bancorp Inc. on Wednesday reported net income of $2 million in its fourth quarter. Triumph Bancorp shares have fallen slightly more than 4 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Triumph Bancorp, Earnings Report.

  • The Army Corps of Engineers said it hired Illinois- based Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company to dredge the outer harbor, beginning in the Savannah River off Tybee Island and extending into the Atlantic Ocean. East Coast seaports including Savannah are scrambling for deeper channels to make room for supersized cargo ships expected to begin arriving via an...

  • WASHINGTON, March 4- When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the United States this week to take a tough line against Iran, he argued that world powers could always push for a better nuclear deal because the Islamic Republic was vulnerable to low oil prices. But the claim that lower oil prices can sway Iran, a major crude producer, into making greater...

  • Alamo Group posts 4Q profit Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 6:48 PM ET

    SEGUIN, Texas _ Alamo Group Inc. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $11.4 million. The Seguin, Texas- based company said it had net income of $1 per share. Alamo Group shares have climbed 3 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Scott Walker's plan to merge Wisconsin's two major economic development agencies would create a new unaccountable entity, minority Democrats on the Legislature's budget committee said Wednesday. The governor's 2015-17 budget proposal calls for merging the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and the Wisconsin Housing and Economic...

  • LOS ANGELES— Pharrell Williams told a jury Wednesday that he was trying to evoke the feel of Marvin Gaye's music but did not copy the late singer's work when he crafted the 2013 hit "Blurred Lines." Williams said he grew up listening to Gaye's music and was familiar with his song "Got to Give It Up," but did not use it as a basis for "Blurred Lines," which was a hit for him and...

  • Eclipse Resources reports 4Q loss Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 6:45 PM ET

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. _ Eclipse Resources Corp. on Wednesday reported a loss of $33 million in its fourth quarter. The average estimate of nine analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 9 cents per share. Eclipse Resources shares have risen slightly more than 2 percent since the beginning of the year.