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U.S. fiscal cliff 5 days away

U.S. President Barack Obama boards Air Force One on Dec. 26, 2012, in Honolulu, Hawaii, en route to Washington, D.C. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Carolyn Kaster

President Obama has cut short his Christmas vacation short to focus on the looming fiscal cliff.

He boarded Air Force One in Honolulu, Hawaii, late Wednesday night so he could be back in Washington in the event the senate agrees on a plan when it reconvenes Thursday.

On Jan.  1, automatic spending cuts and tax hikes will kick in, likely leading to an economic recession.

Neither the Democrats nor the Republicans want to see that happen, but neither side has been willing to budge.

Coffee giant Starbucks has a message for policymakers who have been unable to reach a deal so far.

Employees at some Washington, D.C.-area stores are writing “Come together” on coffee cups.

The company’s CEO Howard Schultz asked workers at 120 D.C.-area stores to spread the message when serving customers Thursday and Friday.

Employees are not required to participate if it makes them uncomfortable.

Schultz says he hopes the message will convince Democrats and Republicans to find common ground.