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  • ConAgra beats Street 1Q forecasts

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — ConAgra's first-quarter earnings nearly tripled as the food producer cut costs and volumes increased. The Omaha, Nebraska company posted net income of $482.3 million, or $1.12. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, came to 39 cents per share, or 4 cents better than...

  • Bayer to split off polymer division with IPO

    BERLIN (AP) — German pharmaceuticals and chemicals company Bayer AG said Thursday it plans to spin off its polymer division with a separate stock listing. The Leverkusen-based company that invented aspirin said the move would be part of an effort to focus the group on its health care and crop...

  • Chile arrests 3 suspects in subway bomb attack

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chilean officials say they have arrested three suspects in the country's worst bomb attack in more than two decades. Interior and Security Minister Rodrigo Penailillo confirmed the arrests of two men and a women Thursday. One of them is suspected of carrying out Sept. 8...

  • Yellen says US families need to boost savings

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Great Recession showed that a large number of American families are "extraordinarily vulnerable" to financial setbacks because they have few assets to fall back on, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Thursday Yellen said a Fed survey found that an unexpected expense...

  • How states fared on unemployment benefit claims

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Substantially fewer people sought unemployment benefits last week, which often points to employers feeling more confident about the economy and hiring more workers. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications for unemployment aid fell 36,000 to a seasonally...

  • Rite Aid beats Street 2Q forecasts

    CAMP HILL, Pa. (AP) — Rite Aid Corp. topped analyst expectations for its second quarter, but the drugstore chain's stock tumbled in premarket trading Thursday after it also dropped its fiscal 2015 earnings forecast due to an expected decrease in pharmacy profitability. The Camp Hill,...

  • Ireland economy grows 7.7 percent, leads eurozone

    DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland's economy is growing at a rapid pace last experienced at the tail-end of the Celtic Tiger boom, government statisticians reported Thursday as economists declared an end to the country's financial doldrums. The report from the Central Statistics Office said gross domestic...

  • New runway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood airport

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Officials say a new runway opening at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport should help reduce flight delays and bring more tourists to South Florida. The $719 million, 8,000-foot runway is set to open Thursday. Broward County Aviation Department...

  • Belgium arrests Liberian ex-rebel commander

    BRUSSELS (AP) — A spokesman for Belgium's prosecutors says police have arrested a high-ranking member of the rebel movement that plunged Liberia into conflict more than two decades ago, on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Jean-Pascal Thoreau said Thursday that Martina Johnson,...

  • Applications for US jobless benefits fall sharply

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits dropped by a sharp 36,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 280,000, a sign that the job market is strengthening. The four-week average of applications, a less volatile measure, fell 4,750 to 299,500, the Labor...

  • Companies in Europe pledge 100K new youth jobs

    VEVEY, Switzerland (AP) — Some 200 companies on Thursday pledged to create new work and training opportunities for Europe's young jobseekers, of which one out of four is unemployed. The alliance of major companies including Nestle and Google aims to create tens of thousands additional jobs — or...

  • 110-year-old Colorado Springs business closing

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — One of Colorado Springs' oldest businesses is closing after 110 years. The Colorado Springs Gazette reported Thursday (http://tinyurl.com/oy25c3b ) a dry cleaner and self-service laundry called Couture's (koo-TOORS') Fabric Care will cease operations next month....

  • 43 accused of running cybersex ring in Philippines

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine authorities arrested 43 suspected members of a syndicate that runs a lucrative online cybersex operation catering to clients worldwide, officials said Thursday. National Bureau of Investigation agents arrested the 43 men and women and seized 115 computer...

  • Doctor: Ford to undergo 40 days of chemotherapy

    TORONTO (AP) — Toronto Mayor Rob Ford will undergo 40 days of chemotherapy to treat a rare and difficult-to-beat cancer that forced him to do what months of scandals over drug and alcohol abuse could not — drop his bid for re-election. Dr. Zane Cohen, a colorectal surgeon at Mount Sinai...

  • US home construction down 14.4 percent in August; fewer ground breakings for apartments

    WASHINGTON (AP) — US home construction down 14.4 percent in August; fewer ground breakings for apartments.



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