April 9, 2013 |
Last summer's punishing drought in the Midwest caused Cargill's third-quarter earnings to sink 42% compared to the same period a year earlier, the Minneapolis-based company said Tuesday. Cargill Inc., the largest closely held company in the U.S., reported that net earnings in the fiscal 2013 third quarter were $445 million -- down $321 million from the same period a year earlier. Third-quarter sales were $32.2 billion -- up 1%. "In North America, our meat-processing businesses were pressured by the drought-related high cost of feed ingredients," said chief executive Greg Page.
April 5, 2013 |
Kings center Anze Kopitar had enough top-notch scoring chances Thursday to have racked up three or four goals against the Minnesota Wild. He didn't convert any of those chances, which extended his goal drought to five straight games and he has scored only one goal in his last nine games. Instead of becoming frustrated over not scoring, having had so many prime opportunities has reassured Kopitar that his streak is bound to end soon. He's hoping to become as productive as his right wing Justin Williams, who has scored goals in five straight games.
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March 29, 2013 |
When snow surveyors headed into the Sierra Nevada on Thursday for the most important measurement of the season, they found only about half the snowpack that is normal for the date. It could have been a lot worse - considering that the last three months in California have been the driest of any January-through-March period on record, going back to 1895. It has been a winter of extremes in the state, beginning with an unusually wet November and December and ending with a string of parched months.
March 20, 2013 |
Teemu Selanne hadn't scored a goal in more than nine games, which can be slightly disconcerting for a 42-year-old. At the close of a third-period shift against the NHL's top team Wednesday, Selanne was feeling all of his age. His legs tiring, oxygen getting sparse. But then with 4 minutes 23 seconds remaining, teammate Ryan Getzlaf delivered a superb pass, and Selanne reconnected with what he does best, scoring the deciding goal in the Ducks' 4-2 regulation victory over the Chicago Blackhawks at Honda Center.
March 3, 2013 |
AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Carl Edwards snapped a 70-race winless streak with an overtime victory in Sunday's NASCAR race at Phoenix International Raceway. Edwards held off Daytona 500 winner Jimmie Johnson, who took second place by mere inches when he won a drag race to the finish line with third-place Denny Hamlin. "This is huge ... one of the coolest wins of my life," said Edwards, who had not won a Sprint Cup Series race since he took first in Las Vegas on March 6, 2011. Edwards, who drives the No. 99 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing, appeared to have the Subway Fresh Fit 500 in hand if he hadn't run out of fuel on the one-mile Phoenix track.
March 3, 2013 |
AVONDALE, Ariz. - When the race was over, Carl Edwards parked his No. 99 Ford at the finish line and climbed onto the car's window frame. Cheers from the grandstands swelled at Phoenix International Raceway, because the fans knew what was coming next. The question was: Did Edwards still know how to do it? After all, it had been 70 races since Edwards had won a Sprint Cup Series race and performed his trademark victory back flip from the car. "I was a little nervous," Edwards, 33, later admitted.
February 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Much of the West continues to struggle with unusually dry conditions, raising the prospect of another year of wildfires, stunted crops and unnavigable stretches of river in various parts of the country, according to a federal assessment. More than two-thirds of the country is under abnormally dry to exceptional drought conditions, "which, although serious, is a slight improvement since fall 2012," said the National Drought Early Warning Outlook. While the report said the drought was over in most of the nation east of the Mississippi River, the portion of the country still facing drought - most of the West and Florida - should expect it "to persist or intensify.
February 4, 2013 |
"Drugs had destroyed my body and my mind and my spirit. I could no longer experience happiness or surprise. I couldn't remember the last time I felt spontaneous joy. Why was I even alive?" Josh Hamilton in his autobiography, "Beyond Belief" WESTLAKE, Texas -- It was 2 a.m. when Josh Hamilton, strung out on crack cocaine, his once-robust 6-foot-4, 230-pound body withered to 180 pounds, most of his $3.96-million signing bonus squandered on booze and drugs, staggered up the steps to his grandmother's house in Raleigh, N.C. Homeless, dirty and barely coherent, Hamilton was a few days removed from a suicide attempt -- an overdose of pills -- and in the fourth year of a harrowing drug addiction that caused the former can't-miss prospect to be banned from baseball for three full seasons.
January 29, 2013 |
The Stanley Cup rings fans received Monday night at Staples Center were replicas of the real thing. The Kings' comeback against the Vancouver Canucks was genuine - and reminiscent of the performances during their unlikely Cup drive last spring. Jeff Carter lifted a backhander past goaltender Roberto Luongo for the only goal in the shootout, propelling the Kings to a 3-2 victory over the Canucks before an emotionally spent crowd. The triumph was the second this season for the Kings (2-2-1)
January 26, 2013 |
GLENDALE, Ariz. - The Kings got their first win of the season, each member of their top line got his first point of the season, and rookie defenseman Jake Muzzin played clutch minutes while scoring his first NHL goal. Notably missing from that list is the Kings' first power-play goal of the season. They're still waiting for that, but they checked off a healthy number of significant "firsts" Saturday in earning a 4-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in the teams' first meeting since the Kings prevailed in the Western Conference finals last spring.