Starbucks touts Christmas coffee after flap over red cups

WASHINGTON (AP) – Starbucks is pushing back against accusations from GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump and others that its minimalist holiday cup design is a slap at Christmas. In a statement Tuesday touting its 2015 Christmas coffee, Starbucks said it’s introducing this year’s exclusive blend on behalf of its 300,000 employees “from diverse ethnic backgrounds.”…

Solid preliminary ratings for Trump on SNL

NEW YORK (AP) – The early ratings are in for Donald Trump’s appearance on “SNL” and they’re solid, but not “HUGE.” Preliminary Nielsen ratings measuring households in 56 U.S. markets gave the “Saturday Night Live” episode its highest rating since only January 2012. Basketball great Charles Barkley was host that night. The Republican presidential hopeful’s…