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Small retailers at intersection of social networks, foot traffic

By Chris Fleisher
Dragonfly Castle Toys had been open for about a half-hour one recent Tuesday when owner Nan Dowiak made her first sale of the day. Her phone ...

153-year-old Venango well pumps out oil, history

By Bloomberg News
About 70 miles north of Pittsburgh, a pothole-pocked dirt road along the side of a warehouse leads to a solitary oil well, undisturbed by the recent plunge in crude prices. McClintock No. 1, the world’s oldest continually producing oil well, is ...

Business Council for Peace program works to export profits, peace

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Karina Koper pays for cabs for her employees to keep them safe from gangs when they go to and from her 53 ...

In ‘StockCity,’ real investing like game

By The Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO — Fidelity Investments aims to change the dull image of investing with an experiment in 3-D technology designed to make money management more like a video game. “StockCity” is a virtual-reality landscape dotted with skyscrapers representing the stocks ...

Woman on dating site looks too good to be true: How to vet that pic

By Tribune-Review
Question: I have started online dating. Now, I’m just a typical guy with a good job but a smoking hot lawyer is interested in me. We’ve never chatted or met. Before this goes any further, is there any way that ...

Test-tube tuna may be sea change

By The Associated Press
TATEYAMA, Japan — Of all the overfished fish in the seas, luscious, fatty bluefin tuna are among the most threatened. Marine scientist Goro Yamazaki, who ...

Iron ore price decline hurts U.S. Steel’s cost advantage over rivals

By John D. Oravecz
U.S. Steel Corp.’s cost advantage over competitors from owning its iron ore mines is shrinking as the price of the commodity used to make steel ...

Pennsylvania unemployment rate drops to six-year low

By Chris Fleisher
Pennsylvania’s job market emerged from a slumber in October as hiring picked up and the unemployment rate dropped to a six-year low. The improvement reported Friday by the Department of Labor and Industry followed several disappointing months that prompted concern ...

Boeing to expand operations in Fayette County

By John D. Oravecz
Boeing Co. said on Friday it will expand its manufacturing subsidiary Argon ST in Fayette County, adding nearly 170 jobs over the next three years. Argon ST, which Boeing acquired in 2010, has 130 employees at two locations, the Fayette ...

Stock market logs 5th straight week of gains as Dow hits record high

By The Associated Press
The stock market closed its fifth straight week of gains with another record high on Friday. The Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index carved out all-time highs, extending the market’s gains for the week. It was ...

New York Fed chief defends supervision of banks before Senate panel

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The head of the New York Federal Reserve was put on the defensive by Senate Democrats, who accused the Fed of being too close to the big banks it is charged with regulating. William Dudley, president of the New ...

CEOs in 10 big mergers to get $430M: Equilar study

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — This year’s flurry of corporate mergers may not pay off for shareholders in the long run, but one thing is for sure: ...

Know flat-rate repair times

By Paul Brand
Question: I recently had my car repaired at a dealership. A service manager said it would take about an hour and a half, another service manager guessed two hours. After the job was started, I received a call saying the ...

Ford: Aluminum-body truck to get 26 mpg

By The Associated Press
DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford said Friday that its new aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup will get up to 26 mpg on the highway, making it the most ...

Mark Phelan: Cadillac, Mercedes hope to win at name game

By Mark Phelan
It was well past time for Cadillac and Mercedes-Benz to adopt new naming systems, despite complaints from some of the brands’ followers. There’s no evidence to support the people who decry Mercedes’ abandonment of names like M-class, or the fanatics ...

Sonata exudes class

By Ann M. Job
The Hyundai Sonata sedan, poised to set a U.S. sales record this year, feels like a more premium car for 2015 and adds interior room, ...

Westmoreland County’s Excela Health rethinks patient debts

By Alex Nixon
Hospitals and patients encounter a common problem: rising medical debt. There is a solution that could help both. Hospitals are using companies that allow patients to extend payments for as long as two years. These companies avoid rules that restrict hospital ...

Highmark and UPMC feud over canceled physician contracts

By Alex Nixon
Highmark Inc. said Thursday it terminated contracts with 689 UPMC physicians in the Pittsburgh region to make clear that the doctors would be out-of-network for the insurer’s subscribers on Jan. 1. UPMC called Highmark’s move an “illegal breach” of the contracts ...

Ex-coal exec pleads not guilty in W.Va. mine blast

By The Associated Press
BECKLEY, W.Va. — Ex-coal company chief executive Don Blankenship pleaded not guilty Thursday to conspiracy and other charges in the deadliest U.S. mine accident in ...

Los Angeles Auto Show builds reputation for high-performance luxury debuts

By The Associated Press
DETROIT — Few people need an SUV with 567 horsepower that can scream around a racetrack and go from zero to 60 in four seconds. A ...