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McDonald's will launch all day breakfast on Oct. 6

In this Feb. 14, 2013, photo, a McDonald's breakfast is arranged for an illustration at a McDonald's restaurant in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

MARLEY JAY, AP Business Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — If you're one of those people who hates missing the end of breakfast hours at McDonald's, hang on just a little longer: the chain says its breakfast menu will be available all day starting Oct. 6.

Items like Egg McMuffins, hotcakes, sausage burritos, fruit 'n yogurt parfaits, hash browns and biscuits will be available anytime, although the exact menu will vary in different markets. The company said core items like the Big Mac, McNuggets and fries will still be available at all of its locations.

The Oak Brook, Illinois-based company has been testing an all-day breakfast menu in San Diego for months. It has been looking for a boost, as sales at established U.S. stores have fallen for seven straight quarters and the company hasn't replaced its Dollar Menu with anything equally compelling.

McDonald's is also working to improve its food by toasting buns longer and searing burgers to improve taste, and it's looking for a way to shake up its image.

Taco Bell, a unit of Yum Brands, launched a breakfast menu in 2014 and has said the "biscuit taco" and other items have lifted its sales. Earlier this year Taco Bell ran an advertising campaign that depicts McDonald's and its Egg McMuffins as boring. Meanwhile the company has lost some ground to restaurants like Chipotle, which tout better food and ingredients, and to newer burger chains like Five Guys Burgers and Fries.

McDonald's plans to close about 700 stores this year and will shut down more stores than it opens in the U.S., something it hasn't done since at least 1970 and possibly in its entire corporate history. The company is reorganizing so it can respond more quickly to trends, cutting costs, and has eliminated a few hundred corporate jobs.

Mike Andres, president of McDonald's U.S. acknowledged the company has struggled with an overcomplicated menu, and that restaurants would remove some items to make room for the breakfast offerings throughout the day. Core menu items such as Big Macs will remain national. But in Nashville, for instance, restaurants remove all McWraps and the Clubhouse burger. The items that are removed will vary by region.

In test markets, Andres said customer visits increased.

"We're very excited — we think this could be the next big thing," Andres said.

LeAnn Richards, a franchisee who led the task force on all-day breakfast, said restaurants need to get some new equipment, including a separate egg cooker and toaster, to offer all-day breakfast.

Shares of McDonald's Corp. fell $1.55 to $93.47 Tuesday while the broader markets tumbled.

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AP Business Writer Candice Choi contributed to this story.

Federal judge orders Kentucky clerk and her staff to court

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, right, talks with David Moore following her office's refusal to issue marriage licenses at the Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Ky., Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

CLAIRE GALOFARO, Associated Press

MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — A county clerk who invoked "God's authority" as she defied the U.S. Supreme Court yet again on gay marriage Tuesday refused to resign and now must face a federal judge who could impose fines or send her to jail.

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis turned away several gay and lesbian couples who sought marriage licenses — some for a fifth time — even though the Supreme Court denied her last-ditch appeal the night before.

"To issue a marriage license which conflicts with God's definition of marriage, with my name affixed to the certificate, would violate my conscience. It is not a light issue for me. It is a Heaven or Hell decision," she said through her lawyers.

"I was elected by the people to serve as the County Clerk. I intend to continue to serve the people of Rowan County, but I cannot violate my conscience," her statement said.

April Miller and Karen Roberts tried first, trailed by dozens of television cameras. A deputy clerk said no licenses would be issued, and declined to make Davis available.

David Moore and David Ermold, a couple for 17 years, then came in, demanding to speak with Davis.

"Tell her to come out and face the people she's discriminating against!" Ermold shouted.

"We're not leaving until we have a license," Ermold responded after she came out and told them to leave.

"Then you're going to have a long day," the clerk replied.

Davis then retreated behind a closed door, sheltered from questions and rival demonstrations.

"Praise the Lord! ... Stand your ground," her supporters shouted, while the other side called Davis a bigot and yelled: "Do your job!" Ordered to move to the courthouse lawn, each side tried to out-do the other with chanting, hymn-singing and sign-waving.

Davis stopped issuing all marriage licenses in June after the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage across the nation.

Gay and straight couples sued, saying she should fulfill her duties despite her personal religious faith, or step aside. U.S. District Judge David Bunning agreed and was upheld. Her Liberty Counsel lawyers then asked the Supreme Court for what they called "asylum for her conscience."

After the full court declined to intervene, removing any remaining legal ground for Davis' position, the couples decided to try again, only to be disappointed. For James Yates and Will Smith Jr., it was their fifth rejection.

"It's just too hard right now," Yates said, choking back tears and holding hands with Smith as they rushed to their car.

Ermold and Moore cried and swayed as they walked out to chants from the clerk's supporters. "I feel like I've been humiliated on such a national level, I can't even comprehend it," Ermold said.

Despite the delays, the couples' lawyers asked the judge to punish her with fines, not jail.

"Since Defendant Davis continues to collect compensation from the Commonwealth for duties she fails to perform," they asked Bunning to "impose financial penalties sufficiently serious and increasingly onerous" to "compel her immediate compliance without delay."

Davis served as her mother's deputy for 27 years before she was elected as a Democrat to succeed her in November. Davis' own son is one of the six deputy clerks also summoned to appear before Bunning Thursday at the federal court in Ashland.

Davis has said four deputies share her beliefs, one was ambiguous and one had no problem licensing same-sex marriages.

The clerk's husband, Joe Davis, came by Tuesday to check on his wife.

He said he's proud of her commitment to her faith, and compared her to the Biblical figures Paul and Silas, sent to prison and rescued by God.

Davis has received death threats, he added, but he called himself a Second Amendment believer, suggesting that he's armed and ready. "I'm an old redneck hillbilly, that's all I've got to say. Don't come knocking on my door."

Outside the courthouse, three dozen people sang Amazing Grace and joined in a prayer circle. "She's standing for God's word, and we're standing with her," Flavis McKinney said, describing his side as "doing battle for Jesus Christ."

Protesters on the other side of the courthouse lawn waved rainbow flags, held signs saying "We the People" and "Hate is not a family value," and repurposed Christian songs.

"Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world," they sang. "Gay or straight or black or white, they are precious in his sight."

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Associated Press writer Adam Beam in Lexington, Kentucky, contributed.

Google refines logo as it prepares to join Alphabet

This image provided by Google show's the company's new logo. Google is refining its famous logo as it prepares to become a part of a new holding company called Alphabet. (Google via AP)

MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is refining its famous logo as it prepares to become a part of a new holding company called Alphabet.

The revised design unveiled Tuesday features the same mix of blue, red, yellow and green that Google has been using throughout its nearly 17-year history, though the hues are slightly different shades.

Google also invented a new typeface called "Product Sans" that is meant to resemble the simple printing in a grade-school book. It will replace a serif typeface that Google has been using in its logo for more than 16 years. The "e'' in the company's name will remain slightly tilted to reflect Google's sometimes off-kilter thinking.

Although this will be the sixth time that Google has changed its logo since Larry Page and Sergey Brin formed the company, this marks the most noticeable redesign since it dropped an exclamation point that appeared after its name until May 1999

Google is donning the different look as it embarks on a new era.

The Mountain View, California, company is pouring so much money into so many far-flung projects that have little or no connection to its main business of online search and advertising that it's getting ready to place everything under the Alphabet umbrella.

Under this setup, Google will retain search, YouTube and most of the biggest divisions while smaller operations such as Nest home appliances, life sciences, drone deliveries and venture capital investments will operate as individual companies. All will be overseen by Alphabet, whose CEO will be the Google co-founder Page.

Alphabet hasn't revealed what its logo will be yet, but the holding company isn't expected to be officially operating for a few more months.

Google believes its new logo will provide a more versatile identity suited "for a world of seamless computing across an endless number of devices," the company said in a Tuesday blog post.

The overhaul also will change the appearance of the letter "g'' that Google uses as its shorthand logo on the smaller screens of smartphones and other mobile devices.

The "g'' will now be capitalized and displayed in color instead of being kept lowercase and white.

A swirl of dots in Google's colors will also appear when a spoken command for information is being processed or one of the company's other services is performing a task.

FDA issues warning letters to powdered caffeine distributors

ANN SANNER, Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration has issued warning letters to five distributors of pure powdered caffeine, saying the products put consumers at risk.

The letters, which are dated Aug. 27, follow the overdose deaths last year of two young men from Ohio and Georgia.

Caffeine powder is usually marketed as a dietary supplement and is unregulated, unlike caffeine added to soda. Since the FDA doesn't have the legal authority to pull such a substance off the shelves, the agency has been building a case against those who are marketing it in bulk in an attempt to persuade them to stop.

Last summer, the FDA warned consumers to avoid pure powdered caffeine.

The agency said in a statement Tuesday that it sent the warning letters to the distributors "because these products are dangerous and present a significant or unreasonable risk of illness or injury to consumers."

A teaspoon of pure powdered caffeine is roughly equivalent to 28 cups of coffee, according to the FDA. The difference between a safe and toxic amount is very small. And a safe serving can be nearly impossible to measure with common kitchen tools.

"Volume measures, such as teaspoons, are not precise enough to calculate how many milligrams of caffeine are in the serving size," the FDA said.

The packages of pure caffeine referenced in the warning letters contain hundreds or thousands of servings of the stimulant. Such packaged quantities are potentially lethal to consumers, the agency said.

Some teenagers and young adults have been particularly drawn to the powder for an energy boost. Users add it to drinks for a pick-me-up before workouts or to control weight gain.

Eighteen-year-old Logan Stiner, of LaGrange, Ohio, died in May 2014 after consuming it. It was also linked to the June 2014 death of 24-year-old Wade Sweatt, of Alpharetta, Georgia.

Stiner's parents and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, have urged federal regulators to prohibit sales of the stimulant.

In a statement Tuesday, Brown called the letters "a step in the right direction" and said he would continue to push for a ban.

The FDA sent the warning letters last week to Bridge City Bulk - Bridge City LLC; Hard Eight Nutrition LLC; Purebulk Inc.; SPN LLC, which does business as Smartpowders; and Kreativ Health Inc., which does business as Natural Food Supplements. Their products are offered for sale online, according to the letters.

The companies have 15 days to respond to the agency.

Ron Rudnuck, president of Kreativ Health, told The Associated Press in a phone interview Tuesday that he would be taking its powdered caffeine off the market.

Messages seeking comment were left Tuesday with Hard Eight Nutrition, Smartpowders, Bridge City and Purebulk.

Missing person in Phoenix
By KTVL Staff/KTVL.com

PHOENIX, Ore.-- Phoenix Police are searching for a missing person who was last seen August 17 and is insulin dependent.

Steven Halverson, 46, is 6'3" and 207 pounds. He is described as having salt and pepper hair and blue eyes, according to the press release.

On August 17, he left his residence in Phoenix without saying where he was going and did not take any medication with him. In addition to being insulin dependent, he has other significant medical issues.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Phoenix Police department at 541-535-1113.

Pacific Crest Trail now open through Crater Lake park
CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK, Ore. (AP) -- The entire length of the Pacific Crest Trail within Oregon's Crater Lake National Park is now open.  

Wildfire dangers had closed a section of the trail from the park's northern boundary to the junction with Lightning Springs Trail.

A park official says cooler, wetter weather over the weekend and successful fire operations along the north entrance road dampened fire activity enough to reopen the popular trail.

Other trails, including the Boundary Springs, Bald Crater Loop and Bert Creek trails, remain closed.

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