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Yellen suggests rate hike is coming but offers no timetable

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Rare strain of whitefly poses severe threat to Florida's $500 million tomato crop

A white-winged pest less than a millimeter long threatens to devastate Florida's $500 million tomato crop — more than half of which comes from Hillsborough and Manatee counties. Concer …

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Bloomin' Brands sees expansion opportunities in Latin America

Tampa-based Bloomin' Brands, facing stagnant sales domestically, plans to open more restaurants throughout Latin America. The company has hired a global real estate firm to look for growth …

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  1. When mom is a commercial pilot, breastfeeding is a problem

    Working Life

    Boarding a flight can feel like stepping into a time capsule: Men typically fly the plane, while most flight attendants are still women. Which is why a female pilot from Delta Air Lines did something dramatic at a union meeting recently.

    Brandy Beck, with her son and daughter at home in Denver, has faced challenges as a female pilot in the overwhelmingly male airline industry.
  2. For young kids, YouTube beats Disney, Oreo

    Business

    Anew study has determined something most astute parents are already hip to: YouTube is the most-loved brand with their young kids.

    This week on YouTube, Dwayne Reed, who teaches fourth grade in Skokie, Ill., posted a rap that welcomes his students to school. By last night, his three-minute video had more than 500,000 views.
  3. U.S. puts private student loan servicers on notice: Play nice

    Personal Finance

    Borrowers wrestling with college debt often complain that it is frustrating to deal with the companies managing their student loans. This summer, federal regulators have stepped up pressure on loan servicers to treat their borrowers better.

  4. Case for interest rate hike 'has strengthened in recent months,' Fed chair says

    Banking

    WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen signaled Friday that an increase in a key interest rate will be on the table at the central bank's next meeting in September but that a hike is far from a sure thing.

    Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen didn’t give a timetable for a rate increase and warned the economic outlook is uncertain at a banking conference Friday.  
  5. Seminole Heights couple delivers exposure for aspiring artists

    Business

    TAMPA — The god-like, teary-eyed figure holds the skull of what appears to be an antelope in Bekky Beukes' Sacrifice.

    Tim Gibbons and Jayne Lisbeth own Funky as a Monkey Art Studio. Over the past three years, they have promoted the works of about 300 local artists at establishments across Tampa. 
  6. PolitiFact: Did Richard Nixon release tax returns while running for president?

    Business

    The statement

    "Even Richard Nixon released his tax returns to the public when he was running for president."

    FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016, file photo, Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., speaks to the Progressive National Baptist Convention in New Orleans. Kaine is set to try and shore up labor support with a little help from his father. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File) NY124