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Apple debuts new, higher-resolution iPad

Apple debuts new, higher-resolution iPad

2012-03-08 00:01:00

Apple Inc. on Wednesday confounded the prognosticators by announcing its newest iPad -- without a new name.


Consol idles coal operations

Consol idles coal operations

2012-03-08 00:01:00

A spring-like winter and a slowed-down economy have forced adjustments in the energy industry, and in recent weeks claimed their latest vict


CMU study analyzes what China deletes

2012-03-08 00:01:00

Iodized salt isn't typically considered a dangerous chemical compound, but to Chinese social media censors hoping to squash rumors that the


After hard year, American Eagle Outfitters seeks focus

2012-03-08 00:01:00

American Eagle Outfitters Inc.'s new CEO Robert Hanson has only been on the job for a little more than a month, but the investment community


Business news briefs for 03/08/12

2012-03-08 00:00:00

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'Cracker' petrochemical plants hold promise of more jobs

2012-03-07 12:40:00

Falling natural gas prices and campaigns from lawmakers have revved up the next step of Marcellus Shale drilling: the petrochemical chapter.


Promotions, markdowns cut into American Eagle profit

2012-03-07 08:45:00

The South Side retailer met analyst expectations after having lowered earnings guidance.


Highmark cuts ties to urgent care center

2012-03-07 01:05:00

Highmark has terminated its contract with a Washington Hospital-affiliated urgent care center.


Holiday market goes German Continental Christmas

Holiday market goes German Continental Christmas

2012-03-07 00:01:00

Nuremberg, Germany, has Christkindlesmarkt. Chicago has Christkindlmarket. And Downtown soon will have its own version -- Christkindleburgh,


Tax refund scam targets seniors, poor

2012-03-07 00:00:00

The Internal Revenue Service is warning people about a new tax scam that tricks low-income and elderly people into filing for fraudulent ref


Business news briefs for 03/07/12

2012-03-07 00:00:00

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Aisle50 to use Groupon model at Shop'n Save supermarkets

Aisle50 to use Groupon model at Shop'n Save supermarkets

2012-03-07 00:00:00

Daily deal giant Groupon proved that, given the right discount, consumers will pay upfront for a restaurant deal or a pedicure they might no


Taxes are tough surprise for jobless

2012-03-06 10:41:00

As if being unemployed were not bad enough, many people who were out of work for all or part of 2011 are discovering they may face even more


Dick's Sporting Goods reports profit up despite mild winter

2012-03-06 09:57:00

A sales increase fed a rise in quarterly profit over the year before.


Warmth sinks natural gas futures price

2012-03-06 08:45:00

Natural gas futures tumbled to a one-month low in New York as forecasts of above-normal temperatures across the continental U.S. signaled re


Business news briefs for 03/06/12

2012-03-06 00:00:00

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Firm's research puts a dramatic visual spin on financial stresses facing Americans

Firm's research puts a dramatic visual spin on financial stresses facing Americans

2012-03-06 00:00:00

The picture of a man crouched down and lining up a shot on the golf course -- unaware of the alligator crawling up behind -- is among the mo


The week that was for 03/04/12: Business news in review

2012-03-04 16:22:00

Two yet unnamed communities -- not necessarily limited to Pittsburgh -- will soon benefit from significant investments from the Heinz Endowm


Streetwise: Dow Jones small dogs are usually safe bets

2012-03-04 15:21:00

Having taught students at all levels, from college to adult education, I have learned the value of repetition.


Industry gets cast in 'FrackNation,' the latest documentary on the drilling debate

Industry gets cast in 'FrackNation,' the latest documentary on the drilling debate

2012-03-04 01:13:00

The fracking fight is coming soon to a theater near you.


TechMan: A tip of the hat to Microsoft for allowing Kinect innovation

2012-03-04 00:01:00

One thing that fascinates me about technology is the ability to hack it.


Idle regulation may impact gas prices

2012-03-04 00:00:00

WASHINGTON -- Curse the pumps if you will, but Washington could be at least partly to blame for rising gas prices.


Fairmont's success is good business for Downtown hotels

Fairmont's success is good business for Downtown hotels

2012-03-04 00:00:00

Last year, guests voted the Fairmont Pittsburgh as the top hotel in the line in North America in terms of customer satisfaction.


Workzone: Firms may want to right sinking worker happiness

Workzone: Firms may want to right sinking worker happiness

2012-03-04 00:00:00

Work stinks. That's the sentiment of a recent Right Management poll, which showed just 1 in 5 management-level employees consider their jobs


Business calendar for 03/04/12

2012-03-04 00:00:00

Business calendar for 03/04/12


Dateline Pittsburgh for 03/04/12

2012-03-04 00:00:00

People on the move


Annual Addy awards spotlight ad creativity of local agencies

Annual Addy awards spotlight ad creativity of local agencies

2012-03-03 00:00:00

And some people say no really interesting marketing work happens in this town.


Business news briefs for 03/03/12

2012-03-03 00:00:00

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Heinz Endowments changes its tack

2012-03-02 18:23:00

The Heinz Endowments are embarking on a new approach to community development and bringing in an experienced hand to manage it.


River Vue apartments Downtown nearly ready to roll

2012-03-02 11:00:00

Bare-knuckle politics soon will give way to the welcome wagon at one Downtown building.


Loss of adultBasic leaves hefty gap

2012-03-02 10:54:00

Denise Lohr, 57, who owns a dog walking and pet sitting business, was among about 42,000 Pennsylvanians enrolled in adultBasic, a state-subs


Tobacco farmers fear trade deal

Tobacco farmers fear trade deal

2012-03-02 10:50:00

WASHINGTON -- Southern tobacco farmers fear that they could lose a significant portion of their export business if health advocates win a ba


Doctor says Excela targeted his practice

2012-03-02 08:50:00

One of two Westmoreland County cardiologists accused of performing unnecessary stent procedures on patients has sued the health system, top


Business news briefs for 03/02/12

2012-03-02 00:00:00

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Jan. jobless rate mostly same

2012-03-02 00:00:00

Pennsylvania's Department of Labor and Industry reported Thursday that the state unemployment rate fell one-tenth of a percentage point to


Revised earlier Pa. unemployment rate means monthly dip

2012-03-01 13:41:00

Pennsylvania's Department of Labor and Industry reported this afternoon that the state unemployment rate fell one-tenth of a percentage poin


Iceoplex at Southpointe for sale at $11 million

Iceoplex at Southpointe for sale at $11 million

2012-03-01 09:00:00

For a mere $11 million, you could own the complex where the Pittsburgh Penguins practice.


Aetna's inroads into the market

2012-03-01 08:56:00

Mark Bertolini was in town Wednesday for his first face-to-face meeting with UPMC President and CEO Jeffrey Romoff since last spring.


Beige Book: Growth still at a snail's pace

2012-03-01 00:00:00

The Federal Reserve reported Wednesday that the U.S. economy is continuing to grow, but slowly.


Google's unifying policy in effect

2012-03-01 00:00:00

Users searching Google today for information about pumas will see the standard list of sites featuring wild cats or old school sneakers.


Business news briefs for 03/01/12

2012-03-01 00:00:00

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Pump up the rewards: How to save money on gasoline

Pump up the rewards: How to save money on gasoline

2012-02-29 12:11:00

With gasoline prices in the stratosphere and only expected to head higher -- surging to a projected $4 per gallon by Memorial Day -- getting


Steve Jobs' fans still flock to his home

2012-02-29 00:01:00

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Months after Steve Jobs' death, fans are still flocking to his home, sometimes by the busload, to pay homage to the App


Japanese automakers are in 5 top spots

2012-02-29 00:00:00

DETROIT -- While Japanese automakers still hold the top five spots in Consumer Reports rankings, their lead is shrinking, said David Champio


'Leap Day' has little extra value

2012-02-29 00:00:00

CHICAGO -- Commuters can get an extra day of rides on February's monthly pass this year.


Business news briefs for 02/29/12

2012-02-29 00:00:00

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Bayer hits profit in fourth quarter after loss a year earlier

2012-02-28 10:29:00

Bayer AG today reported a $532 million profit for the fourth quarter of 2011, coming back from a $195 million loss for the same period in 20


Gradual economic recovery belies personal realities

Gradual economic recovery belies personal realities

2012-02-28 00:00:00

There are 1.8 million people in Pennsylvania so short of cash that they qualify for food stamps.


No big hiring boost likely in 2012, forecast says

2012-02-28 00:00:00

WASHINGTON -- The recent acceleration in hiring may have brightened consumers' spirits and the recovery's outlook, but professional forecas


U.S. gum industry is finding itself stuck

U.S. gum industry is finding itself stuck

2012-02-28 00:00:00

LOS ANGELES -- Amid shifts in the gum industry, a bit of Americana might be going away -- the colorful gum balls once sold for a penny from


Calgon Carbon reports fourth-quarter dip in profit

2012-02-27 12:11:00

Calgon Carbon today reported sharply lower fourth-quarter profit, citing higher costs it disclosed earlier this month for overhead, hiring a


Business Workshop: More support for existing small businesses

2012-02-27 00:01:00

A number of recent studies suggest that job creation efforts should focus on existing small businesses that are still growing.


Calgon Carbon reports fourth-quarter dip in profit

2012-02-27 00:00:00

Calgon Carbon today reported sharply lower fourth-quarter profit, citing higher costs it disclosed earlier this month for overhead, hiring


Business Workshop: More support for existing small businesses

2012-02-27 00:00:00

A number of recent studies suggest that job creation efforts should focus on existing small businesses that are still growing.


Pastor plans Appalachian outreach with solar panels

Pastor plans Appalachian outreach with solar panels

2012-02-26 12:28:00

Ruston Seaman is proud to show off the early version of the solar panels built for his renewable energy mission: two banged-up, discolored s


Top Work Places 2012

2012-02-26 10:25:00

Business reporting often breaks down to the numbers. So here is one for you: 700-plus


Streetwise: Don't let emotion and bias cloud your financial forecast

2012-02-26 00:00:00

A deafening diatribe of commentary regarding current economic policy leads me to the conclusion that seldom have so many said so much about


Hearing Voices: the evolution of radio spots

Hearing Voices: the evolution of radio spots

2012-02-26 00:00:00

Here's the phrase: "Family-owned since 1974. What a great day!" Try saying it. And again. With feeling. With enthusiasm.


The week that was for 02/26/12

2012-02-26 00:00:00

Riders on the Port Authority's North Shore Connector light rail will travel for free when it opens next month -- good thing, because nobody


Elder Law: Annuity valuable option in a crisis

2012-02-26 00:00:00

Many of our clients come to us owning a variety of asset types.


Business news briefs for 02/25/12

2012-02-25 00:00:00

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Assistance for utilities gets boost in funding

2012-02-25 00:00:00

A Pennsylvania program designed to help low-income residents pay their utility bills will receive an additional $52.3 million in federal fun


Milwaukee airport link revived

2012-02-25 00:00:00

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald has spent the early days of his administration beating the bushes trying to bring more flights to


Global tensions put gas prices in overdrive

2012-02-24 10:01:00

Prepare the foodstuffs, batten down the hatches, buy a bike -- gasoline prices are expected to rise this weekend as a combination of interna


Highmark reaches out to practices

2012-02-24 00:00:00

In the same week that Highmark Inc. sought to trademark the phrase "myCare Navigator," the name of its new patient-facing concierge service,


Business news briefs for 02/24/12

2012-02-24 00:00:00

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Hospital infections fewer, but still costly

2012-02-24 00:00:00

Fewer patients are coming down with infections during their hospital stays, according to a new statewide report.


Quarterly profit drops at Ansys

2012-02-23 11:44:00

Ansys, a Southpointe-based simulation technology company, reported fourth-quarter profit of $47.5 million or 50 cents per share, down from $


Fourth-quarter results mixed at L.B. Foster

2012-02-23 10:31:00

Green Tree-based L.B. Foster Co. reported fourth-quarter profit of $6.1 million or $0.60 per share compared to $6.2 million or $0.60 per dil


UPMC moves to dismiss Highmark false-advertising lawsuit

2012-02-23 10:21:00

UPMC today filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by insurer Highmark Inc. accusing the region's biggest hospital system of false adverti


Bill would cut overtime for some in IT

2012-02-23 00:01:00

Computer professionals are known for working long hours for large salaries and for the glory that comes with a product making it to the main


Range Resources sets its sights on the 'super rich'

2012-02-23 00:01:00

Like many of its peers in the gas drilling industry, Range Resources plans to focus this year on drilling in parts of Pennsylvania and Ohio'


Business news briefs for 02/23/12

2012-02-23 00:01:00

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A biting dog could increase homeowner's insurance

2012-02-22 13:37:00

Homeowners might want to think twice before bringing a dog into the house.


Lawn company fined for wastewater discharge

2012-02-22 13:24:00

EG Systems of Marysville, Ohio, owner of Scotts Lawn Service in Monroeville, has agreed to pay a $160,000 penalty to settle charges stemmi


Renovations, Wi-Fi, new stores planned for Mall at Robinson

2012-02-22 10:39:00

The Mall at Robinson is planning a house-cleaning now that the shopping center is 10 years old with some features to be updated and numerous


Business briefs for 02/22/12

2012-02-22 00:01:00

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Dollar Bank to introduce interactive ATMs

Dollar Bank to introduce interactive ATMs

2012-02-22 00:01:00

Pittsburgh-based Dollar Bank said Tuesday it will be the first bank in the region to install new interactive technology at its automated tel


Highmark won't offer UPMC East deal

2012-02-22 00:00:00

Highmark officials said Tuesday they won't even discuss a one-year contract with UPMC that would provide in-network access to the new UPMC E


Aquion Energy will manufacture in Westmoreland County

2012-02-22 00:00:00

Aquion Energy expects to create more than 400 jobs within three years to fill the Carnegie Mellon spin-off's new Westmoreland County manufac


Ben & Jerry's to open Downtown in spring

2012-02-22 00:00:00

It's the repository for Bonnaroo Buzz, Chunky Monkey, and Chocolate Therapy.


GNC thriving and staying put in Pittsburgh

GNC thriving and staying put in Pittsburgh

2012-02-21 10:39:00

Live well. In 2011, perhaps no company lived up to its own slogan better than GNC Nutrition Centers.


Downtown looks to fill void left by Saks' exit

2012-02-21 10:15:00

As upscale retailer Saks Fifth Avenue prepares to depart the city in less than a month, a major push is on to bring more women's boutiques D


Profit for quarter and year rises at Wabtec

2012-02-21 09:58:00

Wabtec today reported fourth-quarter profit of $72.5 million, or $0.96 per share, compared to $51.3 million or $0.64 per share for the fourt


Aquion to make energy storage systems in Westmoreland County

2012-02-21 09:53:00

Aquion Energy Inc., a Pittsburgh company that started out based on research at Carnegie Mellon University, plans to build a facility to manu


Customers like their stores a little bit more

Customers like their stores a little bit more

2012-02-21 06:49:00

The cost of food prepared at home rose 6 percent last year, following an increase the year before -- trends that are not helpful for superma


European distributor seeks more in UPS sale

2012-02-21 00:01:00

TNT Express NV, Europe's second-largest express-delivery service, is facing pressure to agree to an improved sale agreement with United Parc


Highmark develops data-share network

2012-02-21 00:00:00

Within a few months, a specialist from the West Penn Allegheny Health System will be able to electronically share radiology test results wit


Business Workshop: Workplace health initiatives make business sense

2012-02-20 00:00:00

Throughout the year, businesses have the opportunity to implement health initiatives or to participate in initiatives organized by other gro


Business calendar for 02/19/12

2012-02-19 00:01:00

Business calendar for 02/19/12


Streetwise: Quality investments do exist

2012-02-19 00:01:00

As someone who regularly teaches adult investment analysis courses, it is often apparent that while the consensus is always to learn how to


Lack of winter weather this season a plus for many

Lack of winter weather this season a plus for many

2012-02-19 00:01:00

Winter for the Pittsburgh region came in like a lamb in December with an average temperature of 37.5 degrees -- 5.1 degrees above the monthl


TechMan: TechMan's fridge always rings twice ... or more

2012-02-19 00:01:00

It was a Friday night in February with the temperature hovering in the 40s. TechMan fetched a beverage from the refrigerator.


The week that was for 02/19/12

2012-02-19 00:00:00

The two leading candidates for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination tussled in Detroit last week over who hated government bailouts m


Google criticized on iPhone privacy

2012-02-18 00:01:00

Google Inc. violated users' privacy on Apple Inc.'s Safari Web browser, Stanford University research found, adding to a drumbeat of criticis


Zumba cashes in on sweat

Zumba cashes in on sweat

2012-02-18 00:01:00

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- On a rooftop parking lot, with temperatures in the low 50s, a crowd of all ages shimmied and shook, sweated and smiled


Business news briefs for 02/18/12

2012-02-18 00:00:00

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Electric bicycle licensing waiver sought in Harriburg

Electric bicycle licensing waiver sought in Harriburg

2012-02-17 10:57:00

A movement to exempt the state's electric bicycles from the licensing requirements applied to motor vehicles got a push this week.


Pennsylvania slips to 14th in its union membership

2012-02-17 00:22:00

The tapestry of Pennsylvania as a strong union state is getting a little threadbare.


Student debt hinders housing

2012-02-17 00:01:00

Roshell Schenck has a doctorate in pharmacy and earns $125,000 a year, yet she can't qualify for a mortgage for a house for herself and her


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