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Energy sector adjusts to global oil plummet

By David Conti 9:00 p.m.
Mark Marmo is expecting $5 million in gas well equipment in a few months, and wants to hire 60 workers to operate it. He doesn’t expect the shale boom that feeds his Zelienople business to fizzle out. “What our customers are telling ...

Drought opens Texas ranchers’ eyes to income options

By The Associated Press 10:04 p.m.
GAIL, Texas — The Muleshoe Ranch’s profits were chopped in half when the drought withered pastures, dried up stock tanks and forced the owner to ...

‘Staff Pick’ is golden ticket on Kickstarter

By The Associated Press 9:06 p.m.
NEW YORK — Want your project to get selected as a “Staff Pick” on crowdfunding site Kickstarter? Good luck with that. Entrepreneurs and other users have been seeking the secret to getting their projects selected as a “Staff Pick” — ...

Mind the time: Optimize last-minute shopping

By The Associated Press 9:05 p.m.
PORTLAND, Ore. — The clock is ticking, and your holiday shopping list isn’t complete. Don’t fret — you aren’t alone. The National Retail Federation found that only about half of shoppers had finished shopping as of Dec. 10. That means ...

Agriculture prospects envisioned in Cuba

By The Associated Press 9:00 p.m.
MINNEAPOLIS — American agriculture has a big appetite for freer trade with Cuba. From wheat to rice to beans, the industry stands to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of President Obama’s plan to ease economic and travel restrictions imposed ...

Kim Komando: Can you get a virus on your smartphone?

By Tribune-Review 9:00 p.m.
Question: I got a virus once on my computer and it was a nightmare. Can the same thing happen on my smartphone? Answer: Smartphones can download malicious apps, which can work like a computer virus by stealing information, sending spam ...

Diane Stafford: Consider digital footprint

By Tribune-Review 9:05 p.m.
A refresher course in case there’s anyone out there who isn’t utterly convinced of this. If you’re using your employer’s hardware or software, what you do on it is not private. The employer owns it and can track your activities. ...

3 tips to use up health account funds

By The Associated Press 9:05 p.m.
Sunscreen may not top many shopping lists this time of year, but stocking up now can keep you from wasting money. December is the final month for many people with employer-sponsored health coverage to spend the remaining balance in their ...

Makers of wine corks have lost ground to screw tops

By The Los Angeles Times 9:00 p.m.
The world’s wine cork producers want you to know they’re sorry. Two hundred fifty years of market dominance may have left a whiff of complacency. They didn’t always listen to your gripes about cork taint — that awkward moment when you ...

‘Cause for Paws’ telethon helps dogs find homes

By The Associated Press 8:59 p.m.
LOS ANGELES — More than 4,400 people filed adoption papers for homeless dogs during what was billed as the first all-star dog adoption telethon, producers ...

Real estate union: Howard Hanna buys Langholz Wilson Ellis

By Alex Nixon
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services made a big push into the commercial brokerage market Friday with the acquisition of Langholz Wilson Ellis, a firm known for its involvement in high-profile deals such as PNC Park, Consol Energy Center, Heinz Field ...

Don’t stop job hunt in December

By Diane Stafford 9:05 p.m.
Here’s something I often hear from job hunters: I’m going to take time off from my search. Here’s what I usually say: Bad idea. During the recession, when employers weren’t hiring, a job-hunt vacation may have made sense, if only to ...

EPA says it won’t regulate coal ash as hazardous waste

By David Conti
Operators of coal-fired electricity plants beaten up by increased regulations on air emissions and competition from other power sources caught a break in the latest ...

Coal ash sites have tainted hundreds of waterways, aquifers

By The Associated Press
The Obama administration on Friday set the first national standards for waste generated from coal burned for electricity, called coal ash, treating it more like household garbage rather than a hazardous material. The Obama announcement ended a six-year effort that ...

As smokers seek Cuban cigars, retailers point to trade embargo

By Chris Fleisher
It’s a question that Stephanie Cirniglia gets all the time. “I can’t think of a month where I didn’t have somebody asking me if I had ...

ExOne Co. moves solidify authority under CEO

By John D. Oravecz
ExOne Co. said on Friday that its president and chief operating officer was demoted, and CEO S. Kent Rockwell has taken more-direct control of the North Huntingdon-based provider of 3-D printing machines and products for industrial customers. David J. Burns, formerly ...

Business Briefs

Roundup: PPG in talks to acquire French company

By Staff and Wires
PPG in talks to buy French company PPG Industries Inc. said Friday it is negotiating to acquire a French supplier of products for the automotive ...

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Jack Markowitz: College graduate finds success in oil field

Alec Rothman graduated from college with majors in economics and French, typically impractical “liberal arts.” No way he’d find a …

John Browne

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John Browne: Care act isn’t affordable for Americans, economy 9:00 p.m.

President Obama’s health care law promised affordable medical coverage to all Americans at no extra cost. The Centers for Medicare …

John Dorfman

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Dorfman: Big stock winners, losers in S&P 500 Index of 2014

When a stock is up magnificently or down hideously for a calendar year, you know something is going on with …

Chris Posti

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Social media use says what resume can’t to recruiters

Imagine this: you have not applied for a single job, yet someone is ready to hire you, sight unseen. How …

Kim Komando

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5 digital tricks you’ll use every day

Did you know that the quickest way to open a link on a Web page in a new window or …

Real Estate

Top residential, commercial real estate deal of the week — Dec. 21

By Tribune Review 9:00 p.m.
$800,000 Property: 800 West View Park Drive, West View Seller: Heartland Restaurant Group LLC, Pittsburgh Buyer: Jibme Realty LLC, Richmond, Va. Details: Site of a Dunkin’ Donuts shop Comment: ...

Business Gallery

Business Gallery, Dec. 21, 2014

By Tribune-Review 9:00 p.m.