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  1. The cost of '12 Days of Christmas' items tops $34,000, up 0.6 percent


    PITTSBURGH — Lords a-leaping is the U.S. economy slow to recover!

    The cost of two turtle doves rose 11.5 percent, according to the 32nd annual PNC Wealth Management Christmas Price Index released Monday. Monday marks the 32nd year that the Pittsburgh-based bank tracks inflation by pricing the cost of the items listed in the "The Twelve Days of Christmas" carol. [Associated Press]
  2. Coke executive says company will listen to critics


    NEW YORK — Coke says it wants to mend relations with critics of its sugary drinks.

    Sandy Douglas is president of Coke North America.
  3. Online shopping now so much more than just Cyber Monday


    Isn't every day pretty much Cyber Monday nowadays?

    Employees work the shelves at an Amazon center on Cyber Monday in 2013. Amazon offered Black Friday-like specials all weekend this year. 
  4. Black Friday not for you? Try Small Business Saturday


    TAMPA — The day after Thanksgiving is just like any other day at the store for Albisia Ipek, owner of Albisia Jewelry in Hyde Park Village.

  5. Once again, Black Friday in Tampa Bay 'not crazy at all'


    Starbucks had the longest line at Tampa Premium Outlets Thanksgiving night. So did the one in Westfield Brandon at 5 a.m. on Black Friday.

    Shoppers browse discounted purses at the Michael Kors outlet store on Thursday evening at the Tampa Premium Outlet mall. Michael Kors offered 40% off all items in the store plus an additional 20% for Black Friday customers. (ZACK WITTMAN   |   Times)
  6. Shop local with our Tampa Bay area holiday gift guide


    Malls and box stores make me itchy during the holiday season. Crowded parking lots, people wearing too much cologne, all squabbling over the last giggling Elmo doll or whatever the cool kids want these days.
    Last year, I set out to shop local for all my gift-giving needs — and that went pretty okay, with a …

    At Strands of Sunshine at 633 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg, owner and artist Amy Marshall has always carried work from other local artists, such as these killer Vintage Neon prints ($20-$25) from Todd Bates that are perfect for friends and family who dig vintage area signage.
  7. 12 great tech gadgets that the geek on your list will love


    It can be daunting to sift through the newest technology products to find something worthy of your gadget-obsessed friends and family. Fret not: These are the most useful and entertaining tech gifts of the year.

    An Amazon fulfillment center prepares for Black Friday. [Jeff Spicer | Getty Images]
  8. Apple Pay expands as it vies for broader acceptance


    NEW YORK — Apple's year-old mobile-payments service is expanding to more countries, banks and merchants as it faces growing competition and some challenges before it becomes as commonplace as plastic cards.

  9. 5 things to do under $5 Nov. 26-Dec. 2: Free day at Glazer Museum, photography show, poet laureate story time


    1 Carousel No. 5 with Bill Yates: Inspired by an old-fashioned slide show, Green Bench Brewing Co. hosts the fifth installment of this series that gives photographers a wall and a forum to present their work. Special guest Bill Yates will talk about his series from Tampa's Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink, …

    Shown is an image by photographer Bill Yates, dated 1972-73. Yates will be at Green Bench Brewery in St. Petersburg for a discussion on Wednesday.
  10. Here's a list of what stores are open in Tampa Bay area on Thanksgiving and Black Friday


    Are you planning to shop on Thanksgiving and Black Friday? Here are opening times for some of the larger stores in the Tampa Bay area.

    Heading out to shop on Thanksgiving or Black Friday? Please snap photos of anything interesting or funny and post them on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #tampabayshops, then follow along at In this photo, a Walmart worker gets ready for holiday shopping. Joe Raedle | Getty Images