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 Blue Belt's COO Craig Markovitz, left, and CTO Branislav Jaramaz point out some of the highlights of the Strip District company’s rapid growth.

Blue Belt Technologies taking its robotics worldwide

The Strip District-based company’s Navio system is taking hold in the surgical world.

about 16 hours ago


 Ahmaree Osborne, 5, and his mother, Ashona Osborne. Ms. Osborne works an irregular work schedule at an Arby’s restaurant.

Irregular work schedules: efficient for employers, but tough for workers

Uncertainty can exact its own cost as the push for higher wages continues.

about 16 hours ago


Tussle over direction of Pa. ride share legislation

State senators are working on competing bills that could be rolled into one.

about 16 hours ago


 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton at a campaign stop in Iowa earlier this month.

How will a woman running for president in 2016 be portrayed?

To keep an eye on political discourse, the Center for American Women and Politics has launched the Presidential Gender Watch 2016 project.

about 16 hours ago


Len Boselovic's Heard Off the Street: Corporate speak bears only a slight resemblance to English

Shareholders often must sift through corporate writing replete with cliches.

about 16 hours ago


WorkZone: Listening skills will soon be at a premium

University of Virginia professor Ed Hess champions knowing how to relate to customers.

about 16 hours ago


 Limefuel L150XR rugged power bank

Don Lindich's Sound Advice: Bluetone 100 flashier than SoundLink III

Plus, Don talks about upgrading his website.

about 16 hours ago


Business calendar: 4/26/2015

Tuesday

about 16 hours ago


Consumer Reports: Be sure to save for bike repairs

Consumer Reports recommends keeping $400 on hand, regardless of the type of bike you own.

about 16 hours ago


Michelle Singletary's The Color of Money: Stop picking on the poor

New welfare laws in Missouri and Kansas spark debate.

about 16 hours ago


Elder law: How personal is your property?

Sorting out who gets what tangible property upon your death can save your family a lot of heartache.

about 16 hours ago


 Marie Pietropaolo

People on the move: 4/26/2015

Maher Duessel; Allegheny Conference on Community Development; The Children's Institute of Pittsburgh; Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force

about 16 hours ago


Office Coach: Face hard realities or risk losing job

Plus: Following proper email protocols is important in the work place.

about 16 hours ago


DeVry physical campus closing; home-care workers vote; Healthy PA transition begins

News from DeVry Education Group; PA Home Care Workers; Healthy PA; Medicaid; PepsiCo; and General Motors.

1 day ago


CMU summit aims to foster U.S. ties with China

The university’s U.S.-China Innovation and Entrepreneurship summit is expected to draw more than 500 attendees.

2 days ago


 Gov. Tom Wolf.

DEP believes Wolf's appointments to oil and gas advisory board are legal

An industry trade group had urged voting members to vote down revisions to the bylaws expanding membership.

2 days ago


 A Mylan-Teva combination is expected to raise antitrust issues, as is a Mylan-Perrigo combination.

Mylan increases its offer in merger tug of war

Mylan is the target of an unsolicited bid from Israel-based Teva Pharmaceutical, which offered to acquire Mylan for $82 per share.

1 day ago


 The interior of the Hawker 400.

OneJet launches new services from Pittsburgh International

Service to Indianapolis International Airport will start May 11 and service to Milwaukee May 4, with a daily flight four times a week.

1 day ago


Federated Q1 profits rise 3%, but miss analyst estimates

Federated’s first quarter profits disappoint as the investment firm keeps an eye out for acquisition opportunities.

2 days ago


Time Warner Cable loses one suitor while another’s in the wings

Comcast Corp. dropped its $45.2 billion deal, valued at about $158.82 a share, to buy Time Warner Cable on Friday.

1 day ago


 Doug Polk of Las Vegas takes part in the "Brains vs. Artificial Intelligence" event at the Rivers Casino on the North Shore.

Humans take early edge in man vs. machine poker showdown at Rivers Casino

Through May 7, four of the world’s best will play 80,000 total hands against the CMU-designed opponent, Claudico.

1 day ago


Moon resident admits bilking investors in coal-mine schemes

Ryan Blumling, 35, pleaded guilty to mail and wire fraud before U.S. District Judge Arthur Schwab.

1 day ago


 Wall Street appears increasingly convinced Comcast’s $45.2 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable is dead.

Reports say Comcast plans to drop $45B Time Warner Cable bid

Reports: Comcast plans to drop $45B Time Warner Cable bid after pushback from regulators.

2 days ago


County slaps Hazelwood deli with consumer alert; Uber drivers approved by PUC to use older cars

More news American Eagle exec saw compensation jump in 2014; Ford to lay off 700; Toyota beats VW, GM for top place in global vehicle sales.

2 days ago


PUC amends calculation for new fees on supply companies

The commission plans to charge natural gas and electric suppliers for the additional administrative costs of regulating them.

2 days ago


 An influx of open IT jobs in the Pittsburgh region is forcing firms to ramp up recruiting and highlight benefits to draw top talent to their offices.

Spa services? Pet at work? Demand for IT talent has firms offering many perks

A surge in open information technology positions leaves the ball in job-seekers’ court in Pittsburgh and elsewhere.

2 days ago


 Sen. Matt Smith, left, explains his cyber bullying legislation with a panel of students from Bethel Park's Independence Middle School. The discussion was a live Google broadcast among four area schools and experts on social media applications that allow anonymous posting of gossip and bullying.

Students agree online bullying meaner with 'hate apps'

Students from Bethel Park, Brentwood, Canon-McMillan and South Fayette districts discuss technology that permits anonymous gossip and hate.

2 days ago


 Team Rubicon: William McNulty &  Jacob Wood.

Heinz Awards to honor relief workers, others

Former Marines who created a nonprofit to provide relief after a Haiti quake and other disasters are among winners of the 20th Heinz Awards.

3 days ago


 Mylan earlier this year reincorporated in the Netherlands to lower its tax bill.

Perrigo spurning Mylan’s advance

At the same time, larger rival Teva Pharmaceutical Industries officially began pursuing the local generic drug giant.

3 days ago


Federated Investors first quarter profits rise 3 percent, short of expectations

Analysts had expected Federated to report earnings of 37 cents per share on revenue of $222 million.

2 days ago


Members representing public interest to remain on oil and gas board

The issue has caused a ruckus after an industry trade group criticized the Wolf administration for changing the board’s makeup

3 days ago


FNB reports rise in first quarter profits

Per-share earnings rose 10 percent to 22 cents.

3 days ago


EQT earnings drop on low gas prices

The Pittsburgh natural gas company said a drop in commodity prices “more than offset” a 37 percent growth in sales volume from the year-ago

3 days ago


 U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx speaks Wednesday after touring Carnegie Mellon University's National Robotics Engineering Center in Lawrenceville.

Transportation chief visits Pittsburgh to view new research, technology

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx visited CMU robotics center and marveled at the technology, but bemoaned the potholes outside.

3 days ago


SEC fines BlackRock over Rice Energy link; Partnership selects east Ohio as possible ethane cracker site

More news NoWait adds Chili’s to list; Trusst Lingerie named finalist in InnovateHER challenge; Pittsburgh-area housing sees jump.

3 days ago


 Huntington Bank branch manager Chris Eberlein with a check for $800 written by President Abraham Lincoln the day before he was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.

Huntington Bank displays historical checks

A collection of historical checks are on display at the bank’s new flagship banking center on Grant Street, Downtown. The exhibit is free.

4 days ago


Audit finds lag in enforcing law protecting health care workers from mandatory overtime

Review finds Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry did not implement law regarding health care workers, but changes now being made.

4 days ago


Thai-Japanese partnership selects Ohio for proposed ethane cracker

The project is one of three ethane crackers under consideration in region to take advantage of NGLs produced in the Marcellus, Utica shales

4 days ago


 The number of active student loan borrowers peaked in 2010 at about 12 million.

Federal study shows student loan troubles persist, especially for poor, elderly

The bank reports that many have defaulted, have become seriously delinquent or have not been able to keep paying down their balances.

4 days ago


 One possible target for the new CMU development could be Apple, which has been searching for space in the region to expand its operations.

CMU proposes hotel, office, retail complex to help remake Forbes Avenue

The 425,000-square-foot development would be built on two acres on university-owned land between Carnegie Museums and Junction Hollow.

3 days ago


BNY Mellon first-quarter profits rise

Bank of New York Mellon this morning reported profits jumped 16 percent in the first quarter as fee income rose.

4 days ago


 Cards can be frozen and unfrozen as often as customers want, Discover’s website says.

Discover customers can freeze card during scare

Discover has launched a new feature that gives people time to look for their cards without having to worry about a thief on a buying spree.

4 days ago


 Aurora Sharrard, vice president of innovation for the Green Building Alliance, speaks this morning at the Celebrate Sustainability Business Breakfast at Vallozzi's Italian Restaurant, Downtown.

Pittsburgh business leaders float big sustainability ideas, goals

Business, government and environmental leaders discussed everything from high-speed rail to promoting healthy lifestyles.

3 days ago


Oklahoma recognizes role of drilling in earthquakes

Scientists have linked earthquakes in Oklahoma and Texas to oil and natural gas extraction operations.

4 days ago


 Buyers closed on 5,402 homes in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Washington and Westmoreland counties in the first quarter.

Experts: Pittsburgh housing market on 'healthy trajectory'

The region's average home price jumped 7.5 percent from $156,579 in the first quarter of 2014 to $168,259 last quarter.

4 days ago


Wabtec reports increase in first-quarter earnings

Wabtec reported first-quarter net income of $96.2 million, or 99 cents per share.

4 days ago


Court rules that people denied public housing can appeal

The case involved Danella Bray, who was denied a place to live by the McKeesport Housing Authority in February 2013.

3 days ago


Redfin to debut here; King Penguin makes deal; U.S. Steel issues warning

News from Redfin; King Penguin; Beynon & Co.; Forbes Allegheny Land; U.S. Steel; Allegheny Technologies; American Eagle; and S&T.

4 days ago


 Travelers watch as a plane taxis on April 14 at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta. After years of steadily rising airfare, travelers this summer can expect a tiny bit of relief.

Summer domestic airfares fall $2.01

The average roundtrip domestic ticket this summer, including taxes, now stands at $454, down less than a percent from last summer.

4 days ago


 Annette May holds a bottle of beer up to the light to determine what type of beer it is Feb. 4 at Merchant's Fine Wine in Dearborn, Mich.

Ladies of lager gravitate to beer careers

An increasing number of women are making and drinking craft beer, and a good long pour of it is made in Michigan.

4 days ago



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