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  1. U.S. consumer prices fell 0.3 percent in November


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

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



    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.
  3. Locale Market opens to gaga shoppers at St. Petersburg's Sundial



    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.
  4. Gourmet Locale Market set for afternoon opening at St. Petersburg's Sundial


    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]
  5. 5 things to do under $5 Dec. 18-24


    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.
  6. Legoland offers some Christmas deals


    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 …

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


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

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


    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.
  9. Ground broken for new outlet mall in Wesley Chapel


    WESLEY CHAPEL — Ground was broken Friday for Wesley Chapel's long-awaited, multimillion-dollar outlet mall, which will feature more than 110 retailers. Completion is expected in October.

  10. Culver's 'Butter Burgers' come to Tampa; shops exit Hyde Park Village


    NORTH TAMPA — Culver's, the Wisconsin-based chain best known for its ButterBurgers with butter-coated buns, debuted in Tampa on Monday with the opening of a restaurant at 15001 N Nebraska Ave.

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