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*In one case, payment of more than $7 mln held up over $100 invoice. By Ayesha Rascoe and Roberta Rampton. WASHINGTON, Oct 2- A year after the U.S. government raced to meet a deadline to finish loan agreements with dozens of clean energy companies, less than half the total money promised has been handed over.
NEW YORK-- Theravance Inc. said Tuesday it formed a partnership with Italian drugmaker Alfa Wassermann SpA to develop its gastrointestinal disorder drug velusetrag. Theravance said the companies will work together on mid-stage clinical testing of the drug.
FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif.-- The Wet Seal Inc. said Tuesday that revenue from its stores open at least a year fell nearly 13 percent for September. Wet Seal said this measure fell 12.6 percent at its namesake stores, which target teenagers, and fell 13.6 percent at its Arden B stores for young women during the five-week period that ended Sept. 29.
It's not just a matter of keeping up with the times, Duncan said in remarks to the National Press Club. South Korea, which consistently outperforms the U.S. when it comes to educational outcomes, is moving far faster than the U.S. in adopting digital learning environments.
*Oracle unveils new cloud products at user conference. BOSTON/ SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 2- Oracle Corp CEO Larry Ellison said he intends to drive growth at the world's No. 3 software maker by promoting its current suite of cloud computing products and not through an acquisition.
LAS VEGAS-- With billions of dollars at stake, the head of the gambling industry's main lobbying group sounded a pessimistic note Tuesday about the prospect of Congress passing Internet regulatory laws this year.
In the past two weeks, customers of top U.S. banks including Bank of America Corp, JPMorgan Chase& Co, Wells Fargo& Co, U.S. Bancorp and PNC Financial Services have reported having trouble accessing their websites, as unusually high traffic volumes appeared to crash or slow down the systems.
LOS ANGELES-- The Los Angeles City Council reversed course Tuesday and repealed a ban on pot shops that it passed just two months ago to shutter hundreds of medical marijuana storefronts. Many cities have struggled with medical marijuana ordinances, but none has had a bigger problem than Los Angeles, where pot shops have proliferated.
BRISBANE, Calif.-- InterMune Inc. said Tuesday that Canadian regulators approved its lung-disease drug Esbriet. InterMune said Health Canada approved Esbriet as a treatment for mild-to-moderate idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in adults.
BOSTON/ SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 2- Oracle Corp CEO Larry Ellison said the company will focus on driving organic growth through a new suite of cloud computing software versus pursuing major acquisitions for now, though he would not rule out a big deal "down the road."
WASHINGTON, Oct 2- Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility has dropped a complaint of patent infringement against Apple without explanation. Apple did not return telephone calls seeking comment and Google said only: "As we have said many times before, we will continue to vigorously defend our partners".
MINNEAPOLIS-- The Minnesota Orchestra was called the world's greatest not long ago, welcome recognition for musicians outside a top cultural center. In Minneapolis, the Minnesota Orchestra has already cancelled concerts through Nov. 25 as negotiators argue over a proposal to trim the average musicians' salary by $46,000 a year.
COSTA MESA, Calif.-- Hyundai Motor America said Tuesday that U.S. vehicle sales rose 15.3 percent in September, as rising sales of its Elantra sedan overcame a decline in its other big seller, the Sonata. BY THE NUMBERS: Hyundai sold 660,025 vehicles last month, up from 52,051 a year earlier.
*Chicago Fed warned of need for "kill switch" in 2010* SEC can't impose limits on HFT without consensus-official* Some traders are trying to build HFT-free trading zone* Retail investors looking for SEC to lead on HFT reform By Emily Flitter and Sarah N. Lynch. Only now is the SEC getting around to taking a closer look at some of those issues.
*In one case, payment of more than $7 mln held up over $100 invoice. *Caution shows government taking appropriate care-CEO By Ayesha Rascoe and Roberta Rampton. WASHINGTON, Oct 2- A year after the U.S. government raced to meet a deadline to finish loan agreements with dozens of clean energy companies, less than half the total money promised has been handed over.
DALLAS-- Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens and his fourth wife, Madeleine, are filing for divorce. Boone Pickens is an Oklahoma native who made much of his fortune in oil drilling.
NEW YORK-- Analysts for Cowen and Co. started coverage of a group of companies that make tests used to diagnose infectious diseases, assigning top ratings to companies including Cepheid, Hologic Inc., and Meridian Bioscience Inc..
LOS ANGELES, Oct 2- Japan's Sumitomo Corp. The photovoltaic solar project is being built by First Solar Inc and has agreements in place to provide power to California utilities Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas& Electric. It is expected to be fully operational by 2015, according to First Solar's website.
TORRANCE, Calif.-- Honda said Tuesday its September U.S. sales jumped 31 percent, boosted by strong demand for its Acura luxury vehicles. BY THE NUMBERS: Honda sold a total of 117,211 vehicles last month, up from 89,532 in the same month last year. TOP SELLER: Sales of the Accord sedan rose 57 percent to 29,182 from 18,639 in September 2011.
TORRANCE, Calif.-- Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc. said that U.S. sales jumped 41.5 percent in September from a year ago, as sales jumped for vehicles including its Corolla and Camry sedans, as well as Prius cars and Tacoma pickup trucks. BY THE NUMBERS: The Japanese automaker sold a total of 171,910 vehicles last month, compared to 121,451 in September 2011.