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Cyber Monday increasingly a ‘blah-iday’ as deals rolled out earlier, longer

By Chris Fleisher
A surge in shopping on Cyber Monday underscores how the Web is becoming the key battleground for retailers despite grumbling that deals were not as impressive as some people had anticipated. Online sales were trending up 14 percent early Monday, ...

Coal industry’s decline chokes Central Appalachian towns

By The Associated Press 8:36 p.m.
WELCH, W.Va. — The seams of coal in some of Eddie Asbury’s mines in McDowell County are thin — so thin, in fact, that workers …

Shell closing Franklin Park office next year

By David Conti 8:36 p.m.
Royal Dutch Shell plans to close its Franklin Park office next summer and move most of the 180 workers involved in gas and oil drilling there to its U.S. headquarters in Houston. The move is the latest sign of retrenching …

W.V. entrepreneurs offer hope as coal fades as economic engine

By The Associated Press
WELCH, W.Va. — The seams of coal in some of Eddie Asbury’s mines in McDowell County are so thin workers can barely squeeze down them. ...

Pa. Supreme Court: Highmark Medicare Advantage members to retain access to UPMC

By Wes Venteicher
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a ruling Monday preserving in-network access to UPMC hospitals and doctors for 182,000 Western Pennsylvania seniors with Highmark Inc.’s Medicare ...

Demand for surveillance systems boosts sales for Vector Security

By Tory N. Parrish
Gone are the days when a home security system was simply an alarm mounted near the front door. Today’s homeowners can use a cellphone or a ...

LCB offers free holiday shipping to state stores

By Tribune-Review
Shoppers looking to stock up on alcoholic beverages for holiday parties or gifts can have cases shipped for free to any state store until the end of the year, the state Liquor Control Board said Monday. The promotion allows customers to ...

Pittsburgh region’s philanthropic sector at top of nation’s pack

By Natasha Lindstrom
Large charities in greater Pittsburgh have more assets, bring in more contributions and spend less on fundraising than most of their counterparts nationwide, a charity ...

Fed slashes its emergency power options in crisis

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve officials have moved to prevent the central bank from bailing out failing companies, a power it exercised during the 2008 financial crisis. The Fed governors voted 5-0 Monday at a public meeting to downsize the Fed’s emergency ...

Distractions can help keep riders alert in self-driving cars, study finds

By The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — New cars that can steer and brake themselves risk lulling people in the driver’s seat into a false sense of security — ...

IMF adds China’s yuan to basket of top currencies

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The Chinese yuan will join a basket of the world’s leading currencies, International Monetary Fund officials announced Monday. The IMF said the yuan “met all existing criteria” to be included with the U.S. dollar, euro, Japanese yen and ...

Stocks dip on lower holiday spending fears

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Stocks closed modestly lower on Monday, as traders returned from the Thanksgiving holiday to focus on the early signs of how the ...

University of Pittsburgh researchers revisit war of electric currents

By David Conti
For decades, the so-called war of the currents was thought to have been over. Thomas Edison, famous for his incandescent light bulb, failed in his bid ...

Pennsylvania Game Commission reaps revenue from shale gas under game lands

By Tory N. Parrish
Gov. Tom Wolf’s reinstatement this year of a ban on new leases for oil and gas drilling beneath state parks and forests does not extend ...

Energy Spotlight: Minking Chyu

By Tory N. Parrish
Minking Chyu came to the United States from his native Taiwan almost 40 years ago to pursue better educational opportunities. He found them and has dedicated ...

Sports Deli is latest tenant to say goodbye to Parkway Center Mall

By Matthew Santoni
Michael Autieri has three reasons to close the second-to-last tenant at Parkway Center Mall: his advancing age, crippling traffic and the mall site’s potential redevelopment. Sports ...

Business Briefs

Roundup: Locked out ATI workers to lose company-paid health benefits; more

Staff and Wire Reports
ATI workers lose company-paid health benefits Unionized workers at Allegheny Technologies Inc. who have been locked out of plants for more than three months in a contract dispute will be without company-paid medical coverage as of Tuesday. The benefits were part ...

Business Columnists

Jack Markowitz

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’Tis the season to put retailers in the black

Ten ways of looking at Thanksgiving — only nine of which involve business: • First, it’s a workhorse of a …

John Browne

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Oil prices fall, markets wobble as tension mounts

The heinous ISIS terrorist attacks in Paris sent financial and oil markets downward, continuing a week-long trend. Only three days …

John Dorfman

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Dorfman: Barnes & Noble could beat bookstore blues, chief’s stock buy suggests

Money talks. Actions speak louder than words. Therefore, actions involving money speak especially loudly. That’s why it pays to keep …

Chris Posti

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End of year good time to take stock

Here it is, nearly 2016, and if you’re a Baby Boomer (born between 1946 and 1964), you might be thinking …

Kim Komando

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Stop neighbors from stealing your Internet

You’re ready to stream the latest episode of your favorite show. The popcorn smell permeates the room, you’re settled in …

Real Estate

Auction watch: High-quality artwork highlights Dec. 5 sale in Regent Square

By John Altdorfer
We’re checking our holiday season auction list and noticing that it’s a bit short for this installment. However, the depth of quality more than compensates ...

Business Gallery

Business Gallery: Nov. 29, 2015

By Tribune-Review
BANKING, FINANCE Robert M. (Greg) Bruns was named divisional senior vice president, credit officer, Southwest Region, Northwest Bank. OTHER Michelle Kreutzer, executive vice ...