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 Solar Impulse 1, the solar-powered airplane of Swiss pioneers Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg, completes its final leg of the Across America campaign in July 2013. The journey began in May in San Francisco. The plane flew day and night without fuel. It was powered exclusively by solar energy.

Bayer MaterialScience puts its mark on solar-powered aircraft

A solar-powered aircraft is traveling around the world with energy-efficient components designed and produced by Bayer MaterialScience.

about 21 hours ago


 “This is my kind of transaction, uniting two world-class organizations and delivering shareholder value,” said Warren Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, in the official deal announcement.

Heinz-Kraft merger reflects challenges for iconic brands

The deal may benefit investors, but will it help the businesses?

about 21 hours ago


 Four Seasons will be scouting locations Downtown, in the Strip District and along the riverfronts.

Four Seasons chain scouting Pittsburgh for possible hotel location

“They are expanding aggressively and they like Pittsburgh,” said Eric M. White, the URA business development executive.

about 21 hours ago


 The DEP released a revised draft of wide-ranging regulatory changes this month after considering suggestions submitted by citizens, industry representatives and environmental groups.

New DEP rules for shallow oil and gas wells draw industry ire

The rules would affect both large-scale operations conducted by the newer shale industry and the traditional oil and gas drilling sector.

about 21 hours ago


 Jennifer McGee, a marketing coordinator with Massaro Construction works with student Nikki Mauder, a senior at Fox Chapel High School, in the Massaro construction trailer outside of the school.

School's construction serves as an internship site for Fox Chapel students

About 10 Fox Chapel students are getting a real-world work experience at Massaro CM Services, the high school construction contractor.

about 21 hours ago


Government aims to protect low-income users of ‘payday’ loans

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposed rules Thursday to protect Americans from stumbling into what it calls a “debt trap.”

about 22 hours ago


 Earlier this month, Alice Pittrell of East Liberty and others marched from the Bottom Dollar site on Penn Avenue to the Aldi store on Baum Boulevard to show their support for bringing a grocer to the Bottom Dollar location.

Aldi stocks up on W. Pa. stores

The Illinois-based discount grocery bought all of the Bottom Dollar store locations in Pennsylvania, Ohio and New Jersey.

10 minutes ago


American Eagle in Chile, Peru; Peoples to extend service; Pittsburgh construction contracts spike

News from American Eagle; Eurofashion; Peoples Natural Gas; Dodge Data & Analytics; RadioShack; and Standard General LP.

about 21 hours ago


 “Israel is a very small country with big ideas,” said Yaron Sideman.

Conference promotes business between Pittsburgh, Israeli companies

Global Venturing is a new initiative by the University of Pittsburgh to stress the importance of innovation as economic drivers.

about 21 hours ago


 American Express’ stock is down 12 percent this year, making it the second-biggest decliner on the Dow Jones industrial average.

Some AmEx cardholders can leave home without it

Changing consumer habits, extremely aggressive competition and increased pushback from merchants are putting heavy pressure on AmEx.

about 23 hours ago


 Response crews for the train derailment near Mount Carbon, W. Va., monitor the burning cars in February next to the Kanawha River.

Washington pushes for holistic response to rail accidents

Concern over recent derailments of trains carrying crude oil manifested in dual announcements from legislators and industry groups.

1 day ago


 Andy Masich, president and CEO of Heinz History Center, said, “H.J. Heinz would have been pleased with the merger” because the company founder always thought globally.

Pittsburgh officials ask what's not to love in Heinz-Kraft mega-merger?

Andy Masich, president and CEO of Heinz History Center, said, “H.J. Heinz would have been pleased with the merger.”

1 day ago


 Craig Davis, president and CEO of Visit Pittsburgh, is expecting a successful 2015 for tourism in the city.

Pittsburgh on track to be 2015 hot spot

Craig Davis of VisitPittsburgh said the first quarter already has proven to be much better than expected for hotels.

1 day ago


 The 2015 BMW 228 offers top-notch performance, and is coupled with excellent handling in the snow with the XDrive package, just added for 2015.

Driver's Seat / Scott Sturgis: Review of the 2015 BMW 228i xDrive Coupe

2015 BMW 228i xDrive Coupe: All-around fun.

1 day ago


 A single male age 40 contributing 9 percent of salary at $20,000 a year would need $14,619 already saved for a 50 percent chance of retirement success.

Saving early can be a savior for your retirement

The Washington, D.C.-based Employee Benefit Research Institute has calculated  the savings needed for retirement at different ages.

1 day ago


Former Consol Energy manager gets prison in gas royalties theft

Scott D. Hamilton, 38, formerly of Baden, Beaver County will spend 30 months in federal prison for stealing $440,000 from the company.

1 day ago


 Jaclyn Clifford and Marlene van Es will soon be graduating from the University of Pittsburgh Law school and are starting a firm for legal aid to entrepreneurs who want to start environmental oriented businesses in the city.

Pitt law students tackle urban agriculture and food policy issues

Trellis, a law firm being established by two students graduating from the University of Pittsburgh, has a social mission.

1 day ago


State approves Peoples Natural Gas' plans to expand natural gas service

With abundant natural gas produced from the Marcellus Shale play, natural gas prices are forecasted to remain low, the utility said.

1 day ago


Electric supplier to pay $2.3 million settlement for deceptive marketing practices

Energy Services Providers, doing business as Pennsylvania Gas and Electric, has agreed to pay $2.3 million in addition to other penalties.

1 day ago


 Six months after being selected, the two developers for the Strip District produce terminal have yet to merge their visions.

Design experts to examine Strip District produce terminal

The redevelopment of the Strip terminal and the area around it will be the subject of a three-day design charrette in Washington, D.C..

1 day ago


Maya Design teams up with StoryCorps; Distributors could face Allegheny County drink tax; PUC plans hearing on Uber trip data

Read more business news about bank fees, durable goods orders, Howard Johnson’s, Lumber Liquidators

1 day ago


U.S. Steel to temporarily idle operations at Granite City, Ill.

The complex supplies flat-roll steel to the company’s Texas tubular business, which has been dented by cutbacks among oil producers.

1 day ago


 Fans prepare for a Steelers game at Heinz Field in 2013.

Officials: Heinz Field name will not change with merger deal

The Steelers sold the naming rights for the football stadium in 2001 to the Heinz Co. for $57 million over 30 years.

2 days ago


Opening accounts at Pittsburgh-based banks may mean bonus cash for consumers

A number of local banks are offering cash incentives and other goodies to help reel in new customers.

2 days ago


 This rendering shows a view of the proposed U.S. Steel headquarters.

Pittsburgh planning commission approves U.S. Steel building

Developers presented building design changes to the commission Tuesday before the vote.

2 days ago


 The Fifth Ave Place headquarters of Highmark in view with the U.S.Steel Tower offices of UPMC, in Pittsburgh.

Pennsylvania forecast to clarify UPMC-Highmark consent decree issues

A state insurance spokesman downplayed the possibility of the state weighing in on key provisions of last summer’s consent decree?

2 days ago


 Ketchup bottles are displayed at a May exhibition of Berkshire Hathaway companies in Nebraska. Kraft Foods will merge with H.J. Heinz Co., owned by 3G Capital and Berkshire Hathaway, to form the third-largest food and beverage company in North America.

Heinz, Kraft merger would build food giant

The merged company will be co-headquartered in Pittsburgh and the Chicago area.

2 days ago


 The full-size mock-up on Greentree Road that contractors created of a small part of PNC Tower to test the functionality of several aspects of the LEED Platinum certified building.

PNC examining green features of its new tower on a mock-up in Green Tree

The $400 million Tower at PNC Plaza, Downtown, is months away from completion, but part of it already is operating — in Green Tree.

2 days ago


 An ad for Taco Bell’s new chicken “biscuit taco.”

Taco Bell’s waffle taco is dead; biscuit taco to replace

The newest weapon in the breakfast wars is a biscuit shaped like a taco.

2 days ago


Universal Stainless CFO resigns; NoWait, First Watch team; Ansys reaches Europractice deal

News from Universal Stainless, NoWait, First Watch, Ansys, Europractice, the Pittsburgh airport, RealSTATs, General Motors and more.

2 days ago


 “People don’t love red-eyes. ... They’re no fun,” said Christina Cassotis, CEO of the Allegheny County Airport Authority.

More service from Pittsburgh to West Coast among airport chief's priorities

Christina Cassotis also plans to push for more service into Washington, D.C., and would like to see Delta Air Lines expand its Paris flight.

3 days ago


UPMC joins in hospice, home-care consolidation

As two recent Pittsburgh deals suggest, mergers and acquisitions within the home-health and hospice industries are accelerating.

3 days ago


Interest in indexed life insurance spikes

Indexed universal life policies are linked to an index, like the S&P 500, but places limits on the gains and, more importantly, the losses.

3 days ago


Is there strength in numbers for leadership at law firms?

Some firms have begun challenging the traditional notion of needing a single firm leader, according to some legal consultants.

3 days ago


Oil drillers in U.S. get smarter as prices fall

U.S. drillers are employing new and high-tech gear to cut costs and stay competitive with global oil producers.

3 days ago


 NoWait CEO Ware Sykes.

Oakland-based app NoWait inks deal with First Watch restaurants

The collaboration brings NoWait to 113 new restaurants in 11 states.

3 days ago


Highmark-UPMC helpline; Louisville Slugger maker’s deal; home sales up 1.2%

News from Highmark, UPMC, Hillerich & Bradsby, Wilson Sporting Goods, National Association of Realtors, Humana and Concentra.

3 days ago


Ced Kurtz's Techman Texts: Advertising driving people away from websites

TechMan has been a little cranky lately.

3 days ago


Fellowship program brings recent college grads to Pittsburgh startups

Venture for America program brings nation’s top graduates to Pittsburgh startups

3 days ago


 “Voters elected him, and Pennsylvania understands this issue,” said John Hanger, director of planning and policy for Gov. Tom Wolf, pictured.

Pennsylvania lawmakers dig in on natural gas severance tax

The stage is being set for legislative horse trading this spring on a Marcellus Shale severance tax to fund education.

3 days ago


State regulators support EPA smog limits, but meeting them will be a challenge

EPA expects the new ozone standard will be fully implemented by 2025.

3 days ago


 Dillon Walton, a second-year student in the Westmoreland Community College electric utility program, trains at West Penn Power's training facility in Hempfield.

Unpacking West Penn Power's first rate increase in 20 years

If approved this spring, the average monthly bill for FirstEnergy’s West Penn customers will rise 13.1 percent to $104.62.

3 days ago


 Christine B. Bowers

People on the move: The Legal Profession

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, Strassburger, McKenna, Gutnick & Gefsky, Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote PC, Mazurkraemer Business Law...

3 days ago


Business Workshop: Guidelines for finding lawyers for international work

It’s up to the company to evaluate whether a law firm offers the needed legal expertise and client service.

3 days ago


Balancing Act: Learning from failure — strategies for bouncing back

After a setback, evaluate your options. You will need to figure out whether to simply pivot or completely shut down operations.

3 days ago


 FILE - This March 22, 2013, file photo, shows exterior of the Internal Revenue Service building in Washington. New data show that cash-strapped Americans anxious for tax refunds are increasingly turning to payment advances and prepaid cards when getting tax preparation help. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Americans turn more to refund advances on taxes

New federal data are raising concerns among regulators about whether consumers are fully informed about the fees.

4 days ago


 The Fifth Ave Place headquarters of Highmark and the U.S. Steel Tower offices of UPMC are seen in Downtown Pittsburgh.

AG's office sets up UPMC-Highmark helpline for consumers

The Attorney General’s office will contact UPMC or Highmark on behalf of consumers “depending on the nature of the conflict.”

4 days ago


Pittsburgh gasoline prices fall, other U.S. regions see increase

Analysts predict unpredictability in coming weeks as several factors at U.S. refineries could mean increases for some areas, drops for

4 days ago


 The 300-unit upscale apartment complex includes four buildings, each four stories, and will wrap around a courtyard that features a clubhouse and pool.

Plans unveiled for apartment complex at Port Authority's South Hills Village Station

The complex will have apartments with one to three bedrooms, renting for $1,200 to $2,400.

4 days ago


 From left, the reactor containment building, cooling tower and spent fuel storage building. First Energy's modifications, which have been made as a response to the March 2011 disaster that unfolded at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex, which had meltdowns in three of its reactors.

At Beaver Valley, upgrades are underway in response to Fukushima disaster

Four years after the Japanese nuclear disaster, U.S. nuclear operators have stepped up plant modifications and altered their philosophy.

5 days ago



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