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  1. Constantly changing online prices stump shoppers

    Retail

    NEW YORK — Online shopping has become as volatile as stock market trading. Wild, minute-by-minute price swings on everything from clothes to TVs have made it difficult for holiday shoppers to "buy low."

    A Target shopper in Maine last month compares prices to Wal-Mart, though retailers are altering prices many times daily.
  2. Barbecue smoking in Seminole Heights, Carrollwood; South Tampa Chamber gets new digs

    Retail

    A year of planning and dreaming and today's the day, said Lysa Bozel, co-owner of the Bourgeois Pig restaurant with her husband, Michael.

    Holy Hog’s menu features traditional Southern favorites with an emphasis on pork, Texas-style Brisket and St. Louis Ribs.
  3. U.S. consumer prices fell 0.3 percent in November

    Retail

    WASHINGTON — Plunging gasoline costs pulled U.S. consumer prices lower in November, muting inflation across the economy.

  4. FedEx, UPS and Postal Service scramble to cope with peak holiday shipping days

    Retail

    LOS ANGELES

    Inside FedEx's sorting facility, mechanical arms whir within a labyrinth of buzzing blue and yellow machinery. Cardboard boxes drop onto a conveyor belt with a thud, zipping down the line to be sorted before making it to shoppers' doorsteps for the holidays.

    A FedEx employee watches packages stream by inside the sorting and shipping hub at Los Angeles International Airport on Monday.
  5. Locale Market opens to gaga shoppers at St. Petersburg's Sundial

    Retail

    ST. PETERSBURG

    On the opening day of Locale Market, a Pop Craft artisanal popsicle stand offered free samples to the more than 200 people waiting in line Wednesday. Most of the would-be shoppers were saving their calories for what lay inside. A good call.

    Customers peruse the interior of the new Locale Market on Wednesday, opening day for the two-floor, 20,000-square-foot upscale epicurean marketplace and farm-to-table restaurant at downtown St. Petersburg’s Sundial.
  6. Gourmet Locale Market set for afternoon opening at St. Petersburg's Sundial

    Retail

    At 3 p.m. Wednesday, Locale Market opens its doors in the new Sundial St. Pete.

    Celebrity chefs Don Pintabona and Michael Mina, far left, pose with Locale Market employees Tuesday afternoon during a group photo session in front of the restaurant in St. Petersburg. [BOYZELL HOSEY   |   Times]
  7. 5 things to do under $5 Dec. 18-24

    Events

    1. St. Pete Makers Fest: Also known as hackerspaces and fablabs, a makers fest is a DIY gathering for people with common interests to collaborate and create. For St. Pete's first makers festival, the family-friendly event at the Mirror Lake St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club will have a Biscuit Bot Challenge. …

    A shuffleboard player uses a cue to push a disc down one of the shuffleboard courts Thursday (1/30/13) at the Lawn Bowling and Shuffleboard Complex in Clearwater.
  8. Legoland offers some Christmas deals

    Florida

    Legoland Florida is offering a couple of Christmas deals that will get you a free second day. If you visit the Winter Haven theme park by Dec. 27, you get a free ticket to return between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28. Simply show your paid ticket at the park turnstiles for processing before Dec. 27 to claim your free ticket. And …

  9. Florida still No. 1 for mortgage fraud, but improving

    Banking

    For the fifth straight year, Florida is holding on to its unwanted crown as the mortgage fraud capital of the country.

  10. Meteorologists work to keep your holiday deliveries on time — no matter what

    Retail

    MEMPHIS — Deep within a global operations nerve center here, a team of specially trained operatives scan data from nearly 200 countries, issues urgent "SNOCON" alerts and tracks a fleet of cargo jets via a glowing, wall-sized "war board."

    At the FedEx global operations center in Memphis, corporate meteorologists examine the “war board,” which shows the company’s flights and weather systems that could disrupt them.