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Factory, construction growth boost 2014 outlook

Expectations are rising for a stronger U.S. economy in 2014 after reports Thursday showed solid growth in manufacturing and construction spending at the end of last year. More from the AP and see also:

» World manufacturing ends 2013 on a strong note

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Blue-collar baby boomers unlikely to retire

Many boomers expect to work the rest of their lives because they have little cash put away and they worry Social Security won't cover bills. Some hope to move to jobs that are less physically demanding. [Source: AP]

12 business books you will need to read in 2014

Adam Grant, professor of management at the Wharton School. says that one of the highlights of becoming an author is getting to read some exciting books in advance, and hearing early buzz about others. Here are 12 books with big implications for the world of work that are likely to make a splash in the coming year. [Source: Quartz]

Crisis can strike any company, so plan your response

Contaminated pharmaceuticals. Pipeline ruptures. Defective car seats. Data security breaches. We have all read the headlines about these and other crises that caused serious harm to businesses. No company is immune, but what separates success from failure is how it responds to and manages the crisis. [Source: Tallahassee Democrat]


› Judge sides with newspaper in Sunshine Law lawsuit
A judge has sided with The Florida Times-Union in a lawsuit arguing that Jacksonville city officials broke Florida's open-government laws when they held private talks over proposed changes to police and firefighter pensions.

› Envision Alachua Hopes to Bring Advanced Manufacturing to Area
Plum Creek, Alachua County and the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce hope to attract to the area large, high-tech manufacturers and startups spun out of the University of Florida and downtown Gainesville with job opportunities for high school graduates on up to Ph.D.s.

› Airports, seaports predict healthy passenger traffic in 2014
As 2014 gets underway, officials at South Florida airports and cruise ports are feeling optimistic about its outlook. Fueling their optimism is the lineup of new airline routes launching and the arrival of additional cruise ships, some brand new, all of which is expected to lift business this year.

› State leaders outline 2014 goals for Central Florida
Senate President-designate Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, and House Speaker-designate Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, don't officially take over the Legislature until after the 2014 election. But their influence is growing.

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› UF Health, Orlando Health Partner for New Cancer Program
The partnership is in response to the rising cancer rate in Florida, as evidenced by recent studies by the National Cancer Institute, which say that Florida has the second-largest cancer burden in the country.

› No hurricane, but still a wild weather year
South Florida escaped a hurricane hit in 2013 but was still roughed up by wild weather, including flooding rains, damaging tornadoes and stretches of abnormally hot and cold.

› Orange County tourist tax collections rise in November
Orange County's tourist-development tax generated $15.5 million during the month of November, an increase of 3.6 percent compared with the same month a year ago.

› Fashion designer sues SW Fla. clothing company
A Lee County designer is suing Fort Myers-based national retailer Chico's, contending her bosses tried to force her to copy other designers' handbags.