Personal Finance


Howard Hanna Commercial merges with Langholz Wilson Ellis

The region’s largest real estate company just got bigger. The new company is a subsidiary of Hanna Holdings, Inc.


Pennsylvania unemployment rate falls to 5.1 percent

The state’s November unemployment rate was the lowest it has been in more than six years.



 Lyft cars line up in a parking lot at the Waterfront in Homestead.

Is Lyft too friendly to battle Uber?

Lyft wants its drivers to be quirky and personable, leaving plenty of room for creativity.



Owner of Chicken of the Sea tuna brand to buy Bumble Bee

The Thai company already owns Chicken of the Sea, another major U.S. provider of packaged seafood.



 “There’s pent-up demand to go there,” Paul Busang, president of Gulliver's Travels, said of Cuba.

Cuba watchers in Pittsburgh cheer opening of trade relations, easing of travel restrictions

The easing of some restrictions will be “one of the best things to ever happen in the travel industry,” says one travel agent.



U.S. holiday sales may recover with help of deep discounts

Spending strongest in consumer electronics and home improvement retailers.



PPG to acquire French company specializing in automotive specialty materials

PPG has been boosting its coatings business through acquisitions.


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5 purchases you should never put on a debit card

For those who alternate between credit and debit cards, here are five situations when you should always choose credit.



U.S. stocks inch higher after a big two-day rally

Oil and gas companies led the stock market up Friday, helping the Standard & Poor’s 500 index.


 

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Coal ash is not hazardous waste under U.S. agency rules

That means that states, and not the EPA, will be the primary enforcers of the new rules



New York bans fracking after health report calls it unsafe

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the decision on whether to allow this kind of drilling in New York was up to New York’s environmental commissioner.


 

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People on the move: 12/15/2014

Company news from Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti; Reed Smith; Sykes Elder Law; Keevican Weiss Bauerle & Hirsch.


 


 

Business of Health


Highmark patients 'have the right' to ongoing UPMC care, hospital network says

News Analysis: Two weeks away from a divorce, UPMC wants to keep its Highmark patients; Highmark says it’s keeping 80 percent of UPMC docs.



UPMC to launch outreach campaign targeting Highmark customers

On Thursday, UPMC will start a new retention program to encourage people with Highmark insurance to continue using UPMC care.


 



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Lifetime achievement award honors Greensburg auto dealer

Bud Smail of Smail Auto Group receives recognition for his industry accomplishments and community service by fellow dealers and the P.A.A.



Lexus concept is almost too beautiful for words

"The LF-C2 concept shows what’s in store for our brand’s future design direction,” said Jeff Bracken, Lexus group VP and GM.


 

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