Bad news for coffee drinkers. Keurig Green Mountain says it plans to hike prices by 9 percent for the K-Cup packets used in its signature brewing system. The company also plans to raise prices of bulk coffee and other products beginning in November. Keurig Green Mountain said the decision is in direct response to the higher cost of coffee, which includes a nearly 55 percent rise in green coffee prices.
Walmart says far more of its workers are signing up for its health care coverage than expected. Because of that, the world's largest retailer will earn less in the current fiscal year than it had previously promised investors. Walmart workers can pay as little as $18 per paycheck to be covered by the lowest priced company plan. Due to increased enrollment, the company estimates health care expenses growing by more than 500,000,000.
The World Health Organization says the magnitude of the Ebola crisis in west Africa is "vastly" underestimated. Ebola has infected at least 1,900 people in Nigeria, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since the outbreak began this year. Half of the victims have died. It is hard to estimate how many infections were never reported to doctors. The Ebola virus causes viral hemorrhagic fever and affects multiple organ systems in the body.
We've now learned Robin Williams had early stage Parkinson's disease and was suffering from depression and anxiety when he hanged himself earlier this week. Williams' widow, Susan Schneider, released a statement Thursday, saying the actor wasn't yet ready to go public with his Parkinson's diagnosis at the time of his death. Schneider emphasized that Williams was sober at the time of his death. She says she hopes this information will encourage others "to seek care and support."
A large group of people protesting police shootings marched into Times Square Thursday night, tying up traffic in midtown Manhattan. The group started in Union Square as part of the National Moment of Silence to protest recent incidents of alleged police brutality. Including the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, who was unarmed. Vigils were planned across the country for the same time.
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