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  • The world’s largest Starbucks will open in 2019 in Chicago, the coffee chain announces
  • Researchers have taken an important step toward better lung cancer treatment by using blood tests to track genetic changes in tumors
  • Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme has died from complications from esophageal cancer at the age of 73, his publicist says

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World's Largest Starbucks to Open in 2019, Company Says

The world’s largest Starbucks is coming to Chicago. The coffee chain announced that it will open a Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Chicago on North Michigan Avenue in 2019. According to the company, the four-story roastery will be a “fully sensorial coffee environment dedicated to roasting, brewing and packaging its rare, small-batch Starbucks Reserve coffees from around the world.” The 43,000-square-foot Starbucks will be located at Michigan Avenue and Erie Street, in the current Crate and Barrel building. The interactive space will feature multiple brewing methods, a new menu of coffees and mixology and fresh baking on-site. It will be the third roastery to open in the U.S. behind the flagship Seattle location, which opened in 2014, and one slated to open in New York in 2018.

Trump Team Softens War Talk, Vows Other Pressure on North Korea

The Trump administration told lawmakers it will apply economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea to dismantle its nuclear weapons program, as an extraordinary White House briefing served to tamp down talk of military action against an unpredictable and increasingly dangerous U.S. adversary. President Trump welcomed Republican and Democratic senators before his secretary of state, defense secretary, top general and national intelligence director conducted a classified briefing. The same team also met with House members in the Capitol to outline the North's escalating nuclear capabilities and U.S. response options to what they called an "urgent national security threat." After weeks of unusually blunt military threats, the joint statement by the agency chiefs said Trump's approach "aims to pressure North Korea into dismantling its nuclear, ballistic missile and proliferation programs by tightening economic sanctions and pursuing diplomatic measures with our allies and regional partners." It made no specific mention of military options, though it said the U.S. would defend itself and friends.

Dragging Incident May Sway Flyers' Airline Pick, United CEO Says

United Airlines issued a report about the April 9 dragging incident on a United Express plane, and detailed several new policies to deal with overbooked flights. A 69-year-old passenger who was already seated on the plane refused to leave when told to make room for airline crew members who were traveling for work. Cellphone video of David Dao being dragged off the plane by airport security officers lit up the internet. Oscar Munoz, the CEO of United Continental Holdings Inc., talked to The Associated Press about the incident and new airline policies designed to deal with overbooked flights.

Blood Tests Track Lung Cancer Gene Changes, Aiding Treatment

Researchers have taken an important step toward better lung cancer treatment by using blood tests to track genetic changes in tumors as they progress from their very earliest stages. With experimental tests that detect bits of DNA that tumors shed into the blood, they were able to detect some recurrences of cancer up to a year before imaging scans could, giving a chance to try new therapy sooner. It's the latest development for tests called liquid biopsies, which analyze cancer using blood rather than tissue samples. Some doctors use these tests now to guide care for patients with advanced cancers, mostly in research settings. The new work is the first time tests like this have been used to monitor the evolution of lung tumors at an early stage, when there's a much better chance of cure. Only about one third of lung cancer cases in the United States are found at an early stage, and even fewer in other parts of the world. But more may be in the future as a result of screening of longtime smokers at high risk of the disease that started a few years ago in the U.S.

Jonathan Demme, Oscar-Winning Director of ‘Silence of the Lambs,’ Dies, Publicist Says

Jonathan Demme, the eclectic, ever-enthusiastic filmmaker behind the Oscar winners "The Silence of the Lambs" and "Philadelphia," and the director of one of the most seminal concert films ever made, the Talking Heads' "Stop Making Sense," has died. He was 73. Demme's publicist, Annalee Paulo, said Demme died in his New York apartment, surrounded by his wife, Joanna, and three children. Demme died from complications from esophageal cancer, she said. Demme broke into moviemaking under the B-movie master Roger Corman in the early 1970s, and his prodigious, wide-ranging body of work always kept the spirited, agile curiosity of a low-budget independent filmmaker. His hopscotching career spanned documentaries, screwball comedies and tales of social justice. Yet his most famous films were a pair of Oscar-winners "The Silence of the Lambs," the 1991 thriller starring Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter and Jodie Foster as an FBI analyst, earned him a directing Oscar, as well as best picture. He followed that up with "Philadelphia" (1993), with Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington, the first major Hollywood film to confront the AIDS crisis.

Melissa McCarthy, Dwayne Johnson to Close Out 'SNL' Season 42

"Saturday Night Live" is closing out one of its most-watched seasons by bringing back some veteran hosts, and adding a few new faces. Chris Pine, who can be seen in the upcoming film adaptation of "Wonder Woman," will make his SNL hosting debut May 6 alongside musical guest LCD Soundsystem. Melissa McCarthy, whose rendition of White House press secretary Sean Spicer has left a lasting impression on SNL viewers, will return to host the show for the fifth time on May 13. HAIM will also perform that night. To close out season 42, which saw SNL begin broadcasting live nationwide since April 15, Dwayne Johnson will host for a fifth time on May 20. Katy Perry will return to the stage as a musical guest for the third time.

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