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EPA failing to stop natural gas pipeline leaks, internal watchdog says

By Tom Fontaine
The Environmental Protection Agency’s top internal watchdog said on Friday the agency isn’t doing enough to reduce methane emissions from natural gas distribution pipelines and should consider boosting regulations and monitoring. The EPA’s Office of Inspector General said the leaks …

Export-Import Bank in dispute in Congress

By Chris Fleisher
A fight in Congress over a New Deal-era bank could have consequences for jobs in Pennsylvania and geopolitical interests abroad, according to manufacturers who have called on federal lawmakers to extend its charter. Republican leaders have pushed for an end …

Stock market investors going full speed ahead

By The Associated Press
A war breaks out between Israel and Hamas. An airliner is shot out of the sky in Ukraine. A Portuguese bank’s finances look shaky. And the U.S. stock market’s response? After dipping briefly on the bad news, it climbs higher. …

Retailer rolls dice on TargetExpress

By Minneapolis Star Tribune
Super-sizing in retail is so yesterday. Instead, Target is going even smaller with its new store formats. The Minneapolis-based retailer opened a 20,000-square-foot Target­Express store …

China pork giant WH Group makes 2nd IPO attempt

By The Associated Press
Chinese pork giant WH Group is taking a second run at going public with a scaled-back share offering after abandoning its first IPO attempt because of sagging investor demand. The company, which bought U.S. producer Smithfield Foods last year, on …

Russian consumer watchdog targets McDonald’s items

By Reuters
Russia’s consumer protection agency has filed a lawsuit in a Moscow court seeking to ban some McDonald’s Corp. burgers along with its milkshakes and ice cream, a court spokeswoman said on Friday. A regional branch of the agency asked the …

JetBlue considers charging for first checked bag

By Bloomberg News
JetBlue Airways Corp., one of the industry’s holdouts in not charging passengers for checking their first bag, is considering adding the levy as the carrier overhauls the way it prices tickets. “The concept of a first-bag fee is on the …

Economists cite signs of strength

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Out of a seemingly hollow recovery from the Great Recession, a more durable, if still slow-growing, American economy has emerged. That conclusion, one held by a growing number of economists, might surprise many people. After all, in the …

2 cars put 50 mpg in rearview

By Mark Phelan
Fifty miles a gallon. It was an unattainable goal for years, but two new small cars pave the road for many vehicles to hit that magic number. The three-star 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI hatchback and four-star 2014 Ford Fiesta SFE …

Engine that quits a mystery

By Brad Bergholdt
Question: A friend has a 2004 Chevy Trailblazer V-6 with 129,000 miles. It runs great except when idling for a minute or so (at a light). The engine quits. It restarts and is OK. There are no codes showing at …

Car dealers find silver lining in cloud of vehicle recalls

By Reuters
FOX LAKE, Ill. — The news about deadly crashes linked to a faulty ignition switch, followed by wave upon wave of recalls, did not bode well for General Motors dealers this year. It conjured visions of worried, frustrated drivers pouring …

Smartphone coupons just one way stores increasing spontaneous buys

By Chris Fleisher
Cherries were not on Diane Richards’ grocery list on Monday, and yet they made it into her cart. “They were $1.69 (per pound) today,” Richards …

Plug-in Accord makes gas station visits rare

By Ann M. Job
The 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid sedan doesn’t amaze and daze with its mainstream looks, nice cloth seats and pleasant ride. Its “wow” factor is, simply, how few times a driver may need to stop at a gasoline station in …

Citizens Bank parent says 6-month profit doubles

By Bloomberg News 12:25 p.m.
Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc said first-half profit almost doubled as impairment charges fell and forecast it will meet a cost-cutting target of $1.7 billion in 2014. Britain’s largest state-owned lender said it expects pretax profit of $4.5 billion, …

Amazon.com distribution center planned for Pittsburgh’s West End

By Sam Spatter
Amazon.com is coming to Pittsburgh. The Seattle-based Internet giant has leased 250,000 square feet — equivalent to 4.3 football fields — in the former Roomful Express warehouse at 2250 Roswell Drive in the Fairywood section of the West End where …

Wesco posts higher profit, lowers full year outlook

By Alex Nixon
Electrical equipment supplier Wesco International Inc. lowered its outlook for full-year earnings despite record sales in the second quarter. The South Side-based company said it was seeing “improving sales momentum,” but not enough of a recovery to overcome “a softer …

EQT posts $110.9 million profit in latest quarter

By David Conti
EQT Corp. is prepared to take a $15 million risk on Pennsylvania’s Utica shale. Leaders of the Downtown-based gas company said on Thursday that they’re ready to test their deepest well ever, to tap a promising pool of dry natural …

Uber, Lyft get tentative PUC permission to operate in Allegheny County

By Bobby Kerlik
Drivers for ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft can operate in Allegheny County without fear of citations for at least two months, the Pennsylvania Public Utility …

2014 has been among deadliest for the world’s airline industry

By Tom Fontaine
The disappearance of an airliner in northern Africa on Thursday supports Todd Curtis’ grim theory. “Plane crashes often happen in threes,” said Curtis, a former …