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  • Bill Registers Displeasure With State High Court

    gavel1A group of lawmakers peeved at the Washington Supreme Court has filed a bill that would turn races for the state's high court into partisan contests. The Seattle Times reports that the measure is meant as a rebuke over what the 19 representatives see as the court's overreach in ordering the state to… Read More +

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  • Oregon State Rolls Past Depaul

    sports3Victor Robbins scored a career-high 27 points as Oregon State dominated DePaul 90-59 on Thursday night. Olaf Schaftenaar added a career-high 21 points and Gary Payton II had 15 points and five steals for the Beavers (8-2). Jamee Crockett had 14 points for the Blue Demons (6-4). Schaftenaar scored 11 of the Beavers' first 13 points to give Oregon State a 13-6 lead at the 15:47 mark. A Robbins 3-pointer stretched the margin to 42-21 with 3:23 remaining in the half.

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McDonald's Counts on Coffee to Boost Sales

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_6393701cf0.jpgMcDonald's (NEW YORK) -- McDonald's is looking to coffee to help increase its sales in the United States. The food chain prioritizes delivering "a gold-standard cup of coffee with every visit," as detailed in a memo obtained by Bloomberg. The memo outlines the company's strategy for 2014 to 2016 and detailing that the chain hopes to rival coffee retailers.

In a webcast for restaurant owners, they said they wanted to be the "envy" of competitors and that Starbucks was leading the "coffee wars." Howard Penny, managing director at Hedgeye Risk Management LLC, tells Bloomberg that McDonald's is trying to look and feel more like Starbucks, bringing them into territory that may hurt them in the long run since their focus is on food, not beverages.

Earlier in January, the fast-food chain reported profits were stagnant and same-store sales in the U.S. fell 1.4 percent in the fourth quarter. Nearly five years ago, the company launched its McCafe menu, which offers cappuccino, lattés, and iced and hot mocha.

The options provide a quick, cheap caffeine fix for consumers, but many franchises were reluctant to be part of McDonald's initial plan, which included pricey remodeling costs and espresso machines to transform the restaurants into locales that emulated the cafe experience.

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

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