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Pittsburgh’s tech startup activity rates last of 40 metro areas in report

By Chris Fleisher
Josh Dziabiak is a Pittsburgh entrepreneur. Born and raised in Beaver County, he started his first company, MediaCatch, when he was a teenager, living at home, and made his first million in the ’Burgh before he could vote. “I love the city ...

After years of downsizing, big houses make comeback

By Minneapolis Star Tribune
MINNEAPOLIS — Sprawling single-family houses, spurned a few years ago by buyers, are back. And they’re bigger than ever. For the first time, the average size ...

How to land that 1st job after college

By Susan Tompor
Katie Diekman, 22, is looking forward to a “gap” year after graduating with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in May. Diekman, who majored in women’s studies and history, wants to find a job in the nonprofit field ...

New J.C. Penney CEO comes from middle-income America

By Dallas Morning News
DALLAS — Marvin Ellison didn’t start out in a cushy executive training program after his parents paid to send him to an elite college. No, Ellison ...

Corporate America speaking out on social issues, getting results

By The Washington Post
When Donald Trump called Mexican immigrants rapists and drug dealers while announcing his presidential run, it wasn’t his fellow Republicans, but companies such as NBCUniversal and Macy’s who most closely held his feet to the fire. And while South Carolina politicians ...

Truffle dogs sniff out pungent fungus prized by foodies

By The Associated Press
CARNEROS, Calif. — The growing appetite for truffles is feeding demand for dogs trained to sniff out the pungent fungus prized by chefs and foodies. ...

Importance stressed of securing your online banking

By Kim Komando
Question: With the constant data breaches going on, I’m worried about the safety of banking online. Should I just give up on it? If not, how can I make it safe? Answer: The JPMorgan Chase breach last year leaked ...

Floating homes offer ‘affordable’ option in San Francisco area

By San Jose Mercury News
BERKELEY, Calif. — John Dinwiddie and Diane Brown own a house with twin engines. It began its life as a Delta barge, later became a floating ...

Aetna to buy rival Humana for $35B

By The Associated Press
Aetna intends to spend about $35 billion to buy rival Humana and become the latest health insurer bulking up on government business as the industry adjusts to the federal health care overhaul. The proposed cash-and-stock deal, announced early Friday, would ...

Airlines offer small conveniences to counter higher fees, less space

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Packed planes. Less legroom. Fewer frequent flier miles. Is that all summer travelers can look forward to? Thankfully, no. Amid the unpleasantness, there are a few bright spots where airlines inject a bit of humanity back ...

National Day Calendar lends legitimacy to pseudo-holidays

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — To most Americans, July 4 is Independence Day. But on Marlo Anderson’s calendar, it’s also Caesar Salad Day and Barbecued Spareribs Day. ...

McDonald’s localizes menus to battle growing competition

By Bloomberg News
McDonald’s Corp. is thinking global but acting local. The world’s biggest restaurant chain, hoping to appeal to wider swaths of Americans, is working to offer more locally relevant fare, such as pulled pork sandwiches in Indiana, bacon and white cheddar Egg ...

Longer, roomier, ritzier Sedona upgrades minivan to 1st-class

By Ann M. Job
Kia’s new, first-class lounge seats might just be the way to make a minivan more appealing. Offered on the redesigned 2015 Sedona minivan, the comfortable, ...

Consider these factors before opting for longer-term auto loan

By The Associated Press
Kevin Flores has more than six years to pay off the loan on his new Nissan Frontier pickup. That’s more than double the length of the truck’s bumper-to-bumper warranty. And it means the Baton Rouge resident will be paying roughly ...

Air control stickiness a real puzzler

By Brad Bergholdt
Question: I have a 1999 Corvette with dual-zone air controls. On three different occasions, the controls have gotten stuck on a certain setting, and I’ve then been unable to get them to move. I bought two new units. They seemed ...

U.S. employers add 223K jobs, jobless rate falls to 5.3%

By Alex Nixon
Employers added a healthy 223,000 jobs nationwide in June, but the federal government’s monthly employment report pointed to some weakness in the labor market that has stumbled in its rocky recovery since the Great Recession. The unemployment rate dipped to 5.3 ...

Business Briefs

Roundup: Whole Foods owns up to overcharging of packaged goods; Ford recalls 432K cars because of software problem; more

From Wire Reports
Whole Foods owns up  to overcharging at some New York City stores Whole Foods Market Inc. admitted that there were pricing issues at its New ...

Business Columnists

Jack Markowitz

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Markowitz: People must overcome the bull-bear battle

A bull and a bear met halfway through the year 2015. The bull, an investment optimist, and the bear, a …

John Browne

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Risk flags emerging markets

A 47 percent decline in shares of Hanergy Thin Film Group caused the Hong Kong Bourse to suspend trading in …

John Dorfman

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Dorfman: Dillard’s, Micron make Casualty List

The choppy second quarter roughed up a fair number of stocks. Among the wounded are four that I think have …

Chris Posti

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Great coaches make best work managers

Recently, I was coaching a client on how to give feedback to one of his employees who had not been …

Kim Komando

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One huge mistake people make when renting cars

There are plenty of reasons to rent a car, from leaving an unreliable car behind on a vacation to getting …

Real Estate

Depp puts France estate — including village — up for sale

By The Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES — Sometimes it takes a village. For Johnny Depp, make it the whole village. The “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor has put his ...

Business Gallery

Business gallery: July 5, 2015

By Tribune-Review
LEGAL Tonya B. Johnson joined Dinsmore & Shohl LLP’s real estate group. EDUCATION Karen Russo Donovan joined Duquesne University’s Palumbo-Donahue School of Business as associate ...