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In this May 14, 2012 file photo, shoppers walk into Sears in Peabody, Mass. The struggling retail giant Sears Holdings Corp. will lay off at least 5,457 employees and close more than 100 Sears and Kmart stores, many before Christmas, an online report said Thursday. [Associated Press]

More than 100 Sears and Kmart stores to close, report says

Struggling retail giant Sears Holdings Corp. will lay off at least 5,457 employees and close more than 100 Sears and Kmart stores, many before Christmas, an online report revealed Thursday. Seeking Alpha, a financial news and analysis service, listed a Kmart with 68 employees in Zephyrhills among the stores already …

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    GOP leads in early votes, Dems slowly closing margin

    About 1.5 million pre-Election Day ballots had been cast as of Friday morning and the Republican advantage over Democrats is slowly eroding in terms of a percentage advantage....

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    St. Pete council signals support for using Weeki Wachee Fund for park improvements, arts funding

    St. Petersburg | The City Council signaled its support on Thursday to fund a handful of projects from the city's Weeki Wachee Fund, including a proposal to support the arts with up to $1 million over the next 5 years....

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    Pasco teacher contract talks near make or break stage

    On this they can agree: If the Pasco County school district administration and United School Employees of Pasco don't come to contract terms by Thanksgiving, they likely won't reach an agreement for a very long time....

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