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In a letter to employees on Monday, CEO Howard Schultz said the coffee chain will increase base pay for U.S. employees and managers at company-operated stores by at least 5 percent starting Oct. 3.

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It seems obvious, but if you publicly sign a petition seeking to ban gay marriage, your name can be made public. The 138,000 Washington state cowards who thought they could meddle in the relationships of their gay neighbors from the comfort of anonymity got a reality check from the Supreme Court on Thursday.

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British actor Emma Thompson has drawn the ire of Roman Polanski's supporters by removing her name from a pro-Polanski petition she'd signed following the Polish filmmaker's September arrest in Switzerland. On Tuesday writer-filmmaker Yann Moix archly accused Thompson of "petition tourism."

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Donald Trump is plotting to plop down a deluxe golf resort in an "environmentally sensitive" part of Scotland -- a plan that's getting some of the locals good and riled up, including actor Tilda Swinton, according to the AP. Swinton has added her name to a petition signed by some 15,000 Scots to block Trump from breaking ground, which does not please The Donald.

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Not only is George W. Bush's secretary of the interior trying to rewrite endangered species protections, he also appears to be tuning out public input, which is required by law. Scientists and activists from more than 100 environmental groups have signed a petition demanding a longer, more democratic hearing before environmental protection goes the way of the icecaps.

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