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Starbucks, citing ocean threat, is ditching plastic straws

NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks will eliminate plastic straws from all of its locations within two years, citing the environmental threat to oceans. The coffee chain becomes the largest food and beverage company to do so as calls to cut waste globally grow louder . While plastic straws account for a...
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Neal Boyd, one-Time 'America's Got Talent' winner, dies

SIKESTON, Mo. (AP) — Neal Boyd, an opera singer who won NBC's "America's Got Talent" and dabbled in Missouri politics, has died. Scott County Coroner Scott Amick says Boyd died around 6 p.m. Sunday at his mother's house in Sikeston. He was 42. Amick says Boyd had a number of medical problems,...
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J.C. Penney CEO Ellison departs for Lowe's

By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO , AP Retail Writer NEW YORK (AP) — J.C. Penney CEO Marvin Ellison, a former Home Depot executive, is leaving the department store chain after less than four years to become the top executive at Lowe's. The announcement Tuesday, just days after J.C. Penney released disappointing...
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Tom Wolfe, pioneering 'New Journalist,' dead at 88

By HILLEL ITALIE , AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Wolfe, the white-suited wizard of "New Journalism" who exuberantly chronicled American culture from the Merry Pranksters through the space race before turning his satiric wit to such novels as "The Bonfire of the Vanities" and "A Man in Full...
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Singer Teairra Mari to fight leak of intimate photos

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Love & Hip Hop" star Teairra Mari says she'll be in pursuit of justice after intimate photos of her surfaced online. The 30-year-old posted on social media that someone who she loved and trusted compromised her social media and posted the images, which she described as "...
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Katy Perry sends Taylor Swift an olive branch ahead of tour

NEW YORK (AP) — Taylor Swift has received a peace offering from Katy Perry before launching her new tour. Swift shared a video on her Instagram Stories on Tuesday showing a package that Perry sent that included an olive branch. Inside was a letter in which Perry wrote that she was "deeply sorry"...
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Kevin Hart's jet blows tire landing in Boston; no one hurt

BOSTON (AP) — It was a rough landing during a rough week for Kevin Hart. The comedian's private jet blew a tire landing at Boston's Logan Airport on Thursday. In a Snapchat video, Hart says the plane "fishtailed like crazy." The 38-year-old says that "I got real angels on my back." He posted a...
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Lawyer: Sandra Bullock's stalker kills self in LA standoff

By CHRISTOPHER WEBER , Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man who killed himself during a standoff with Los Angeles police was convicted last year of breaking into Sandra Bullock's home and stalking the Oscar-winning actress, his lawyer said Thursday. Joshua James Corbett missed a court date...
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Robot fast-food chefs: Hype or a sign of industry change?

BOSTON (AP) — Robots can't yet bake a souffle or fold a burrito, but they can cook up vegetables and grains and spout them into a bowl — and are doing just that at a new fast casual restaurant in Boston. Seven autonomously swirling cooking pots — what the restaurant calls a "never-before-seen...
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Man charged with trying to extort Kevin Hart with video

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man was charged Wednesday with trying to extort money from Kevin Hart by threatening to release video he secretly shot of the actor and comedian with a woman in Las Vegas. Los Angeles County prosecutors charged 41-year-old Jonathan Jackson with attempted extortion and extortion...
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