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Online spending to surpass in-store for the first time this holiday

There may be a new victor in the years-old battle for holiday bucks between online and brick-and-mortar stores. Shoppers plan to spend 51 percent of their holiday budgets online compared to …

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What could Jeff Bezos do with his $7 billion, overnight windfall?

Jeff Bezos is once more the richest man in the world, adding some $7 billion to his net wealth overnight thanks to a surge in Amazon stock. Amazon posted third-quarter earnings on Thursday …

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  1. To test for climate disasters, like hurricanes: build stuff, then blow it apart

    Hurricanes

    WEST GLOCESTER, R.I. — In the backwoods of Rhode Island, a team of researchers spends whole days trying to destroy things: setting boxes on fire, shattering chunks of ice, hurling debris through the air at hurricane speed.

  2. Kathy Fountain, from anchor chair to therapist's chair

    Business

    A knowledgeable voice and familiar face beamed into Tampa Bay homes when Kathy Fountain delivered the 5 o'clock news and chatted with talk show guests on WTVT-Ch. 13. She created some news of her own as co-anchor of the first female team in the Tampa Bay area, "so radical at the time," she says.

  3. Ruskin artist to help poor kids build bikes reflecting their personalities

    Human Interest

    RUSKIN — Art meets transportation for a good cause in an after-school program where two dozen kids will create bicycles guaranteed to turn heads.

  4. Driven by demand, Planned Parenthood opens second clinic in Tampa

    Health

    The floor-to-ceiling glass windows are heavily tinted and the inside is hidden behind rows of curtains. Security cameras monitor every corner, and only patients with an appointment and valid identification can pass through the intentionally cramped entrance area. A receptionist sits behind a glass window. The more …

  5. Record numbers are signing up for Obamacare in Florida as enrollment period draws to a close

    Health

    With just four days left to enroll for health insurance on the federal exchange, advocates for the Affordable Care Act say Florida is headed for a record-breaking year.

  6. Hotly anticipated Ichicoro Ane is now open in St. Petersburg

    Food & Dining

    Noel Cruz seemed remarkably chill. As did his partner Kerem Koca. All around them in the Station House building in St. Petersburg, workers pounded the last nails, bartenders unpacked boxes of glassware and jewel-toned bottles of Amari, and the kitchen rolled through a final round of karaage and izakaya small plates. The …