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    A Starbucks Coffee Will Cost 10 Cents More In Some Regions

    If you, like me, order a tall coffee when you go to Starbucks, you'll be paying 10 cents more. The Seattle coffee chain is raising prices in the Northeast and across the Sunbelt with the exception of California and Florida.

    Cities like Boston, New York, Atlanta and Dallas will also see an increase of about 1 percent on other drinks. Starbucks said its next bigger size, grande, will cost the same.

    Jim Olson, a company spokesman, told the AP "the prices reflect competition in certain markets and higher costs for coffee, fuel and other commodities."

    The Christian Science Monitor reports:

    "The price boost comes at a time when inflation is a significant worry for consumers. During the past 12 months, food prices in the US are up an average of 4.6 percent, and overall inflation in consumer prices was 3.4 percent, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    "Consumers have seen prices rising over the past year on everything from fuel to health care, college tuition to clothing.

    "Food chains like McDonald's have been part of the trend – and something consumers easily notice."

    The Seattle Times reports that Starbucks had raised prices in November for the Pacific Northwest, California, the Midwest and Hawaii. Part of the reason is that "coffee commodity prices hit multi-decade highs in the past year."

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    Remembering Robert Swanson, Advertising's 'King Of Jingles'

    Robert Swanson revolutionized American advertising and wrote some of the most memorable ad jingles of the 1950s and '60s for products ranging from Campbell's Soup to Pall Mall cigarettes. He died at 95 July 17 at his home in Phoenix, Ariz.
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    More Than Just Saying 'Cheese,' Hundreds Sit Test To Become Official Experts

    The American Cheese Society will begin proctoring its next Certified Cheese Professional Exam in Des Moines, Iowa, on Wednesday, during the group's annual conference.
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    Democratic National Convention Day Two: Uniting The Party

    An update on day two of the Democratic convention: Bill Clinton takes the stage and ongoing efforts by party leaders to build unity.

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    How To Help Teens And Children Fight 'Tech Addiction'

    Many parents and therapists say obsessive internet use is a very real problem for some teens and children. But the term “internet addiction” is controversial and not officially recognized as a disorder. How to help kids who compulsively use computers and mobile technology.

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