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 Teen clothing chain rue21 has begun offering plus-size clothing under the name rue+, including a collection of accessories such as belts.

As teen clothing chains angst over future, rue21 chases plus-size opportunity

Cranberry-based chain says investors who bought the company in 2013 were enthusiastic about adding clothes to serve sizes 14-24.

about 23 hours ago


 Watt-hour meters track electricity fed by Allegheny Power, part of Allegheny Energy.

What killed FirstEnergy's coal plants?

A lawsuit between FirstEnergy Corp. and a coal supplier aims to parse which headwind facing coal-fired generation is the strongest.

about 23 hours ago


Len Boselovic’s Heard off the Street: Grocery turbulence ... They've hidden the spices and the cans of soup again

Believe it or not, supermarkets say there is a method to the madness of the cleanup on aisle 10.

about 23 hours ago


WorkZone: A boss with a big ego is bad news

A business owner who does not listen to employees won’t have a business for long.

about 23 hours ago


 Christopher Dingman

People on the move: 3/1/2015

Herbein + Co. Inc., Sisterson & Co. LLP, Grossman Yanak & Ford LLP, Mars National Bank, Zions Bank Corporate Trust, Allegheny Valley Bank

about 23 hours ago


 For $249, the Audio-Technica AT-LP60 Turntable is one of the best values in audio.

Sound Advice: Quality vinyl system without the high price

What is the least amount I can spend to enjoy records, without buying junk?

about 23 hours ago


 Sean McGreevey, left, assistant dean for career development at Chatham University, teaches a class called "Financial Wellness." The class included, from left, senior Eir Rovira, graduate student Nick Bender and senior Nicole Werwie.

Colleges making financial literacy part of education

Young people facing debt from student loans and credit cards are finding ways to learn about handling personal finances.

about 23 hours ago


 Patricia Arquette at the Oscars Sunday.

Patricia Arquette isn't the first to make the point: Women's wages lag in most sectors

Women are paid less on every rung of the economic ladder.

about 23 hours ago


The Color of Money | Michelle Singletary: America's time to save

I bet there are also a lot of folks just as tired of financially focused people like myself telling them they aren't saving enough.

about 23 hours ago


Office Coach: When working from home, strive to connect with co-workers

To get back on track, you must begin to assume personal responsibility for getting what you need.

about 23 hours ago


Consumer Reports: Common questions, complaints about cars

Does the headrest hit my head? Does my car need a tuneup? Where the heck is my spare tire?

about 23 hours ago


Business calendar: 3/1/2015

Business Referral Network of Pittsburgh - AM Pittsburgh Chapter, 7:30 a.m., Uptown Coffee, 723 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon.

about 23 hours ago


State police investigate counterfeit bills passed in Somerset

Merchants are warned to keep an eye out for possible counterfeit $100 bills.

about 1 hour ago


 Aaron Beam, the co-founder and former Chief Financial Officer of HealthSouth, spoke to graduate students at Carlow University on Friday, cautioning them against fraud.

‘I’m a felon’: Former HealthSouth executive cautions students against fraud

Aaron Beam, an ex-CFO, spoke Friday to graduate students at Carlow University about the company’s $2.7 billion book-cooking scheme.

1 day ago


 The comedy club submission is a Judges Award of Excellence winner by Mullen.

Mullen, Brunner take spotlight, awards at Pittsburgh Addys

In addition to Mullen’s Judges Award of Excellence, Brunner piled the most Addy awards into the trunk of the car going back to the office.

1 day ago


 The National Association of Realtors releases its January report on pending home sales, which are seen as a barometer of future purchases Friday.

Bank of New York Mellon eliminating defined benefit pension plan; Highmark Health starting furloughs; Mylan completes acquisition

Read more business news about United-American Savings Bank, GDP, pending home sales and Fiat Chrysler recalls

1 day ago


 The two-tone dress, left, alongside an ivory and black version, made by Roman Originals.

Debate over dress’s color takes Internet by storm

University of Pittsburgh and West Penn Hospital doctors gave color commentary on why people are seeing different colors in an online photo.

1 day ago


Sale of closed Hempfield prison to go forward

Sale of a closed prison property in Hempfield should save Pennsylvania $27 million over 10 years, a state official says.

1 day ago


Medical and safety technology firm Drager to close Findlay office in 2016

The German company plans to consolidate sales, service, marketing and engineering operations at its Houston, Texas, office.

2 days ago


Bayer will separate its drugs, materials divisions

German-based Bayer gets closer to spinning out its plastics segment, which has North American headquarters in Robinson, as separate company.

2 days ago


Suit against FedEx moved here

A federal court has decided to move to Pittsburgh a suit alleging that Moon-based FedEx Ground discriminated against deaf employees.

2 days ago


Economy grew slower than previously believed in fourth quarter

Rate of 2.2 percent in the October-Dec. quarter marked a major slowdown from the third quarter, which saw the strongest growth in 11 years.

2 days ago


 Brielle Wright, 4, meets up with Eat 'N Park mascot.

Eat’n Park to expand services into PNC tower

Eat’n Park will operate a convenience store featuring a limited selection of prepared foods and fresh produce in the new PNC tower Downtown.

2 days ago


 Violet Rignani, a Brownie from Mt. Lebanon, has been using the Internet to boost her cookie sales.

Pittsburgh-area Girl Scouts tap into cyber world to boost cookie sales

The Girl Scouts rolled out Digital Cookie to sell the treats, although many girls still use the tried-and-true door-to-door approach.

2 days ago


State asks FirstEnergy utilities for more detail on management fixes

Pennsylvania PUC order follows audit that said correcting management flaws could save FirstEnergy about $19.2 million in one-time savings.

2 days ago


 Wal-Mart President and CEO Doug McMillon made his boldest move yet since he took the top job a year ago when he announced plans last week to boost raises for nearly 40 percent of its U.S. workers.

Wal-Mart CEO talks workers, customers, critics

Wal-Mart CEO talks about pay raises, how customers shop and what he's learned from critics.

3 days ago


Giant Eagle Express closing in Indiana; Construction contracts down in Pittsburgh region; Southwest adding Pittsburgh to Dallas nonstop

Read more news about Allegheny Technologies, Forbes Hospital, Koppers Holdings, Ampco-Pittsburgh, Jefferson Hospital, Ansys, GNC

2 days ago


 Beginning in April, Visa will soon offer an anti-fraud service that will track cardholders via mobile banking apps.

Would you let card companies track your smartphone to fight fraud?

Visa’s optional new feature, which will be integrated into mobile banking apps, will be ready in mid-April.

2 days ago


 "A failure to list a reportable asset on the FAFSA is considered fraud," said Lynnette Khalfani Cox, CEO of AskTheMoneyCoach.com and author of “College Secrets: How to Save Money, Cut College Costs and Graduate Debt Free.”

Grandparents’ college help, even savings plans, could end up hurting students

Students could become less eligible for federal financial aid when grandparents help them pay college expenses.

3 days ago


 Joseph Guyaux.

Highmark Health names Joseph Guyaux new board chairman

Highmark Health’s board chair since 2005, J. Robert Baum, is leaving the position and has been replaced by the PNC banking executive.

3 days ago


 Reception Hotels is working with Philadelphia developer Core Realty to put a 155-room hotel on the fifth and sixth floors of the 13-story Macy's in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Development could be in store for Downtown Pittsburgh landmarks

East End natural and organic food market may expand into PPG Place, while a New York developer has its eye on Macy’s.

3 days ago


Manufacturing woes rise; experts eye higher wages

A study has predicted a hefty shortage of skilled workers. But skeptics say higher pay would take care of the problem.

3 days ago


 The practical but popular Toyota Camry gets a new look for the 2015 model year.

Scott Sturgis / Driver’s Seat: 2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid SE Sedan lives up to the hype

Other auto writers are going to beat me up — again — but the Camry is a top seller for a reason. It’s still not cool, but not bad, either.

3 days ago


 House Bill 466 is similar to a liquor privatization bill that passed the House, but not the Senate, in 2013.

Pennsylvania House votes in favor of selling off state liquor system

Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, opposes disbanding the state alcohol sales business.

3 days ago


 Apple Computer co-founder Steve Wozniak, left, applauds after Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced the FCC ruling on net neutrality Thursday in Washington.

In historic vote on Internet, split FCC OKs regulation

The Federal Communications Commission, in a 3-2 vote, will regulate broadband Internet under public utility laws, favoring “net neutrality.

3 days ago


Gas prices may spike soon, fueled by refinery issues

Pittsburgh-area gas prices could rise 10 cents per week for the next few weeks.

3 days ago


Dräger to close Findlay office in 2016; some will be offered jobs elsewhere

The Germany-based medical and safety technology company plans to consolidate sales, service, marketing and engineering operations in Texas.

3 days ago


Koppers income plummets as sales jump

The company said the rise in sales was driven mainly by revenues from two acquisitions last year and a new joint venture in China.

3 days ago


Ansys sees rise in fiscal year profits, revenues

James Cashman, president and CEO, said the record fiscal year revenue and profits "exceeded the high end of our expectations."

3 days ago


Finmeccanica selling stake in Ansaldo; Bayer MaterialScience gets new board chair; Southwest flying as plane inspections continue

Read more business news about T.J. Maxx, GlaxoSmithKline, Apple, Lumber Liquidators, American Express, Uber and new home sales.

3 days ago


 A Philadelphia developer is seeking a $10 million state grant to convert two floors of the Macy's building into a 155-room hotel. The department store would take up four floors and apartment units would be added to the other floors.

Development plans in Allegheny County built around wish list for Pennsylvania aid

A total of 57 projects in Allegheny County are seeking more than $235 million in state redevelopment capital assistance this year.

4 days ago


 Jemelia Richardson of Homestead plays the bass drum during a protest along Fourth Avenue just outside of Market Square in October. Security guards threatened to strike against Chesley Brown International during a rally. The security company decided to recognize the union shortly thereafter.

Pittsburgh security guards flocking to Service Employees International Union

The SEIU, about to cover about 800 building guards in the city, plans to negotiate a single contract with all of their employers.

4 days ago


Giant Eagle to close all 8 Good Cents locations

The O’Hara grocer is giving up on its limited assortment discount grocery model meant to compete with chains like Aldi and Save-A-Lot.

4 days ago


Horsehead makes gains after Q4 beats forecasts

A smaller-than-anticipated fourth-quarter loss sent Horsehead shares higher.

4 days ago


 The inside of the Lady Luck Casino.

Nemacolin's Lady Luck Casino being shopped by Isle of Capri

Less than two years after opening, the small resort casino is up for sale, and could soon be under new management.

4 days ago


 The Buick logo on the grille of a 2013 Buick Regal on display at the Pittsburgh Auto Show in Pittsburgh.

Buick cracks top 10 of auto brand rankings

Buick is the first U.S.-based automotive brand to appear in the top 10 of Consumer Reports’ annual brands report card.

4 days ago


 Commuters depart a train bound for the North Shore at the Gateway station. Rides between the North Shore and Downtown have been free, mostly underwritten by the Steelers.

Free North Shore T service expected to survive without Steelers as sponsor

The Port Authority is exploring other sponsors to keep subway service between Downtown Pittsburgh and the North Shore free to riders.

4 days ago


Yellen: Fed will hold off on hiking interest rates

Yellen: Fed won't hike interest rates until it sees more economic progress, stronger inflation.

4 days ago


 "For too long the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania hasn't been a place where businesses want to come, invest and grow," Gov. Tom Wolf, center, said. "Country-leading high corporate tax rates have slowed existing businesses from expanding and entrepreneurs from growing new ideas here."

Wolf seeks to halve Pennsylvania's corporate tax rate, close loopholes

The governor unveiled pieces of his economic plan to Lehigh Valley business leaders today.

3 days ago


 A pedestrian walks past the corporate headquarters of health insurer Anthem in Indianapolis. The Blue Cross Blue Shield insurer suffered a major data hack affecting nearly 80 million customers.

Massive Anthem data breach may affect up to 750,000 Pennsylvanians

It’s unclear how many of those affected are past or present Highmark customers, or come from other Pennsylvania-based Blues plans.

4 days ago



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