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Aviat helping host cities prepare for NFL love, Super Bowls in 2020-21

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While kickoff of the 2017 NFL season is still months away, Florida is already looking toward the Super Bowl — in 2020 and 2021. The biggest game in professional sports will be back-to-back in Miami Gardens in 2020 and Tampa in 2021 — thanks to a construction delay in Los Angeles — and no matter which Florida team you support, the Sunshine State is getting some major NFL love. For running a successful Super Bowl, preparations must start years in…

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Southwest drops 2 Cuban routes, citing performance, ban

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Southwest Airlines Co. says it will drop flights to two Cuban destinations, citing its struggles to attract passengers and a tougher U.S. stance toward the island nation. Dallas-based Southwest on Wednesday announced service to Varadero and Santa Clara, Cuba, will end Sept. 4. It will continue to fly to Havana from Fort Lauderdale and Tampa. President Donald Trump this month announced he’s reversing some of the warmer ties with Cuba that were initiated by the Obama administration. A Southwest vice…

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Number of people using Facebook reaches 2 billion

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Facebook is reaching another milestone, announcing that it now has more than 2 billion users. CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the new marker was reached early Tuesday and in a Facebook post said that he’s proud of the role his company is playing in connecting people around the world. Facebook says more than 175 million people declare they “love” something on the site daily and an average of more than 800 million people hit Facebook’s like button. Facebook users will likely…

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Airbnb says county agreements should lead it to equal 2016 tax payments in first six months

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Vacation home-rental marketing giant Airbnb said Tuesday its expanding list of tax agreements and its growing business should lead it to equal last year’s total sales and tourist tax payments just in the first six months of 2017. The company announced that its five-month totals in sales and tourist taxes paid to the state and individual counties surpassed $18 million through June 1, so it expects to clear $20 million by July 1. Last year the company’s combined total for…

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Real-life drama in age of Donald Trump challenges TV’s storytellers

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Say you’re a storyteller whose TV show draws inspiration from real-life Washington. Whether portraying the noble geopolitics of “Madam Secretary” or the dirty deeds on “House of Cards,” the high-stakes fumbling on “Veep” or the scourge of terrorism that haunts “Homeland,” script writers have always faced the challenge of staying topical yet inventive without straying outside the bounds of plausibility. Then the Donald Trump presidency struck. Almost overnight the unexpected or unthinkable became the new normal, with real-life drama constantly…

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After a fun, extended vacation, here are 5 tech recommendations to make travel easier

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It’s not easy vacationing for twenty-six days. Yes, that may be the bougiest sentence you read today, but that doesn’t make it any less true. My wife, daughter and I recently returned from the vacation of a lifetime. We cruised across the Atlantic aboard the Disney Magic, stopping in The Azores, Portland and Dover, England, Amersterdam and, finally, Copenhagen. We then flew to Paris, took a train to Reims, and then another train to London. After nearly four weeks away…

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Duke Energy’s Top 10 tips to beat summer heat, save money

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With Florida’s summer well underway, meteorologists are predicting slightly higher than average temperatures in 2017. And with the heat, comes an inevitable seasonal spike in electric bills. But summer doesn’t have to be a budget-buster. Duke Energy, which services about 1.8 million Floridians, is helping consumers take control of their energy use by offering several simple, energy-efficient changes in the home. Here are the Top 10 low-to-no-cost energy-efficiency tips for summer: — Set your AC to the highest comfortable setting.…

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