The Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance estimates charities collect one-third of their donations in the last quarter of the year.

Donor beware: Fake charities prey on your holiday spirit

As consumers get caught up in the holiday season of giving and goodwill, their defenses go down, according to some experts.

about 17 hours ago

Higher OSHA fines coming for violations at workplaces

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration next year will dole out higher fines for the first time since 1990.

about 17 hours ago

End of Perkins loans will send students scrambling for college aid

Calling the Perkins loan program costly and overly complicated, the Senate allowed the program to expire Sept. 30.

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 Steam and exhaust gases obscure the sun near the power station Lippendorf, south of Leipzig, eastern Germany. German financial group Allianz SE says it will over the next six months decrease investments in companies using coal and boost funding on those focused on wind power. CEO Oliver Baete said Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015 that Allianz will no longer invest in companies if more than 30 percent of sales come from coal mining or if they generate more than 30 percent of electricity from coal.

German financial giant Allianz slashes coal investments

Allianz, one of the world’s largest financial asset managers, said it will boost funding for companies focused on wind power.

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Indiana Regional Medical Center to partner with MedCare; Alcoa names CEO for split with metals-making business

More news from Michigan, Fiat Chrysler; Comcast; and Consumer confidence.

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 Karen Stilley grew up in Pittsford, N.Y., and attended Penn State University in a joint bachelor’s and master’s degree program.

Newsmaker you should know / Hempfield mom creates website of kid-friendly activities

My Fun Maven, a website created by Karen Stilley of Hempfield, is attracting about 2,500 visitors looking for activities for children.

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 In abandoning a new headquarters at the arena site, U.S. Steel will stay in the 450,000 square feet of space it leases in the building that bears its name on Grant Street.

U.S. Steel's withdrawal from redevelop plan keeps Downtown office market tight

The decision is good news for Downtown landlords, who will be able to keep charging higher rents for their office space.

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 Former H.J. Heinz Co. chief executive officer Anthony J.F. O’Reilly

Former Heinz CEO Anthony J.F. O’Reilly declares bankruptcy

Mr. O’Reilly, who left the Heinz CEO role in 1998 but remained as chairman until 2000, was first reported to be considering bankruptcy in

1 day ago

 The Harrisburg Incinerator on South 19th Street in Harrisburg

Clean Power Plan prompts trash fight in Pennsylvania

The government’s plan to cut the power sector’s carbon emissions has spurred a skirmish between companies who turn waste into energy.

1 day ago

 Dan Harding, an East End medical research coordinator, has developed software that allows people to compare health plans.

Pittsburgh man develops software that aims to become 'Turbo Tax' of health care

Dan Harding has developed software that compares health plans, which could be helpful during the open enrollment periods now underway.

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 A 798-space parking garage on the North Shore will be built on the North Shore next to Heinz Field. The garage will cost an estimated $15 million and net 600 new spaces, taking into account those in Lot 1 being lost to the construction.

Another parking garage to go up next to Heinz Field

The stadium authority is giving the Pirates and Steelers another year to start their next development — a 250-unit residential and retail

1 day ago

 Pennsylvania Power and Light power lines weave their way over Bald Eagle Mountain in Williamsport.

State's largest customers ask to do energy efficiency on their own

A bill in the state Senate would let large commercial and industrial customers opt out of Act 129, the state’s energy efficiency law.

1 day ago

 Gladstone Middle School building at 327 Hazelwood Ave.

City school board approves sale of Gladstone Middle School building

The school, which has been vacant for 14 years, is bought by a realty company representing a collaboration of youth-service organizations.

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Emails reveal Coke's role in anti-obesity group

Coca-Cola Co. CEO Muhtar Kent said in a statement that “it has become clear to us that there was not a sufficient level of transparency.

1 day ago

 CVC, Canada pension plan to buy Petco

COO of Allegheny Health Network to retire; North Versailles cyber cafe ordered to close

More news from MG Development; Alcoa; State DEP; Airmall at Pittsburgh International Airport; TrueCar Inc. and Petco.

1 day ago

Temps can sue companies for bias in workplace

Companies contracting with employment agencies can be held liable for temporary employees’ discrimination claims, an appeals court rules.

1 day ago

 The Bruce Mansfield Power Plant, FirstEnergy's largest coal-fired plant, in Shippingport.

What happens when coal plants move from leaders to followers?

With wind and natural gas, the electricity power market has been turned upside down and coal has gone from leader to load follower.

1 day ago

Business workshop: High court gives relief on insurance loophole

A recent decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court closes an insurance loophole for companies sued by injured workers.

1 day ago

 Benjamin Hargraves, 9, gives his grandmother, Mary Robison, a hug.

Stress takes a bite out of 'Sandwich Generation'

Many Pittsburghers are raising children and caring for aging parents while struggling to keep up with expenses and save for retirement.

2 days ago

For Pittsburgh woman, dedication to Publishers Clearing House begat nightmare

A woman living on Social Security was scammed out of $16,000, most of it borrowed, by a Jamaica-based ruse over the telephone.

2 days ago

Illinois plant idled as problems persist for U.S. Steel

Struggling steel producer blames “fluctuating oil prices, reduced rig counts ... depressed steel prices and unfairly traded imports.”

1 day ago

Pittsburgh gasoline prices approach 6-year low ahead of Thanksgiving

A gallon is approaching $2.30, its lowest price since May 2009 in the Pittsburgh region.

2 days ago

Pfizer and Allergan’s $160 billion pharmaceutical merger puts new twist on tax-avoiding inversions

The merger would create the world’s largest drugmaker with high-profile products such as Botox, Lipitor and Viagra.

1 day ago

WorkZone: Communication starts with staying constructive

Like unhappy marriages, communication breakdowns at work occur for reasons that can be striking in their variety.

2 days ago

Len Boselovic’s Heard off the Street: Cyber risks grow, but companies hesitate to disclose much

Investors are becoming more interested in how companies disclose cybersecurity risks, breaches.

2 days ago

 Pittsburgh has developed a poor reputation in the national black community as a place to live and work, said Heinz Endowments president Grant Oliphant, and “that’s not a good narrative for Pittsburgh if we ever want to be a competitive, globally relevant city.”

Study finds black men left out of Pittsburgh’s rebirth

The Heinz Endowments hopes new data will reverse the trend in “one of the most segregated metropolitan communities in the country.”

2 days ago

Grand jury: Indiana County financial adviser schemed investors out of $1.2 million

Bernard M. Parker, head of Parker Financial in Indiana, Pa., was indicted under seal on counts of securities and mail fraud.

1 day ago

Elder Law: Veterans - Never Give Up

As elder law attorneys, we spend our time assisting elderly veterans and their spouses in obtaining “aid and attendance.”

2 days ago

Don Lindich's Sound Advice: Super 66 headphones are a compelling gamble

Looking for good quality closed-back headphones at a reasonable price? Try the $66 Modern Portable Super 66.

2 days ago

County health department closes Hot Spot Cyber Cafe in North Versailles

Inspection reports for food facilities in the county are available online via the health department’s website.

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  Richard Butler

Dateline Pittsburgh: 11/22/2015

South West Pittsburgh Community Development Corp., Pennsylvania Association for Justice,  First Commonwealth Advisors

2 days ago

Featured recall: Top Fin Betta Bowl Kits with LED Light

PetSmart Inc., of Phoenix, Ariz., is recalling kits because the glass bowl can crack, shatter or break during normal handling.

2 days ago

Chesapeake fined $1.4 million for landslide

A landslide in Greene County sent sediment into streams four years ago and the oil and gas company has yet to complete their restoration.

2 days ago

 Erin Rayle of Oakdale waits with a shopping cart for her and her family party of five at the Mall at Robinson during last year's Black Friday.

Technology speeds holiday shopping, but Black Friday still motivates

Today’s holiday shoppers use technology to shop, buy and deliver their gifts — but they still like going to the mall on Black Friday.

3 days ago

Your Office Coach: Veterans often need to adjust communications style when re-entering civilian workforce

While the military is a superb training ground for many things, veterans often face an adjustment period in cultures less hierarchical.

3 days ago

 KeyCorp is coming to Pittsburgh and replacing First Niagara.

KeyCorp expects smooth transition

KeyCorp CEO: no branch closings and few, if any, layoffs in Western Pennsylvania when KeyCorp completes takeover of First Niagara Financial.

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Teacher’s idea turns photos into fund raisers

Gov. Chris Christie’s budget ax might have fallen heavily on schools four years ago, but for Amy Wiker it was entrepreneurial inspiration.

4 days ago

Highmark claims losses of $222 million from online health insurance marketplace

The government is compensating insurers for about 12.6 percent of the 2014 losses, which means Highmark will get about $30.4 million.

4 days ago

Big Sugar settles with Big Syrup, Tesla recalls all 90,000 Model S cars, Mylan completes acquisition of Famy Care spinoff

News from  Archer-Daniels Midland Co. and Cargill Inc., American Sugar Refining Inc. and Tesla Motors Inc.

4 days ago

 Danielle Newman, a freshman from Newark, Del., is majoring in rehabilitation science at the University of Pittsburgh.

One-third of college grads plan to move back home, study finds

On average, college students with loans thought they would be able to pay them off in nine years after graduation.

5 days ago

 Artist rendering of The Empire, a 17-story development that would be built on Centre Avenue between North Dithridge and North Craig streets in Oakland.

Apartment, retail project proposed in Oakland for students

A New York development company is proposing an $85 million residential and retail project in Oakland designed to appeal mainly to students.

5 days ago

 The Bluelight Special fixture flashes to announce a bargain on Nov. 7 in a New York City store.

Kmart resurrects the Bluelight Special

The campaign is part of a larger effort to bring back the fun in shopping, attract more families and re-establish the Kmart brand.

5 days ago

'Disillusioned' turns magic into comedy

A new Web series finds humor in the life of a struggling magician; iPhone video users can make special effects with Action Movie FX.

5 days ago

Mylan announces launch of its generic ADHD drug; San Francisco sues AmEx for excessive card fees

More news from GNC; Ford-UAW deal; J.M. Smucker; and Cabela.

5 days ago

 A portion of The UnitedHealth Group Inc.'s  campus in Minnetonka, Minn.

UnitedHealth may quit ACA exchange

Health insurance company says “a continuing deterioration” in the market is forcing the withdrawal.

5 days ago

 Engineers from Acura previewed the 2017 Acura NSX exotic sports car around the United States over the past couple weeks.

Scott Sturgis' Driver's Seat: Honda bringing back supercar with ’17 Acura NSX

2017 Acura NSX: A new generation supercar.

6 days ago

Report rates some Pittsburgh-area companies highly for LGBT inclusion policies

American Eagle and PNC are among the locally-based businesses that received high marks for inclusive practices including employee benefits.

6 days ago

 Rijuven Corp. CEO Evens Augustin demonstrates how to operate a CardioSleeve on a mobile phone. The device monitors and records a patient’s heartbeat and EKG.

New device aims to streamline stethoscopes, make patient assessments faster

Rijuven Corp CEO Evens Augustin said the device — called a clinic in a bag — amps up the capabilities of the stethoscope.

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 Allegiant will start twice-weekly service to New Orleans from Pittsburgh International Airport on Feb. 19.

Allegiant Air plans more nonstop flights for Pittsburgh

It also will make Pittsburgh a base of operations next month, that will bring with it up to 40 jobs and a 156-seat Airbus 319 aircraft.

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Pennsylvania unemployment drops to 5.1 percent

The state’s jobless report showed gains in key metrics like labor force, employment and payrolls.

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