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More companies embrace exchanges to curb health care costs

By Alex Nixon
Workers from Montana’s Rib & Chop House restaurants in Hermitage and Meadville will go to a website to shop for health insurance plans next month, …

Hospitals turning to technology to tear down language barriers with patients

By Alex Nixon
Linda Dougan used to rely on interpreters in Erie to come to St. Vincent Hospital to help immigrants with limited English understand a doctor’s orders. …

Lending challenges, rehab costs thwart efforts to revitalize

By Natasha Lindstrom
Real estate agent Jose Collazo eagerly took on a Monroeville listing he was sure was worth every bit of the $138,000 the seller wanted last …

Getting into executive pipeline may require schmoozing

By Tribune-Review
Men dominate corporate hierarchy. Here are a few reasons: • Women have babies and stay home to raise children, taking career breaks at crucial get-ahead times. • Women hold “pink-collar” jobs — child care and early education, geriatric care, and …

MarksJarvis: Benefits, not just pay, hit the skids

By Gail Marksjarvis
Paychecks have been disappointing investors for years, but that’s not all that’s been putting pressure on household spending. While companies have been stingy with raises since the 2008 recession, they’ve been whittling away at benefits for the last five years. …

Retailers begin efforts early to woo holiday shoppers

By Detroit Free Press
Even though it’s still summer and Christmas is more than three months away, retailers — worried by dismal second-quarter earnings and desperate to attract shoppers — are gearing up for a holiday season that’s expected to feature bigger and better …

Investors urged to handle Indian stock fund with care

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — To find the year’s best-performing mutual funds, head east. In India, excitement surrounding a new prime minister has catapulted stocks higher, and mutual funds that focus on the country have reaped the gains. The Matthews India fund …

Apple reaps some benefit from Microsoft deal with NFL

By The Los Angeles Times
Microsoft Corp. thought it had scored a touchdown when it struck a multiyear deal with the NFL that would allow teams to use the company’s Surface tablets during games. Too bad television announcers keep referring to the devices as iPads. …

Komando: It’s possible to keep your info safe online

By Kim Komando
Question. With the recent iCloud hack, I’m worried about putting my information in any cloud service. Is it possible to keep my personal information safe online? Answer. It’s true that plenty of online services have been hacked, but in many …

Chemical used for freshness leaves EU with little appetite for U.S. apples

By McClatchy Newspapers
WASHINGTON — With the harvest under way, Jon Alegria figures he’ll pack more than 400 million apples from this year’s crop by mid-November, relying on a widely used chemical to keep them looking fresh for months. Before sending them to …

Families, friends become lenders of last resort for homebuyers

By Bloomberg News
The Bank of Mom and Dad is playing a growing role as lender of last resort for a housing recovery struggling to provide more traction for the nation’s economy. Last year, 27 percent of people purchasing a home for the …

Astronauts on space station to get 3-D printer

By The Associated Press
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The 3-D printing boom is about to invade space. NASA is sending a 3-D printer to the International Space Station in hopes that astronauts will be able to one day fix their spacecraft by cranking out …

Pa. unemployment rate rises to 5.8 percent

By Chris Fleisher
Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate rose for the second consecutive month in August, signaling a downward trend that economists say doesn’t bode well for the state’s economy. …

Alibaba stock soars in frenetic trading debut

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Alibaba debuted as a publicly traded company on Friday and swiftly climbed nearly 40 percent in a mammoth initial public offering that offered eager investors seemingly unlimited growth potential and a way to tap into the burgeoning …

Stocks drift amid Alibaba’s IPO drama

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — With Wall Street focused on the debut of Alibaba Group, the stock market drifted into the weekend and major indexes ended little changed. Investors watched as the Chinese e-commerce giant surged 38 percent on Friday, in its …

Glaxo­SmithKline’s $492M fine is largest in China

By The Los Angeles Times
China on Friday leveled a half-billion-dollar fine against British drugmaker Glaxo­SmithKline. An investigation concluded that the company bribed physicians and hospitals to use its products. One company executive was given a suspended three-year prison sentence and will be deported. The …

FDA revises food safety rules due out next year

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday revised extensive food safety rules proposed last year when farmers complained that the regulations could hurt business. The proposals would relax water quality standards and allow farmers to harvest crops sooner …

Chrysler roars back with latest 200

By The Los Angeles Times
It’s been a long time since Chrysler has built a car worth smiling about. But on a recent visit to Los Angeles, Chrysler CEO Al Gardner couldn’t stop grinning as he leaned against his company’s 2015 200 sedan. After a …

Parasitic load issue solvable with some probing

By Tribune-Review
Question: I bought a brand new 2010 Hyundai Tucson. If do not run the car every day, the battery goes dead in about a week. This has happened since it was new. The Hyundai garage has tried several things to …

CNG autos slow to make inroads into U.S. market

By The Los Angeles Times
Natural gas is the neglected stepchild of the alternative fuel vehicles industry. Used in some commercial truck fleets, municipal bus services and the occasional taxicab, the plentiful low-emissions fuel has never caught on in passenger cars — even though it …