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Starbucks: 'Dumb Starbucks' store not OK PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press   
Monday, 10 February 2014 14:13

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A mysterious shop named "Dumb Starbucks" is serving coffee again in Los Angeles after drawing weekend crowds that waited in a line two blocks long.

The line Monday was far shorter, however.

The store resembles a Starbucks with a green awning and mermaid logo, but with the word "Dumb" attached above the Starbucks sign.

Starbucks says it's trying to contact the people responsible for the Hillhurst Avenue store, which was announced in a Feb. 7 tweet under the handle @dumbstarbucks.

The Seattle-based coffee chain says its legal team is working on identifying the store's owner.

Spokeswoman Laurel Harper says the store is not affiliated with Starbucks and, despite the humor, the store cannot use the Starbucks name.

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AP reporter Candice Choi in New York City contributed to this story.


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Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg biggest giver in 2013 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP, Associated Press   
Monday, 10 February 2014 10:46

SEATTLE (AP) — Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, were the most generous American philanthropists in 2013, with a donation of 18 million shares of Facebook stock, valued at more than $970 million, to a Silicon Valley nonprofit in December.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy reported Monday that Zuckerberg's donation was the largest charitable gift on the public record in 2013 and put the young couple at the top of the magazine's annual list of 50 most generous Americans in 2013.

The top 50 contributors made donations last year totaling $7.7 billion, plus pledges of $2.9 billion.

The Chronicle's editor says the most significant fact from the list was the amount of money coming from living donors, which totaled about the same amount as the two previous years combined.

"It's a sure sign that the economy is getting better and people are getting a lot less cautious," said Stacy Palmer, Chronicle editor.

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Google passes Exxon to be No. 2 U.S. company PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 10 February 2014 10:50

NEW YORK (AP) — Google has passed Exxon to become the second most valuable U.S. company by market capitalization.

According to FactSet data, the Internet company's market capitalization surpassed that of oil company Exxon Mobil Corp. last week. As of Friday's market close, it sat at $395.42 billion compared with the oil company's $392.66 billion.

Shares of Google Inc. have been on a steady climb since the beginning of 2013, gaining 66 percent.

Market capitalization is the number of outstanding shares multiplied by their value.

Meanwhile, Exxon's have risen just 5 percent. Since the beginning of this year, they've lost about 10 percent of their value.

Both companies trail Apple Inc.'s market capitalization of $463.55 billion.


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Is this as good as U.S. economy gets? PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer   
Monday, 10 February 2014 07:29

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the 4½ years since the Great Recession ended, millions of Americans who have gone without jobs or raises have found themselves wondering something about the economic recovery:

Is this as good as it gets?

It increasingly looks that way.

Two straight weak job reports have raised doubts about economists' predictions of breakout growth in 2014. The global economy is showing signs of slowing — again. Manufacturing has slumped. Fewer people are signing contracts to buy homes. Global stock markets have sunk as anxiety has gripped developing nations.

Some long-term trends are equally dispiriting.

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