A customer swipes his credit card at a gas station pump in Morganton, N.C.

Steer clear: Why major gas brand credit cards are a bad deal

While fuel cards can be a smart option in special cases, in general you’ll do better pumping up your rewards with another type of card.

about 4 hours ago

 Juan Henderson, 48, of Forest Hills said he enjoys his second job as a driver for Uber and is prepared for tax season.

Pittsburgh ride-sharing drivers may be caught off guard for tax season

Many Pittsburgh ride-sharing drivers will be filing tax returns as independent contractors for the first time this year.

about 4 hours ago

GNC pleased with accord on herbal testing in N.Y. case

The Pittsburgh-based retailer hailed the safety of its products.

about 4 hours ago

 The Garden Theater at North Avenue and Federal Street on the North Side.

Garden Theater interests Downtown developer

The president of Trek Development Group says he hopes to take over the Garden Theater project from the Allegheny City Development Group.

about 4 hours ago

Alcoa cutting back production; Bayer selling W.Va. park; Goodwill revenues rose

News from Alcoa; Bayer; Union Carbide; Goodwill; Patriarch Partners; Mylan; Abbott; Emerson Process Management; UnitedHealth; and more.

about 4 hours ago

Judge sides with electric utility in solar metering case

Pennsylvania’s rules on net metering, which require utilities to pay solar customers full-price for excess generation, remain far from

about 4 hours ago

Ced Kurtz's Techman Texts: Detecting computer scammers

A friend sent TechMan the following missive.

about 4 hours ago

A push by some for looser Pennsylvania rules over referral fees

But some wonder whether the referral-fee system should be brought more in line with the stricter American Bar Association model rules.

about 4 hours ago

GOP, industry oppose updated rules for conventional wells

Republican lawmakers echo calls from traditional oil and gas industry to drop effort to modernize rules for conventional wells.

about 3 hours ago

Natural gas storage levels end heating season higher than last year

As the industry restocks during the injection season, robust production will keep natural gas market oversupplied and prices low

about 4 hours ago

 New federal regulations for the efficiency of water heaters go into effect April 16.

New rules for water heaters will raise prices, save energy

New water heaters will cost about 35 % more than current models but will make up for it in cheaper utility bills, say energy officials.

about 4 hours ago

 Employees survey and move frack sand stored in a warehouse  at McKees Rocks Industrial Enterprises. The company plans to open two more 30,000-square-foot buildings this year to store frack sand.

Companies that store and move frack sand are in demand

Transloading facilities, which handle barge, rail and truck traffic, are in demand drillers look to ship frack sand to shale plays.

about 3 hours ago

 Jessica L. Crown

People on the move: The Legal Profession

Rothman Gordon, Goehring, Rutter & Boehm, Sherrard, German & Kelly PC, Houston Harbaugh PC...

about 4 hours ago

Business Workshop: Don’t abuse Digital Millennium Copyright Act

The Act enables copyright owners to notify Internet service providers of any products or materials that infringe on their copyright.

about 4 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.

1 day ago

Companies at odds over proposed Lawrence County casino, racetrack

The would-be developers of a Lawrence County racetrack and casino have turned on each other in court.

about 7 hours ago

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

Michigan man claims Heinz stole his concept

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

about 5 hours ago

 Experts say that GNC's announcement that it will undertake new tseting procedures marks an initial but significant step forward for the $33 billion-a-year supplement industry, which is loosely regulated and plagued by accusations of adulteration and mislabeling.

GNC to add stricter testing of dietary pills

The N.Y. attorney general accused Pittsburgh-based GNC and three other major retailers of selling supplements that could pose health risks.

about 20 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 14 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 16 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.

2 days 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.

2 days 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.

2 days 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.

2 days 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.

2 days 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.

2 days 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.

2 days ago

 David Caliguiri

People on the move:3/29/2015

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

2 days ago

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

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

2 days 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.

2 days ago

Consumer Reports: The eBays for borrowers and lenders

Peer-to-peer lending has become increasingly popular.

2 days 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.

1 day 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

2 days 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.

2 days ago

Office Coach: Work for a toxic organization? Get out

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

2 days 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.

3 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.

3 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.

3 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.

3 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

3 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.

4 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.

4 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.

4 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?

3 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.

4 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.”

4 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.

3 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.

4 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.

4 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.

4 days ago


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