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  • CHEYENNE, Wyo.— Many Republicans are wary of a large federal effort to protect the greater sage grouse— but not the Republican governor of Wyoming, the state with the biggest share of the birds and more energy development in their habitat than any other. Aware that the greater sage grouse sooner or later would face listing as a federally protected endangered or...

  • LONDON, May 29- U.S. data center company Equinix Inc said on Friday it had agreed to buy British peer Telecity Group in a deal worth 2.35 billion pounds which ends Telecity's pursuit of smaller Dutch firm Interxion Holding NV. Telecity, which runs some of the huge computer centers which process traffic on the Internet, said in a statement its board had recommended...

  • Washington farmers are dumping unprofitable apples Friday, 29 May 2015 | 2:11 AM ET

    SPOKANE, Wash.— A record crop of apples, coupled with the West Coast port slowdown earlier this year, is taking a toll on Washington apple growers. Nearly $100 million worth of apples that cannot be sold have been dumped into fields across central Washington, the nation's most productive apple region. "If we wouldn't have had the port slowdown, we wouldn't have needed...

  • NEW YORK, May 29- The accused mastermind behind the underground website Silk Road will be sentenced on Friday for orchestrating a scheme that enabled more than $200 million of anonymous online drug sales using the digital currency bitcoin. District Judge Katherine Forrest must impose on Ulbricht, who admitted to creating Silk Road but denied wrongdoing.

  • 2 to plead guilty in Los Angeles fashion district raids Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 9:52 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— A father and son have agreed to plead guilty to crimes stemming from an investigation into suspected money laundering for Mexican drug cartels in the Los Angeles fashion district. Xilin Chen and his son, Tom Chen, signed plea agreements in federal court in Los Angeles this week, and a judge is expected to accept the agreements at a hearing Friday.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, May 28- Stockton, California, urged an appellate court on Thursday to back the city's exit from municipal bankruptcy after a holdout creditor appealed its plan. Stockton said in a brief on Thursday that the creditor, two funds managed by Franklin Templeton Investments, was trying to relitigate its case using the same flawed legal arguments that a...

  • LOS ANGELES— Neverland Ranch is up for sale. The California property that once served as Michael Jackson's home and personal fantasyland is being listed at $100 million, according to the Wall Street Journal. Despite rumors after Jackson's death that the hilly property might be transformed into a Graceland-like homage to the King of Pop, Colony Capital has...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Apple has bought a company that makes augmented-reality software, which adds information or images to real-world scenes when viewed through a special headset or even a smartphone camera. Apple, Google, Facebook and Microsoft are all working on augmented- or virtual-reality products. Apple on Thursday confirmed the purchase of Munich- based...

  • OmniVision beats Street 4Q forecasts Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 4:39 PM ET

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. _ OmniVision Technologies Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal fourth-quarter earnings of $6 million. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 20 cents per share. Five analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $279.4 million.

  • QAD Inc. posts 1Q profit Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 4:36 PM ET

    SANTA BARBARA, Calif. _ QAD Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal first-quarter net income of $549,000, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. For the current quarter ending in July, QAD Inc. expects its per-share earnings to be 11 cents. QAD Inc. expects full-year earnings to be 84 cents per share, with revenue expected to be $295 million.

  • Boot Barn beats Street 4Q forecasts Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 4:33 PM ET

    IRVINE, Calif. _ Boot Barn Holdings Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal fourth-quarter earnings of $2.6 million. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 13 cents per share. Boot Barn expects full-year earnings to be 81 cents to 86 cents per share.

  • Veeva beats Street 1Q forecasts Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 4:24 PM ET

    PLEASANTON, Calif. _ Veeva Systems Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal first-quarter net income of $13 million. For the current quarter ending in July, Veeva expects its per-share earnings to be 11 cents. Veeva expects full-year earnings in the range of 45 cents to 46 cents per share, with revenue ranging from $393 million to $397 million.

  • Deckers tops Street 4Q forecasts Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 4:22 PM ET

    GOLETA, Calif. _ Deckers Outdoor Corp. on Thursday reported fiscal fourth-quarter net income of $1.4 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of 11 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was breakeven on a per-share basis. Seven analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $320.4 million.

  • But he said it was accelerated by a firestorm that erupted three months ago when researchers found a worrisome security flaw in Superfish software that came pre-installed on some laptop computers sold by Lenovo. Lenovo said it thought consumers would find that useful, but critics called it intrusive and annoying. The discovery prompted consumer lawsuits...

  • NEW YORK— Michael King, an innovative TV syndicator who helped make stars of Oprah Winfrey, Dr. With his brother Roger, Michael King inherited King World Productions in 1972 from their father, Charles King, who had founded the company eight years earlier to syndicate classic "Our Gang" theatrical comedy shorts. Under the brothers' management, King World rose to be the...

  • Infoblox reports 3Q loss Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 4:18 PM ET

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. _ Infoblox Inc. on Thursday reported a loss of $5.1 million in its fiscal third quarter. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $75.3 million. For the current quarter ending in July, Infoblox expects its per-share earnings to range from 9 cents to 10 cents.

  • Splunk reports 1Q loss Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 4:15 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO _ Splunk Inc. on Thursday reported a loss of $71.2 million in its fiscal first quarter. Fifteen analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $118.3 million. For the current quarter ending in July, Splunk said it expects revenue in the range of $138 million to $140 million.

  • In Southern California in particular, things are poised to get even better for an industry that was battered by the recession and slow to recover. This week, the board of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California voted to replenish its turf removal and other water conservation programs with $350 million to meet booming demand.

  • Pacific Sunwear reports 1Q loss Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 4:06 PM ET

    ANAHEIM, Calif. _ Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. on Thursday reported a loss of $3.5 million in its fiscal first quarter. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 11 cents per share. Five analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $170.6 million.

  • SANTA BARBARA, Calif.— Firefighters, emergency workers and officials from Plains All American Pipeline had gathered last week at a fire station preparing to train for the worst— an oil spill— when a 911 call came in reporting a noxious smell in the air at a nearby beach. The Santa Barbara County Fire Department rushed to the shoreline, where they discovered oil...