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Florida unemployment rate falls to 6 percent, but problems persist

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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. …

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Florida regulators to decide on energy efficiency goals, solar rebates

State regulators are expected to decide Tuesday whether to back proposals by Florida utilities to gut their energy efficiency goals by more than 90 percent and end programs that offered rebates fo …

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  1. SeaWorld, Busch Gardens offers slew of ticket deals for 'Blue Friday'

    Florida

    SeaWorld and Busch Gardens are getting in on holiday shopping with buy one, get one free ticket deals worth up to $180 in an online-only sale. First, you have to register for the parks' email updates at seaworldorlando.com or at buschgardenstampa.com. Then at …

    Orcas during a show at the Shamu Up Close attraction at Sea World in Orlando, Fla., Jan. 7, 2014. (Joshua C. Cruey/Orlando Sentinel/MCT) 1148374
  2. Neil Patrick Harris, Frozen's Kristoff among celebrity narrators at Epcot's Candelight

    Florida

    Two of the most anticipated celebrity narrators for Epcot's Candlelight Processional — actor Neil Patrick Harris and Broadway star Jonathan Groff, the voice of Kristoff from Frozen — will be telling the Christmas story before a full choir to help kick off the opening of the popular holiday …

  3. Florida regulators to decide on energy-efficiency goals, solar rebates

    Energy

    State regulators in Tallahassee are expected to decide today whether to back proposals by Florida utilities to gut their energy-efficiency goals by more than 90 percent and end programs that offered rebates for solar installations.

    Florida’s top power companies contend that it is too costly to continue programs offering rebates for the installation of solar power networks, such as those from Sunworks Solar at the Florida State University zero-emission house in Tallahassee.
  4. Review: 3 cheap smartphones to consider this holiday season

    Retail

    NEW YORK — The cheapest smartphones don't have all the gizmos of Apple or Samsung models, but I'm impressed by how many features you do get for roughly a third of the price.

    This product image provided by ZTE shows the Nubia 5S Mini smartphone.  [Associated Press]
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

  7. 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.
  8. PolitiFact: Claim that 4.7 million people lost insurance because of Obamacare is mostly false

    Business

    The statement

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

  9. '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.
  10. Florida unemployment rate falls to 6 percent, but problems persist

    Business

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