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U.S. employers add 223,000 jobs; jobless rate falls to 5.3 percent

WASHINGTON — U.S. employers added a solid 223,000 jobs in June, and the unemployment rate fell to 5.3 percent, a seven-year low. The numbers show the job market moving close to full health a …


What 'drives' Tampa Bay business market? A quest to shed a bland brand

What would happen if "Tampa Bay" was trying to pitch itself as a compelling partner on What would stand out? How could this place sell itself competitively when compared to the better-k …


Coffee company's past financial problems not discussed by aviation board

TAMPA — The Hillsborough County Aviation Authority board had a full house for its regular meeting Thursday at Tampa International Airport, as many anticipated that board members would discus …


  1. Top U.S. auto safety regulator says Chrysler to face sanctions


    WASHINGTON — The chief U.S. auto safety regulator says Fiat Chrysler will face sanctions for violating safety laws in multiple recalls.

  2. Whole Foods takes blame for 'inadvertent' mispricing


    A week after a New York City investigation found that Whole Foods Market stores were overcharging for prepackaged products, the company's co-chief executives admitted pricing mistakes were made.

  3. Why central bankers should wait to boost rates

    Working Life

    WASHINGTON — The economy is adding a lot of jobs, but still needs to add a lot more.

  4. Cuba launches first public Wi-Fi hot spots on Havana avenue

    Economic Development

    HAVANA — Cuban authorities have launched public Wi-Fi hot spots along a main avenue that is the heart of Havana's cultural and social life, the first step in government promises to gradually roll out such connectivity options on an island that the Internet revolution has largely passed by.

    The chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Cuba Jeffrey DeLaurentis, left, and Cuba's Interim Foreign Minister Marcelino Medina sit at a meeting before the  handing over of a letter from President Barack Obama for Cuba's President Raul Castro in Havana on Wednesday. [Associated Press]
  5. Man struggles to get tax refund after his wife dies



    Steven Sweeney is desperate. • The 54-year-old grandfather lost his job and his workman's compensation. His wife died in March. Now, he fears he is about to lose his home and car, won't be able to feed his 3-year-old grandchild or take care of a mentally disabled daughter. His only financial …

    Steven Sweeney, 54, hugs his daughter, Amber Sweeney, 28, as he cries and talks about how much he misses his wife, Muriel, who died in March. He says he may lose everything if he cannot get the IRS to reissue a tax refund.
  6. Arizona copper mine stirs debate pitting profits vs. religion


    SUPERIOR, Ariz. — Outside of an aging mining town in the mountains east of Phoenix, a copper company has burrowed a shaft 1.3 miles into the high desert landscape in what is believed to be the deepest such mine in the United States.

    A pair of Resolution Copper Mining shafts await the go-ahead in Superior, Ariz., for a project that company officials say will usher in a new era, bringing in the equivalent of roughly $1 billion worth of revenue annually for about 60 years. 
  7. Caroline Hailey: 3 best and worst things to buy generic


    Whether you're single or married, have a large or small family, finding ways to save money is always a good feeling. And with so many generic options out there, it's often tempting to just buy the cheaper products and save your money for something else. But "cheaper" doesn't always mean better. So, how can you know what …

  8. PolitiFact: Are wages finally growing faster than health insurance costs?


    The statement

    "By one leading measure, what business owners pay out in wages and salaries is now finally growing faster than what they spend on health insurance" for the first time in 17 years.

    President Barack Obama points to a person who wants to ask a question as he spoke at Taylor Stratton Elementary School in Nashville, Tenn., Wednesday, July 1, 2015. The president is in Nashville to speak about the Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) TNMH110