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  • PORTERVILLE, Calif. _ Sierra Bancorp on Monday reported first-quarter earnings of $4.6 million. Sierra Bancorp shares have risen slightly more than 2 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Sierra Bancorp, Earnings Report.

  • WASHINGTON— Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says that the administration's tax reform will generate so much economic growth that the budget deficit will be held in check. President Donald Trump has pledged a massive tax cut and said the middle class would benefit. He told The Associated Press in an interview that elements of his plan will be released as...

  • WASHINGTON— A federal appeals court has granted a request from the Trump administration to delay a decision on Obama-era rules limiting water pollution from coal-fired power plants. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans says it won't consider a lawsuit over the rules for at least 120 days. Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt...

  • The eventual market for the complex disease, formally known as Non-alcoholic Steatohepatitis, is forecast to be $20 billion to $35 billion as populations with fatty diets increasingly fall victim to a condition with no approved treatments. "We are actively looking on the outside for opportunities... to complement our internal program," Morris Birnbaum, chief...

  • WASHINGTON— The Latest on new U.S. sanctions against Syria:. The Trump administration said Monday that it issued sanctions against 271 employees of Syria's Scientific Studies and Research Center, the Syrian government agency responsible for developing and producing non-conventional weapons. The action was announced in a statement by the Treasury...

  • BOWLER, Wis.— In a story April 23 about a dispute over a proposal by the Ho-Chunk Nation to expand a northern Wisconsin casino, The Associated Press reported that in 2015, Gov. Scott Walker refused to give the Menominee Nation permission to build a second casino on trust land in Kenosha after rival tribes complained. Walker blocked the land from being placed in...

  • CHICAGO, April 24- Chicago soybean futures climbed for a second session on Monday on short-covering and as a weaker U.S. dollar raised hopes for fresh export sales. The U.S. dollar fell on relief over Emmanuel Macron's victory against anti-euro nationalist Marine Le Pen in the first round of France's presidential elections. Chicago Board of Trade July soybeans...

  • NEW YORK— Samsung's latest phones feature big wraparound screens and lots of glass. The new phones have received positive reviews from The Associated Press and other outlets. The S8 starts at $750, which is about $100 higher than the S7.

  • LONDON, April 24- U.S. activist investor Elliott Capital Advisors disclosed on Monday it has taken a 6.8 percent stake in WS Atkins after the British engineering and construction consultancy firm agreed to be bought in a C $3.6 billion deal. Shares in Atkins last traded on Monday at 2,100 pence a share, above SNC's offer price of 2,080 pence. After SNC made an...

  • GENEVA, April 24- China has proposed tightening the rules on when countries can impose anti-dumping and anti-subsidy tariffs, saying their use was rising and that such charges were often misused and distorted international trade. The United States told the WTO in 2014 that China had 30 undeclared fisheries support programmes, and it has repeatedly demanded...

  • Republicans control both chambers of Congress, but a White House- backed bill to gut former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, failed to gather full party support and imploded last month. Trump is demanding that Congress include funds for the construction of the wall, which he made a key theme of his 2016 presidential...

  • *Macron, Le Pen to face off on May 7 in final vote. Polls showed pro-EU Macron is expected to beat right-wing rival Marine Le Pen in a deciding vote on May 7, allaying some fears of a breakup of the Eurozone after Britain's shock exit vote last year. "Having seen the results of the French election over the weekend, investors are now taking a disaster-avoided view of...

  • The province of Alberta alone has 1.2 million to 1.5 million acres left to harvest, much of it canola and wheat, said government crop specialist Harry Brook. ICE Canada canola futures have gained about 10 percent in the past three weeks. Barrhead, Alberta, farmer Ken Degner can see the reason for rising prices through his window, where 1,350 acres of canola, wheat and...

  • April 24- German healthcare conglomerate Fresenius SE& Co KGaA is close to acquiring generic drugmaker Akorn Inc in an all-cash deal valuing the company at more than $4 billion, people familiar with the matter said on Monday. The deal values Akorn in the region of $33 to $35 per share, said the sources. Akorn shares were hovering around $32 on Monday afternoon in New...

  • Companies that are being sold are healthier than a year ago, with an average $518,159 in annual revenue, up more than 8 percent from $478,000 a year earlier. The Small Business Administration's National Small Business Person of the Year will be among the honors announced at a luncheon in Washington, D.C., on May 1. McMahon will meet with small business owners in...

  • NEW YORK, April 24- The nearly eight-year legal odyssey of former Goldman Sachs Group Inc programmer Sergey Aleynikov is not over, after New York State's highest court agreed to review his reinstated conviction for stealing high-frequency trading code. the Court of Appeals said in an order dated April 20. The order came nearly three months after an...

  • *Russia indicates it can lift oil output if OPEC curbs lapse. NEW YORK, April 24- Oil prices slipped about 1 percent on Monday, extending last week's decline, on lack of confirmation that OPEC will extend output cuts till the end of 2017 and as Russia indicated it can lift output if the deal on curbs lapses. Russian oil output could climb to its highest rate in 30 years if...

  • April 24- France's Sanofi SA on Monday sued Mylan NV, accusing the pharmaceutical company of engaging in illegal conduct to squelch competition to its EpiPen allergy treatment, which has been at the center of a public debate over drug prices. In particular, Sanofi said Mylan offered rebates to insurers, pharmaceutical benefit managers and state Medicaid...

  • Shares of Indianapolis- based Lilly, which is scheduled to report its first-quarter results on Tuesday, were up 1.3 percent at $82.95 on Monday. Lilly's drug, abemaciclib, is likely to compete with market leader Pfizer Inc's Ibrance, which brought in $2.1 billion in 2016 sales, and Novartis AG's newly approved Kisqali. "This is an unexpected win for Lilly," Leerink...

  • A lawyer for the Kentucky doctor who was dragged from a United Express flight says he is also representing a woman who got into a verbal confrontation with a flight attendant on American Airlines. Attorney Thomas Demetrio said during an appearance on NBC's "Today" show that the attendant took away the woman's stroller, nearly hitting her child in the process.