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Deals and freebies for National Ice Cream Day

What better way to satisfy your sweet tooth than by indulging in some cool, delicious -- and most importantly discounted -- ice cream? 

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July is National Ice Cream Month, and the middle of the month marks National Ice Cream Day. 

This year, get a sundae on Sunday, July 17, when certain retailers will offer deals and freebies. Some won't even make you wait until Sunday -- Uber is offering a sweet deal on Friday.

Here's what to look out for: 

Baskin Robbins: Customers can receive a free upgrade to a waffle cone with any ice cream purchase during the month of July. The ice cream chain will donate a portion of all ice cream proceeds on Sunday to the United Service Organization.

Blue Bell: Try the newest flavor, Cookie Two Step, released Friday nationwide.

Carvel: Carvel will give customers a free cup or cone on Sunday with the purchase of one of equal or larger size.

Cold Stone Creamery: Members of the eClub can receive buy one, get one free coupons.

Friendly's: The restaurant's monthlong Sprinklefest offers discounts on frosted treats.

Marble Slab Cream Creamery: Marble Slab will offer a buy one, get one deal Sunday until 1 p.m.

Monkey Joe’s: Guests at select locations of the indoor kids play centers get free ice cream cups while supplies last on Sunday.

PetSmart: Participating PetSmart PetHotel locations will give out free ice cream samples to dogs on Sunday. 

Uber: On Friday, July 15, people in 400 cities around the world can have Magnum ice cream bars delivered to them by Uber, free of charge. Free deliveries are available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

6 foods to try in Cleveland during the RNC and where to find them

The Republican National Convention will be held at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland from July 18–21. 

But whether you're in the area before the convention, during it or afterwards, the city boasts many delicious foods for hungry visitors to fill up on. 

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The city’s food culture is heavily influenced by its Chinese, Italian, Polish, Ukrainian, Slovenian and German immigrants, as well as African-Americans and other ethnic groups.

Here are some of the best places to eat in Cleveland and what you should order, according to 

Starbucks raises drink prices, will raise workers' wages

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Starbucks employees are getting a raise this fall.

On Monday, the company's CEO announced all employees will get at least a 5 percent raise in base pay.

"Striking the delicate balance between profit and a social conscience is a responsibility I take personally," CEO Howard Schultz said in his letter to employees.

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The announcement came after an online petition started by a Starbucks employee in California recently picked up steam. The petition says labor cuts and underemployment have led to remarkably low employee morale, which in turn has negatively affected customer service.

The recent wage pressures are also part of a larger national push for a $15 minimum wage. Earlier this year, McDonald's felt similar pressure when advocacy group Fight for $15 protested near McDonald's Illinois headquarters during a shareholder meeting.

Starbucks employee raises will go into effect in October. Employees who have been with the company for at least two years will also get an increase in stock awards. Schultz also announced that employees can look forward to a looser dress code that is "designed to work well with the green apron."

Starbucks is also "planning a small price increase on select beverages" starting Tuesday, reported.

It's unclear which drinks will be subject to the price increase, but a statement issued by the coffee chain on July 1 said some beverages will increase by 30 cents.

Starbucks said the increased prices appeared in some regions before Tuesday, when the nationwide raise was enacted.

"The price adjustment was prematurely entered into the point-of-sale systems in our U.S. company-operated stores," the statement says. "As a result, some customers were charged incorrectly. The maximum any customer could have been overcharged is 30 cents per beverage.”

Starbucks is encouraging customers who believe that they were overcharged to contact customer service at 1-800-782-7282, reported.

Roach falls on health inspector's iPad while at Florida restaurant

A Florida restaurant had bad luck when a health inspection report said a roach fell from the ceiling onto someone walking through the establishment -- the health inspector.

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WPLG reported that the inspection took place at Argenti Pizza in Tamarac, Florida, and the insect fell from the ceiling onto an iPad that the inspector was holding.

The inspector said in his report that there were multiple other roaches in the establishment other than the one that plopped onto his iPad, WPLG reported. The restaurant was shut down shortly afterward.

"Dead roaches on premises. Observed 10 dead between the wall and steam table in the kitchen," the report said, according to WPLG. "Observed 2 dead on the shelf with plates above the chest freezer. Observed 50 dead roaches under the cooking equipment and four dead on the legs of the large mixer. Observed nine dead roaches in the reach-in freezer on the cook line. Two dead roaches on the floor by the reach-in freezer next to, the back door. Observed 20 dead roaches on the floor under the three-compartment sink next to the hole in the wall. Observed 75 dead roaches on the floor by the walk-in cooler."

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Barnes and Noble to open restaurants, serve alcohol

Barnes & Noble is merging books and booze to save its book business.

The bookseller is opening four concept stores around the U.S. that will feature full restaurants that sell beer and wine.

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Barnes & Noble already has Starbucks cafes in most of its bookstores, but the new restaurants will feature breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, and a server will take your order.

The first store will open in Eastchester, New York, in October. The three other stores will be in Edina, Minnesota; Folsom, California; and Loudoun County, Virginia, Fortune reported.

The head of the project said it was about creating "a better bookstore" that drives traffic to the store and keeps people there longer.

The company has faced slumping sales recently thanks to people turning to online retailers, like Amazon, to buy books. Its sales fell .8 percent last quarter.

The company's Nook devices and e-book business aren't performing well either. Nook's market share is at 9 percent after it held 27 percent in 2011.

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Can civil rights leaders solve Airbnb's discrimination problem?

Airbnb seems to be taking accusations of discrimination seriously. To prove that point, the company is meeting Thursday with civil rights leaders to see how it can battle reports of prejudice against minority groups, including black and transgender people. 

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An Airbnb spokesman told USA Today it's hoping for a productive conversation, adding, "We don't have all the answers and we want to listen to everyone who shares our commitment to fighting bias and discrimination."

The company has been criticized after reports by Harvard University revealed racial discrimination. Studies have found that guests with stereotypical black-sounding names are less likely to be chosen than a white person, even with everything else being exactly the same. 

And the accusations have turned into legal action. At least one civil rights lawsuit has been filed against Airbnb for allegedly ignoring a man's discrimination claim, which led to the infamous #airbnbwhileblack, where thousands added their voices to the cries of discrimination. 

This kind of mistreatment is actually already covered under federal law. The Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination in places of public accommodation, including hotels and motels, which presumably would include companies like Airbnb. 

Airbnb has said it's working to fight any biases, but that may prove difficult. Policies banishing hosts for overt discrimination is an easy action, but proving mistreatment that's more veiled is tougher to pinpoint -- especially since Airbnb hosts don't technically work for Airbnb. 

But the company doesn't seem dismayed. An investigation into its policies is underway with a full report expected to come out in September. 

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These are the companies people really want to work for

Coca-Cola is one of the top places where people want to work, according to LinkedIn, the networking website for professionals.

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The Atlanta-based beverage giant came in at No. 20 on LinkedIn’s list of 40 companies that are best at attracting and keeping top talent.

Coca-Cola was cited for its plan to soon offer six weeks paid leave to all new parents, among other benefits.

LinkedIn judged companies on how long employees stick around, interest of non-employees to connect with a company’s employees through LinkedIn and the number of views on a corporation’s career page, among other criteria.

Google was No. 1 on the list, followed by 2. Salesforce, 3. Facebook, 4. Apple and No. 5 Amazon.

The others: No. 6 Uber, No. 7 Microsoft, No. 8 Tesla and No. 9 Twitter. Airbnb and Netflix also made it into the top 20.

See the full list here.

Man leaves $1,000 tip, returns next day to get it back

It seemed too good to be true for Skye Seumptewa when she opened the ticket book left by her customer and more than $1,000 was in there. She knew something was up, and that suspicion was confirmed when her former customer returned the next day to get his money back.

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KUSA reported the man was eating at Thailicious, an Edgewater, Colorado, restaurant, on Monday night and sat at the bar, ordering a few glasses of wine with a meal before paying for his check. According to Seumptewa, he settled the bill and left, which is when she noticed the bounty of bills left inside.

"We thought he was just some super-loaded dude who wanted to make our night,” she told KUSA. 

Bee Anantatho, one of the restaurant's owners, said he and the workers were excited, but also a little skeptical. "(The server) was so excited about it. He said he's heard of the stories like this, but not with this much money. Like $400. This was something huge. I said maybe we should wait because that's too much money. Let's wait to see if he comes back or not."

The customer returned and said he was a little drunk when he left the original tip. "He came in and asked for the money back," Anantatho added. "He thought he lost it. He said he was a little drunk, and I think he believed that he counted 20 bills of money so I think that he believed that it was all singles."

The man left them with a $40 tip instead, the Denver Post reported.

Anantatho, who co-owns the restaurant with his wife, Surachai Surabotsopon, said they decided to give the money back for karma.

"Many people have said we have a right to keep the money, since it was already in the checkbook," he said. "I believe in karma, so if it's not ours, then we should give it back. He's still welcome."

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