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Florida unemployment rate falls to 6 percent, but problems persist


Forecast: Florida holiday shopping will jump 5 percent

Rejuvenated Florida shoppers are expected to increase spending on gifts this season at a faster pace than the rest of the country, according to the Florida Retail Federation's annual forecast. …


Tampa International Airport breaks ground on expansion project

TAMPA — The groundbreaking ceremony Thursday for Tampa International Airport's $943 million construction project marked the start of a massive transformation. It will change the way people w …


  1. Debts canceled by bankruptcy still mar credit scores

    Personal Finance

    In the netherworld of consumer debt, there are zombies: bills that cannot be killed even by declaring personal bankruptcy.

    Bernadette Gatling of Haverstraw, N.Y., says she has lost job opportunities because employers pull her credit report, still marred by debts voided in bankruptcy but not removed by Chase.
  2. CEOs in 10 big mergers to get $430M: Equilar study

    NEW YORK — This year's flurry of corporate mergers may not pay off for shareholders in the long run, but one thing is for sure: The bosses who are selling their companies will do just fine.

  3. With 11 kitchens, Locale Market unlike any gourmet market in bay area

    Food & Dining

    ST. PETERSBURG — When Locale Market opens mid-December in the newly launched Sundial complex, it will be a game changer.

Locale Market at SunDial in St. Petersburg open in mid-December. Final preparations are underway.
  4. PolitiFact: Claim that 4.7 million people lost insurance because of Obamacare is mostly false


    The statement

    "4.7 million people have lost their insurance in 32 states" due to Obamacare.

  5. 'Test kitchen' night reveals taste of upcoming Ava restaurant

    Food & Dining

    TAMPA —The Acunto wood-fired oven needed to cure slowly, a log loaded into its maw once in a while as the exterior wept moisture, rivulets pooling on Ava's floor. In all likelihood, the Italian-made pizza oven would weep for 14 days until it was ready for use.

    Ava’s design, a study in textures, ups the ante in a city that has seen a tremendous year of restaurant debuts.
  6. Florida unemployment rate falls to 6 percent, but problems persist


    There's little debate that Florida's economy is improving.

  7. Deal Divas: Avoid the mall with holiday shopping apps and buying local


    Head to the malls if you'd like.

    There's plenty of selection, of course. It may infuse you with holiday spirit. And you can wait in line for a few hours to sit on Santa's lap if that's your thing.

    The mall can even tire Santa out (well, especially Santa). The Deal Divas have some ideas to avoid the mall by using phone apps and shopping local. 
  8. Deal Divas: Holiday shopping tips for everyone from the tween to grandma


    It's tougher today than ever before to buy gifts for a member of another generation. Older adults struggle with what kind of boop-bop-beep-bop machine to get for the kids. Meanwhile, the younger generations must try to figure out if a $400 iPad for Grandma would change her life or collect dust in the dumbwaiter. The …

    The grandmas and the youngsters in this photo from a holiday party in Zephyrhills a few years ago seem in agreement that these hats and mittens are pretty neat. But it’s more difficult than ever for people from different generations to know what to get as a gift for those older or younger. Good thing the Deal Divas have some ideas.
  9. Tips for braving (and saving) this holiday shopping season


    BY JEFF HARRINGTON Times Staff Writer

  10. CEO survey: To recruit headquarters, tell companies you want them

    Economic Development

    A long-term project to recruit a brand name corporate headquarters here took a key, early step Thursday when survey results capturing the perceptions of this area by 350 CEOs and senior executives nationwide were delivered to local business and political leaders.