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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- 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...

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • NEW YORK— Upscale hotel chain Mandarin Oriental says it is investigating a potential credit card breach at its hotels. Mandarin Oriental said it is coordinating with credit card agencies and forensic specialists. Mandarin Oriental operates hotels across the world including Paris, Shanghai, Hong Kong, London, New York, Miami, San Francisco, Prague, Boston, Las...

  • March 4- Johnson& Johnson is close to buying cancer drug maker Pharmacyclics Inc in the coming days, the Financial Times reported, citing sources. A bid from J&J is expected to value Pharmacyclics near its $17.5 billion market value or at a premium, FT said on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter. Bloomberg reported last month, citing sources, that...

  • Report: J&J close to deal to buy partner Pharmacyclics Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 6:24 PM ET

    Health care giant Johnson& Johnson reportedly is close to buying biopharmaceutical company Pharmacyclics, its longtime partner in developing blood cancer treatment Imbruvica. London's Financial Times reports "people familiar with the matter" say Johnson& Johnson's anticipated offer would value Pharmacyclics of Sunnyvale, California, above its current...

  • WILMINGTON, Delaware— A Delaware judge signaled Wednesday that he will approve a $275 million settlement in a shareholder lawsuit alleging that videogame maker Activision Blizzard was shortchanged in a $6 billion buyback of shares from French media conglomerate Vivendi SA in 2013.. The lawsuit alleged that Activision executives and directors, including...

  • Semtech reports 4Q loss Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 5:54 PM ET

    CAMARILLO, Calif. _ Semtech Corp. on Wednesday reported a loss of $15.4 million in its fiscal fourth quarter. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 33 cents per share. For the current quarter ending in April, Semtech expects its per-share earnings to range from 27 cents to 30 cents.

  • LOS ANGELES— All kinds of animal can face problems from a wicked winter that's unleashing frigid temperatures and heaps of snow from the Rocky Mountains to the Northeast. If your pet cat spends time inside and out, bring it indoors, said Nancy Peterson, cat programs manager for the Humane Society of the United States. The biggest problem for large cattle is...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, March 4- Environmentalists in California filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against Contra Costa County over its approval last month of a plan to increase propane recovery at Phillips 66' s Rodeo refinery, saying the environmental review did not take into account the broader impact of the project. In early February, the Contra Costa Board of...

  • Sequenom tops 4Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 5:18 PM ET

    SAN DIEGO _ Sequenom Inc. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $18.3 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 5 cents per share. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $42.9 million.

  • LOS ANGELES— Four patients at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center have been infected with an antibiotic-resistant "superbug" linked to a type of medical scope that's used on more than a half-million people in the U.S. every year, the hospital said Wednesday. Cedars said in a statement that it halted such procedures after learning about the UCLA outbreak and launched...

  • Pacific Ethanol posts 4Q profit Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 5:03 PM ET

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ Pacific Ethanol Inc. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $12.5 million. The Sacramento, California- based company said it had net income of 50 cents per share. Pacific Ethanol shares have dropped almost 10 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Corcept reports 4Q loss Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 4:54 PM ET

    MENLO PARK, Calif. _ Corcept Therapeutics Inc. on Wednesday reported a loss of $3.9 million in its fourth quarter. On a per-share basis, the Menlo Park, California- based company said it had a loss of 4 cents. For the year, the company reported that its loss narrowed to $31.4 million, or 31 cents per share.

  • Biolase reports 4Q loss Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 4:54 PM ET

    IRVINE, Calif. _ Biolase Inc. on Wednesday reported a loss of $4.1 million in its fourth quarter. On a per-share basis, the Irvine, California- based company said it had a loss of 8 cents. For the year, the company reported that its loss widened to $18.9 million, or 45 cents per share.