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Marriage Equality Passes In Maryland, Maine, Leads In Washington, Not Banned In Minnesota

via Joel Connelly, San Francisco Chronicle Statewide ballot measures to legalize same-sex marriage took the lead in Washington and passed in Maryland and Maine on Tuesday, as proponents of marriage equality broke a string of 32 consecutive losses in statewide votes on the contentious social issue. Referendum 74 in this state was leading 51.8 percent … Continue reading

Facebook Introduces Gift Service

via Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times Could Facebook Inc.’s new gift service be the early Christmas present that Wall Street has been waiting for? After its disastrous debut as a public company in May, the social networking giant has come under increasing pressure from investors not just to squeeze more advertising dollars from its nearly … Continue reading

NYC Bans Big, Sugary Drinks At Restaurants

via David B. Caruso, The Boston Globe For over a decade, New York City has outlawed smoking in bars and offices, banned trans fats, and forced fast-food restaurants to list calorie counts on their menus. Now, the Big Apple has set its sights on sugary beverages with a first-in-the-nation rule barring restaurants, cafeterias and concessions … Continue reading

Why Europe Won’t Create The Next Apple, FedEx Or McDonald’s

via Frank Holmes, Forbes A surprising wealth of information about the world’s most prosperous people can be discovered in two new reports. The Chinese Millionaire Wealth Report 2012, put together by GroupM and the Hurun Report, found that there are now a million millionaires in China. On average, a Chinese millionaire is 39 years old, … Continue reading

Chick-Fil-A Protesters To Hold ‘Kiss-In’ Today

via Lauren Petrecca, USA Today The heated debate over Chick-fil-A and same-sex marriage is about to get a touch softer with a kiss-in protest scheduled for Friday. Gay rights organizations and other advocacy groups are promoting a “National Same-Sex Kiss Day,” where people are encouraged to head to a Chick-fil-A and lock lips with a … Continue reading

Starbucks In Chicago To Get Alcohol

via Lisa Jennings, Nation’s Restaurant News Chicago will be the next market to see Starbucks locations selling beer and wine and expanded food offerings, the company said Tuesday. Alan Hilowitz, director of corporate communications for Starbucks Corp., said five to seven locations — both new and existing — are scheduled to open or be remodeled … Continue reading

Starbucks Starts Fund To Spur U.S. Job Creation

Starbucks Corp CEO Howard Schultz, decrying a lack of leadership in Washington, said his chain of coffee shops is helping to launch a nationwide fund designed to stimulate U.S. job creation. Starbucks introduced on Monday the “Create Jobs for USA” fund in partnership with Opportunity Finance Network (OFN), a group of private financial institutions that … Continue reading

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