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  • Local Man Accused Of Diverting Mason County River

    riverbedThe state attorney general's office has accused a 55-year-old Mason County man of using an excavator to fill and divert the Tahuya River without a permit. William Cayo Sr. was charged in Mason County District Court on Thursday with three misdemeanor… Read More +

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  • Tacoma Mailman Pleads Not Guilty To Harassment

    mailmanA Tacoma mailman has pleaded not guilty to charges he harassed and groped women on his route. The News Tribune reports bail was set at $35,000 during an arraignment Thursday in Pierce County Court for Robert Joseph Taitano. He was arrested… Read More +

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  • Seattle Picks Up 2015 Option On Iwakuma

    Iwakumajune10The Seattle Mariners will have right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma under contract for the 2015 season. The Mariners announced Thursday that Iwakuma's $7 million option was vested based on his on-field performance. Iwakuma missed the first month of the 2014 season but went 15-9 with a 3.52 ERA in 28 starts. In 91 career games with Seattle, Iwakuma is 38-20 with a 3.07 ERA.

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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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