Sep 6, 2011, 11:41 p.m.

Starbucks CEO campaigns to end Washington gridlock

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Starbucks Corp Chief Executive Howard Schultz called on Americans on Tuesday to deluge U.S. lawmakers with demands to end the partisan gridlock that he said is paralyzing Washington. Schultz also urged lawmakers to focus on issues such as job creation and getting the country's finances in order.

Mexico man accused of locking up, abusing girls for 7 years

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A Mexico City man was arrested on Tuesday accused of imprisoning and abusing two teenage girls for seven years, fathering five children with them and beating one to death along with one of her babies. The gruesome news story shocked Mexicans already pummeled by daily images of drug cartel violence.

California legislature approves shark fin ban

SACRAMENTO (Reuters) - Shark fin soup would be off the menu in California, under a bill headed for the governor's desk following its approval by the state Senate on Tuesday. The measure, which gained final passage on a bipartisan 25-9 vote, would ban the sale, purchase or possession in California of the ocean-going predator's fins, which are the chief ingredient in a soup dish that has long been part of Chinese culture.

Lawyer who was accused of fraud by California fires back

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A lawyer targeted by California's attorney general for allegedly defrauding homeowners has responded with multiple lawsuits against the state, according to a press release. Mitchell Stein was one of a group of lawyers sued last month by California Attorney General Kamala Harris, who accused the attorneys of inducing struggling homeowners nationwide to pay thousands of dollars each to file mass lawsuits against lenders.

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