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The daily business briefing: April 18, 2018

Harold Maass

Starbucks said Tuesday it would close more than 8,000 company-owned U.S. stores for a day next month to give employees "racial-bias education." The move could cost an estimated $20 million in sales. The coffee chain's CEO, Kevin Johnson, called for the sensitivity training for nearly 175,000 workers after two black men were arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks last week when a manager called the police. The Internal Revenue Service's "Direct Pay" page for paying income taxes online using bank accounts briefly crashed on Tuesday, hours before the April 17 deadline for filing federal tax returns.