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Canadians put hope in new bill that would let them stay longer in United States

ST. PETE BEACH Along about May 1 each year, Ted and Margo Footitt start dreading going home after their six-month stay in Florida. That's because home is Ontario, where May temperatures can …

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Agriculture secretary says Cuba trade could grow by hundreds of millions

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack predicts U.S. trade with Cuba could rebound from its current $300 million to close to $500 million with Florida among the states capitalizing the most. …

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Trigaux: In 'Shark Tank' style, five startups get six minutes to prove who's best

Lights. Action. Pitch. In a frenetic mix of swirling lights, rolling cameras and a DJ-inspired audience rooting from bleacher seats, five area business startups earned six minutes apiece to …

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  1. Vinik home up north sells at discount, as couple builds in Sarasota

    News

    Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik has one less house.

    Jeff Vinik sold his 19,306-square-foot mansion in Massachusetts for $10.3 million. He and his wife, Penny, live in a contemporary-style mansion in South Tampa’s Palma Ceia neighborhood.
  2. Solutions for problems with an old computer, getting to a website

    Business

    A website I visit frequently won't let me get in if I type the address from either AOL or Internet Explorer. It does go to the sign-in window but when I type my user name and password, it all just sits there, not even telling me the name and/or password are wrong. However, I have it in a link in an email from the …

  3. Florida utilities say solar doesn't work in the Sunshine State, but it sure does in Georgia

    Energy

    The Sunshine State is losing its shine to something peachy.

    Solar panels have been installed at Dublin High School in Dublin, Ga. Georgia is emerging as a leader in solar power because regulators and utilities have embraced solar as part of the solution for energy demand.
  4. PolitiFact: Boehner statement on health law penalty too sweeping

    Business

    The statement

    The Affordable Care Act "basically puts a penalty or a tax on employers for every new job they create."

    House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, followed by Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, emerges from a closed-door strategy session with House Republicans, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. Boehner acknowledged that there have been "a couple of stumbles" in the opening weeks of the new Republican-run Congress, as he and GOP leaders met with reporters. Rep. Johnson is the sponsor of a current bill to expedite the approval process for liquefied natural gas exports. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) DCSA115
  5. Ex-Dolphins lineman Keith Sims shares coupon secrets

    Personal Finance

    FORT LAUDERDALE

    Keith Sims knows how to protect and block.

    Former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Keith Sims saved $144.83 during a shopping trip to a Publix in Weston in February 2014.
  6. Pot Roast Spud?! Three restaurant chains look to conquer Tampa Bay

    Retail

    One has a "secret menu" and a beef-and-marinara monster sandwich called "the Godfather." Another makes pretty pizzas with spicy twists. And another is a breakfast joint that serves an omelette called "the Bacquezo" (bacon, chorizo, cream cheese).

  7. New methodology helps boost Florida consumer confidence index

    Personal Finance

    Florida consumer confidence rose sharply in January, but researchers attributed much of the climb to changes in how survey data was collected.

  8. Can Florida topple Texas in their own Super Bowl battle for jobs??

    Economic Development

    Florida overtaking Texas as the nation's top producer of new jobs?

  9. A push to turn on export tap

    Energy

    WASHINGTON — Dropping oil prices aren't slowing a drive from U.S. producers to ship their crude oil overseas and change a ban on exports that has lasted decades.

    U.S. oil prices are as low as they’ve been since 2009, yet oil producers are pushing to overturn an export ban. They’re betting that long-term demand remains strong. Opponents argue allowing exports would make U.S. energy independence unlikely. 
  10. Chances of dying in car crash plunged over three years, study shows

    Autos

    WASHINGTON — The chances of a driver dying in a crash in a late-model car or light truck fell in the 2011-2012 period by more than a third when compared to 2008-2009 statistics, and nine car models had zero deaths per million registered vehicles, says a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

    A Hollywood, Calif., street is closed after a July accident. The chances of dying in a crash in a late-model car or light truck fell by more than a third over three years, according to a study.
  11. Hedge fund manager gets 13 years in prison

    Business

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — A Venezuelan-American hedge fund manager was sentenced Thursday to 13 years in prison for running a Connecticut fraud scheme involving hundreds of millions of dollars from Venezuela's state oil company.

  12. Canadians put hope in new bill that would let them stay longer in United States

    Business

    ST. PETE BEACH

    Along about May 1 each year, Ted and Margo Footitt start dreading going home after their six-month stay in Florida. That's because home is Ontario, where May temperatures can drop into the 20s.

    Ted and Margo Footitt of Ontario, Canada, pictured in the living room of their second-floor condo that looks out over the pool area and the rest of the complex at The Sylvette in St Pete Beach. They spend six months out of the year in there. [CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times]
  13. Greg Baker resurrects Florida Cracker cuisine at Fodder & Shine

    Food & Dining

    TAMPA

    Greg Baker stands in the Fodder & Shine kitchen explaining what will happen in a vast room full of gleaming ovens and prep counters when his phone rings for the fifth time. "And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate. Baby I'm just gonna shake, shake, shake. Shake it off." // Wife and business partner …

    Cornmeal, chicken fat fried chicken with sides of cornbread, and tomato gravy and rice at Fodder & Shine, in Tampa. Photographed on Friday January 9th, 2015.


MONICA HERNDON | TIMES
  14. Dunedin: New zoning equals renewed interest in ex-Nielsen site

    Growth

    DUNEDIN — Interest in the long-vacant former Nielsen Media Research campus is picking up.

    The Nielsen property at 375 Patricia Ave. in Dunedin has been empty since 2005, when Nielsen relocated to Oldsmar.
  15. Clearwater launches plan to revive downtown

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — Downtown Clearwater doesn't have a Jeff Vinik like Tampa has, or a Bill Edwards like St. Petersburg has. There's no multimillionaire white knight who's looking to invest tens of millions downtown.

    One suggestion from the Urban Land Institute is to make Clearwater a major boating center by capitalizing on the Clearwater Harbor Marina, above, and other facilities.