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Florida overtakes New York as third most populous state

Start spreading the news, New York: Florida has just taken a big bite out of the Big Apple. Florida has officially overtaken New York as the third-most populous state in the country, the U. …

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Economic hopes kindle as Florida puts New York in rear-view mirror

To honor the holidays and celebrate Florida officially becoming the No. 3 state in population in the country, we offer two simple greetings. Ho ho ho. Hey New York, eat our d …

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Sony says 'The Interview' will be shown in some theaters Thursday

NEW YORK — The Interview, the comedy that provoked an international incident with North Korea and outrage over its canceled release, will open in a limited Christmas Day theatrical re …

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  1. PunditFact: How Venezuela's shrinking oil revenue impacts Cuba

    Business

    The statement

    "A lot of what (Cuba's) survival depends on is Venezuelan oil money, which is drying up."

  2. To those who made Tampa Bay economy better in 2014 — thanks

    Bravo to every person noted here for making the 2014 Tampa Bay economy stronger, smarter and more confident to try new things. Many more deserve thanks, so consider this list just the tip of an impressive iceberg. Well done to all. Hearty appreciation goes to:

    From left, Les and Pam Muma and USF College of Business dean Moez Limayem celebrate after an interview at the Tampa Bay Times. The Mumas become the largest single donor to the University of South Florida after giving $25 million to the College of Business in Tampa.
  3. Five trends reshaping Tampa Bay economy in 2014

    Business

    Was it just a year ago that Tampa Bay was obsessing about rising flood insurance rates and Floridians were speculating about the return of "Governor" Charlie Crist?

    Gasoline prices in the bay area, at $2.39 at this Tampa RaceTrac earlier this month, are about 90 cents less than a year ago.
  4. Net-zero communities that make solar power work expand in Florida

    Energy

    GROVELAND

    Herman Martinez hasn't paid an electric bill above $11 for his 2,150-square-foot home in the two years he has lived in it.

    Herman Martinez, 64, lives in a net-zero-energy home in an adult community near Orlando where solar panels provide some power to every home.
  5. Businesses facing rent increase and change in popular Art Block

    Real Estate

    ST. PETERSBURG — The 600 block of Central Avenue, also known as the Art Block, has reached a level of success that is prompting changes and mixed reviews.

    Anil Albaglar, 28, of Turkey, Anya Solovyeva, 23, of St. Petersburg, Russia, and Heather Lee, 21, of Sarasota explore the Art Block of 600 Central Avenue in St. Petersburg. Rent is going up on the block, and some folks are leaving, others not.
  6. U.S. wine industry toasts rise of drink's sales in Japan

    Retail

    TOKYO — Standing next to the wine display at the Nissin World Delicatessen, Masahiro Ino, 24, eyed a $99 bottle of Silver Oak cabernet sauvignon imported from California.

    Toshiko Nakaya, left, and Masakou Hamachi sample sake at a tasting in Tokyo in October. U.S. wineries are beginning to challenge sake sales.
  7. In Takata shakeup, president is removed as founding family member expands role

    Autos

    Japanese airbag manufacturer Takata, which is at the center of a global recall crisis, said Wednesday that it had removed its president and that its chairman, a grandson of the company founder, would also take on the role of president, consolidating control over the company.

    Stefan Stocker was named Takata president last year.
  8. Yellen wins high praise in first year as Federal Reserve chair

    Banking

    WASHINGTON — In her first speech as chairwoman of the Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen told the stories of three people looking for work.

    For the most part, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen has maintained a high degree of continuity with predecessor Ben Bernanke, while deftly reworking the wording of official policy statements.
  9. Merry madness at new American Girl Orlando store (w/video)

    Retail

    ORLANDO — When you're a dude at the American Girl store, you lay low, seek shadows, hug walls. Hiding's cool, too. Samuel Gaskin, visiting from Las Vegas, is motionless on a bench, sitting directly beneath a wall-sized portrait of a young lass cradling a rubber-faced 18-inch doll that's dressed exactly like her. …

    American Girl began as a mail-order business, but experienced tremendous growth. Founded by a Wisconsin company, it was bought by Mattel for $700 million in 1998.
  10. Economic hopes kindle as Florida puts New York in rear-view mirror

    Business

    To honor the holidays and celebrate Florida officially becoming the No. 3 state in population in the country, we offer two simple greetings.

    Ho ho ho.

    Hey New York, eat our dust.

    Crowds populate Clearwater Beach on a Friday afternoon. [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times]
  11. Don't let holiday debt ruin your spirit

    Personal Finance

    Many consumers have been pulling out their credit cards to pay for holiday purchases this year.

    Pamela Yip, Business News, photographed on October 19, 2010. (Evans Caglage/The Dallas Morning News)
  12. A lean Christmas for many laid-off casino workers

    Working Life

    ATLANTIC CITY — One got her Christmas dinner handed to her a week in advance in foil containers from a union food bank.

    The Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City closed earlier this year after failing to find a buyer.
  13. Reviews: Orlando's Trattoria al Forno goes rustic; the Cowfish goes bold

    Food & Dining

    ORLANDO

    The gifts are unwrapped, but your guests are still camped out and hogging the hot water. Give them an extra stocking stuffer by guiding them to some of Orlando's many allures, including a couple of brand new dining spots, one at Disney's BoardWalk and the other at Universal's CityWalk. Equip them with the …

    A Cowfish bento box has a miniburger, sweet potato fries, spicy-soy Thai cucumbers, edamame and sushi.
  14. At ESPN Bitcoin Bowl, push is on for football — and cryptocurrency

    Retail

    MADEIRA BEACH — The Alligator Attraction is a classic Florida joint, the kind of place where tizzied tourists can toss turkey dogs to snappy reptiles. But this week, old-school fun will start accepting new-school funds: bitcoin, an online "cryptocurrency" that has gained buzz — if not exactly a stronghold in …

    Bob Barrett, owner of Alligator Attraction in Madeira Beach, gives Chompers, its star reptile, a kiss on the snout Monday. Alligator Attraction is enthusiastically accepting bitcoin.
  15. Iorio extends commitment to Big Brothers Big Sisters

    Business

    Former Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio plans to remain at the helm of Big Brothers Big Sisters as president and CEO until 2019 as the social services organization relocates its headquarters next year from suburban Dallas to Tampa.

    Pam Iorio’s contract as president and CEO was set to expire in 2016.