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 Employers added 209,000 jobs in July, which was also seasonally adjusted.

Unemployment up slightly in July as more look for work

In a case of good news at first looking bad, the national unemployment rate rose slightly in July to 6.3 percent from 6.2 percent in June.

about 9 hours ago


Location-based technology connects patients with doctors

Pager, which launched in May, is an app that allows patients to order a house call from a physician, using their smart phones.

about 18 hours ago


Report argues for Pennsylvania Medicaid expansion

Families USA report says more than half of Pennsylvanians who would benefit from Medicaid expansion have jobs.

about 18 hours ago


Timing is key when selling a business

Sometimes a owner has no choice but to sell a thriving enterprise, because of divorce, splitting of a partnership or death of a shareholder.

about 18 hours ago


 A Wall Street sign in front of the New York Stock Exchange.

US stocks plunge, wiping out July's gains

The market was driven down by a confluence of worries, from weak company earnings to the looming end of stimulus from the Federal Reserve.

about 19 hours ago


 Target CEO Brian Cornell

Target taps outsider as CEO for needed shakeup

Target is bringing in an outsider as its CEO for the first time as the retailer fights to redefine itself to American shoppers.

about 20 hours ago


 A file photo shows an employment application form on a table during a job fair at Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson, N.Y.

Business Briefs: PPG Industries to award grants to college students

Also: Earnings; federal court freezes assets of scam group; Panasonic, Tesla to build plant; unemployment benefits applications increase.

about 18 hours ago


 United Airlines passengers check in at San Francisco International Airport.

United Airlines ending daily nonstop Pittsburgh-to-Los Angeles service

Charles Hobart, a United spokesman, said the airline was dropping its Pittsburgh-to-L.A. flight because it “wasn’t meeting expectations.”

1 day ago


 Kennametal's corporate headquarters near Latrobe.

Kennametal profits come in well below analyst forecasts

The Latrobe tool maker blames higher operating costs and restructuring charges offset rising sales.

1 day ago


Report finds series of scams target elderly

The annual report from the association of nonprofit consumer groups offers a snapshot of common ways people are being ripped off.

1 day ago


Universal Stainless & Alloy profits tripled

The Bridgeville special metals producer credited demand from the aerospace industry, which accounts for nearly 60 percent of company sales.

1 day ago


 Carnegie Mellon University researchers have been working to remove the veil of secrecy from the Tor Project, a free software program that allows users to anonymously surf the Internet on various devices, including smartphones like above.

Carnegie Mellon engineers aim to unmask anonymous surfing software

Governments in the U.S., Russia and Britain have worked for years to reveal the users of the covert Tor Project.

1 day ago


U.S. Steel shares jump to 3-year high

A better than expected performance in the second quarter and a rosier outlook send U.S. Steel shares to a three-year high.

1 day ago


 The 2014 Nissan Rogue gets a new look and more room for the model year, and even adds a third row.

Driver's Seat: Review of the 2014 Nissan Rogue SV AWD

Review of the  2014 Nissan Rogue SV AWD

1 day ago


 FILE - This undated file product image provided by Hyundai shows the 2013 Hyundai Sonata. Hyundai is recalling its popular Sonata midsize sedan to fix problems with the gear shift levers, the Korean automaker said Wednesday, July 30, 2014. The recall covers 883,000 cars from the 2011 through 2014 model years. (AP Photo/Hyundai, File)

Business Briefs: 7/31/14

Also: Solera Holdings completes acquisition with PGW; revenue for new cancer, heart drugs high; economy grows at healthy 4%.

1 day ago


How telephone-based scams work

The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office issued a warning this week about a number of telephone-based scams.

1 day ago


 FBI Director James Comey at the FBI's South Side headquarters Wednesday.

FBI to increase staffing in Pittsburgh cyber crime unit

FBI Director James Comey pointed to the city as a leader in investigating cybercrime, noting the indictment of five Chinese officials.

1 day ago


Uber hiring drivers in Harrisburg

And on Tuesday, the company launched a new version of its service for businesses.

2 days ago


 A Chevy Traverse sits in the shop for service on a recall repair at Raymond Chevrolet in Antioch, Ill.  The news about deadly crashes linked to a faulty ignition switch did not bode well for General Motors dealers earlier this year.

GM sales still cruising along despite recalls

Pittsburgh area GM dealers and customer react to the growing recall but sales show no signs of slowing down.

2 days ago


More blood banks merging to cut costs

Central Blood Bank’s merger with a Florida-based blood bank is the result of lean hospital budgets and fewer transfusions.

2 days ago


More than 35% of US adults with credit reports have debt reported to collectors

Delinquent debt is concentrated in Southern and Western states, especially Texas consumers

2 days ago


 Crayola will build a second Crayola Experience attraction at The Florida Mall in Orlando, Fla., similar to the one in Easton, Pa.

Business Briefs: 7/30/14

Also: North Shore company announces Ill. aquisition; FNB Corp. cleared for Germantown bank deal; NYC real estate firm to invest here.

2 days ago


DCNR defines what drilling activities will be allowed at public lands

DCNR sharpened its definition of what will — and won’t — constitute a surface disturbance when it comes to drilling at public parks

2 days ago


Bayer earnings up on drug sales

The Germany-based company today said net income rose 13 percent, to 953 million euros ($1.27 billion) while worldwide sales edged up nearly

2 days ago


Consol, Range hamstrung by lack of pipelines

Local gas prices remain below national benchmark

2 days ago


 Deer Lakes Park.

Funding for health studies near drill sites loosening

Allegheny County Health Department promises proactive approach to health monitoring as drilling begins near airport, under county parks.

3 days ago


 A containment building under construction at Sanmen on China’s eastern coast, the site of Westinghouse's first AP1000 reactor. It is now expected to be online by the end of next year.

China showing interest in $20 billion nuclear energy deal with Westinghouse

China wants to commission 26 more plants using Westinghouse technology, which would be in addition to eight coastal plants being negotiated.

3 days ago


 Kelly Collier, CEO of ActivAided Orthotics, has been named SBA's Western Pennsylvania  Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

Pittsburgh medical brace entrepreneur Kelly Collier earns recognition

ActivAided Orthotics CEO Kelly Collier is encouraging the Western Pennsylvania medical supply chain to work together.

3 days ago


Chevron puts Moon Township project on hold 'for the foreseeable future'

San Ramon, Calif.-based Chevron had reached agreements to acquire 61 acres of land in Moon as a potential site for a regional headquarters.

2 days ago


Pittsburgh area unemployment rate drops

Over the past 12 months the labor force fell by 7,000 people even as 12,700 more people found work.

2 days ago


U.S. Steel shares jump as second-quarter results exceed estimates

President and CEO Mario Longhi said operating profits for the current quarter should increase significantly.

3 days ago


Matthews International's purchase of Schawk completed

North Shore-based Matthews International Corp. announced it has acquired Schawk Inc., a leading brand development company based in Des

3 days ago


Lawyers convene in Pittsburgh to discuss landmark health care cases

In town for a law firm celebration, four lawyers sat down to discuss the Supreme Court and President Obama.

3 days ago


UPMC is finding ways to squeeze savings, prevent waste

With tight margins and a tough operating environment, UPMC is scrutinizing every part of the supply chain to save pennies in multiples.

3 days ago


 Bose Corp. filed a legal complaint against Beats Electronics for allegedly infringing patents related to it noise-cancelling headphones.

Ced Kurtz’s Techman Texts: A sense of loss prevails with easy web streaming

Today you can listen to streaming programming from anywhere in the world on the Internet. But it has lost its charm.

3 days ago


Former Nazi guard dies on eve of judge’s extradition order

A federal magistrate judge issued an opinion extraditing a former Nazi guard to Germany to stand trial for mass murder shortly after he

3 days ago


Business Workshop: Union workers are not subcontractors

Pennsylvania Supreme Court decided that property developers are not responsible for paying debts that their contractors owe to unions.

3 days ago


 Virgin America has filed for an initial public offering of shares.

Business Briefs: PNC Bank recognized with government award

Also: Green Tree blood bank considers merger; Reed Smith changes senior management team; contracts to buy homes slip in June.

3 days ago


Dateline Pittsburgh: 07/29/14

People on the move.

3 days ago


New shale jobs last year leaned toward engineering and construction

Survey finds that shale companies expect to hire 2,000 new employees in 2014

2 days ago


Consol Energy loses $24.9 million, but grows gas production

The coal and gas company focuses on growing oil and gas production, finding home for coal.

2 days ago


Vitamin and supplements retailer reports drop in second quarter profit

Pittsburgh-based vitamins and supplements retailer GNC Holdings Inc. has lowered its guidance for the year after reporting a slight drop in

3 days ago


 In this May 22, 2014, photo, a ship is docked at Norfolk Southern's Lamberts Point coal terminal as a man plays golf in Norfolk, Va. As the Obama administration weans the U.S. off dirty fuels blamed for global warming, energy companies have been sending more of America’s unwanted energy leftovers to other parts of the world, where they could create even more pollution.

Not in my backyard: US sending dirty coal abroad

U.S. energy companies have sent more coal than ever before overseas, in some cases to places with more lax environmental standards.

3 days ago


Peoples hopes surcharge will help expand gas service

The North Shore company has proposed a surcharge for potential customers who aren’t connected to current gas pipelines

3 days ago


 Eric Casteel, of Pittsburgh-based SolarCast, has created portable solar paneling with rechargeable batteries that are being used by companies at remote natural gas drilling sites.

Why some solar companies are teaming with the oil and gas industry

Teaming up with the oil and gas industry might sound strange for a strong believer in solar power, but for David Jason, it’‍s just smart

2 days ago


Reed Smith names new members to senior management team

The new members are: Edward J. Estrada, Casey S. Ryan and Ray A. Cardozo.

4 days ago


 The deep-discount chain Dollar Tree this morning agreed to buy rival Family Dollar Store.

Dollar Tree agrees to buy rival Family Dollar in $8.5 billion deal

Dollar Tree and Family Dollar each have between 50 and 60 stores in the Pittsburgh region.

4 days ago


 A Lyft car seen in a car's sideview mirror.

PUC sets hearing dates for Lyft, Uber permanent licenses

Lyft's hearing before a panel of administrative law judges will be Aug. 7 and 8; Uber's hearing will be Aug. 18 and 19.

3 days ago


Production climbs 21 percent for Range Resources

The Fort Worth-based driller brought 36 wells online in the southern Marcellus, which includes southwestern Pennsylvania.

4 days ago


Coming home: Q & A with Ryan Russell of the U.S. Commercial Service

The former U.S. foreign service officer worked around the world, but was happy to move back home for a job in international relations.

4 days ago



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