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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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    Bill Cosby Admitted To Acquiring Drugs To Give To A Woman For Sex

    NPR's Kelly McEvers interviews MaryClaire Dale, an Associated Press reporter, about the court documents showing Cosby said in 2005 he got quaaludes to give to a woman with whom he wanted to have sex.
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    Mechanization Brings Quick Change To Borneo Region Known For 'Slow Rice'

    A company is introducing mechanized rice farming to the interior of Malaysian Borneo for the first time. Scientists say the change may damage the bonds between the local people and their environment.
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    New Challenges To Recycling In The United States

    Falling commodity prices are putting a squeeze on American recycling companies. What this means for cities, counties and the future of recycling programs in the United States.

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    UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski

    Kojo chats with Freeman Hrabowski, the president of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, about the future of higher education - and what he's doing to steer African-American students into science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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