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Pittsburgh real estate broker McLaughlin sees big draw for investment

Downtown Pittsburgh is almost unrecognizable from when Gerry McLaughlin got involved in commercial real estate four decades ago. "When I started in the business, at 5 ...

Fast money: Banks making it easier to split the tab

NEW YORK — Splitting the bill for pizzas you shared with buddies or that utility bill that is suddenly due is going to get easier ...

Agents say real estate market isn't as fun as it used to be

NEW YORK — Real estate agents are flummoxed by a housing market that's still trying to recover a decade after its historic collapse. Agents are ...

Cold coffee is booming in the U.S.; now everyone is piling in

The coffee industry is getting ready for its very own big chill. Coffee makers from global giants JAB and Illy to smaller upstarts such as High ...

Striking Verizon workers to return Wednesday after deal reached

NEW YORK — Nearly 40,000 striking Verizon employees will return to work Wednesday after reaching a tentative contract agreement that includes 1,300 new call center ...

Pennsylvania board's inaction on drilling impact fee grants imperils projects

A state board that controls about $17 million in impact fee money collected from shale gas drillers in Pennsylvania has failed to meet since September, ...

Ownership challenges solar market leasing

It's tough to argue with free. That's why the no-money-down solar lease became the most popular choice for U.S. rooftop power. Now, though, the equation is ...

Energy Spotlight: Rob McNally

As the son of a man who spent his career at oil giant Shell, Rob McNally knew he would work in the energy industry. He ...

Despite price bounce, natural gas rebound remains far off

The benchmark price of natural gas recently spent an entire month above the $2 mark, buoyed by optimism that shale drillers were dialing back on ...

It can be tricky to love, honor and share credit card statement

It's wedding season, and as many couples get ready to say their vows, they may want to have a talk about fidelity — financial fidelity. ...

When it comes to mutual funds, being a cheapskate pays off

NEW YORK — Stay cheap. Research keeps piling up to show that one of the best predictors for the success of a mutual fund is ...

Taking trepidation out of technology

CHICAGO — Before settling on a new 2014 Ford Edge SE, Cynthia Manson resisted sales pressure to move up to a trim level that had, ...

Creative job perks attracting top talent

Nick DeMarco runs a small biotech startup in Raleigh, N.C., that makes scientific instruments. But what got his company, Practichem, featured from CNBC's "Power Lunch" ...

Discrimination lawsuits morph

Employee lawsuits alleging "family responsibilities discrimination" are growing at a faster rate than any other kind of employment discrimination case, according to a new study. ...

Most times, reboot will do the trick

Q Whenever my computer acts up, my IT guy tells me to reboot before he'll even look at it. Why is that? A. It may ...

German companies build strong presence in Pittsburgh

Scope International was interested in hiring Alethea Wieland to open the German company's first office in the United States, but she made it clear that ...

Uber appeals Pennsylvania's $11M fine

Uber formally appealed this week the $11.3 million fine the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission levied against the San Franscisco-based ride-share company for operating in Allegheny ...

Verizon reaches tentative agreement with unions

Verizon has struck a provisional work agreement with unions representing nearly 40,000 employees who walked off the job in mid-April, according to the Department of ...

8 automakers add 12M vehicles to Takata air bag recall

DETROIT — Eight automakers are recalling more than 12 million vehicles in the United States to replace potentially dangerous Takata air bag inflators. Documents ...

How Alibaba won — and lost — a friend in Washington

HANGHAI — In 2011, a respected anti-counterfeiting coalition in Washington escalated its fight against Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, saying that its websites served as a ...