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ConAgra quarterly profit beats analysts' lowered expectations

ConAgra quarterly profit beats analysts' lowered expectations(Reuters) - ConAgra Foods Inc's quarterly profit beat analysts' lowered estimates and the maker of Hunt's tomato ketchup and Slim Jim beef jerky maintained its full-year earnings forecast. ConAgra said on Thursday revenue at its consumer foods business, which sells brands such as Chef Boyardee pastas and Reddi-wip whipped cream, fell 3.5 percent to about $1.87 billion in the third quarter, due to a 3 percent fall in sales volumes.

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Lawmaker Yee pleads not guilty to federal charges

Lawmaker Yee pleads not guilty to federal chargesSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Suspended state Sen. Leland Yee pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to bribery and gun charges two weeks after he was arrested as part of an FBI sting targeting political corruption and an alleged organized crime syndicate based in San Francisco's Chinatown.

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Review: 'Only Lovers' a moody vampire movie

Review: 'Only Lovers' a moody vampire movieLOS ANGELES (AP) — "The Thin Man" with blood cocktails, an ode to hipsterism through the ages, a mainline shot of cool and a playful tribute to artistic fetishism, Jim Jarmusch's vampire romance "Only Lovers Left Alive" is an addictive mood and tone piece, a nocturnal reverie that incidentally celebrates a marriage that has lasted untold centuries. Almost nothing happens in this minor-key drift through a desolate, i

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Cellular competition shrinks as Verizon swallows another small-time carrier

Cellular competition shrinks as Verizon swallows another small-time carrierWhile many have been fretting over the possibility of reduced cellular competition if Sprint buys T-Mobile, some real reduction has just taken place. Cincinnati Bell has sold all of its spectrum to Verizon for $210 million, removing itself from the wireless industry. The regional carrier's network will run as usual until the deal's expected closure in the second half of 2014, but the company plans to move customers to other providers

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Yemeni tribesmen blow up Marib oil pipeline, stop crude flows

Yemeni tribesmen bombed Yemen's main crude export pipeline on Saturday, forcing oil flows to be stopped, industry sources told Reuters. Yemen's oil and gas pipelines have repeatedly been sabotaged by insurgents or angry tribesmen since anti-government protests created a power vacuum in 2011, causing fuel shortages and slashing export earnings for the impoverished country. Its main export pipeline carries around 70,000-110,000 bpd of Marib light... Read more...

Gay marriages in Michigan halted by appeals court

Gay marriages in Michigan halted by appeals courtMASON, Mich. (AP) — MASON, Mich. (AP) — An appeals court reinstituted Michigan's constitutional ban on gay marriage, but not before several hundred same-sex couples rushed to the state's county clerk's offices to get hitched.

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