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Slowdowns in oil, gas industries mean smaller checks for landowners

Ethan Ward is no stranger to physical labor. He grew up on a farm and manages his own beef farm in Washington County. The work got ...
Hearing on proposed UPMC hospital in Pleasant Hills postponed
The Pleasant Hills Zoning Hearing Board has postponed a Tuesday hearing about a proposed UPMC hospital at the request of UPMC, board solicitor Russell Lucas ...
Ikea makes over its dining experience
When Ikea executives ponder changes to the restaurants within their sprawling furniture stores, they think about an imaginary customer they've dubbed Sarah. Sarah is the ...
Gold still lacking its luster
MINNEAPOLIS — For Disa Kullman and millions of gold buyers and sellers like her, the party is over. In 2009, Kullman hosted a gold party where ...
ETF provider head sheds light on use of index funds to try to beat market
NEW YORK — Don't try to beat the market. The adage got pounded for years into investors, and many began to live by it. After ...
Moratorium shakes coal stronghold
GILLETTE, Wyo. — Like a trusty pickup, Gillette has bounced through tough times before and pulled through, thanks to coal. Lately, the bumps for an ...
Hotels ramp up offerings to further guest health goals
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Running concierges, a hotel mini bar stocked with produce from the local farmers market and a training wall that comes standard ...
Lax security for connected toys exposes kids to threats
NEW YORK — Your smartphone or tablet is most likely pretty secure — not perfect, maybe, but generally unlikely to be hacked or to store, ...
This oft-cited ability is overrated
Have you talked on your cellphone as you drove to work and later realized you had no clear memory of the traffic, of stoplights — ...
Health law complicates tax season
NEW YORK — As more requirements of the health care law take effect, income tax filing season becomes more complex for small businesses. Companies required ...
Haggling to buy car no longer necessary
DETROIT — Haggling over a car price isn't always a bargain. There are head-scratching discount offers and long waits while the salesperson checks with their ...
Unemployment drops below 5 percent to begin 2016
Hiring slowed in January as concerns about a global slowdown threw financial markets into crisis and fed fears of a recession, posing a quandary ...
UPMC agrees to tentative settlement in long-running antitrust case
UPMC has tentatively agreed to pay $12.5 million to settle its involvement in a long-running antitrust lawsuit, according to court documents filed Friday. Cole's Wexford Hotel ...
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Giant Eagle issues recall of Japanese breaded cod fillets
Giant Eagle is voluntarily recalling its brand of Japanese breaded cod fillets because the package omitted soy, an allergen, from the ingredients list. The product is ...
Casinos reach out to younger crowd as millennials enter prime earning years
BOSTON — Casinos, worried that millennials aren't getting into traditional gambling like their parents and grandparents, are bringing in tattoo studios, mixed martial arts competitions ...
U.S. exports fell in 2015 for 1st time since recession
WASHINGTON — The U.S. trade deficit rose in December as exports fell for a third straight month, reflecting the pressures of a stronger dollar and ...
Give faulty fuel gauge a smack
Question: I have a 2002 GMC Sierra 1500 pickup with 100,000 miles on the odometer. Around the 76,000-mile mark, I installed a Delco fuel pump ...
Pa. mortgage holders to get HSBC cash
WASHINGTON — Banking giant HSBC has reached a $470 million settlement with the federal government and most states, including Pennsylvania, over mortgage lending and foreclosure ...
Energy exposure a threat to banks, Moody's warns
NEW YORK — The nation's six largest banks have hit an oil slick. They have tens of billions of dollars of exposure to risky energy ...


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