In his suit, David Wawrzynski says Heinz copied his idea for a "Little Dipper" packet, which he showed them in 2008.

Michigan man takes on Heinz in U.S. court in patent case

David Wawrzynski says the food giant ripped him off by using his concept without paying him.

about 7 hours ago

 Rep. Eli Evankovich, R-Murrysville, is at the center of the charities debate in Harrisburg.

Pennsylvania bill debates definition of taxable charities

A proposed constitutional amendment, backed by nonprofits, purports to give legislators increased power to decide who receives exemptions.

about 20 hours ago

Penn National backs out of Western Pa. casino deal

Penn National officials say the “softness” in the economy makes them unable to justify the investment at this time.

about 6 hours ago

DEP to hold hearing on air permit for proposed Shell ethane plant

Pennsylvania DEP to hold public hearing in May as it prepares to issue key air permit for Shell Chemical’s proposed petrochemical complex

about 7 hours ago

 In this April 11, 2014 photo made with a fisheye lens, gasoline is pumped into an automobile at a Phillips 66 gas station in Little Rock, Ark.

U.S., Pittsburgh average gasoline prices stay flat

Ahead of the holiday travel weekend, Pittsburgh-area gas prices remain relatively stagnant at $2.57 per gallon.

about 9 hours ago

 Guests gathered for the VIP reception at Sprout Fund's Hothouse event.

Pittsburgh charities rethink the value of galas

Big charity galas may raise significant dollars for some organizations but some nonprofits shun them because of time and expense.

1 day ago

Benefits of health information exchanges still unclear

Are health information exchanges really saving money and improving patient health? Perhaps — but there’s not much evidence of that so far.

1 day ago

 Even if you don’f follow the Pittsburgh Penguins, you can still ask about team captain Sidney Crosby’s performance at Consol Energy Center.

WorkZone: Use sports to get the ball rolling in business

Seattle broadcaster encourages even non-sports fans to “Talk Sporty” in the workplace to boost business networking opportunities.

1 day ago

Len Boselovic's Heard Off the Street: Lawyers group says brokers can't be trusted

Brokers can legally recommend clients make investments that are in brokers’ best interests.

1 day ago

 BoXZY, which houses a 3-D printer, a computer-controlled router and a laser, was created by Justin Johnson, left, and his brother Joel at TechShop in Bakery Square.

Brothers' passion for 3-D printing inspires backers to invest

Joel and Justin Johnson have turned BoXZY into the most richly funded Kickstarter campaign in Pittsburgh.

1 day ago

 A study by Carnegie Mellon University revealed that smartphone apps are asking for users personal information much more frequently than even researchers imagined. The screenshot above reflects one of the most extreme examples pulled from the study.

Most apps don't care about privacy, CMU study finds

It’s becoming clear that the actual price of a free smartphone app might be your identity, according to a recent study.

1 day ago

 These unique, handmade-in-the-USA Ohm Walsh speakers with patented technology produce stunningly beautiful sound combined with a realistic 3-D soundfield that must be experienced to be appreciated. There is a good chance your pair will become a family heirloom at $1,250 a pair and up.

Don Lindich's Sound Advice: Reach out an touch Ohm Walsh's sound

The Ohm Walsh speakers are made like no others and maintain their value for decades.

1 day ago

 David Caliguiri

People on the move:3/29/2015

Sisterson & Co. LLP, A to Z Communications, AE Works, Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board

1 day ago

Michelle Singletary’s The Color of Money: Treat yourself prudently

“OK, so when can you spend money on something you want?”

1 day ago

 Former NFL running back William Ward Walsh, 66, takes the web-based, game-styled brain health test developed by RC21X, supervised by Mike Schuler. The test results will be used to evaluate Walsh's status for the NFL concussion lawsuit. Walsh played for the Packers and Oilers.

Coraopolis-based program has a new tool to keep tabs on your brain: RC21X

Former WVU player assembles star-studded Pittsburgh team for a brain health tool that aims to become a lifetime wellness aid.

1 day ago

Consumer Reports: The eBays for borrowers and lenders

Peer-to-peer lending has become increasingly popular.

1 day ago

 A street in East Liberty with houses developed by ELDI, with prototypes by Pfaffmann + Associates.

How did East Liberty become safer? Buying out homes that housed criminals

Whole Foods and Home Depot made East Liberty a destination, but a real estate strategy made it possible to get to sleep at night.

about 22 hours ago

 Deborah Todd  Carl Domingo, 21, a senior of Rochester Institute of Technology, works on a computer problem during the first hackathon SteelHacks at the University of Pittsburgh on Saturday, March 28, 2015.

'Make something cool': SteelHacks competition sizzles at Pitt

SteelHacks brought more than 150 students from Pitt, Carnegie Mellon, Duquesne, Chatham and Youngstown State to Oakland to test their

1 day ago

Business calendar: 3/29/2015

Tuesday -  Disability Matters with Joyce Bender, online. Speaker: Susan Palmer Mazuri, director, global public policy, AT&T Services Inc.

1 day ago

Office Coach: Work for a toxic organization? Get out

Also, experience in different departments can be a good thing.

1 day ago

Proposed Medicare overhaul would affect doctors, some beneficiaries

The House passed a measure that would create a new payment formula for doctors and charge higher premiums to some Medicare beneficiaries.

2 days ago

 BNY Mellon CEO Gerald L. Hassell

Headhunter reportedly compiling list of replacements for BNY Mellon CEO

The overture does not appear to represent an official search effort by the full 15-member board, which has so far supported Gerald Hassell.

2 days ago

College rankings based on employment give only part of the picture

The lists rating which school will boost the students’ earning capacity the most aren’t always accurate measures of a college’s full impact.

2 days ago

 In this March 13, 2015 photo, shoppers walk past a J. Crew retail store along Lincoln Road Mall in Miami Beach, Fla.

ExOne could resolve issues; Workers’ comp rates dropping; Ex-Consol manager gets prison

News from ExOne, Consol Energy, UPMC, Highmark, FAB Universal and BMW.

2 days ago

 Ellen Pao, center, walks to Civic Center Courthouse in San Francisco on Friday.

Jury finds no gender discrimination in case that captivated Silicon Valley

Ellen Pao accused Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers of treating her “oppressively” because she was a woman and firing her when she

2 days ago

 Solar Impulse 1, the solar-powered airplane of Swiss pioneers Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg, completes its final leg of the Across America campaign in July 2013. The journey began in May in San Francisco. The plane flew day and night without fuel. It was powered exclusively by solar energy.

Bayer MaterialScience puts its mark on solar-powered aircraft

A solar-powered aircraft is traveling around the world with energy-efficient components designed and produced by Bayer MaterialScience.

3 days ago

 Four Seasons will be scouting locations Downtown, in the Strip District and along the riverfronts.

Four Seasons chain scouting Pittsburgh for possible hotel location

“They are expanding aggressively and they like Pittsburgh,” said Eric M. White, the URA business development executive.

3 days ago

 The DEP released a revised draft of wide-ranging regulatory changes this month after considering suggestions submitted by citizens, industry representatives and environmental groups.

New DEP rules for shallow oil and gas wells draw industry ire

The rules would affect both large-scale operations conducted by the newer shale industry and the traditional oil and gas drilling sector.

3 days ago

 “This is my kind of transaction, uniting two world-class organizations and delivering shareholder value,” said Warren Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, in the official deal announcement.

Heinz-Kraft merger reflects challenges for iconic brands

The deal may benefit investors, but will it help the businesses?

2 days ago

 Jennifer McGee, a marketing coordinator with Massaro Construction works with student Nikki Mauder, a senior at Fox Chapel High School, in the Massaro construction trailer outside of the school.

School's construction serves as an internship site for Fox Chapel students

About 10 Fox Chapel students are getting a real-world work experience at Massaro CM Services, the high school construction contractor.

3 days ago

Government aims to protect low-income users of ‘payday’ loans

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposed rules Thursday to protect Americans from stumbling into what it calls a “debt trap.”

3 days ago

 Earlier this month, Alice Pittrell of East Liberty and others marched from the Bottom Dollar site on Penn Avenue to the Aldi store on Baum Boulevard to show their support for bringing a grocer to the Bottom Dollar location.

Aldi stocks up on W. Pa. stores

The Illinois-based discount grocery bought all of the Bottom Dollar store locations in Pennsylvania, Ohio and New Jersey.

2 days ago

American Eagle in Chile, Peru; Peoples to extend service; Pittsburgh construction contracts spike

News from American Eagle; Eurofashion; Peoples Natural Gas; Dodge Data & Analytics; RadioShack; and Standard General LP.

3 days ago

 “Israel is a very small country with big ideas,” said Yaron Sideman.

Conference promotes business between Pittsburgh, Israeli companies

Global Venturing is a new initiative by the University of Pittsburgh to stress the importance of innovation as economic drivers.

3 days ago

 American Express’ stock is down 12 percent this year, making it the second-biggest decliner on the Dow Jones industrial average.

Some AmEx cardholders can leave home without it

Changing consumer habits, extremely aggressive competition and increased pushback from merchants are putting heavy pressure on AmEx.

3 days ago

 Response crews for the train derailment near Mount Carbon, W. Va., monitor the burning cars in February next to the Kanawha River.

Washington pushes for holistic response to rail accidents

Concern over recent derailments of trains carrying crude oil manifested in dual announcements from legislators and industry groups.

4 days ago

 Andy Masich, president and CEO of Heinz History Center, said, “H.J. Heinz would have been pleased with the merger” because the company founder always thought globally.

Pittsburgh officials ask what's not to love in Heinz-Kraft mega-merger?

Andy Masich, president and CEO of Heinz History Center, said, “H.J. Heinz would have been pleased with the merger.”

4 days ago

 Craig Davis, president and CEO of Visit Pittsburgh, is expecting a successful 2015 for tourism in the city.

Pittsburgh on track to be 2015 hot spot

Craig Davis of VisitPittsburgh said the first quarter already has proven to be much better than expected for hotels.

4 days ago

 The 2015 BMW 228 offers top-notch performance, and is coupled with excellent handling in the snow with the XDrive package, just added for 2015.

Driver's Seat / Scott Sturgis: Review of the 2015 BMW 228i xDrive Coupe

2015 BMW 228i xDrive Coupe: All-around fun.

4 days ago

 A single male age 40 contributing 9 percent of salary at $20,000 a year would need $14,619 already saved for a 50 percent chance of retirement success.

Saving early can be a savior for your retirement

The Washington, D.C.-based Employee Benefit Research Institute has calculated  the savings needed for retirement at different ages.

4 days ago

Former Consol Energy manager gets prison in gas royalties theft

Scott D. Hamilton, 38, formerly of Baden, Beaver County will spend 30 months in federal prison for stealing $440,000 from the company.

4 days ago

 Jaclyn Clifford and Marlene van Es will soon be graduating from the University of Pittsburgh Law school and are starting a firm for legal aid to entrepreneurs who want to start environmental oriented businesses in the city.

Pitt law students tackle urban agriculture and food policy issues

Trellis, a law firm being established by two students graduating from the University of Pittsburgh, has a social mission.

4 days ago

State approves Peoples Natural Gas' plans to expand natural gas service

With abundant natural gas produced from the Marcellus Shale play, natural gas prices are forecasted to remain low, the utility said.

4 days ago

Electric supplier to pay $2.3 million settlement for deceptive marketing practices

Energy Services Providers, doing business as Pennsylvania Gas and Electric, has agreed to pay $2.3 million in addition to other penalties.

4 days ago

 Six months after being selected, the two developers for the Strip District produce terminal have yet to merge their visions.

Design experts to examine Strip District produce terminal

The redevelopment of the Strip terminal and the area around it will be the subject of a three-day design charrette in Washington, D.C..

4 days ago

Maya Design teams up with StoryCorps; Distributors could face Allegheny County drink tax; PUC plans hearing on Uber trip data

Read more business news about bank fees, durable goods orders, Howard Johnson’s, Lumber Liquidators

4 days ago

U.S. Steel to temporarily idle operations at Granite City, Ill.

The complex supplies flat-roll steel to the company’s Texas tubular business, which has been dented by cutbacks among oil producers.

4 days ago

 Fans prepare for a Steelers game at Heinz Field in 2013.

Officials: Heinz Field name will not change with merger deal

The Steelers sold the naming rights for the football stadium in 2001 to the Heinz Co. for $57 million over 30 years.

5 days ago

Opening accounts at Pittsburgh-based banks may mean bonus cash for consumers

A number of local banks are offering cash incentives and other goodies to help reel in new customers.

5 days ago

 This rendering shows a view of the proposed U.S. Steel headquarters.

Pittsburgh planning commission approves U.S. Steel building

Developers presented building design changes to the commission Tuesday before the vote.

5 days ago


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