FILE - This Saturday, March 24, 2018, file photo, shows a sign at a Starbucks in the U.S. Starbucks is expanding its delivery service and aims to offer it at nearly one-fourth of its U.S. company-operated coffee shops. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Starbucks is expanding its delivery service and aims to offer it at nearly one-fourth of its U.S. company-operated coffee shops. The company said it is launching the service Tuesday in San Francisco and will expand to some stores in New York, Boston, Washington, Chicago and Los Angeles in coming weeks. It tested the idea in 200 Miami stores last fall. Starbucks says 95 percent of its core menu will be available for order using the Uber Eats mobile app. There will be a $2.49 booking fee. In December, company executives laid out plans to expand deliveries in the U.S. and China this year. Executives say delivery works best in dense urban areas where Uber Eats' delivery fees are lower because of high demand, and customers spend more than they do in stores.

In this Jan. 17, 2019, photo, women take a selfie as others tour at the Yu Garden decorated with pig statues for Lunar New Year in Shanghai. China’s 2018 economic growth fell to a three-decade low as activity cooled amid a tariff war with Washington. (Chinatopix via AP)

China's economic growth hit a three-decade low in 2018, adding to pressure on Beijing to beef up stimulus measures and settle a tariff war with Washington. Growth slowed to 6.6 percent from 2017's 6.9 percent as both the world's appetite for China's exports and domestic consumer spending weakened, official data showed Monday. Forecasters said they expect Beijing to try to shore up growth by making credit cheaper, raising government spending and adopting measures to encourage sales of autos and consumer goods. Communist leaders want to steer China toward slower, more self-sustaining growth driven by consumer spending instead of trade and investment. But the slowdown has been sharper than expected, prompting Beijing to boost spending on construction of roads and bridges and to order banks to lend more, especially to the entrepreneurs who generate most of China's new jobs and wealth. "Downward pressure on the economy is increasing," the commissioner of the National Bureau of Statistics, Ning Jizhe, said at a news conference. He cited import controls, volatile financial markets and declining investment spending as factors. Still, Ning insisted China can resist shocks, saying "the long-term trend of stability will not change." Economic growth in 2018 was the lowest since 1990's 3.9 percent following the violent crackdown on pro-democracy protests centered on Beijing's Tiananmen Square. Growth in the last quarter of 2018 dipped to 6.4 percent — the lowest quarterly level since the 2008 global crisis — from the previous quarter's 6.5 percent. "The government is expected to implement more fiscal and monetary stimulus measures to support economic growth," Yanjun Lin of IHS Markit said in a report. Growth in investment, retail spending and factory activity all declined, though analysts pointed to a flicker of improvement in manufacturing in December. It grew by 5.7 percent over a year earlier, up 0.3 percentage points from November. Production of plastics, metals and specialized industrial machinery accelerated, "suggesting warming expectations for a pick-up in investment," Chaoping Zhu of J.P. Morgan Asset Management said in a report. The trade dispute with the U.S. is proving costly. Exports held up through most of 2018 despite President Donald Trump's tariff hikes on Chinese imports in a fight over Beijing's technology ambitions. But they contracted in December as the penalties began to depress U.S. demand. The two sides have imposed tariff hikes of up to 25 percent on tens of billions of dollars of each other's goods in the fight over U.S. complaints that Beijing steals or pressures companies to hand over technology. Washington wants China to roll back plans for state-led industry development that its trading partners say violate its market-opening obligations. The trade dispute, and reports of job losses and tumbling sales of autos and real estate, have unnerved Chinese consumers that Beijing is counting on to drive growth. As pocketbooks snap shut, the downturn could worsen. China's top trade envoy, Vice Premier Liu He, is due to visit Washington for talks Jan. 30-31. Business groups and economists said a decision by Liu and his American counterpart, Robert Lighthizer, to get directly involved would suggest earlier talks by lower-level officials made progress. Trump said Saturday that trade relations with China were "going very well" and "a deal could very well happen." Forecasters expect Chinese growth to bottom out this year as Beijing's stimulus efforts gain traction. However, they have pushed back the time frame for that due to weakening exports. Public works spending "is shaping up to be the engine for 2019," Iris Pang of ING said in a report. "However, non-infrastructure business activities will be dismal this year. And debt will grow." A meeting of Communist Party leaders in December promised tax cuts, better access to bank lending for entrepreneurs and other steps to help the private sector. Chinese leaders have been warning that any recovery would be "L-shaped," meaning that companies and investors shouldn't expect growth to rebound to the previous decade's double-digit levels. Forecasters expect growth to decline further this year to 6.3 percent or lower. "China's economy is likely to weaken further before growth stabilizes in the second half of the year on the back of expanded policy stimulus," Julian Evans-Pritchard of Capital Economics said in a report.


Caribbean Airlines has advised that the issue with the Amadeus Passenger Service System, which had affected the airline's reservations and online services, has been resolved. Earlier today, due to a global outage currently being experienced by Amadeus that affected all airlines using the Amadeus system, Caribbean Airlines was temporarily unable to ticket customers at ticket offices, the call centre or online. Amadeus is a global computer reservation system which facilitates the booking of tickets for multiple airlines. The airline apologised for any inconvenience caused.

Caribbean Airlines has advised that, due to a global outage currently being experienced by Amadeus that is affecting all airlines using the Amadeus system, Caribbean Airlines is temporarily unable to ticket customers at ticket offices, the call centre or online. Amadeus is a global computer reservation system which facilitates the booking of tickets for multiple airlines. The airline has apologised for any inconvenience caused and is assuring all stakeholders that the company is in regular contact with Amadeus as they work to resolve this matter. CAL says it will advise customers once the systems are restored to full operation.


James Anderson was influential as Englandstuck doggedly to their task to gain the upper hand in the first Test against West Indies at Kensington Oval on Wednesday. The tourists often found the going tough in Barbados but ultimately managed to limit theWindiesto 264-8, with Anderson (4-33) the star. Test debutant John Campbell (44) and Shai Hope (57) were among severalhomebatsmen to make promising starts without going on to build big scores. Andersonimpressed the most for England – who left Stuart Broad out of their XI – with the 36-year-old having now taken 200 Test wickets outside of England and Wales. The hosts will resume withShimronHetmyer(56not out), dropped by Jos Buttler when on three, andAlzarriJoseph (0 not out) in the middle. West Indies won the toss and made a solid start, withKraiggBrathwaite's initial patience – his batting bordering on the ponderous at times –proving a source of frustration for England. It was in the 19th over that Moeen Ali made the breakthrough, accounting for Campbelllbwafter an eye-catching outing from the opener. There was more toil and sweat for the tourists after lunch as Brathwaite and Hope's partnership passed the 50 mark. But persistence paid off when Ben Stokes (3-47) sent the stubbornBrathwaiteback to the pavilion, forcing an edge that was claimed by captain Joe Root at first slip. Darren Bravo, making his first appearance in the longest format since 2016, was the next man in but he added just two runs before being trappedlbwby Stokes. Rain led to an early tea with the hosts on 132-3 and upon resumption Hope soon reached his half-century, the milestone reached in 126 deliveries. However, hisknock ended when Anderson managed to coax a loose shot that Hope inside edged through to wicketkeeper BenFoakes. Hetmyerhad a let-off when Buttler dropped a diving catch off Anderson's bowling and he made the most of that reprieve, his innings offering theWindiessome consolation. England's leading wicket-taker did not have to dwell for too long on that miss, though, with Root taking another catch at first slip to dismiss Roston Chase for 54. There was still time for Anderson to account for ShaneDowrich, who failed to score, and captain JasonHolder (5), whileHetmyerreached his 50 before the scorelessKemarRoach fell to Stokes to bring play to a close.

India captain Virat Kohli.

Virat Kohli will play no part in the tour of New Zealand beyond the third One-Day International (ODI) next week as India opt to rest their captain. Kohli made 45 from 59 balls to help the visitors to a resounding eight-wicket win in the opening ODI in Napier on Wednesday, but he will only be available for the second and third instalments in Mount Maunganui. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced that the skipper will be rested from the fourth and fifth matches of the series, as well as the three Twenty20 contests that follow. "Considering his workload in the last few months, the team management and senior selection committee is of the view that it would be ideal for him to get adequate rest ahead of the home series against Australia," read a BCCI statement. "There will be no replacement for Mr. Kohli in the squad for the New Zealand series. Rohit Sharma will captain the side in the final two ODIs and T20I series." On Tuesday, Kohli completed a clean sweep in being named ICC Cricketer of the Year to go alongside his awards in the Test and 50-overformats.


This photo provided by Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office shows Nathan Sutherland. Phoenix police say Sutherland, a licensed practical nurse, has been arrested on a charge of sexual assault of an incapacitated woman who gave birth last month at a long-term health care facility. (PHOTO: Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

A former neighbor of a nurse charged with raping an incapacitated woman who later gave birth at an Arizona care facility says he was a quiet family man. Esella Burr said Wednesday that 36-year-old Nathan Sutherland was her neighbour for more than five years until he sold his Phoenix-area home in October. Burr says Sutherland shared the home with his wife and four children, and she saw the couple leave for church every Sunday. She says Sutherland would sometimes wave or start a conversation with her and once gave her a ride. He also mentioned that he liked his job as a nurse. Sutherland faces one count each of sexual assault and vulnerable adult abuse. He has not yet entered a plea. Phoenix police say his DNA is a match with the baby the woman delivered last month. Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams said Wednesday that Sutherland worked at the Hacienda HealthCare facility where the victim lived and had been providing care to her. The 29-year-old victim has been incapacitated since the age of 3 and gave birth to a boy at the facility on December 29, 2018. Employees said they had no idea she was pregnant. Court records say her last known physical was in April.

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido has declared himself interim president in a defiant speech before masses of anti-government demonstrators who took to the streets Wednesday to demand President Nicolas Maduro's resignation. He immediately drew recognition from the Trump administration, which said it would use the "full weight" of U.S. economic and diplomatic power to push for the restoration of Venezuela's democracy. {"preview_thumbnail":"/sites/default/files/styles/video_embed_wysiwyg_preview/public/video_thumbnails/jrXMOtBOeQc.jpg?itok=3Z73IPDo","video_url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrXMOtBOeQc","settings":{"responsive":1,"width":"854","height":"480","autoplay":0},"settings_summary":["Embedded Video (Responsive)."]} Raising his right hand in unison with tens of thousands of supporters, the head of the opposition-controlled congress took a symbolic oath before God to assume executive powers he says are his right under Venezuela's constitution and take over the presidency until new elections can be called. Guaido said he was taking the politically risky step just two weeks after Maduro took his own oath to a second, six-year term confident that it was the only way to rescue Venezuela from "dictatorship" and restore constitutional order "We know that this will have consequences," Guaido, 35, told the cheering crowd standing before a lectern emblazoned with Venezuela's national coat of arms. "To be able to achieve this task and to re-establish the constitution we need the agreement of all Venezuelans," he shouted. President @realDonaldTrump has officially recognized the President of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Juan Guaido, as the Interim President of Venezuela. — The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 23, 2019 The declaration came as tens of thousands of anti-government demonstrators poured into the streets Wednesday accusing embattled Maduro of usurping power and demand he step down as the country reels from a crushing economic crisis forcing millions to flee or go hungry. Large crowds of protesters gathered in Caracas waving flags and chanting "Get out Maduro!" in what was the largest demonstration since a wave of unrest that left more than 120 dead in 2017. Pro-government demonstrators dressed in red in support of Maduro were also marching in the capital, at times crossing paths with opposition protesters and shouting "sell outs" and "traitors." National guardsmen launched tear gas at anti-government protesters in the middle-class neighborhood of El Paraiso but for the most part the marches continued without conflict. "Join us!" the protesters cried out to a line of officers wearing helmets and carrying shields. "You are also living this crisis!" The protest is considered a crucial test for the reinvigorated opposition as it seeks to send a forceful message that Maduro no longer has the people's backing and appeals to the military and the poor to shift loyalties that until recently looked solidly behind the president. The protests were called to coincide with an historic date for Venezuelans — the anniversary of the 1958 coup that overthrew military dictator Marcos Perez Jimenez. "The democratic forces are here advancing," opposition leader Maria Corina Machado said as she marched. "Not so that Maduro changes but so that he leaves." President Donald J. Trump in a statement called on other Western hemisphere governments to join him in recognizing Guaido. "The people of Venezuela have courageously spoken out against Maduro and his regime and demanded freedom and the rule of law," Trump said. The demonstration comes after a whirlwind week that saw an uprising by a tiny military unit put down by government forces, fires set during protests in poor neighborhoods and the brief detention by security forces of Guaido, the newly installed head of the opposition-controlled congress. Over the last two nights, Venezuelans angry over their country's spiraling hyperinflation, and food and medical shortages have gathered in the streets banging pots and pans and setting up barricades in protest. In the city of San Felix, residents set fire to a statue of Maduro's mentor and predecessor, the late Hugo Chavez. In the southern city of Ciudad Bolivar, a 30-year-old worker, Carlos Olivares, was killed when four unidentified men descended from a beige Jeep and fired upon a crowd that was looting a store. Two more unidentified people were also killed, according to a police report of the incident, while two were injured. For much of the past two years, following a deadly crackdown on the 2017 protests and the failure of negotiations ahead of last May's boycotted presidential election, the coalition of opposition parties has been badly divided over strategy and other differences as millions of desperate Venezuelans fled the country's hyperinflation and widespread food shortages. But buoyed by unprecedented international criticism of Maduro, anti-government forces have put aside their infighting and are projecting a united front. Guaido, who is taking the reins from a long list of better-known predecessors who have been exiled, outlawed or jailed, was dragged from an SUV just over a week ago by intelligence agents but was quickly released amid an international outcry. In the run-up to Wednesday's protests, the defiant young lawmaker crisscrossed Caracas attending outdoor assemblies known as "Open Cabildos" — for the revolutionary citizen councils held against Spanish colonial rule — pumping up crowds by arguing that Maduro must go for democracy to be restored. "We are tired of this disaster," he said Monday from the roof of a college building. "We know this isn't a fight of a single day but one that requires lots of resistance." An enthusiastic crowd of students answered with shouts of "Freedom!" Driving the crisis was Maduro's decision to ignore international opposition and take the presidential oath on Jan. 10 for a second term widely considered illegitimate after his main opponents were banned from running against him. Guaido has been targeting his message to Venezuela's military, the traditional arbiter of political disputes. Maduro, who lacks the military pedigree of his mentor, Chavez, has sought to shore up support from the armed forces by doling out key posts to top generals, including heading the PDVSA oil monopoly that is the source of virtually all of Venezuela's export earnings. He has also been playing commander in chief, appearing last week at a military command meeting wearing camouflage fatigues and receiving the blessing of the defense minister, Gen. Vladimir Padrino Lopez. But beyond the public displays of loyalty from the top brass, a number of cracks have started to appear. On Monday, Venezuelans awoke to news that a few dozen national guardsmen had taken captive a loyalist officer and seized a stockpile of assault rifles in a pre-dawn raid. The government quickly quelled the uprising, but residents in a nearby slum took to the streets to show their support for the mutineers by burning cars and throwing stones at security forces, who fired back with tear gas. Distubrances continued into Tuesday, with small pockets of unrest in a few working-class neighborhoods where the government has traditionally enjoyed strong support. More violence was reported Tuesday night. "People are tired of so much misery," said Carmen Marcano, holding up her shirt to show seven buckshot wounds suffered during the clashes in the Cotiza slum next to where the rebellious guardsmen were captured. Retired Maj. Gen. Cliver Alcala, a one-time aide to Chavez and now in exile, said the opposition's newfound momentum has reverberated with the military's lower ranks, many of whom are suffering the same hardships as regular Venezuelan families. "I am absolutely certain that right now, especially younger troops are asking themselves whether Maduro is their commander in chief or a usurper," Alcala said. "As we say in the barracks, hunger is the only thing that can devour fear of the government." Maduro has accused the opposition of inciting violence with the aim of provoking a bloodbath. Top socialist leaders have threatened to unleash on demonstrators menacing motorcycle gangs of pro-government die-hards known as "colectivos." "I demand the full rigor of the law against the fascists," Maduro said Tuesday night, blaming what he called "terrorists" allegedly linked to Guaido's Popular Will party for a fire at a cultural center named for a pro-government lawmaker murdered in 2014. He also accused U.S. Vice President Mike Pence of trying to foment unrest after Pence released a video pledging support, in Spanish, for the planned demonstrations. Though intimidation has worked for the government in the past, it may not this time, said Dimitris Pantoulas, a Caracas-based political analyst. Discontent now appears to be more widespread and the ranks of security forces and government-allied groups have been thinned by the mass exodus of mostly young Venezuelans, he said. "The government is resorting to its old tricks, but the people no longer believe them," Pantoulas said.