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Former “Cosby Show” Star Raven-Symone Reacts to New Bill Cosby Revelations

ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) — Bill Cosby’s former The Cosby Show co-star, Raven-Symone, said Tuesday she still needs time to process her feelings after it was revealed Monday in newly released court documents that Cosby admitted to procuring drugs for use in having sex with women.

“I don’t really like to talk about it that much because he’s the reason I’m on this panel in the first place,” she said on The View. “He gave me my first job. But at the same time, you need the proof and then I’ll be able to give my judgement here or there.”

Cosby has been accused by dozens of women of drugging them and then having sex with them against their will. Monday’s revelation came in an unsealed 2005 court filing that was part of a civil case. Cosby said he obtained seven prescriptions for Quaaludes and answered “yes” when asked if he got them with the intent of giving them to women with whom he wanted to have sex.

The View moderator Whoopi Goldberg also said she needed more time to properly react.

“I don’t like snap judgments because I’ve had snap judgements made on me. So I’m very, very careful,” she said. “And you know, save your texts. Save your nasty comments. I don’t care!”

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How Much More Starbucks Customers Will Pay Each Year With Today’s Price Hike

Starbucks/ABC News(NEW YORK) — The latest jump in Starbucks coffee prices today makes a cup of joe a greater luxury for many.

The price increase is 5 to 20 cents for most beverages starting today, which the company attributed to various business factors.

Starbucks’ “tall” and “venti” sizes of brewed coffee increase by 10 cents in “most markets” the company said. A “venti” coffee will be $2.45 in a majority of U.S. stores. At one New York City location, a “venti” Misto, a large coffee with steamed milk, jumped by 11 cents to $3.43.

For Starbucks lovers who buy a tall brewed coffee every day of the week, a 10-cent increase will add up to an extra $36.50 a year. The company said it expects the average receipt to increase by 1 percent and that fewer than 20 percent of customers will be affected.

R.J. Hottovy, an analyst with Morningstar, said that the timing of the price increase seems a bit surprising on the surface, as coffee bean prices have generally come down in recent months. But when factoring in the other investments the company has been making the past months, the timing makes more sense, he said.

This is true “particularly on the labor front,” where the company has been raising wages for partners and shift supervisors, adding a food benefit program, developing new partner apps for viewing work schedules, on top of other efforts such as tuition reimbursement and health care benefits.

“I suspect there will be little pushback from Starbucks customers, especially as we see increased penetration from mobile ordering in the back half of the year — where prices aren’t as transparent,” Hottovy said.

Starbucks’ profit didn’t register a hit when the company raised prices by an average of about 1 percent in the northeast and Sunbelt regions in 2011; nor when the company implemented a price hike of 5 to 20 cents in certain parts of the country last year.

In most stores, there is no change to popular drinks, including the “grande brewed coffee frappuccino,” iced coffee and shaken iced teas, the company said. Prices for Starbucks’ food items and bagged coffee are not affected. A spokeswoman for Starbucks declined to attribute the broad price increase to one particular factor.

“These adjustments are the result of balancing the cost of doing business in these market,” according to a Starbucks statement. “Our pricing philosophy is to balance our need to run our business effectively while providing maximum value to our customers.”

The costs for retail stores includes “rent, labor, marketing, equipment, materials, distribution, and commodities — including coffee — but also other commodities associated with beverages, foods, materials and operations,” the company said.

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Heroin-Related Deaths on the Rise in Baltimore

iStock/Thinkstock(BALTIMORE) — Thiry-nine people have died from fentanyl-related heroin overdoses in Baltimore in the first quarter of 2015. The deaths indicate a 178 percent increase from 2014.

Fentanyl is an opiate related to heroin and is only prescribed post-surgically as a painkiller. However, it can be taken illegally.

Baltimore city health officials are increasing efforts to educate the public on the dangers of the drug. The city’s health commissioner, Dr. Leana Wen, says, “Nearly every day in Baltimore, one person dies from drug overdose. This is a public health emergency. It is our obligation to educate and save lives.”

Beginning Tuesday, the city’s health department will be handing out “Here’s How You Can Stay Alive” fliers to make drug users aware of the issue. They’ll also be relying on word of mouth in the drug user community, and street outreach teams.

The Baltimore City Health Department also offers free overdose prevention training as well as naloxone kits. Residents can learn more by calling 410-396-3731 or visiting the city’s health department website.

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Heroin-Related Deaths on the Rise in Baltimore

iStock/Thinkstock(BALTIMORE) — Thiry-nine people have died from fentanyl-related heroin overdoses in Baltimore in the first quarter of 2015. The deaths indicate a 178 percent increase from 2014.

Fentanyl is an opiate related to heroin and is only prescribed post-surgically as a painkiller. However, it can be taken illegally.

Baltimore city health officials are increasing efforts to educate the public on the dangers of the drug. The city’s health commissioner, Dr. Leana Wen, says, “Nearly every day in Baltimore, one person dies from drug overdose. This is a public health emergency. It is our obligation to educate and save lives.”

Beginning Tuesday, the city’s health department will be handing out “Here’s How You Can Stay Alive” fliers to make drug users aware of the issue. They’ll also be relying on word of mouth in the drug user community, and street outreach teams.

The Baltimore City Health Department also offers free overdose prevention training as well as naloxone kits. Residents can learn more by calling 410-396-3731 or visiting the city’s health department website.

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Carnival Cruises to Launch Trips to Cuba

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — As relations open up between the United States and Cuba, so are business relations. Carnival Corporation is the latest travel company beginning to offer trips to Cuba, according to USA Today.

Beginning in May 2016, Carnival says it will launch sevennight, people-to-people cruise tours to Cuba. The cruise will originate out of Miami, bi-weekly.

Two weeks prior to Carnival’s announcement, Apple Vacations said it would begin people-to-people tours to the island.

Carnival has received approval from the U.S. Department of Treasury and Department of Commerce, but is still awaiting approval from the Cuban government.

USA Today reports that despite still awaiting approval from the Cuban government, American travelers can still reserve a spot with a $600 deposit. Fares will begin at just under $3,000 per person plus taxes and fees.

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Story Behind Obama Singing ‘Amazing Grace’ at Charleston Funeral

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama’s singing of “Amazing Grace” during the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who was killed last month in a shooting at a Charleston, South Carolina church, has been widely acknowledged as one of the most powerful moments of his presidency.

But when he first raised the idea with first lady Michelle Obama and senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, it was met with skepticism.

“Why on earth would that fit in?” the first lady said in reaction to the idea, according to Jarrett, who was with the Obamas as they departed the White House aboard Marine One on their way to the funeral in South Carolina.

Jarrett, who had once before tried unsuccessfully to dissuade the president from signing a line of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together,” had a more subdued reaction. “Hmmm,” Jarrett reacted.

The president went on to explain his thinking to Jarrett and the first lady, who had yet to read the president’s prepared eulogy, during the helicopter ride.

“I think if I sing, the church will sing with me,” President Obama said, according to Jarrett, who recalled the story during a question answer session at the Aspen Institute’s Ideas Festival.

But even then, Obama hadn’t made his mind up whether he would in fact sing.

“I don’t know whether I’m going to do it, but I just wanted to warn you two that I might sing,” Jarett recalled him saying. “We’ll see how it feels at the time.”

But as soon as the president took to podium to begin the eulogy, Jarrett said, it was clear the mood was right.

“From the first time he started to speak, the church was clearly with him,” Jarrett said. “He knew they were with him.”

Before the president began to sing, Jarrett observed that the president paused for a moment. And she later asked him, “Were you thinking about whether or not you were going to sing?”

“Oh no, I knew I was going to sing, I was just trying to figure out what key to sing in,” the president said in response to Jarrett.

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Three Injured in Spain’s Running of the Bulls

David Ramos/Getty Image(PAMPLONA, Spain) — At least three people were hurt at Pamplona’s first day of the Running of the Bulls.

According to Spain’s major newspaper, El Pais, two Americans and one British national were hurt on Tuesday. One American was injured after being gored in the chest by a bull while the other American was caught in the back. The British national sustained a foot injury.

The bull, named Fastuoso, sprinted down the street knocking into people. A runner was thrown against a wall causing a water pipe to burst.

Those injured in the event were taken to the Complejo Hospitalario de Navarra.

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Twitter Wants to Celebrate Your Birthday

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Twitter wants to celebrate your birthday — if you’re so inclined to let the world know it’s your big day.

A new option unveiled this week allows a user to share their birthday with targeted audiences including the public, a user’s followers and a more select group where “we follow each other.”

Another option lets users enter their birthday but opt to not share it with anyone.

Before basking in the birthday love, it’s worth considering what is at stake. Giving up an extra piece of information can make you more valuable to advertisers or potentially be used by scammers to gather more information about you, Robert Siciliano, an online safety expert to Intel Security, told ABC News.

“The data might not be sensitive, but it can be used to gather additional sensitive information or in some cases be used to socially engineer either you, or a company you do business with,” he said. “Beware that when adding this data to the public web, you are providing an additional way for advertisers to sell you to or a nefarious person to scam you.”

If a chorus of happy birthday tweets still sounds like a great way to ring in another year, you can add your birthday by going to the “edit profile” option on Twitter and adjusting the privacy settings to your liking.

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US Women’s National Team Parade In New York City?

William Volcov/LatinContent/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Now that they’re back on US soil, members of the World Cup winning Women’s National Soccer team are ready to celebrate.

They’ll appear at a rally on Tuesday and soon, they could have a ticker-tape parade in New York.

The last time a ticker tape parade hit the streets of New York was in 2012 when the New York Giants won the Super Bowl.

With the women’s defeat in the World Cup, that might change. US Captain Christie Rampone says, “we are ready to celebrate.”

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office says it’s exploring the logistics of a ticker tape parade to celebrate what he called the team’s tremendous achievement.

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Today on the Trail — 7/7/15

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Where will the 2016 presidential candidates be on Tuesday?

Read on below to find out their campaign schedules:

Hillary Clinton

The former secretary of state will be in Iowa Tuesday for an organizing event at the Iowa City Public Library at 11:45 a.m. ET and a house party in Ottumwa at 4:15 p.m. ET.

She’ll do her first national TV interview of the campaign, in Iowa City with CNN’s Brianna Keilar. The full interview will air at 5 p.m. ET.

Marco Rubio

The Florida senator will deliver a speech on technology and “21st century job creation” in Chicago at a startup hub at 10 a.m. ET. Later, Rubio heads to Iowa, where he’ll attend a young-professionals’ happy hour at Exile Brewing Company in Des Moines and a cookout hosted by state Rep. Chris Hagenow in Windsor Heights at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Ben Carson

The retired neurosurgeon attends a “Politics & Eggs” event hosted by the New England Council and the New Hampshire Institute of Politics in Bedford, New Hampshire, at 12 p.m. ET.

Mike Huckabee

The former governor of Arkansas will be in South Carolina, where he’ll meet with the Edgefield County GOP at The Edgefield General Store in Edgefield at 8:30 a.m. ET. Later, he’ll attend an Aiken County GOP luncheon at Newberry Hall in Aiken at 11:30 a.m. ET and a Lexington County GOP BBQ in Lexington at 5 p.m. ET.

Bobby Jindal

The Louisiana governor will be in New Hampshire, where he’ll hold a town-hall at The Yard Seafood & Steakhouse in Manchester at 6 p.m. ET.

Carly Fiorina

The former Hewlett-Packard CEO will be in New Hampshire for a breakfast meet-and-greet at Geno’s Coffee Shop in Portsmouth at 7:45 a.m. ET. Later, she’ll tour Laars Heating Systems in Rochester at 12 p.m. ET.

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