Business

Target hackers difficult to identify

WASHINGTON — Secret Service investigators say they are close to gaining a full understanding of the methods hackers used to breach Target's computer systems in December. But the agency says it could take years to identify the criminals who stole about 40 million debit and credit card numbers of Target shoppers, and …

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  1. Piece of errant metal in steam generator delays restart of St. Lucie nuclear plant

    Energy

    A piece of metal, perhaps part of a tool, damaged a steam generator at the St. Lucie 2 nuclear power plant, forcing Florida Power & Light to delay restarting the reactor.

  2. PolitiFact: Statement that Americans spend billions of hours on taxes is true

    Business

    The statement

    Americans spend "6.1 billion hours a year" on tax preparation.

  3. Pasco's business digest for April 20

    Business

    Briefly

    SIGN UP NOW FOR CLASS OF 2015: Leadership Pasco is accepting applications for the Class of 2015. The program explores critical issues through a series of seminars and hands-on activities. Applicants should be interested in serving the community, committed to personal and professional growth, …

    WOMEN-N-CHARGE GRANTS: Women-N-Charge, whose mission, in part, is to support and assist professional women in managing their businesses more effectively, awarded $1,000 grants to Angela Schaberg and Angela Gilbert. Schaberg, the owner of 2EliteFitness, received the business advancement grant; and Gilbert, founder of Building a Foundation, received the career advancement grant. Both grants were sponsored by Centennial Bank. From left, are: Suzin Carr, grant judge; Paula O’Neil, grant judge; Gilbert; Pat Carroll, grant judge; and Elayne Bassinger with Centennial Bank.
  4. Drones take flight as real estate tool, and much more

    Real Estate

    TAMPA

    Buzzing into the warehouse, ascending gently through the light, the $1,000 DJI Phantom 2 drone looked every bit a blend of engineering and grace, the sleek embodiment of an increasingly ubiquitous technology, less hardware than work of art.

    Then it crashed.

    A real estate team’s Phantom 2 drone records video of a waterfront home in St. Petersburg’s Yacht Club Estates.
  5. Tampa Bay Times brings new digital sales manager on board

    Business

    Monica Boyer started work this week as the new digital sales manager of the Tampa Bay Times, its website tampabay.com and its free tabloid tbt*.

  6. As love affair with cars wanes, Tampa Bay stuck in slow lane of change

    Autos

    Amid the parochial arm wrestling over what kind (if any) of mass transit lies in its future, the Tampa Bay metro area remains surprisingly blind to the bigger trend.

    Travis Kalanick is CEO of Uber, one of two ride-sharing services that are now accepting passengers in Tampa, connecting passengers with drivers via a smartphone app. Lyft is the other service.
  7. Tampa businesses recognized for sustainability

    Environment

    TAMPA

    Oyster shells from Anise Gastro Global Bar, once destined for a landfill, have gone back underwater to provide homes for new oysters. • The bar also put up a vertical garden earlier this month. • At Moxies Cafe, a spoon-washing station, its water constantly running, is gone. Now baristas use a …

    At home, Pham grows herbs, sugarcane, lemons and limes, which she incorporates into dishes at Bamboozle. 
  8. Florida's unemployment rate inches up to 6.3 percent

    Working Life

    Florida's unemployment rate inched up from 6.2 percent to 6.3 percent in March, ending a remarkable 42-month streak in which the rate has either dropped or stayed unchanged.

  9. Advocates press for access to secret scores on consumers

    Personal Finance

    Consumers won access to their credit scores more than a decade ago, after advocates voiced concerns over errors and lending bias.

  10. Performance, horsepower drive muscle car popularity

    Autos

    NEW YORK — Who says America has lost its muscle?

    The 2015 Dodge Challenger draws a crowd after its introduction Thursday at the New York International Auto Show.