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Knee, hip replacement costs a bargain at Pittsburgh area hospitals

Pittsburgh is a low-cost market when it comes to knee and hip replacements, according to a new Blue Cross Blue Shield survey.

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 Moira and Andrew Brennen of Highland Park pose for a portrait in Market Square in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Patients struggle to sort out networks and affiliations in a post-UPMC-Highmark world

Moira Brennen’s due date is Saturday, and she still doesn’t know for sure if her delivery at Magee will be in-network or out-of-network.

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Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection changes rules for oil and gas sludge at landfills

The state agency said it has been underestimating the radioactivity in frack fluid sludges for the past several years.

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 Station Square is seen across the Monongahela River from Downtown.

Commission clears way for Station Square housing deal

City planning  approved plans by Station Square owner Forest City Enterprises to build 300 apartments on the east side of the complex.

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Obama calls for offshore oil and gas drilling on Atlantic coast

His administration’s politically fraught plan also imposed new restrictions on environmentally fragile waters off northern Alaska.

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BNY Mellon could face SEC charges; Ikea to open in Columbus; Lyft unveils glowstache

Read more business news from U.S. Steel, Wesbanco, ESB Bank, II-VI, S&T Bank, Philips, Uber

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 “You’ve got people working Downtown moving to Lawrenceville because Lawrenceville is so convenient,” said Howard Hanna III, chairman and CEO of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services.

High-end apartments dominate Pittsburgh region's real estate

Two of the hottest areas of the city for price appreciation and sales were Lawrenceville and East Liberty, said Howard Hanna’s CEO.

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Details of US-India nuclear power deal still unknown

It’s unclear if the concerns of companies like Westinghouse Electric Co. have been completely relieved by an agreement announced on Sunday.

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 Mumia Abu-Jamal is serving a life sentence for the 1981 shooting death of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner.

Suit claims ‘Silencing Act’ restricting speech of Pa. inmates is unconstitutional

The law allows prosecutors or crime victims to seek an injunction when an convict’s behavior may cause a state of “mental anguish.”

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 The outage "was not the result of a third-party attack but instead occurred after we introduced a change that affected our configuration systems," Facebook said in a statement.

Facebook says internal glitch to blame for global outages of its sites

The outage at Facebook appeared to spill over and temporarily slow or block traffic to other major Internet sites.

about 22 hours ago


First transgender discrimination case to challenge ADA’s constitutionality

A transgender woman fired from her job, filed a discrimination suit making claims under both the ADA and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

about 18 hours ago


 Swedish retail chain Ikea has announced that it will open a store in Columbus, Ohio in 2017.

Ikea to open store in Columbus, Ohio

The Ikea store in Columbus would be the retail chain’s second store in Ohio.

about 15 hours ago


 Kathryn L. Harrison

People on the Move: 1/27/2015

Promotions, hirings and awards in the Pittsburgh legal community

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Business Workshop: New visa agreement improves travel between U.S. and China

Agreement extends validity of U.S. and Chinese non-immigrant, multiple-entry visas to 10 years for tourists and business travelers.

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Tech company II-VI sees second-quarter profit increase

Profits were boosted by $7.1 million because the company finalized payments for acquisitions made during the previous fiscal year.

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 “In pure form,” the senators' letter says, “overdosing on caffeine is not only easy but virtually unavoidable.”

U.S. senators urge FDA to ban retail sales of caffeine powder

Two deaths have been linked to powdered caffeine, with one teaspoon having the equivalent of about 25 cups of coffee.

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U.S. Steel posts strong fourth quarter

The earnings, which amounted to $1.83 per share, topped Wall Street estimates.

about 10 hours ago


Allegheny County Council committee recommends tax break for developer in Bakery Square

The committee on economic development and housing recommended a resolution that would give Walnut Capital a 10-year tax break.

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Ced Kurtz’s Techman Texts: Microsoft’s HoloLens is ‘magical’

The HoloLens system is a pair of glasses that allows users to see 3-D objects over and spatially integrated with reality.

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Less drilling, more dealing

Oil and gas experts predict an uptick in mergers and acquisitions this year as oil and gas prices stay low.

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 A barge carrying kerosene is offloaded at the Guttman Energy terminal along the Monongahela River in Charleroi

Guttman Group sees natural fit in shale gas, electricity

Since the advent of Marcellus Shale drilling, Guttman Energy, Inc. has found itself a major supplier of natural gas and power.

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PUC weighs costs of regulating competitive suppliers

Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission weighs how to handle the fallout of electricity, gas price spikes during last year’s harsh winter

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 East Liberty-based Identified Technologies created an automated drone and docking system for gathering data at industrial sites, especially shale gas operations.

Drones may change search process for gas field hazards

Pennsylvania start-ups and researchers see drones as a tool for the oil and gas sector, but unclear federal regulations are an obstacle.

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 C. Denise Johnson, center, asks questions of Clayco Realty Group developers during Monday's meeting.

Parking, retail concerns raised over Civic Arena site development

Hill District residents viewed the plans for the new U.S. Steel headquarters Monday, giving it mostly favorable reviews.

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 Average gas prices in Pittsburgh have dropped 38.5 cents per gallon — or 14 percent — from one month ago.

Pittsburgh gas prices continue to tumble; seasonal increase in sight

The precipitous price decline that American drivers have enjoyed could slow as soon as next month, an analyst said

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 A working adjustable crescent wrench built in a 3D printer from a computer drawing in the manufacturing lab at Butler Community College.

Len Boselovic’s Heard off the Street: 3-D printing advances open up frontier of legal fights

Technology that makes it easy to make something designed by someone else could lead to battles over intellectual property rights.

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 GoldenEar Demo Room at 2015 CES.

Don Lindich's Sound Advice: For better playback, think long term

When considering new audio equipment, best to think long-term investment than short-term savings.

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 Josh Cascone, 23, prays during Bible study at In the Blood Tattoo and Piercing, the South Side headquarters of The End Ministries, an emergent ministry that offers hospitality to those who are disenchanted with mainstream churches.

Workzone: Tattoos are losing their taboo

There was a time when sporting a tattoo meant “you’re either a sailor, in the circus or fresh out of prison.”  Not anymore.

3 days ago


 Westinghouse CEO Danny Roderick

Westinghouse needs break in India nuclear stalemate

As Obama’s foreign trip nears, the Cranberry-based company waits for a resolution to issues keeping it from building plants in Gujarat.

3 days ago


Business calendar: 1/25/2015

Business events, seminars and meetings this week.

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PG's Top Work Places 2015: Nominations are open now

The Post-Gazette is once again teaming up with WorkplaceDynamics to determine the region’s Top Workplaces.

3 days ago


 Bradley Eagan

People on the Move: 1/25/2015

Bradley Eagan, Mick Rizzo, Dr. Matthew C. Chakan, Kristina Bush, Paul J. Juliano and Marisa C. Bartley

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Elder Law: Intra-family loans can spell trouble for elderly, children alike

Transactions among family member done on nothing more than a handshake can have unintended consequences.

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 Highmark and UPMC - shopping options for Pittsburgh insurance customers.

Pittsburgh insurance customers like Obamacare and the price wars for their business

Pittsburgh shoppers are happy with their plans — and happy to change plans if, say, UPMC has a better price than Highmark.

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 Scott Baker of 5 Generation Bakers shows off a rack of Jenny Lee cinnamon bread fresh from the oven. The company brought the Jenny Lee brand name out of retirement a few years ago and now sells the bread in stores across 20 states.

5 Generation Bakers finds sweet success with taste of Jenny Lee

The McKees Rocks bakery revived the Jenny Lee brand, after the company’s first iteration closed in 2010 following a devastating fire.

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Office Coach: Tell boss his behavior’s bad for business

Hot-tempered owners are like spoiled brats. Because they don’t report to anyone.

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 Mylan headquarters in Canonsburg.

Mylan, Heinz among U.S. companies using Luxembourg for tax reduction

Two Pittsburgh companies were among 343 firms that used Luxembourg to reduce tax bills, according to an international journalists group.

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Consumer Reports: Solving drugstore mysteries

Did you know that Pepto-Bismol used to be green? The color reflected the minty flavor, but people hated it.

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 Dusk on Fifth Avenue at the University of Pittsburgh and Cathedral of Learning.

Pitt set to kick off innovation smorgasbords

The university’s Innovation Week is designed to highlight Startup Weekend and the Big Ideas competition.

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 In this Nov. 12, 2014 file photo, the HealthCare.gov website, where people can buy health insurance, is seen on a laptop screen, shown in Portland, Ore.  The Obama administration is reversing itself after an outcry over consumer privacy on HealthCare.gov, the government’s health insurance website. The Associated Press confirms that the administration made changes to the website to scale back release of consumers’ personal information to private companies that analyze Internet performance and sell ads.

Obama administration scales back release of consumer data from health insurance website

The personal details included age, income, ZIP code, tobacco use and whether a woman is pregnant.

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 Signs at two gas stations advertise unleaded gasoline for $1.68 in Oklahoma City on Friday. For the first time since 2009, most Americans are paying less than $2 a gallon.

With $2 gasoline, good times keep rolling at the pump

Gasoline under $3 was shocking. Now it's under $2. Will it ever end?

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State police raid bars, issue citations across the region

Taverns and private social clubs were cited for serving minors, illegal gambling and other infractions.

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 BNY Mellon Building on Grant Street, Pittsburgh.

Job cuts and sale pay off for BNY Mellon in fourth quarter

The bank earned $807 million, or 70 cents a share. For all of 2014, the company earned $3.1 billion, or $2.67 per share.

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 Home sales were up in December but down for 2014. Here,  California real estate agent Sam Golkar, left, tours a home being sold by fellow agent Frank Ruan.

Business Briefs: First Niagara finishes internal investigation into process issue; union membership drops again

Read more business news from FirstEnergy, the Master Builders’ Association, the National Association of Realtors, Goodyear, Skymall and

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Pennsylvania unemployment drop continues for third straight month

The seasonally adjusted rate in Pennsylvania dropped to 4.8 percent in December from 5.1 percent in November.

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 An aerial view of Uptown and the South Side.

Growing U.S. economy leaving Pittsburgh behind, report says

The U.S. economy is growing again and Pittsburgh is lagging behind, according to a report from the Brookings Institution.

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Job cuts, sale pay off for BNY Mellon in Q4

The bank earned $807 million, or 70 cents a share. For all of 2014, the company earned $3.1 billion, or $2.67 per share.

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Pennsylvania unemployment drop continues for third straight month

The seasonally adjusted rate in Pennsylvania dropped to 4.8 percent in December from 5.1 percent in November.

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Report finds commercial construction on rise in Pittsburgh region

The C3 Index finds business climate, projections, bidding activities and backlog were all up significantly for the quarter ended Dec. 31.

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