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  • Magnitude-4.0 Quake Near Seabeck

    quake91714A magnitude-4.0 earthquake rattled the Puget Sound in Washington state early Wednesday. The earthquake was centered near the town of Seabeck in Kitsap County, about 40 miles west of Seattle. The shaking was felt as far away as Everett, Olympia and… Read More +

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  • Everett Optometrist Arrested On Molestation Charges

    obrien-courtEverett police say an optometrist molested a 10-year-old girl during an examination, and detectives suspect there may be more victims. Police spokesman Aaron Snell says 33-year-old John P. O'Brien of Bellevue was arrested on suspicion of first-degree child molestation on Tuesday… Read More +

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  • Mariners Rout Angels 13-2

    mariners newsMike Zunino's two-run double keyed a four-run fifth inning and the Seattle Mariners climbed within a game of the second AL wild-card spot by routing the Los Angeles Angels 13-2 on Tuesday night. The Mariners haven't been to the postseason since 2001, when they won 116 games under manager Lou Piniella and tied the major league mark set by the 1906 Chicago Cubs.

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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.

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