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Regulators expect lawsuit over oil, gas rules process

By David Conti
State regulators expect a judge eventually will decide whether they followed the proper process in writing environmental rules for the conventional oil and gas industry. “You’re going to sue us,” Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Deputy Secretary Scott Perry told industry ...

Bonuses on the rise, but fewer workers receive them, survey shows

By The Washington Post
The good news for workers, according to data from a human resources consultantcy, is that company spending on compensation has reached a new high. Aon Hewitt reported that in 2015, workers will receive a flat 2.9 percent increase in base pay ...

Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Fischer in spotlight as meeting nears

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — What once seemed like a sure bet — that the Federal Reserve would raise interest rates in September — suddenly appears less certain ...

Crash-prevention technology changes face of auto industry

By The Los Angeles Times
More cars are equipped with robotic functions that protect drivers from front-end crashes with other vehicles or objects, which could result in fewer crashes and lower insurance rates for drivers. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said 52 percent of the ...

Model T cross-country road trip provides lesson in simplicity

By Mark Phelan
After 34 days and 3,600 miles across America on dirt roads, the Model T that re-created Edsel Ford’s 1915 road trip from Detroit to San Francisco reached its destination this month. “Seeing America in the slow lane turns out to ...

What’s gained  at push of a button

By Brad Bergholdt
Question: My mother had a 1995 Saturn SL2 with a four-speed automatic transmission that had a “performance” button. With the car in performance mode, depending how vigorously its accelerator was applied, all 140 of its horses could be utilized. For ...

After 90 years, Goodyear forces iconic blimp into retirement

By The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — The fabled Goodyear Blimp is retiring. But don’t fret, blimp fans. That big, cigar-shaped thing you’ve seen floating over sports events all ...

Sentiment flickers with market drop

By Bloomberg News
Americans kept spending in July, and sentiment barely wavered this month as stocks plunged, keeping intact prospects that consumers will continue to drive growth. Purchases climbed ...

Cabrio is lively, luxury alternative to muscle car

By The Associated Press
Those looking for a luxury-branded convertible with a low price tag should turn toward Audi’s A3 Cabriolet. With a $36,525 starting retail price, including destination charge, the Audi A3 Cabrio brings standard leather-covered seats and dual-zone climate control — ...

Turbulent week on Wall Street leaves investors wondering what’s next

By The Associated Press
Well, that was exciting. Days after China threw the biggest scare into Wall Street in years, stocks came surging back and ended the week Friday on a placid note that suggested the worst may be over for now. Even so, investors are ...

Trib Total Media puts 9 Western Pa. newspapers up for sale

By Tribune-Review
Trib Total Media announced on Friday it intends to sell nine publications in Western Pennsylvania, including four daily newspapers. “Our plan to sell these newspapers is part of a larger strategic growth plan that the board of directors has developed over ...

Mylan shareholders approve $34 billion hostile takeover bid for Perrigo

By Chris Fleisher
Mylan NV has the backing of its shareholders but will encounter a bigger challenge as it pushes on with a $34 billion hostile takeover attempt of Irish drugmaker Perrigo Co. Mylan, headquartered in the Netherlands but managed from offices in Cecil, ...

Clean Air Council challenges Sunoco Pipeline’s public utility status

By David Conti
Sunoco Logistics has a new legal challenge against its ability to use eminent domain to secure land for a pipeline that would carry natural gas ...

Nonprofit hospital titan UPMC’s income eclipses record

By Ben Schmitt
Despite its tumultuous divorce from rival Highmark Inc., hospital titan UPMC hit a record level of cash-flow income over the past fiscal year and its ...

GNC chief Archbold touts tailored mail promotions

By Christopher Fleisher
The top executive at GNC Holdings Inc. said a strategy that tailors promotions to its most loyal customers is paying off as the Downtown-based company tries to boost sales. Since September, the vitamin and supplements retailer has used customer data ...

Bakery Square town houses plans to go to Pittsburgh city planners

By Tom Fontaine
A Shadyside developer plans to brief city planning commissioners Tuesday about plans for 52 upscale town houses in the East End’s growing Bakery Square complex along Penn Avenue. “We think there’s a market for this. People want to live in the ...

Wal-Mart begins construction of store in Moon

By Matthew Santoni
Wal-Mart is building a store on University Boulevard in Moon now that PennDOT has dismissed residents’ appeal of the project’s highway occupancy permit. An announcement posted Thursday on the township’s website said Wal-Mart started construction on a 150,000-square-foot Supercenter on the ...

Former Consol employee wins nearly $587K in ‘Mark of the Beast’ lawsuit

By Brian Bowling
A former Consol Energy Inc. employee, who believes biometric hand scanning will lead to the “mark of the beast” predicted in the biblical book of Revelation, will receive nearly $587,000 in damages, a federal judge in West Virginia ruled last ...

US economy surged at 3.7 percent rate in April-June quarter

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy staged a far bigger rebound last quarter than first thought, outpacing the rest of the developed world and bolstering confidence ...