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 Shoppers walk past a Dior luxury goods shop on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, Calif. The Labor Department releases the Consumer Price Index for April.

Murray Energy cutting jobs; Alpha to idle mine; BNY Mellon settles lawsuit

News from Murray Energy; Alpha Natural Resources; Bank of New York Mellon; RadioShack; General Wireless Operations; and more.

about 6 hours ago


Fed on track to hike rates as economic headwinds wane, Yellen says

Janet Yellen spoke amid growing concern at the Fed about volatility in financial markets once it begins to raise rates.

about 6 hours ago


 Best anyone can tell, the last bourbon to be commercially manufactured in Pennsylvania was made by Bomberger’s Distillery, near Schaefferstown, about 30 miles east of Harrisburg.

Wigle Whiskey bringing bourbon distilling back to Pa.

The Strip District distiller is set to issue its first bourbon next week. It’s the first Pennsylvania-made bourbon in decades.

1 day ago


Pennsylvania unemployment rate held steady at 5.3 percent in April

Companies added 27,000 non-farm jobs between March and April and there were 64,000 more jobs than in April 2014.

about 9 hours ago


Corporate jet makers eye revival led by North America

As economies recover, jet makers expect more companies will see efficiency in owning their own aircraft.

1 day ago


Murray Energy to slash West Virginia coal jobs

The company blamed the workforce reductions on competition from natural gas for electricity generation and burdensome regulations.

about 13 hours ago


Survey: Minority-owned businesses face loan obstacles

Minority-owned businesses face tougher time getting bank loans, survey says.

1 day ago


Reed Smith expands to Frankfurt; CVS buying Cincinnati's Omnicare; Sales of existing homes drop in April as prices climb

Read more business news about unemployment claims, Lumber Liquidators, Dollar Tree-Family Dollar and Hewlett-Packard

1 day ago


FNB trying new branch model after work with Penn State students

The bank has a strong presence in State College and worked with students to create a more college student-friendly environment.

1 day ago


 Assistant brewer Stephen Moser, 23, from Valley Center recovers freshly brewed beer at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in Pomona, Calif.

Students learn to brew beer at some colleges

Some colleges are teaching students to make beer as part of their studies.

1 day ago


 West Penn Hospital in Bloomfield and many others around the state are operating in the red.

Many Pennsylvania hospitals aren't getting paid for care they provide, report finds

The most notable Pittsburgh-area hospitals with negative operating margins were West Penn in Bloomfield and Forbes in Monroeville.

2 days ago


 “I think it’s just another good amenity to add and see what kind of revenue can be derived,” State Rep. Nick Kotik said.

Could slot machines be headed to Pennsylvania's international airports?

State Rep. Nick Kotik, D-Coraopolis, said he intends to introduce a bill that would allow the installation of slot machines.

2 days ago


 Deployed Takata manufactured airbags are seen on the driver and passenger side of a 2007 Dodge Charger at a recycled auto parts lot in Detroit, Michigan .

Scheduling nightmare awaits those affected by Japanese air bag recall

According to federal safety officials, nearly a dozen automakers are involved in the record recall.

2 days ago


 President Barack Obama waves as he walks across the South Lawn to the White House from Marine One Wednesday as he returns from Connecticut where he delivered the commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and attended a Democratic National Committee event.

U.S. fast-track trade bill clears key hurdle in Senate

The Senate voted 62-38 to limit debate on a bill granting the White House authority to speed trade deals through Congress.

1 day ago


 Charles Hunnell of Waynesburg, left, a member of the Izaak Walton League of America, an environmental group, with fellow member Ken Dufalla, right, of Clarksville, asks questions Thursday of representatives of the state Department of Environmental Protection and FirstEnergy at Carmichaels High School. The company wants to transfer waste from its power plant in Shippingport to the landfill at Hatfield’s Ferry Power Station in Greene County.

Carmichaels residents oppose Hatfield landfill plan

The proposal to reopen the Hatfield landfill for coal residue was the subject of a passionate two-hour public hearing Thursday night.

1 day ago


 Pittsburgh-based Eat'n Park has sued Chicago American Sweet & Snacks, saying its cookies called "Smiley's" are a lot like Eat'n Park's best-seller, above.

Eat'n Park sues Chicago cookie-maker over Smiley trademark

The suit says Chicago American Sweet & Snacks sells cookies called "Smiley's" that Eat'n Park says are a lot like its product.

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 A judge in California is scheduled next week to review a plan that calls for StarKist to pay $12 million into a settlement fund over claims that its cans didn't hold enough tuna.

Payouts could be wide in suit over fishy StarKist canning

Almost anyone who bought a 5-ounce can of StarKist tuna in the past five years could be a beneficiary of a proposed $12 million settlement.

2 days ago


 Grille 565 owner Mark Helbling, sitting outside his restaurant on Lincoln Avenue, is the first person to apply for an alcohol permit in Bellevue.

Restaurateur quickly applies for Bellevue liquor license

Hours after the liquor sales referendum passed in Bellevue, Grille 565 is first in line to apply for a bar license.

2 days ago


 The Lexus IS350 F-Sport AWD can hit high speeds in just a few seconds.

Scott Sturgis/Driver’s Seat: Lexus F-Sport pushes pedal on fun

Review of the Lexus IS350 F-Sport AWD

2 days ago


 An artist's rendering of the interior of Nova Place.

Developer plans to turn North Side's Allegheny Center into technology hub

Faros Properties will renovate the 1.2-million-square-foot mall into a technology incubator, with plans for eateries and a fitness center.

1 day ago


Howard Hanna announces merger; Heinz recommits to Pittsburgh; American Eagle’s profit climbs

News from Howard Hanna; Nothnagle; Heinz; Kraft; American Eagle Outfitters; Spotify; Wal-Mart.

2 days ago


 Alethea Sims, president of the Coalition of Organized Residents, and Pat Havrilak of The Community Builders cut the ceremonial ribbon at the grand opening of East Liberty Place South on Wednesday.

East Liberty Place South latest project to revitalize neighborhood

The mayor and other officials were at hand to celebrate the development in the once crime-ridden area.

2 days ago


 Vehicles drive past a gas station in Andover, Mass., on May 8. With more money in their pockets thanks to lower gas prices and an improved job market, AAA expects more than 37 million Americans to travel for Memorial Day, the most since 2005.

Lowest gas prices in a decade projected for this summer

Hitting the road this summer is likely to be the cheapest it’s been since 2005, yet consumer confidence is skittish.

3 days ago


 The eagle icon of American Eagle Outfitters looms over its South Side Works headquarters. The teen clothing retailer this morning reported a profit of $29.1 million, or 15 cents per share, in the first quarter, beating analysts' expectations.

American Eagle posts strong first-quarter as sales grow

The teen retailer’s total revenue rose 8 percent to $700 million from $646 million last year.

2 days ago


Lawrence County racino backers given filing extension

The project’s new partners, businessman Joe Procacci and Chicago company Merit Gaming, must submit applications by June 1.

2 days ago


 Philadelphia developer Core Realty is trying its best “to keep everything” as part of a $40 million project to convert floors 7 to 13 of the Macy’s building into 311 apartments.

Stalwarts face uncertainty amid changes to Macy's in Downtown Pittsburgh

The famous clock will stay. But less certain is the fate of places like the Tic Toc restaurant and the Arcade Bakery.

3 days ago


 Pennsylvania was only 28th highest in growth of new women-owned firms in the last 18 years, a new report says.

Pennsylvania lagging in women-owned businesses, report finds

The state maintains a steady rank for female-owned businesses, but they aren’t growing sales and employees as fast as in other states.

3 days ago


Six charged in tech theft said to benefit top China university

U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag announced a 32-count indictment and the arrest Saturday of Tianjin University professor Hao Zhang.

3 days ago


#1 Cochran makes acquisition; American Eagle expanding internationally; 360fly hires CEO

News from #1 Cochran; Kerven Subaru; American Eagle; 360fly; RE2; PayPal; SK Networks; Trendz 360; Notos Com; and Boost Mobile.

3 days ago


Pennsylvania gets low grades in female political presence, policies

For political participation, Pennsylvania earned a grade of D-minus. The state fares only slightly better on the work and family study.

3 days ago


 Jill Stanton, Stefan Larsson and Ivan Wicksteed with a display in the lobby at the headquarters of Old Navy in San Francisco.

Old Navy thrives after a style-conscious rebirth

Still, Old Navy faces a challenge in sustaining that strong growth in a world of cheap fashion that increasingly seems a race to the bottom.

3 days ago


AHN takes over branch; Nova Chemicals names chairman; Cohen finds new CEO

News from UPMC; AHN; Jefferson Hospital; Nova; Cohen & Grigsby; McAuley Ministries; Heinz; Kraft; Endo; Ann Taylor; Samsung; and Apple.

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 The department issued 789 shale well permits by May 1, the lowest number for the first third of the year since 2009.

Drilling decline in Pennsylvania hurts funding for DEP regulators

The Pennnsylvania DEP explores additional revenue options as money from drilling permits dwindles.

4 days ago


Union sued by Slippery Rock professor over dues

An associate professor says that her faculty union has been overcollecting union dues and spending some of the money on politicking.

4 days ago


 A small fleet of truck-mounted pumps flow a mixture of fracking sand and water to the well heads. Now that the vertical drilling has been completed, Consol Energy has begun horizontal fracking on the first three gas wells drilled at Pad 2 at Pittsburgh International Airport. The silos contain fracking sand.

After months of prep, Consol Energy begins fracking first wells at airport

An operation that appears simple on the surface is massive underground.

4 days ago


 A Norfolk-Southern locomotive pulls a line of tanker cars along the Martin Luther King Jr. busway in East Liberty.

Gov. Wolf presses rail companies to voluntarily tighten safety standards

The governor pointed to initiatives, such as lower speed limits and increased inspection frequencies, undertaken by a rival company.

3 days ago


 Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald talks about a new flex office development on Industry Drive in Findlay Township.

Under Armour to open its first Pittsburgh presence in Findlay

Sports apparel company Under Armour will be a tenant in a flex office campus being developed in Findlay by Oxford Development Company.

4 days ago


Record number of travelers to fly this summer

From June 1 to Aug. 31, 223 million people are expected to fly on U.S.-based carriers.

4 days ago


American Eagle continues global expansion in South Korea, Singapore, Greece

Pittsburgh-based American Eagle will have stores in 28 countries with the new agreements.

3 days ago


Business/Law: Law firm innovations heavy on investment, business acumen

The industry has mostly shunned innovation and most lawyers don’t offer the breadth of services of a counselor, Reed Smith’s Ajay Raju says.

4 days ago


 After criticism by girl, Dick's retailer widens scope to be more inclusive.

Dick’s makes push for female buyers

After criticism by girl, for lack of female athletes in company catalog, the Findlay retailer widens scope to be more inclusive.

3 days ago


 Meat labels are seen at a grocery store in Washington, Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Labels on packaged steaks and other cuts of meat in the United States that say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered will have to be dropped or revised after a World Trade Organization ruling. The office of the U.S. Trade Representative said Monday that the WTO has rejected a final U.S. appeal, deciding that the U.S. "country of origin" labels put Canadian and Mexican livestock at a disadvantage. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

WTO rejects U.S. meat ‘origin’ labels

The World Trade Organization ruling against U.S. “country of origin” labels on red meat may force Congress to change or rescind the labels.

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2 unions ratify agreements with state by wide margins

Wolf announced the ratification of one-year labor agreements with members of the AFSCME and with the United Food and Commercial Workers.

3 days ago


Fired ex-waitress sues Primanti Bros. on alcohol disability claim

In a complaint filed today in U.S. District Court, the ex-waitress says the chain violated the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.

3 days ago


Ced Kurtz's Techman Texts: Verizon-AOL deal all about the ads

Plus, Flurry Analytics seeks to understand mobile app “install addicts.”

4 days ago


 Penina Lieber

Dateline Pittsburgh: The Legal Profession

Notes from Tucker Arensberg, Dinsmore & Shohl, Dickie McCamey & Chilcote, Robert Peirce & Associates, Frank, Gale, Bails, Murcko & Pocrass

4 days ago


Case against FirstEnergy Solutions disputes cold weather fee for fixed-price customers

A group of large commercial and industrial customers have accused the electric supplier of deceptively charging them “pass-through” costs.

4 days ago


Business Workshop: Practical strategies to reduce the risks and costs of e-discovery

As one federal court insightfully pointed out in a recent opinion, “litigations are fought and won with information.”

4 days ago


 Facades have been restored of the Skinny Building and the former John M. Roberts & Sons Building at the corner of Wood Street and Forbes Avenue in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Foundation finishes restoring facades of 11 Downtown buildings

Mayor Bill Peduto referred to the Skinny Building at  Forbes and Wood as "our own unique quirky little building."

4 days ago


Gas prices inch higher, just in time for Memorial Day weekend

GasBuddy found the average price of a gallon of regular was up 0.6 cents to $2.88 last week, based on a survey of 731 gas stations.

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