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  • A 16- count indictment in Los Angeles federal court alleged that Crystal Geyser and two other companies failed to properly disclose the toxic material they shipped in May 2015 and disposed of at a facility not permitted to treat hazardous waste. Naturally occurring arsenic was filtered out of water pumped from wells and later discharged in a pond near the...

  • NEW YORK— New York City's effort to hold oil companies responsible for global warming was rejected by a judge Thursday who said placing blame for the issue is not the judiciary's responsibility. It sought unspecified damages from BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil and Royal Dutch Shell. The decision echoed the findings last month of a federal judge in San...

  • NEW YORK, July 19- A U.S. judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit by New York City seeking to hold major oil companies liable for climate change caused by carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels. Seth Stein, a spokesman for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, said the city planned to appeal the decision. "The mayor believes big polluters must be held accountable for...

  • WASHINGTON, July 19- The U.S. consumer finance watchdog ordered an Alabama- based payday lender on Thursday to return $500,000 to borrowers who were overcharged, a fine that people familiar with the matter said was only a third of what the prior Obama-era head of the agency had sought. The settlement between Triton Management Group Inc and the Consumer Financial...

  • OTTAWA, July 19- There is "an awful lot of affection for Canada" around the world that will help the government's push to diversify exports away from the United States, the country's new trade minister said on Thursday, as ties with Washington become more strained. Canada sends 75 percent of its goods exports to the United States, which imposed tariffs on Canadian...

  • NEW YORK, July 19- A U.S. judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit by New York City seeking to hold major oil companies liable for climate change caused by carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels. Seth Stein, a spokesman for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, said the city planned to appeal the decision. "The mayor believes big polluters must be held accountable for...

  • WASHINGTON— In an abrupt reversal, the Pentagon said Thursday it supports a Republican proposal in a defense policy bill that would bar the Fish and Wildlife Service from using the Endangered Species Act to protect two chicken-like birds in the western half of the U.S. The statement by Pete Giambastiani, a legislative affairs aide, directly repudiates...

  • WICHITA, Kan. _ Equity Bancshares Inc. on Thursday reported second-quarter net income of $6.9 million. The bank, based in Wichita, Kansas, said it had earnings of 44 cents per share. Equity Bancshares shares have increased 23 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • BELMONT, Mass. _ BSB Bancorp Inc. on Thursday reported second-quarter profit of $6.1 million. The Belmont, Massachusetts- based bank said it had earnings of 65 cents per share. BSB Bancorp shares have climbed 20 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • EXTON, Pa. _ Omega Flex Inc. on Thursday reported second-quarter earnings of $4.8 million. The Exton, Pennsylvania- based company said it had profit of 47 cents per share. Omega Flex shares have risen 18 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • AMESBURY, Mass. _ Provident Bancorp Inc. on Thursday reported second-quarter profit of $2.4 million. The bank, based in Amesbury, Massachusetts, said it had earnings of 26 cents per share. Provident Bancorp shares have increased roughly 5 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • YORK, Pa. _ Codorus Valley Bancorp Inc. on Thursday reported second-quarter earnings of $6.1 million. The bank, based in York, Pennsylvania, said it had earnings of 67 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • "The combination of the cloud, which is a megatrend that's going to last for years to come, and the execution, this is company that knows how to sell and be innovative- it's hard to argue with anything here," said Tom Taulli, InvestorPlace.com analyst. Microsoft shares have risen 180 percent since Satya Nadella took over as chief executive in 2014, refocusing the...

  • OKLAHOMA CITY _ BancFirst Corp. on Thursday reported second-quarter earnings of $30.6 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 85 cents per share. BancFirst shares have increased 21 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • PHOENIX _ Western Alliance Bancorp on Thursday reported second-quarter profit of $104.7 million. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 98 cents per share. Six analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $237.3 million.

  • KALISPELL, Mont. _ Glacier Bancorp Inc. on Thursday reported second-quarter earnings of $44.4 million. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 53 cents per share. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $135.7 million.

  • BAR HARBOR, Maine _ Bar Harbor Bankshares Inc. on Thursday reported second-quarter earnings of $8.5 million. The bank, based in Bar Harbor, Maine, said it had earnings of 55 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • LOWELL, Mass. _ Enterprise Bancorp Inc. on Thursday reported second-quarter profit of $7.6 million. The Lowell, Massachusetts- based bank said it had earnings of 64 cents per share. Enterprise Bancorp shares have risen 11 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • SAO PAULO, July 19- World trade tensions pressured Latin America's major indexes on Thursday, falling in line with other global markets, after the European Union said it was preparing possible retaliatory measures if the United States imposes tariffs on EU cars. Mexico's S&P/BMV IPC index fell 0.56 percent while Brazil's Bovespa dropped 1.25 percent.

  • PHILADELPHIA _ Brandywine Realty Trust on Thursday reported a key measure of profitability in its second quarter. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of 34 cents per share. Five analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $127.8 million.