Starbucks outlines plans for automated ordering, new coffee equipment to improve efficiency

Starbucks Chairman and CEO Howard Schultz speaks at the Annual Meeting of Shareholders in Seattle, Washington on March 22, 2017. Jason Redmond | AFP | Getty Images Starbucks on Tuesday outlined its plans for automated ordering in stores, new coffee-making equipment and an expanded loyalty program as part of its push to reinvent itself and … Read more

As small businesses raise prices, some customers push back

NEW YORK (AP) — Inflation isn’t only costing small businesses money. It’s costing them customers as well. At the Bushwick Grind Cafe in Brooklyn, New York, Kymme Williams-Davis has raised prices and switched to different types of goods to keep up with the rising costs of milk, coffee, paper goods and plastic, as well as … Read more

Robinhood users buy and hold companies ‘they know, understand and believe in for the long-term.’ Here are their favorite stocks.

Tech companies, electric-vehicle makers and some meme stocks are part of the aggregate mix of equities inside the portfolios of Robinhood users, according to a new index from the brokerage app geared at new investors. These are stocks like Amazon AMZN, +2.66%, Microsoft MSFT, +2.30%, Tesla TSLA, +3.60%, Apple AAPL, +1.88%, Ford Motor Company F, … Read more

Apple CEO Tim Cook, Jony Ive, Laurene Powell Jobs panel interview

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks onstage during day 2 of Vox Media’s 2022 Code Conference in Beverly Hills, California. Jerod Harris | Getty Images Entertainment | Getty Images Apple CEO Tim Cook said on Wednesday that Apple doesn’t spend a lot of effort improving the texting experience between iPhones and Android devices because its users … Read more

Coast Guard ends search for 9 missing in floatplane crash

WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard suspended the search Monday afternoon for nine people, including a child, who were missing after a floatplane crashed in the waters of Puget Sound northwest of Seattle. The body of a 10th person, an unidentified female, was recovered by a good Samaritan on Sunday after the … Read more

Big Reveal: Biden Will Help Reveal Obama White House Portrait

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s been more than a decade since President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, welcomed George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, for the unveiling of their portraits at the White House, part of a cherished Washington tradition that for decades managed to transcend partisan politics. President Joe Biden and his wife, … Read more

Jackson water crisis forces residents to find alternatives

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The water pressure at James Brown’s home in Jackson was so low the faucets barely dripped. He couldn’t cook. He couldn’t bathe. But he still had to work. The 73-year-old tree-cutter hauled bags of ice into his truck at a gas station on his way to a job Wednesday after several … Read more

McDonald’s U.S. head says California fast-food bill unfairly targets big chains

A sign is posted in front of a McDonald’s restaurant on April 28, 2022 in San Leandro, California. Justin Sullivan | Getty Images The head of McDonald’s U.S. on Wednesday publicly criticized a landmark California bill that would give the state more control over pay for fast-food workers, saying it unfairly targets big chains. The … Read more

Meghan’s new podcast has a special first guest: Serena WIlliams

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Serena Williams and Meghan recount the challenges they’ve experienced as working mothers in the Duchess of Sussex’s first podcast, including stories of having to work shortly after terrifying incidents involving their children. Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam champion who recently said “the countdown has begun” for his retirementcounted in Meghan’s “Archetypes” … Read more

US home sales fell in July; some buyers see silver lining

LOS ANGELES — The housing market’s comedown from its high-flying days early this year is deepening, with home sales in July falling for the sixth straight month. Sharply higher mortgage rates, surging inflation and prices that remain near all-time highs are making homes less affordable. Sales fell 20.2% from July last year, reaching the slowest … Read more