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This wind farm sits on a bluff above Wallula in southern Washington state near the Columbia River. Could a wind project be in Florida's future? [Steve Ringman/Seattle Times/MCT]

Duke Energy wind farm plans for LA prompts question: What about Florida?

Duke Energy announced plans Tuesday for the nation's largest wind farm and energy storage system in the western United States, prompting questions about whether the utility should offer major clean energy projects in Florida and the east coast. Duke-American Transmission, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, would join thr …

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  1. As Alibaba celebrates, U.S. Internet firms suffer from being shut out of China

    Corporate

    Overlooked amid the excitement over Ali­baba's blockbuster IPO on the New York Stock Exchange last week was one of the reasons for the company's smashing debut: The Chinese market it dominates is all but blocked for Silicon Valley rivals like Google, Facebook and Twitter.

    Michelle Quinn, Mercury News business columnist. (Michael Malone/staff)
  2. U.S. clampdown on tax maneuver leaves its mark

    Corporate

    NEW YORK — A handful of big companies pursuing overseas mergers to lower their tax bills came under pressure Tuesday after the U.S. unveiled rules to discourage them.

  3. Hernando County real estate transactions for Sept. 26

    Real Estate

    BROOKSVILLE

    2370 Spring Lake Hwy, to Velma C. Jones & Barry P. Jones by Pedro Garmas & Ruby Peoples, $247,200, 08/08/2014.

  4. Pinellas County real estate for Sept. 26

    Real Estate

    BELLEAIR

    4 Belleview Blvd. #508, to Pasquale Andrew J. De & Pasquale Roxana G. De by Dick D. Kesling & Doris L. Kesling, $300,000, 09-10-2014.

  5. Hillsborough real estate transactions for Sept. 26

    Real Estate

    APOLLO BEACH

    6503 Blackfin Wy., to R. Dennis Langston by Jakub Kahl & Aspen C. Kahl, $1,050,000, 08-22-2014.

  6. Duke Energy wind farm plans for LA prompts question: What about Florida?

    Energy

    Duke Energy announced plans Tuesday for the nation's largest wind farm and energy storage system in the western United States, prompting questions about whether the utility should offer major clean energy projects in Florida and the east coast.

    This wind farm sits on a bluff above Wallula in southern Washington state near the Columbia River. Could a wind project be in Florida's future? [Steve Ringman/Seattle Times/MCT]
  7. HCA will close St. Petersburg's Edward White Hospital, citing low revenues

    Business

    ST. PETERSBURG — Nearly 40 years after opening its doors, Edward White Hospital will close in November amid another year of empty beds and a multimillion-dollar shortfall.

    HCA West Florida will close St. Petersburg's Edward White Hospital next month. Its clinical services will be consolidated with three sister facilities in Pinellas County, the company announced Tuesday. [MELISSA LYTTLE   |   Times
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  8. Giant British grocer Tesco admits overstating profit by $407 million

    Retail

    LONDON — Tesco, the world's second-largest supermarket chain after Walmart, has suspended four executives and launched an accounting investigation after admitting that its half-year profit was overstated by $407 million.

    Tesco, second only to Walmart in global supermarket revenue, has long dominated in Britain but is struggling to fend off cost-cutting competitors.
  9. Curious study finds Tampa's waterfront expensive, St. Petersburg's non-existent

    Real Estate

    Looking for an affordable waterfront home? Forget Tampa, where you could buy eight non-waterfront houses for the price of one median-priced place on the water.

    A report from Zillow identifies Tampa as having one of the nation’s highest price discrepancies between homes on the waterfront, such as this one in Harbour Island overlooking Seddon Channel, and non-waterfront homes.
  10. 5 ways to protect yourself from data breaches

    Personal Finance

    NEW YORK — Data breaches at retailers aren't going away, but there are ways consumers can protect themselves from future heists of their payment card information.