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Union leaders expect membership boost with Shell's Beaver County plant

Union leaders and elected officials in Western Pennsylvania have been hoping for a long time to have this problem. In about a year and a half, ...

Owners rush to refinance at lower rates

The last time Mark McCollam refinanced the loan on his three-bedroom house in Los Angeles, he figured mortgage rates would only head higher from there. ...

Lawsuits blamed on patent office

WASHINGTON — Inventors are filing an exploding number of lawsuits against companies that appropriate their products illegally — and a new report puts the blame ...

Heartfelt letters give homebuyers edge

MINNEAPOLIS —Andrew Aitkens stepped into a white stucco bungalow across the street from a park in northeast Minneapolis, and it immediately felt like home. He wasn't ...

How to troubleshoot a computer running sluggishly

Question: My PC is running really slowly. What can I do to fix it? It's only a year old but I am ready to throw ...

Low unemployment rate signals recruiting difficulty

Low unemployment rates generally are a good thing — but not when they bring on the warm-body syndrome. Whenever an area's unemployment rate shrinks to ...

Plan for self-driviing cars' pitfall? Human brain

WASHINGTON — Experts say the development of self-driving cars over the coming decade depends on an unreliable assumption by many automakers: that the humans in ...

Pennsylvania employers added 20,000 jobs in June

Hiring in Pennsylvania rebounded in June as employers added 20,000 workers to their payrolls. Employers recovered all the jobs lost in May, when they shed 7,800 ...

Volkswagen emissions remedy ready, dealers say

DETROIT — Volkswagen's plan to fix most of its 2-liter diesel engines that cheat on emissions tests includes a computer software update and a larger ...

Uber, Lyft offer car rental, lease options to lure drivers; critics call prices predatory

No car? No problem for ride- sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft. The companies are offering rentals, leases and financing deals aimed at getting ...

Worst over for oil market crash, industry giants Schlumberger, Halliburton say

The world's two largest providers of oilfield drilling and fracking services have declared that the worst is likely over in the 2-year-old oil market crash. Schlumberger ...

The ins, outs of electric power assisted steering

Question: I'm getting ready to buy a new car and am trying to sort out a few things that are new to me. One of ...

2016 Lexus RC 200t meets high expectations

Entry level, sometimes, is all you need. It all depends on how and where you enter. If you get there in a 2016 Lexus RC 200t, ...

2016 Mazda CX-9 has new look, engine

Mazda gave the CX-9 bolder styling, a new engine and superb handling for 2016, making it a seven-passenger SUV that separates itself from the crowd. ...

Telecoms rally, push stocks to 4th week of gains

NEW YORK — Another day, another lazy drift higher for stocks and another record high. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 9.86 points, or 0.5 ...

PPG sells flat glass division, ending 'historic' era in Pittsburgh

PPG Industries Inc. ended a more than 130-year run as a flat glass manufacturer Thursday as it agreed to sell that part of its operation ...

Trib Total Media offers buyouts

Trib Total Media, publisher of the Tribune-Review daily newspapers and its affiliated Gateway weeklies, is offering buyout opportunities to select full-time employees. "As the media landscape ...

First National Bank parent buying Carolinas bank Yadkin Financial

First National Bank parent F.N.B. Corp. is pushing into the Carolinas with a $1.4 billion deal to buy Raleigh-based Yadkin Financial Corp. The all-stock acquisition, announced ...

7 tricks that make your iPhone or iPad better

Most iPhone and iPad users know that their gadgets will recharge about 25 percent faster if they put them in Airplane Mode and plug them ...

Empty nesters missing out on chance to save, study shows

CHICAGO — Raising kids costs a lot of money, so when they finally strike out on their own it stands to reason that parents would ...