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 Homestead Cemetery.

Homestead Cemetery closes, to file for bankruptcy

If people want to be buried with relatives, that’s still possible — as long as they, or a funeral home, provide a private gravedigger.

about 17 hours ago


 Pennsylvania casinos generated $2.33 billion in gross slots revenue in the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

Pennsylvania slots revenue up after falling last 2 years

The state’s 12 casinos generated $2.33 billion in gross slots revenue in the 2014-15 fiscal year that ended Tuesday.

about 17 hours ago


 Travelers pass through a corridor at Philadelphia International Airport.

U.S. airline probe would need proof beyond business as usual

The government is seeking evidence that airlines illegally worked together, but will the case fly?

about 19 hours ago


GOP seeks to block new NLRB rules through funding

Republicans aren’t letting a presidential veto stop them from trying to block rules that would make it faster for unions to organize.

about 17 hours ago


 The proposed cash-and-stock deal, announced early today, would make Hartford, Conn.-based Aetna a sizeable player in the rapidly growing Medicare Advantage business, which offers privately run versions of the federally funded health care program for the elderly and some people with disabilities.

Insurer Aetna to buy Humana in $35 billion deal

Humana has nearly 3.2 million people enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans, a total that falls just sort of market leader UnitedHealth.

1 day ago


 Thomas J. Cashman, center, is joined by his two sons Thomas F. Cashman, left, and Brendon Eugene Cashman on the Chicago Board of Trade grain trading floor.

Closing of Chicago trading pits: a requiem for family ties

Many families have long histories trading in the pits.

1 day ago


 The Federal Trade Commission has approved the acquisition of the Family Dollar chain by rival Dollar Tree.

Dollar Tree purchase of Family Dollar approved

Some Pittsburgh Family Dollar locations will be affected.

1 day ago


 Solar Impulse 2 pilots Bertrand Piccard, left, and Andre Borschberg celebrate Friday after they landed at Kalaeloa Airport, Hawaii. Solar impulse 2 is attempting to be the first solar powered airplane to fly around the world without using fuel. The airplane took off from Nagoya, Japan, on its eighth leg and flew nonstop before landing on Oahu.

Solar plane lands in Hawaii after record-breaking flight

The wings were equipped with 17,000 solar cells that charged batteries. The plane ran on stored energy at night.

about 18 hours ago


 A protester dressed as “Abby the Abused Chicken” and other protesters stand Thursday in front of Gordon Food Service on Clairton Boulevard in Pleasant Hills to call attention to what they say is abuse of chickens by one of the company’s suppliers. A nonproft, Mercy for Animals, organized the event.

Activists criticize Gordon Food Service's treatment of chickens

Cross-country protesters stopped Thursday in Pleasant Hills to urge a food company to change its animal welfare policies.

1 day ago


Whole Foods works to correct pricing problem; HDH Group acquired by Hub International; Ford recalls more cars

Read more business news about factory orders and Barnes & Noble

1 day ago


 Beyond memory, introducing new ingredients into the current password stew can only increase variety and hamper hacking attempts, according to one expert.

Can emoji passwords confuse hackers?

A U.K. firm is betting emojis are the next frontier in password protection.

1 day ago


Consumer Reports: Enjoy shared streaming accounts while they last

Those who share account info with others aren’t under much scrutiny now, but that could change with time.

1 day ago


Jobless rate at lowest level since ’08

Over the past three months, hiring has averaged 221,000, a step up from 195,000 in the first three months of the year.

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 But even though a trip from the airport to Downtown can net a fare of $35 or $40, some drivers say the new system forces them to wait too long.

Pittsburgh International Airport often not worth the wait for Uber drivers

Since new rules went into place last month, drivers say, the airport run has become a much less lucrative opportunity.

2 days ago


 New Kraft Heinz Co. logo

It's now the Kraft Heinz Co.

The deal to merge Pittsburgh’s Heinz and Illinois-based Kraft was completed Thursday after the stock market closed.

1 day ago


U.S. doctors, hospitals reap $6.5 billion from drug and device makers, report says

The report lists 11.4 million payments to 607,000 physicians and more than 1,100 teaching hospitals made by 1,444 companies.

2 days ago


 Kristen Breslin performs a state inspection on a truck at the Toyota Service Center in Langhorne, Pa.

Scott Sturgis / Driver’s Seat: Female technicians going full throttle in automotive industry

Norristown woman’s experience as a technician for Toyota shows that automotive repair is a growing career.

2 days ago


Dollar Tree to buy Family Dollar; FTC requires sale of 5 area stores

The FTC will only permit merger of the two dollar retailing chains if 330 Family Dollar stores are sold.

2 days ago


 Macy’s has dumped Donald Trump, part of the continued fallout over the GOP hopeful’s remarks about Mexican immigrants during his presidential campaign announcement.

360fly buying VSN operation; PPG completes Cuming deal; CNX Coal begins trading

News from 360fly; VSN Mobil, PPG; Cuming Microwave; CNX Coal; Alpha Natural Resources; Ace; Chubb; Donald Trump; and Macy’s.

2 days ago


 "The application is an early step in the bidding process," Steelers president Art Rooney II said in a statement.

Steelers exploring bid to host 2023 Super Bowl

President Art Rooney met with Mayor Bill Peduto Wednesday morning to talk about the team’s bid to host Super Bowl LVII.

2 days ago


Green Tree-based 360fly to acquire portion of VSN Mobil

The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed but a news release said the deal includes 24 engineers who will become part of the

3 days ago


 Money market accounts have increased by $2.3 trillion since the recession started, compared to a $1.4 trillion increase in savings accounts and $1 trillion in checking accounts.

Modern money hoarders turning to bank accounts

Americans are hoarding a record $5 trillion cash in bank money market accounts ready for instant withdrawal.

3 days ago


Allegheny Technologies, United Steelworkers continue contract talks

The contract covers about 2,450 workers at Allegheny Technologies plants in the Alle-Kiski Valley and elsewhere.

2 days ago


Developer unveils plan for Hyatt hotel on Pittsburgh Athletic Association grounds

It represents a scaled-down version of an earlier $45 million plan that called for roughly 190 rooms and 199,000 square feet of space.

3 days ago


 The merger of the H.J. Heinz Co. and Kraft Foods Group is expected to close Thursday after shareholders today approved the deal.

End of an era nears as Heinz merger OK’d by Kraft investors

The deal to create the third-largest food and beverage company in North America is expected to close today.

2 days ago


Alpha bets on shale gas

The Virginia-based coal company is buying out its joint venture partner for $126 million to develop shale gas in Greene County.

3 days ago


 The Department of Labor expects to formally publish the rule regarding overtime pay this week, opening a 60-day comment period. Congressional approval is not required, said Cecilia Munoz, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council.

Could new rule mean overtime for more salaried workers?

The new labor rule would require employers to pay time-and-a-half wages to salaried workers earning up to $50,440 a year.

3 days ago


U.S. court agrees Apple violated antitrust law in e-book entry

A panel ruled that a lower-court judge correctly found that Apple Inc. violated the law to upset Amazon.com Inc.’s control of the market.

3 days ago


 JetBlue Airways adds fee for checked luggage

Judge denies UPMC stay; PPG completes Germany expansion; JetBlue starts baggage charges

News from UPMC; Highmark; PPG; JetBlue; Pep Boys; ConAgra; Willis Group; Towers Watson; and more.

3 days ago


 The Federal Reserve is on track to raise interest rates later this year. Chairwoman Janet Yellen has good reasons to push ahead, but she may not get very far in her quest to “normalize” rates.

Business Forum: Fed’s tough journey to higher interest rates

The Federal Reserve is on track to raise interest rates later this year.

3 days ago


 Parent and Graduate PLUS loan interest rates will go down to 6.84 percent, instead of 7.21 percent for loans issued last year.

Student loan rates to drop for coming year

Starting Wednesday, new federal loans will have lower rates than loans taken out last year. But they likely will creep back up in 2016-2017.

4 days ago


CNX Coal to start trading July 1

Consol Energy Inc. has announced that it will begin trading units of its thermal coal spinoff, CNX Coal, July 1.

3 days ago


 The Tractor Supply Co. store in North Fayette opened two months ago.

Tractor Supply Co. sneaking up on urban areas like Pittsburgh

Earlier this year, the Tractor Supply corporate team increased its U.S. store target from 2,100 to 2,500.

4 days ago


Pittsburgh region's adjusted unemployment rate sees slight rise

The increase of one-tenth of a percentage point is the same increase that hit the state and the nation.

3 days ago


Greece’s looming default sends stocks sharply lower

Coming six years into a bull market, it was Wall Street’s worst day in 2015.

4 days ago


 A drill rig along Route 19 in Amwell Township, Washington County

Bill would prohibit drillers from paying smaller royalties

A Pennsylvania bill would prohibit drillers from paying landowners a smaller royalty fraction than the minimum share required by law.

4 days ago


 The Gateway Towers association board is looking for solutions after the incidents in April and May when window panes crashed to the ground during severe weather with high winds.

Gateway Towers condominium plans to inspect windows after pair of incidents

Residents have been ordered not to use their windows after two dislodged, forcing management to block off sidewalks.

4 days ago


 Doug Cole, Monroeville police chief, announce plans to install a new set of security cameras that will monitor a larger section of the Monroeville Mall.

Monroeville Mall installing new security cameras

The move is the latest in a series of changes that followed a string of violence there earlier this year.

3 days ago


 The liquor privatization plan would allow about 14,000 beer-sales license holders — retailers, restaurants, grocery stores and others — to pay a higher fee for permission to also sell wine, liquor or both.

Pennsylvania Senate approves budget, liquor privatization bills

The Senate passed a budget bill late this afternoon, after earlier approving a bill that allows privatization of liquor sales.

3 days ago


Business Workshop: Top court gives firms new class-action shield

Two Supreme Court decisions remind businesses about the power of contracts.

4 days ago


Regulator calls on electric utilities to evolve

To truly embrace energy efficiency, utilities must no longer rely on sales growth for revenue, PUC commissioner says.

4 days ago


 Google has agreed to add the nation’s 250,000 railroad crossings to its mapping and mobile applications.

Getting on track: Google set to add U.S. railroad crossings to apps, online maps

Crashes and deaths rose at rail crossings last year, reversing a long trend of decreases.

4 days ago


Halliburton closing 430-worker plant in western Pennsylvania

Halliburton closing 430-employee plant in Pennsylvania, 80 percent will get transfer offers

3 days ago


House stymies DEP on drilling rules

DEP would have to scrap an update rules for PA’s traditional oil & gas drilling industry and begin the 4-year-old rulemaking process again.

4 days ago


 The National Association of Realtors said Monday that its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index rose 0.9 percent to 112.6 last month,

Uncle Maddio’s Pizza opening; Jefferson Hospital expands rehab; pending home sales climb

News from Uncle Maddio’s; Jefferson Hospital; National Association of Realtors; Siemens; Dresser-Rand; Sysco; US Foods; and FCA US.

4 days ago


 The lawsuits don’t specifically say if or how each customer provided Verde with a phone number.

Verde Energy illegally called customers' cell phones, lawsuits say

Customers in Western Pennsylvania allege the energy retail supplier used an automatic dialing system to harass them with marketing calls.

4 days ago


Supreme Court’s mandatory minimum ruling viewed as ‘game-changer’

The state Supreme Court’s decision leaves the question of whether these schemes will return in the hands of the General Assembly.

4 days ago


 Two days before Kraft Foods Group shareholders are scheduled to vote on the planned merger, the new senior leadership slate of Kraft Heinz was detailed with roles for 20 executives.

Kraft Heinz details its new senior leadership team

CEO Bernardo Hees to bring along many of his Heinz executives, but a number of Kraft officials will also be part of the new company.

5 days ago


 A plume of exhaust extends from the Mitchell Power Station in Washington County in September 2013.

Pa. impact may be 'minimal' as Supreme Court overturns EPA's mercury rule

The 5-4 decision found the EPA did not consider compliance costs in regulating power plant emissions of mercury and air pollutants.

4 days ago


 Kraft Foods Group Inc. & H.J. Heinz Co. products.

Once the Kraft-Heinz deal is done, the 3G Capital team will get to work

The pressure is on the Brazilian investment firm to find savings and increase profits using the formula it has perfected at other companies.

6 days ago



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