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Starbucks goes dark, for a few hours

   Java addicts won't be able to get their caffeine fix at Starbucks this evening.

   The retail coffee giant will close all of its more than 7,000 U.S. stores from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight for a massive employee training blitz.  The company, which has been seeking ways to improve sales and boost profits, said the training session will focus on espresso brewing techniques.

   The coffee giant, which operates some 16,000 cafes around the world, has sites in the Buffalo area.

-- David Robinson


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