Starbucks CEO: I’m going to fix this

Starbucks CEO: I’m going to fix this

Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson met with the two black men arrested in a Philadelphia store to discuss what measures the company can implement to prevent similar incidents in the future.

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Silicon Valley Powered American Tech Dominance—Now It Has a Challenger

Now, a surge of new money—mostly from China—has helped drive funding totals into the stratosphere and has transformed the venture landscape, according to an exclusive Wall Street Journal analysis of venture funding data.

Asian investors directed nearly as much money into startups last year as American investors did—40% of the record $154 billion in global venture financing versus 44%, the Journal’s analysis of data from private markets data tracker Dow Jones VentureSource found. Asia’s share is up from less than 5% just 10 years ago.

That tidal wave of cash into promising young firms could herald a shift in who controls the world’s technological innovation and its economic fruits, from artificial intelligence to self-driving cars.

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More wintry weather before midweek warmup

Chicagoans can finally look forward to a bit of spring weather later this week but must endure more wintry weather before it arrives. Sunday will dawn sunny but with near record low temperatures hovering near 20. Afternoon highs will peak near 40 as clouds increase ahead of the next weather disturbance, which is expected to bring a period of snow that will arrive Sunday night and depart Monday morning. An inch or two could accumulate, mainly on grassy areas, before the system exits Monday afternoon with some sprinkles or flurries and chilly upper 30 temperatures for the Cubs home opener.

This spring’s persistent chill will ease a bit Tuesday before a sharp warmup arrives Wednesday, boosting temperatures to around 60, the city’s warmest readings since late February...

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Donald Trump Ousts VA Secretary David Shulkin

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he had ousted his Veterans Affairs secretary, David Shulkin, and tapped the White House physician, Ronny Jackson, as his replacement.

“I am pleased to announce that I intend to nominate highly respected Admiral Ronny L. Jackson, MD, as the new Secretary of Veterans Affairs,” Mr. Trump tweeted Wednesday. He said Robert Wilkie, who currently serves as under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness at the Department of Defense, would serve as acting secretary “in the interim.”

In a statement issued by the White House, Mr. Trump praised Dr. Shulkin’s work and “the many great things we did together at Veterans Affairs, including the VA Accountability Act that he was helpful in getting passed.” The president called Dr...

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‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ is massive floating island of plastic, now 3 times the size of France

A massive floating island of plastic between California and Hawaii is growing rapidly and is now three times the size of France, a new study finds.

The giant accumulation of plastic called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch contains at least 79,000 tons discarded plastic, covering an area of about 617,800 square miles (1.6 million square kilometers), according to a study published Thursday in Scientific Reports.

That is three times the area of France and more than twice the size of Texas.

The study’s authors further said, "Our results suggest that ocean plastic pollution within the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is increasing exponentially."

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Company helps dog owners discover their pooch’s pedigree

Finding out about your dog’s family tree can take a lot of time and effort, so a company called Embark is helping pet owners discover their pet’s true genetic identity.

Just send in a little of your dog’s saliva and it will be shipped off to a lab, where it will be tested for more than 175 different breeds and more than 160 genetic health conditions.

To learn more about this technology that can provide information about your pooch’s pedigree, watch the video above.

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Teacher accidentally fires gun at school

A California teacher is believed to have accidentally fired his weapon in a classroom today.

Seaside police officers were summoned to Seaside High School Tuesday after the teacher, who was teaching a public safety class, discharged the weapon, police said in a statement.

Officials said one student was injured either by a bullet fragment or ceiling debris and transported to a local hospital by his parent for treatment. No one was seriously injured.

Seaside High School in Seaside California is seen here in this undated Google Maps image.

The teacher involved was identified by police as Dennis Alexander, who is a reserve police officer for the City of Sand City as well.

The incident is under investigation.

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Asia Stock Rally Cools After Surge on North Korea Talks

Early enthusiasm seen in global equities, sparked by news North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump have agreed to meet by May, waned by Friday afternoon in Asia—but stocks stayed higher across the region.

“More-realistic expectations are setting in,” said Takahiro Sekido, Japan strategist at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ.

Japan’s Nikkei Stock Average briefly dipped into negative territory after rising as much as 2.4% in morning trading. It finished up 0.3% while South Korea’s Kospi climbed as much as 1.8% before closing 1.1% higher.

In a historic diplomatic breakthrough, President Donald Trump accepted an invitation from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to meet "as soon as possible...

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Fight Over Sorghum Offers a Taste of a Trade Retaliation

For Kansas farmer Dan Atkisson, tensions over trade surfaced weeks before President Donald Trump announced plans to slap tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.

On Feb. 4, Mr. Atkisson woke up to news Beijing had launched an investigation into alleged American dumping of—and subsidies on—sorghum, a grain known as “milo” in western Kansas. Mr. Atkisson, 32 years old, grows one variety of sorghum to feed his cattle but devotes most of his fields to “grain sorghum,” which in large part is exported to China.

Beijing’s probe, which some in Kansas fear could end in painful tariffs on American sorghum, came shortly after the Trump administration imposed tariffs on solar cells and washing machines in January.

Some saw China’s move as retaliation against those tariffs...

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