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Report finds series of scams target elderly

The annual report from the association of nonprofit consumer groups offers a snapshot of common ways people are being ripped off.

about 9 hours ago


 United Airlines passengers check in at San Francisco International Airport.

United Airlines ends daily nonstop service to L.A.

Charles Hobart, a United spokesman, said the airline was dropping its L.A. flight because it “wasn’t meeting expectations.”

about 9 hours ago


 Carnegie Mellon University researchers have been working to remove the veil of secrecy from the Tor Project, a free software program that allows users to anonymously surf the Internet on various devices, including smartphones like above.

CMU engineers aim to unmask surfing software

Governments in the U.S., Russia and Great Britain have worked for years to reveal the users of the covert Tor Project.

about 9 hours ago


U.S. Steel shares jump to 3-year high

A better than expected performance in the second quarter and a rosier outlook send U.S. Steel shares to a three-year high.

about 9 hours ago


 The 2014 Nissan Rogue gets a new look and more room for the model year, and even adds a third row.

Driver's Seat: Review of the 2014 Nissan Rogue SV AWD

Review of the  2014 Nissan Rogue SV AWD

about 9 hours ago


 FILE - This undated file product image provided by Hyundai shows the 2013 Hyundai Sonata. Hyundai is recalling its popular Sonata midsize sedan to fix problems with the gear shift levers, the Korean automaker said Wednesday, July 30, 2014. The recall covers 883,000 cars from the 2011 through 2014 model years. (AP Photo/Hyundai, File)

Business Briefs: 7/31/14

Also: Solera Holdings completes acquisition with PGW; revenue for new cancer, heart drugs high; economy grows at healthy 4%.

about 9 hours ago


How telephone-based scams work

The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office issued a warning this week about a number of telephone-based scams.

about 9 hours ago


 James Comey, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, speaks to the media at the FBI's South Side headquarters.

FBI to increase staffing in Pittsburgh cyber crime unit

James B. Comey pointed to the city as a leader in investigating cyber crime, noting the indictment of five Chinese officials for hacking.

about 11 hours ago


Uber hiring drivers in Harrisburg

And on Tuesday, the company launched a new version of its service for businesses.

1 day ago


 A Chevy Traverse sits in the shop for service on a recall repair at Raymond Chevrolet in Antioch, Ill.  The news about deadly crashes linked to a faulty ignition switch did not bode well for General Motors dealers earlier this year.

GM sales still cruising along despite recalls

Pittsburgh area GM dealers and customer react to the growing recall but sales show no signs of slowing down.

1 day ago


More blood banks merging to cut costs

Central Blood Bank’s merger with a Florida-based blood bank is the result of lean hospital budgets and fewer transfusions.

1 day ago


More than 35% of US adults with credit reports have debt reported to collectors

Delinquent debt is concentrated in Southern and Western states, especially Texas consumers

1 day ago


 Crayola will build a second Crayola Experience attraction at The Florida Mall in Orlando, Fla., similar to the one in Easton, Pa.

Business Briefs: 7/30/14

Also: North Shore company announces Ill. aquisition; FNB Corp. cleared for Germantown bank deal; NYC real estate firm to invest here.

1 day ago


DCNR defines what drilling activities will be allowed at public lands

DCNR sharpened its definition of what will — and won’t — constitute a surface disturbance when it comes to drilling at public parks

about 16 hours ago


Bayer earnings up on drug sales

The Germany-based company today said net income rose 13 percent, to 953 million euros ($1.27 billion) while worldwide sales edged up nearly

about 23 hours ago


Consol, Range hamstrung by lack of pipelines

Local gas prices remain below national benchmark

about 21 hours ago


 Deer Lakes Park.

Funding for health studies near drill sites loosening

Allegheny County Health Department promises proactive approach to health monitoring as drilling begins near airport, under county parks.

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 A containment building under construction at Sanmen on China’s eastern coast, the site of Westinghouse's first AP1000 reactor. It is now expected to be online by the end of next year.

China showing interest in $20 billion nuclear energy deal with Westinghouse

China wants to commission 26 more plants using Westinghouse technology, which would be in addition to eight coastal plants being negotiated.

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 Kelly Collier, CEO of ActivAided Orthotics, has been named SBA's Western Pennsylvania  Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

Pittsburgh medical brace entrepreneur Kelly Collier earns recognition

ActivAided Orthotics CEO Kelly Collier is encouraging the Western Pennsylvania medical supply chain to work together.

2 days ago


Chevron puts Moon Township project on hold 'for the foreseeable future'

San Ramon, Calif.-based Chevron had reached agreements to acquire 61 acres of land in Moon as a potential site for a regional headquarters.

1 day ago


Pittsburgh area unemployment rate drops

Over the past 12 months the labor force fell by 7,000 people even as 12,700 more people found work.

1 day ago


U.S. Steel shares jump as second-quarter results exceed estimates

President and CEO Mario Longhi said operating profits for the current quarter should increase significantly.

1 day ago


Matthews International's purchase of Schawk completed

North Shore-based Matthews International Corp. announced it has acquired Schawk Inc., a leading brand development company based in Des

1 day ago


Lawyers convene in Pittsburgh to discuss landmark health care cases

In town for a law firm celebration, four lawyers sat down to discuss the Supreme Court and President Obama.

2 days ago


UPMC is finding ways to squeeze savings, prevent waste

With tight margins and a tough operating environment, UPMC is scrutinizing every part of the supply chain to save pennies in multiples.

2 days ago


 Bose Corp. filed a legal complaint against Beats Electronics for allegedly infringing patents related to it noise-cancelling headphones.

Ced Kurtz’s Techman Texts: A sense of loss prevails with easy web streaming

Today you can listen to streaming programming from anywhere in the world on the Internet. But it has lost its charm.

2 days ago


Former Nazi guard dies on eve of judge’s extradition order

A federal magistrate judge issued an opinion extraditing a former Nazi guard to Germany to stand trial for mass murder shortly after he

2 days ago


Business Workshop: Union workers are not subcontractors

Pennsylvania Supreme Court decided that property developers are not responsible for paying debts that their contractors owe to unions.

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 Virgin America has filed for an initial public offering of shares.

Business Briefs: PNC Bank recognized with government award

Also: Green Tree blood bank considers merger; Reed Smith changes senior management team; contracts to buy homes slip in June.

2 days ago


Dateline Pittsburgh: 07/29/14

People on the move.

2 days ago


New shale jobs last year leaned toward engineering and construction

Survey finds that shale companies expect to hire 2,000 new employees in 2014

1 day ago


Consol Energy loses $24.9 million, but grows gas production

The coal and gas company focuses on growing oil and gas production, finding home for coal.

1 day ago


Vitamin and supplements retailer reports drop in second quarter profit

Pittsburgh-based vitamins and supplements retailer GNC Holdings Inc. has lowered its guidance for the year after reporting a slight drop in

1 day ago


 In this May 22, 2014, photo, a ship is docked at Norfolk Southern's Lamberts Point coal terminal as a man plays golf in Norfolk, Va. As the Obama administration weans the U.S. off dirty fuels blamed for global warming, energy companies have been sending more of America’s unwanted energy leftovers to other parts of the world, where they could create even more pollution.

Not in my backyard: US sending dirty coal abroad

U.S. energy companies have sent more coal than ever before overseas, in some cases to places with more lax environmental standards.

2 days ago


Peoples hopes surcharge will help expand gas service

The North Shore company has proposed a surcharge for potential customers who aren’t connected to current gas pipelines

2 days ago


 Eric Casteel, of Pittsburgh-based SolarCast, has created portable solar paneling with rechargeable batteries that are being used by companies at remote natural gas drilling sites.

Why some solar companies are teaming with the oil and gas industry

Teaming up with the oil and gas industry might sound strange for a strong believer in solar power, but for David Jason, it’‍s just smart

1 day ago


Reed Smith names new members to senior management team

The new members are: Edward J. Estrada, Casey S. Ryan and Ray A. Cardozo.

2 days ago


 The deep-discount chain Dollar Tree this morning agreed to buy rival Family Dollar Store.

Dollar Tree agrees to buy rival Family Dollar in $8.5 billion deal

Dollar Tree and Family Dollar each have between 50 and 60 stores in the Pittsburgh region.

2 days ago


 A Lyft car seen in a car's sideview mirror.

PUC sets hearing dates for Lyft, Uber permanent licenses

Lyft's hearing before a panel of administrative law judges will be Aug. 7 and 8; Uber's hearing will be Aug. 18 and 19.

2 days ago


Production climbs 21 percent for Range Resources

The Fort Worth-based driller brought 36 wells online in the southern Marcellus, which includes southwestern Pennsylvania.

2 days ago


Coming home: Q & A with Ryan Russell of the U.S. Commercial Service

The former U.S. foreign service officer worked around the world, but was happy to move back home for a job in international relations.

3 days ago


 A worker at the W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company in Bradford polishes one of the handcrafted knives.  The company is celebrating its 125th anniversary.

W.R. Case and Sons celebrates 125 years of making knives

It’s an anniversary that might never have happened if Zippo Manufacturing Co. had not had a commitment to the town of Bradford, Pa.

4 days ago


 Texas Roadhouse hostess Natasha Scholl, center, uses a computer pad with a NoWait seating app to show how it works to NoWait board members Chris Olsen of Drive Capital, left, and Sean Ammirati of Birchmere Ventures, right.

Last ingredients added to NoWait restaurant apps

At Pittsburgh restaurant reservations company NoWait, everyone from executives to sales reps works a shift in the service industry.

4 days ago


Elder Law: Answering questions on trusts, assets and more

This month we’re dipping into our email bag to answer two of the frequently asked questions we get and also to provide some updates.

4 days ago


Workzone: Organize around the vacation mess

To completely relax while on vacation, take time to do some advance planning before you leave the office.

4 days ago


Cindy Krischer Goodman’s Balancing Act: It could be time for a career coach

They can help you figure out your next career move.

4 days ago




Mortgage capital flow shifts after crisis

Majority white and affluent neighborhoods have captured the lion’s share of new mortgage money, the PCRG found.

4 days ago


 The Pentax MX-1 offers 1080p HD video.

Don Lindich’s Sound Advice: Pentax MX-1 is for enthusiasts

An en­thu­si­ast com­pact is a step above a point-and-shoot and a step­ping stone to an in­ter­change­able lens cam­era.

4 days ago


Consumer Reports’ Shop Smart: 5 skin-saving sunscreen facts

Sun­screen may be big busi­ness, with sales top­ping $1 bil­lion last year, but not nearly enough of us seem to buy into its im­por­tance.

4 days ago



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