Starbucks Corp on Friday announced two new types of stores aimed at capturing the growing demand for upscale reserve coffee and a separate test of an "express" store in Manhattan offering speedy service in a city where a "New York minute" is more like a nanosecond. The moves from the world's biggest coffee chain come as it faces growing competition from high-end craft coffee sellers such as Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Blue Bottle Coffee and Intelligentsia, as well as from fast-food chains ranging from McDonald's to Dunkin Donuts to newcomer Chick-fil-A. Starbucks said it plans to open a "first of its kind" 15,000-square-foot small-batch reserve roastery in the hipster Capitol Hill neighborhood of its Seattle home market in December. The new roastery is expected to give Starbucks the potential to expand its reserve lineup from 15 to 30 offerings. Some recent Starbucks reserve coffees sell for $15 to $50 for an 8-ounce package.
HONG KONG (AP) — Global stock markets fluctuated as investors waited for a key U.S. jobs report later Friday and currencies struggled against the dollar's strength, which sent the Japanese yen to a six-year low.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown promoted his record in turning around the California economy during a debate with his longshot Republican challenger Thursday night, in which the two sparred over the state's business climate, a contentious teacher tenure law and whether Neel Kashkari's business experience makes him qualified to lead the state.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — New procedures to improve Oklahoma's execution process must be implemented before the state resumes putting prisoners to death by lethal injection, Gov. Mary Fallin said after investigators presented their findings about an April case in which the inmate writhed and moaned on the gurney.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A stinging rejection of same-sex marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana, issued by a unanimous and unequivocal U.S. appeals court, has brought hope to those fighting the laws that the Supreme Court will feel pressure to rule soon in their favor.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown's long-shot Republican challenger blasted him for failing to do enough to land a Tesla battery plant Thursday during the only scheduled debate of this year's governor's race, a testy, hourlong exchange that also featured clashes over teacher tenure, the costs of combating climate change and high-speed rail.
Drug Enforcement Administration agent has pleaded guilty to taking part in the crime, federal officials said on Thursday. Julio Estiven Gracia Ramirez, 31, admitted aiding and abetting others in the June 2013 killing of DEA Special Agent James "Terry" Watson in Colombia's capital of Bogota as part of a robbery-and-kidnapping ring, the DEA said in a statement. Shortly after Watson, a 13-year DEA veteran, entered Ramirez's cab outside a restaurant, two accomplices of Ramirez jumped in, jolting the agent with an electric stun gun and stabbing him, the DEA said. "Special Agent Watson gave his life in the service of his country, and we will do everything in our power to honor his sacrifice," Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement.
(Reuters) - Health insurance premiums for low-cost Obamacare plans in 16 U.S. Private insurers began selling new health insurance plans for individuals last year for coverage starting in 2014. Plans for 2015 insurance coverage will be up for sale starting on Nov. 15, 2014 when enrollment opens. The premiums exclude income-based government subsidies.