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It’s lights out for Bayer sign on Mt. Washington

By Alex Nixon
Bayer Corp. will no longer pay to have its name in lights on Mt. Washington. The Robinson company said Thursday it didn’t renew a 21-year-old …

Unemployment rate ticks up; 209K jobs added but less than expected

By Chris Fleisher 10:01 a.m.
Employers added 209,000 jobs in July and the unemployment rate rose for the first time in six months. The U.S. Department of Labor reported Friday that the unemployment increased a tenth of a percentage point to 6.2 percent. It was …

EPA talks on pollution limits trigger protests, arrests Downtown

By David Conti
The national debate over regulating carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants reached its loudest and most contentious point on Thursday at a Downtown corner. During …

Investor helps Anchor Hocking’s parent win reprieve from lenders

By Chris Fleisher
Anchor Hocking’s parent company has received a  $20 million investment from its majority shareholder and has worked out an agreement with lenders that gives the glassware manufacturer some relief as it deals with financial troubles. In a regulatory filing Thursday, …

Trib 30 index drops nearly 5%

By John D. Oravecz
A market swoon in the last five trading days of the month erased gains for many Pittsburgh-area stocks in July. The Trib 30 stock index ended trading on Thursday at 428.7, a 4.9 percent decline from June’s all-time high of …

Judge OKs Jeannette Glass sale

By Richard Gazarik
Westmoreland County’s purchase of the former Jeannette Glass plant has been upheld by a county judge but officials said the ownership dispute is far from over. Judge Anthony Marsili Jr. Thursday ruled the Tax Claim Bureau properly advertised the sale, …

U.S. stocks slump as earnings disappoint

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — For investors, there were few havens on Thursday. The stock market had its worst one-day drop since February, driven down by a confluence of worries, from weak company earnings to the looming end of stimulus from the …

Huntington Bancshares to cut 200 jobs; won’t say how many in Pittsburgh

By Chris Fleisher
Huntington Bancshares is laying off about 200 employees across six states as part of a restructuring. The Columbus, Ohio-based bank did not say how many people would be affected in Pittsburgh, where it has its regional headquarters. Huntington has 510 …

Sunoco Logistics’ 300-mile pipeline dealt setback

By The Associated Press
HARRISBURG — Sunoco Logistics has gotten a setback to its plans to pump propane and ethane in its 300-mile Mariner East pipeline across southern Pennsylvania. Two administrative law judges on Wednesday released a 25-page decision recommending that state utility regulators …

Software developers aim to ease crush of emails for businesses

By The Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO — Dustin  Moskovitz is plotting an escape from email. The 30-year-old entrepreneur has learned a lot about communication since he teamed up with his college roommate Mark Zuckerberg to develop Facebook a decade ago. That knowledge is fueling …

Target replaces interim CEO, names Pepsi’s Cornell

By The Associated Press
Target is bringing in an outsider as its CEO for the first time as the retailer fights to redefine itself to American shoppers. The Minneapolis-based company said on Thursday that it named PepsiCo executive Brian Cornell to the top spot, …

French company Iliad bidding  for T-Mobile US

By The Associated Press
T-Mobile US Inc. has another suitor on its hands. Upstart French telecom company Iliad SA on Thursday said it has offered $15 billion for a majority stake in the fourth-largest American cellphone company. Iliad is injecting itself into the courtship …

SeaWorld, Southwest Airlines to end partnership

By The Associated Press
Southwest Airlines and SeaWorld Entertainment are ending their 25-year marketing partnership. Officials at both companies said on Thursday that the partnership won’t be renewed at the end of the year when the contract expires. SeaWorld says the decision is mutual. …

Vitaminwater goes back to old formula because of outcry

By The Associated Press
Coca-Cola is reversing course because fans of Vitaminwater complained about the drink’s new sweetener. The Atlanta-based company promised on Thursday the drink would go back to its previous taste when fans flooded Vitaminwater’s Facebook page with negative comments. The reversal …

Fast-food scandals in China troubling for industry

By The Associated Press
BEIJING — Already China’s biggest restaurant operator with 4,600 outlets, KFC is pursuing Chinese consumers so avidly it opens two more every day. That dramatic growth comes with a big catch: KFC’s quality control is struggling to keep up. The …

1,100 layoffs planned at Alpha coal mines in W.Va.

By The Associated Press
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — One of the nation’s largest coal producers said on Thursday it expects to lay off 1,100 workers at 11 southern West Virginia surface coal mines by mid-October, citing dismal markets and federal regulation. The announcement by Alpha …

State to seek comments on drilling below Loyalsock State Forest

By David Conti
STATE COLLEGE — If Pennsylvania starts signing new leases with drillers seeking state-owned natural gas beneath parks and forests, companies will need to cough up $3,000 an acre upfront and likely won’t have access to park roads. Those are among …

Lenders could move against Anchor Hocking as extension expires

By Chris Fleisher
Anchor Hocking has run out of time on an agreement to keep lenders at bay after defaulting on a loan, though the company said it is trying to reach a resolution that would keep it in business. In a regulatory …

Pittsburgh braces for waves of demonstrations, marches on EPA rules

By Melissa Daniels
Downtown traffic could snarl by midday Thursday when thousands of miners and their union allies are poised to march in Pittsburgh’s streets in opposition to …

Feds admit cooperation remains obstacle with corporations, cyber threats

By Tom Fontaine
A key to reducing cyber crime is getting victims — often major corporations — to cooperate with authorities, two top federal law enforcement officials said …