Alpha files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

The Appalachian coal giant is the latest to bankruptcy in a crowded field.

about 13 hours ago

 “I think the increased inequality that we have experienced is a much greater concern if it means that the fortune or misfortune of birth has greater consequences for children,” said Alan Krueger, left, shown with President Obama in 2011.

Experts debate income, opportunity, fixing success ladder

Alan Krueger’s curve shows that countries with low levels of inequality have some of the highest levels of mobility and vice versa.

about 23 hours ago

 Members of the United Food and Commercial Workers show their support after Pittsburgh City Council voted to approve a paid sick leave ordinance.

Challenges expected to paid sick leave law

The law allows workers at businesses that employ 15 or more people to accrue one hour of paid sick leave for every 35 hours.

8 minutes ago

Amazon, Wal-Mart settle with New York over toy gun sales

There have been at least 63 shootings, eight fatal, in New York resulting from toy guns mistaken for real weapons since 1994, officials say.

about 11 hours ago

 Fitness trackers like, from left, Fitbit Force, Jawbone Up, Fitbug Orb, and the Nike FuelBand SE, can carry security risks.

Surveillance Society: Wearable fitness devices often carry security risks

The devices log vast amounts of data, tracking number of calories burned, heart rate and sleep patterns among other information.

about 23 hours ago

 A car drives by HitchBOT, a hitchhiking robot on July 17 in Marblehead, Mass.

Traveling robot ends trip early after being damaged in Phila.

The kid-size hitchBOT set out to travel cross-country after successfully hitchhiking across Canada in 26 days last year and parts of Europe.

about 23 hours ago

 In this May 6, photo, cars line up as an attendant pumps gas at a station in Portland, Ore.

Drop in oil prices pushes down gasoline in Pittsburgh area

Pittsburgh-area pump prices have been on a steady decline for the last month.

about 12 hours ago

 The old Pittsburgh Press building in the 1950s. The building, which was built in 1927, became the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette building in 1993 after the Post-Gazette bought The Pittsburgh Press.

Post-Gazette newsroom leaves history Downtown with move to North Side

Once energetic and cacophonous, the second floor of 34 Boulevard of the Allies is now abandoned, silent but for faint echoes of the past.

1 day ago

WorkZone: Lunch is often a last-second call for workers

A survey conducted by WorkPlace Impact looked into the habits of working women.

1 day ago

Len Boselovic's Heard Off the Street: Due diligence valuable as companies eye acquisitions

When it comes to mergers and acquisitions, great detective work can make or break a deal.

1 day ago

 Dr. Quintin B. Bullock

Pittsburgh careers, promotions and more: 8/2/2015

People on the Move, organizations and career paths.

1 day ago

 Highmark now covers about 5.3 million people, including about half the commercial health insurance market in Pittsburgh. UPMC Health Plan controls around a quarter of the local commercial market and covers about 2.5 million people

Out-of-state suitors might steer clear of UPMC, Highmark

Don’t expect the region’s health insurance giants to join the wave of merger agreements sweeping the industry this summer.

1 day ago

 David King, left, and his attorney Matthew Heron at the Debt Doctors office on Penn Avenue on Thursday, July 16, 2015. Mr. King, of Leetsdale, has turned to Mr. Heron, a bankruptcy lawyer, to help him manage his student debt while supporting his family.

Student loan debtors using Chapter 13 bankruptcy to buy time on payments

Bankruptcy is an option, but often only a temporary fix for people facing large monthly bills.

1 day ago

Pittsburgh-based Astrobotic invited to first-ever White House Demo Day

Founded in 2008, Astrobotic teamed with CMU in the $20 million XPRIZE race to be the first private organization to send a rover to the moon

1 day ago

Surveillance Society: Data breaches raise questions over protection of data by companies

Will it take a federally mandated cybersecurity policy to force change or can court-ordered financial penalties help?

1 day ago

Don Lindich's Sound Advice: Good radios with CD players can be hard to find

Looking for a good quality shelf stereo? Read Don Lindich’s advice.

1 day ago

Featured Recall: Circo Night Lights

The night lights were sold exclusively at Target stores nationwide and from October 2014 through May 2015 for about $15.

1 day ago

Office Coach: Dealing with unusual co-workers, corporate recruiters

One of our co-workers acts as though he could snap at any moment. What should I do?

1 day ago

Coal's woes have upside for FirstEnergy

How two struggling industries are helping each other through energy’s downturn.

2 days ago

Court rejects UPMC request for stay in Highmark dispute and more

Read more business news about FedEx, gains in worker pay, FNB, HFF Inc., and United-American Saving Bank.

2 days ago

 Paul Sandberg, co-founder and CEO of Personal Health Recording for Quality of Life, or PHRQL, presents his company at the UpPrize competition held in the New Hazlett Theater on the North Side.

UpPrize awards for-profit companies in Pittsburgh

Sponsors of UpPrize are BNY Mellon, the BNY Mellon Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania, and The Forbes Funds.

2 days ago

 Leslie Clague’s position at the Polish Hill Civic Association will be cut Aug. 15.

Why Polish Hill, Beltzhoover and others no longer eligible for community development grants?

The Polish Hill Civic Association will close its office as a result of funding cuts that also affect several other city neighborhoods.

2 days ago

84 Lumber hit with subpoena in Louisiana

The company’s handling of contracts to build schools and a fire station after Hurricane Katrina is under scrutiny.

3 days ago

 Joni Rabinowitz holds a sign during a rally on Grant Street by people advocating for a single payer health care system. About 75 people took part in the rally, which began outside UPMC headquarters and ended at Highmark.

Activists celebrate 50 years of Medicare

Organizers with labor unions and other groups vowed to lobby again to dismantle commercial insurers.

3 days ago

 The most recent version of the legislation allows workers at businesses that employ 15 or more people to accrue one hour of paid sick leave for every 35 hours worked to a maximum of 40 hours.

Pittsburgh's paid sick leave bill headed to council for vote Monday

Scores packed a City Council hearing to voice support for measure that would require businesses to provide paid sick leave to employees.

3 days ago

No more free cheese sticks for Kraft employees in cost crackdown

The changes are similar to those made at merge partner Heinz after 3G Capital took over the company.

3 days ago

Peoples Natural Gas customers to get refunds; StarKist settlement details due in September; Randy Forister leaves airport authority

Read earnings reports from Kennametal, GNC Holdings, Matthews International, Ampco-Pittsburgh, FirstEnergy, Royal Bank of

3 days ago

Consumer Reports: Fakes, phonies and frauds flow here

Last year, United States law enforcement agencies shut down 29,684 websites that were illegally selling counterfeit merchandise online.

3 days ago

 Diana Price of Midland holds up a solidarity sign during a rally for United Steelworkers.

Steelworkers seeking new deal protest Allegheny Technologies

United Steelworkers union objects to Pittsburgh company’s plan to require workers to pay for a portion of their healthcare coverage.

4 days ago

 Shawn McNulty welds hook components at the Cambria County Association for the Blind and Handicapped.

Cambria County employer of blind, handicapped is part of energy's transformation

The shift away from coal is palpable at the Cambria County Association for the Blind & Handicapped, which is betting big on solar.

4 days ago

 Yellow Cab at a parking lot.

PUC denies Yellow Cab’s requested surcharge

The fare increase would have been Yellow Cab's first since 2008, according to the PUC filing.

4 days ago

Identity theft complaints up sharply, agencies say

State and local consumer protection agencies published a report showing the scope of the problem.

4 days ago

With parking on North Shore in flux, developer gets extension on apartments

The stadium authority approved an extension giving Continental Real Estate until Oct. 15 to buy land needed for the proposed development.

4 days ago

 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen.

Scott Sturgis' Driver's Seat: A look inside three cargo-driven vehicles

The Volkswagen Golf SportsWagen, the Subaru Outback and the Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring bring different strengths to the table.

4 days ago

 Macy's announced July 13 that the company would close the Downtown Pittsburgh store.

Tic Toc, Arcade Bakery could live on after Macy’s leaves Downtown Pittsburgh site

The agreement under consideration would assign names, branding and intellectual property rights of the restaurant and bakery to the city.

4 days ago

 There are more than 70 railroad bridges in Allegheny County.

Sen. Casey calls for more federal rail bridge inspectors

The senator’s office said only one inspector is assigned to 919 train bridges in Pennsylvania.

4 days ago

GNC profits drop; sales sluggish at established stores

The Pittsburgh vitamin and health supplements retailer says it plans to shift more stores to franchises.

4 days ago

 Stephanie McMahon said she's "extremely humbled and privileged" to join the board.

WWE's Stephanie McMahon joins Children's Hospital Foundation board

Ms. McMahon and WWE became involved with Children's Hospital after meeting 8-year-old Connor Michalek, a Hampton child battling a rare

4 days ago

FirstEnergy profits rise

The Akron-based energy company posted second quarter earnings, showing improvement in earnings on flat revenue.

4 days ago

Kennametal reports loss for 2015

Adjusted earnings for the quarter totaled 46 cents per share vs. analyst estimates of 44 cents per share.

4 days ago

Peoples to refund customers for accidental earnings

People Natural Gas’ Equitable division will refund customers about $14 each after it accidentally collected more than its legal limit.

4 days ago

Huntington Bank notes rise in back-to-school costs; Ampco-Pittsburgh buys Ohio company; Mylan wins regulatory clearance for Perrigo

Read more business news about PNC Bank, Universal Stainless & Alloy Products, Bayer, GlaxoSmithKline and Mini

4 days ago

 A 1927 version of "The Everyday Song Book", part of the University of Pittsburgh's Special Collections, is the "smoking-gun" evidence that the 1893 ditty "Happy Birthday to You" should be free for public use and not subject to copyright restrictions, lawyers say.

Pitt library songbook key to lawsuit over ‘Happy Birthday’ rights

A songbook found at Pitt shows that “Happy Birthday” isn’t copyrighted, lawyers say, calling it the “smoking gun” in a long legal dispute.

4 days ago

Green Tree-based 360fly announces partnership with Best Buy

Starting in mid-September, Best Buy will become the exclusive in-store and online distributor for 360fly cameras.

5 days ago

 Tom Dougherty, director of marketing for PPG architectural coatings, talks Tuesday in the newly opened PPG Paint store in Ross.

PPG rolls out rebranded paint stores, uses Pittsburgh as pilot market

With 16 PPG Paints stores and a new brand campaign, the coatings giant wants to seal its position as the hometown paint supplier.

5 days ago

 If approved, the fare increases would net Yellow Cab Co. of Pittsburgh a nearly 11 percent boost in annual revenue.

Yellow Cab seeks fare hikes to keep pace with ride-share rivals

Among the requests to the PUC are surcharges of up to $8 per trip on Friday and Saturday nights.

5 days ago

 U.S. Steel sales fell 34 percent during the second quarter to $2.9 billion.

U.S. Steel CEO optimistic about second half of 2015

Slumping prices and shipments and one-time charges produced a second quarter loss of $261 million for the Pittsburgh steel producer.

5 days ago

 Despite growing power options, the states and provinces covered in the report have struggled recently to keep residential customers shopping.

Pennsylvania electricity market grows as customer base shrinks, report finds

Coinciding with the PUC’s policies, supply companies in recent years have grown in number and expanded their offerings.

5 days ago

 A U.S Airways plane flies past the U.S Airways operations control center in Moon. The last flight to be handled by the Pittsburgh center is set for Aug. 23.

US Airways operations center in Moon to close in late August

About 650 jobs will be lost with the closure, part of the airline’s merger with American Airlines.

5 days ago

Universal Stainless reports second quarter loss

“Our current backlog points to a challenging third quarter,” chairman, president and CEO Dennis Oates said in a statement.

5 days ago