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U.S. Steel puts 1,400 workers on notice to curb costs

By Chris Fleisher 8:55 p.m.
U.S. Steel Corp. could slash 1,400 jobs as it continues to grapple with a difficult market. The Downtown-based company late last week notified workers, mostly at plants in Texas and Arkansas, that they could be out of a job as early as June 17, U.S. Steel spokeswoman Sarah Cassella said Monday. ...

‘Significant’ fine expected against Sunoco Logistics

By Tribune-Review 6:36 p.m.
The state Department of Environmental Protection is planning to impose a fine against Philadelphia-based Sunoco Logistics for spilling drilling mud while building its Mariner East pipeline project, department spokesman John Poister said Monday. The amount of the fine has not ...

Union seeks labor board injunction over Wal-Mart store closings

By Reuters 8:15 p.m.
A union on Monday asked the National Labor Relations Board to force Wal-Mart to reinstate employees at five stores, accusing the retailer of closing the locations to retaliate against workers for attempts to organize for better pay and benefits. Wal-Mart Stores, ...

Frederick’s seeks bankruptcy after closing lingerie stores

By Bloomberg News
Frederick’s of Hollywood Group Inc., known for its racy women’s lingerie, filed for bankruptcy after closing all its stores and reaching a deal to sell the company as an online-only venture to Authentic Brands Group LLC. The Los Angeles-based company notified ...

Hearing set on Highmark plan to put $175 million in Allegheny Health

By Tribune-Review
The state Department of Insurance will hold a hearing May 4 in Harrisburg on a request by Highmark Inc. to give $175 million to Allegheny Health Network. The hearing will focus on the financial condition of health insurer Highmark and its ...

American Eagle closing Marshall distribution facility by July

By Tribune-Review
American Eagle Outfitters will close a distribution center in Marshall where 200 people work at the end of July. The South Side-based teen apparel retailer announced the closure two years ago in conjunction with the building a larger center in Hazleton, ...

Rebound of oil pushes up gasoline prices in Pittsburgh area

By Tribune-Review 9:15 p.m.
Gasoline prices rose 7 cents over the past week in the Pittsburgh area, hitting an average of $2.62 per gallon as oil prices continue to creep up. The national average has increased 6.6 cents per gallon in the past week to ...

MedExpress bought by United Health Group

By Alex Nixon 9:14 p.m.
United Health Group, owner of the nation’s largest health insurer, is jumping into the fast-growing urgent care business with an acquisition of the largest operator of such centers in Western Pennsylvania. Optum, a United subsidiary, said it bought Morgantown, W.Va.-based ...

Weak Appalachian coal market crimps supply chain

By Katelyn Ferral
When business is good in the coalfields, Doug Farnham employs as many as 200 people on engineering projects at mines and repairs to coal processing ...

Important robotic cameras used to find blockages, cross-bores in gas pipes

By Matthew Santoni
From an alley off Latonia Avenue in Dormont on Friday, contractors for Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania opened a manhole and lowered a cylindrical robot with ...

Energy Spotlight: Ryan T. Purpura

By David Conti
Ryan T. Purpura hopes to never do anything but legal work for the oil and gas sector. He also hopes to finish his career in ...

Car dealerships turn advertising, sales focus to women

By Chris Fleisher
Buying a car used to be a painful experience for Cathy Wedel until she met Katie Shorkey-Mrdjenovich. “I hated car dealerships. I always felt like they ...

Use of multiple contractors could leave oil, gas operators open to hackers

By Katelyn Ferral  and Andrew Conte
In the vast network of data, drilling and pipes that’s made Marcellus shale an international energy reserve, computer attacks pose a serious threat. Hackers target ...

Dollar’s strength bruises companies

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The dollar hasn’t been on a roll like this since Ronald Reagan sat in the White House and “Raiders of the Lost Ark” ruled the box office. Since June 30, the greenback is up 28 percent against the ...

Businesses pursue A-list clients

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — It’s a dream for many small business owners: A-list celebrity clients. The owners of 5001 Flavors knew when they started the company 23 years ago they wanted to sell custom-made clothes to rap and R&B musicians. They ...

How to stand out, succeed in short-tenure jobs

By Diane Stafford
The job market today is characterized by short-term employment and frequent job change, sometimes by choice, sometimes not. The average person who is between ages 47 and 56 has held 11.7 jobs since turning 18, according to a new report ...

Business Briefs

Roundup: Higher gas prices spark modest inflation in March; Don’t plan to line up for Apple Watch next week; more

Wire Reports
Higher gas prices spark modest rise in inflation Rising gas prices in March led to a slight increase in inflation, a sign that ...

Business Columnists

Jack Markowitz

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Markowitz: It never hurts to brace for days of reckoning

Let’s have a little respect for doomsday, please. Give it a place in your thinking. The stock market might fall …

John Browne

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John Browne: Economy destination unknown

The stock market selloff Friday belies the recent optimism from investors and the stellar performance of equities. Despite the pullback, …

John Dorfman

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Dorfman: 4 small-capitalization stocks with big potential

Many investors get satisfaction from finding an undiscovered gem in the stock market — a little company that hasn’t yet …

Chris Posti

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Chris Posti: Expectations about nonprofits vs. realities

If you are stressed out, burned out, or just plain unhappy in your current job at a for-profit employer, have …

Kim Komando

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10 killer apps you shouldn’t live without

When you hop into Apple or Google’s app stores on your smartphone or tablet and literally have more than a …

Real Estate

Auction watch: Upcoming sales include coins, china, even comics

By John Altdorfer
A short list of sales brightens the mid- to late-April calendar. Jerry Smith welcomes all to an old-fashioned, two-day, in-house auction near Leechburg. Meanwhile, BHD ...

Business Gallery

Business Gallery, April 19, 2015

By Tribune-Review
MANUFACTURING Chris Cipollone joined 84 Lumber Co. as a manager trainee, Murrysville store. G.O. Carlson Inc. announced the retirement of Rick Trudeau, vice president, ...