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 DEP regulators took this photo of a puddle of fuel on fire near an oil or gas well head during an inspection of the well site.

At well sites across Pa., pictures help tell the story

Industry says the photos don’t represent standard practices but rather show moments where regulators appropriately enforced existing rules

about 8 hours ago


 John Agnew in Scott is glad his house on a hill doesn't flood when the drains overflow from heavy rain.

Flood insurance surcharges are on the rise

Across the nation, new rates went into effect on April 1 under the National Flood Insurance Program.

about 8 hours ago


 Gov. Tom Wolf speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in March.

Pennsylvania hospitals worried about Gov. Wolf's budget plan

Medicare payments to hospitals now cover less than 90 percent of cost of care, according to the American Hospital Association.

about 8 hours ago


 Travel agent Bill Katz moved the headquarters for Atlas Travel to his home office in Squirrel Hill. He's run the company for 54 years and has seen many changes to the industry.

In an online world, travel agents can still help

Many travel agents, including Bill Katz of Squirrel Hill, have gone with a streamlined approach to operations.

about 8 hours ago


 How we handle arguments with coworkers can have a big impact on how well we do our jobs.

Work zone: Listening is key to de-escalating a fight

Resolving arguments in the workplace can be difficult; avoiding them in the first place may be the way to go.

about 8 hours ago


 A Bluetone 100 speaker that connects to almost any device.

Sound Advice: Look for sound quality over loudness

Which Bluetooth speaker is the loudest?

about 8 hours ago


Featured Recall, April 19

Waterloo Industries Inc., of Waterloo, Iowa, is recalling about 105,000 Husky Securelock Vertical Bike Hooks

about 8 hours ago


 Dan LaCouture, then with the Carolina Hurricanes, and Paul Bissonnette get into a fight during a 2008 game. Mr. LaCouture is one of several former players suing the National Hockey League for allegedly failing to disclose information about the dangers of concussions and subconcussive head injuries.

Former NHL players seek damages for concussions

Litigation continues in a lawsuit against the NHL brought about by former players who believed the league concealed dangers of concussions.

about 8 hours ago


 YouTube star Curt Wootton in "Pittsburgh Dad."

YouTube celebrates 10 years

In the last decade, YouTube has changed our culture in many ways, including in Pittsburgh.

about 8 hours ago


 Laura West, one of the co-founders of Trusst Lingerie, sews in their office space located in Alphalab in East Liberty.

Stylebook snapshot: Trusst Lingerie on mission to make better bras for range of sizes

The brand’s designers are working to re-engineer the bra so that it provides more support, particularly for women with larger bust sizes.

about 8 hours ago


The Week That Was in Pittsburgh business news, April 19

Catching up with mustard, and Downtown grocery store opens on Market Street.

about 8 hours ago


Business calendar: 4/19/2015

Business Referral Network of Pittsburgh - AM Pittsburgh Chapter, 7:30 a.m., Uptown Coffee, 723 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon.

about 8 hours ago


 Jeffrey Young

People on the Move: 4/19/2015

In architecture, Perkins Eastman said Jeffrey M. Young joined as an associate principal.

about 8 hours ago


The Color of Money / Michelle Singletary: Climb out of any deep financial hole

WASHINGTON — Here’s a quote to live by: If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.

about 8 hours ago


Office Coach: Don’t let job-seeking frustrations boil over

By definition, job-seeking is a highly frustrating process.

about 8 hours ago


Consumer Reports: Here are a few workout tips that work

One major tip: Keep it simple.

about 8 hours ago


 Members of the P4 Summit listen to a presentation at StartUptown,  a community-based coworking campus for technology and social innovation, housed in the Paramount Film Exchange Building in Uptown on Friday.

Peduto says 'good enough' no longer acceptable standard for Pittsburgh development

He wants neighborhoods to be more involved. At the ex-LTV site, “stop calling it Almono and start calling it Hazelwood,” the mayor said.

1 day ago


Endeka Entertainment seeks more time for Lawrence Downs racetrack casino plan

The racetrack casino proposal for Lawrence County is on life support, but its developers still want a few more months to find new investors.

1 day ago


 Andre Heinz of the Heinz Endowments talks to an P4 Summit attendee Thursday. The two-day international summit is hosted jointly by Pittsburgh and the Heinz Endowments at the Hill District's Energy Innovation Center.

P4 conference talks aimed at transforming Pittsburgh during 'wonderful time'

Mayor Bill Peduto trumpeted an “economy for everyone” in his remarks to an audience of international delegates gathered in the Hill.

2 days ago


Unemployment up slightly in Pennsylvania

The state Department of Labor and Industry reported today a net loss of 12,700 jobs statewide for the month of March.

1 day ago


DEP issues violation to FirstEnergy coal plant

The company said it fixed the source of fugitive emissions earlier this month by repairing the duct system of one of its smokestacks.

1 day ago


 Statistics showed nearly 2 million students, or 68 percent of the class of 2014, went right from high school to college.

Where are last year's high school graduates now?

The high school class of 2014 mostly went to college, according to a recent labor report.

2 days ago


 "Mylan is fully committed to its stand-alone strategy," the company said in a statement.

Mylan says it is not interested in merger with Israeli drug maker

There has been widespread speculation that Teva, based in Israel and the world’s biggest generic drug maker, was mulling an offer for Mylan.

1 day ago


Sharing money can be tricky for couples

There are times when keeping accounts separate may be a better way of maintaining marital harmony.

2 days ago


 Mike Hren, COO of StartUptown, a community-based coworking campus for technology and social innovation in Uptown, speaks to members of the P4 Summit during their bus tour on Friday. The conference, held over two days, includes talks, site tours, and discussions.

P4 conference focuses on sustainable urban design in Pittsburgh

Mayor Bill Peduto borrowed a campaign mantra — good enough is not good enough anymore — to signal it is a new day for development.

1 day ago


 Even with the change, Verizon's bundle option won't disappear completely.

Want a custom cable package? Verizon will have you covered

Starting Sunday, FiOS Custom TV will allow customers to choose the channels they want and eliminate others.

1 day ago


Congress leaders agree on trade pact

Congressional committee leaders have agreed on a measure to give the president “fast-track” trade promotion authority.

2 days ago


 In this July 6, 2013 file photo, smoke rises from railway cars that were carrying crude oil after derailing in downtown  Lac Megantic, Quebec. An emergency order requiring trains hauling crude oil and other flammable liquids to slow down as they pass through urban areas and a series of other steps to improve the safety were announced Friday by the Department of Transportation.

Transportation officials issue oil train safety measures

Trains hauling crude oil and other flammable liquids will be required to slow down as they pass through urban areas.

1 day ago


Reactor running at half-power after malfunction at FirstEnergy nuclear plant

The company expects Beaver Valley’s Unit 1 reactor to run at about half-power for at least a week as they repair a pump motor.

1 day ago


 A pair of traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, April 16, 2015. U.S. stocks are heading lower as more big companies turn in earnings.

Giving up an afternoon gain, U.S. stocks close Thursday with tiny loss

Netflix stocks surge as earning reports show some growth.

2 days ago


 Heinz is hoping its new mustard will hold its own alongside its perennial product -- ketchup.

Heinz changing yellow mustard recipe; Nova Chemicals names Todd Karran president and CEO

Read more business news about housing starts, CEO pay, Target and Volkswagen.

2 days ago


U.S. foreclosures rose sharply in March as repossessions mounted

Foreclosure activity in the United States rose sharply last month, on an increase in bank repossessions, according to a report by industry

2 days ago


Sign atop Market Square development hints at new home for prominent city real estate firm

It looks like a prominent Downtown real estate firm will be changing addresses.

2 days ago


 GlaxoSmithKline employees were told of the closure Wednesday, a spokeswoman said.

GlaxoSmithKline to shut down in Moon, leave region after 4 decades

The move came out of a decision to consolidate operations at its Parsippany, N.J., headquarters following its merger with Novartis.

2 days ago


PPG to cut 1,700 jobs worldwide

Company officials say the job cuts are part of a restructuring to integrate recent acquisitions into PPG’s business.

2 days ago


Pittsburgh Foundation joins chorus urging stricter payday loan rules

Payday lenders typically provide loans of less than $500 at very high interest rates to people looking for immediate cash.

3 days ago


 Radio frequency chips used for contactless card payments are designed with security codes that change with each transaction.

Radio frequency ID chips may be a data theft dud

The ads sound ominous: “Using RFID scanners, today’s thieves can hijack your personal and financial data from across the room.”

3 days ago


 The attractive 2015 Jeep Renegade has the off-road capability to handle most of what Jeep enthusiasts want, at least in Trailhawk form. But will its Italian lineage give some pause?

Driver’s Seat: 2015 Jeep Renegade lives up to its name

If the handsome styling or off-road capability appeals to you, I’d say see if the kinks will be worked out.

3 days ago


More Americans sought unemployment benefits last week

Despite the increase, other data suggests that the number of laid-off workers applying for benefits is still quite low.

2 days ago


 Heinz is hoping its new mustard will hold its own alongside its perennial product — ketchup.

Heinz looks to expand its reputation beyond ketchup — with mustard

New push for reformulated mustard in retail stores is part of the new owners’ vision for the company’s growth.

2 days ago


 A Wall Street address carved in the side of a building, in New York.  Higher oil prices and earnings gains are sending U.S. stock prices higher in early trading, Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

U.S. stocks rise as earnings roll in, oil prices climb

he Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 10.79 points, or 0.5 percent, to close at 2,106.63.

3 days ago


 A construction worker finishes a roof in Chicago October 2012. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo releases its monthly index of builder sentiment Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

Britain fines BNY Mellon; Beaver Valley reactor stopped; Table games set record

News from BNY Mellon; Rivers Casino; The Meadows; EQT; Federal Reserve; Segway; Ninebot; Toyota; Nokia; and Alcatel-Lucent.

3 days ago


 U.S. Attorney David Hickton said one reason fraudsters may target Western Pennsylvania is that merchants in larger metropolitan areas are starting to refuse $100 bills for fear of them being fake.

Authorities: Counterfeiters think Pittsburgh, Western Pennsylvania are easy prey

The Secret Service says the public can help stop counterfeiters by paying attention to the details of U.S. currency.

3 days ago


 A crew works on a gas drilling rig at a well site for shale based natural gas in Zelienople, Pa.

Oversupply causing oil and natural gas drillers to scale back

Oil production from major U.S. shale areas will decline by almost 60,000 barrels per day between April and May.

4 days ago


 Dan Rencewicz, general manager of Market Street Grocery, stacks products Tuesday at the new store in Market Square, Downtown.

Two years in the making, Market Square grocery store's opening is near

At 435 Market Street, Downtown Pittsburgh, a VIP reception is set from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The official grand opening is next Wednesday.

4 days ago


 Highmark says UPMC has been using a loophole in Medicare law to extravagantly overbill insurers for cancer therapies since 2010.

Seniors are getting caught in health giant tug-of-war

If Highmark’s Medicare clients lose UPMC access next year, will the divorce agreement between UPMC and Highmark offer seniors any comfort?

4 days ago


 Gov. Tom Wolf

Wolf camp disputes assertion of home-care ‘union ballot’

Union representation isn’t the same as collective bargaining, according to Gov. Tom Wolf and the SEIU.

4 days ago


 The Kraft board approved the merger with Heinz on March 24.

Kraft looked around before accepting Heinz offer

The tale detailed in an SEC filing is of a determined suitor, Pittsburgh-based H.J. Heinz Co., pressing its case.

4 days ago


PNC targets expense shakeups amid results woes

Pittsburgh’s biggest bank earned $933 million for the three months ended March 31 compared with $992 million in the same period last year.

4 days ago


 Workers fighting for a $15 minimum wage join in the Tax Day workers rally on Bigelow Boulevard between Fifth & Forbes avenues.

Hundreds protest for higher wages in Oakland

Pittsburgh-area protesters joined national day of action calling for higher wages with protest in Oakland.

3 days ago



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