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Demand for IT talent strong, Mastech CEO says

D. Kevin Horner believes that when people think about the information technology industry, they think about what's plugged into walls. But hardware and wires make ...
Alpha Natural Resources says lenders offer $500M for coal, gas assets
Alpha Natural Resources said it has received a $500 million offer from existing lenders for the potential sale of the bankrupt coal producer's core assets. A ...
Pump prices to stay below $2 for 2016, U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts
For the first time since 2004, U.S. drivers are expected to pay an average of less than $2 a gallon for gasoline this year, the ...
Companies lose billions in buybacks
NEW YORK — If you think your stocks are doing poorly, check out the performance of some of the most sophisticated investors, the ones with ...
Nation's trucking industry signals growth despite recession worries
As a serial entrepreneur based in Greenwich, Conn., Bradley Jacobs hangs out with the big-money crowd dominated by hedge fund and private-equity types. The tenor ...
Number of job openings, quits jumped in December, Labor Department says
WASHINGTON — Companies advertised more available jobs in December, and more Americans quit, trends that could lift wages in the coming months. The number ...
Disney stung by loss of subscribers for ESPN
LOS ANGELES — ESPN, the sports network that drives Disney's profit engine, has hit a soft patch. Subscribers have fallen by about 7.2 million over ...
'Worst-case' worries deal stocks 3rd straight day of losses
Stocks extended their three-day losing streak Tuesday, closing slightly lower after spending most of the day wavering between gains and losses. Energy companies led the ...
Monaca company's products sharpen nurse education
Nurses in training used to have two options to practice administering injections: on oranges and each other. Injecting saline into fruit was far from the real ...
Downtown businesses fear impact of 6-month Smithfield Street closure
Spring is the busiest time of year at Apparel Warehouse on Smithfield Street. The demand for men's suits, ties and shoes almost doubles during March ...
U.S. Steel laying off 75 administrative workers
U.S. Steel Corp. is outsourcing accounting jobs and laying off 75 workers as the steel producer cuts costs to manage through a severe industry downturn. ...
Consol Energy names William Thorndike as new board chair
Consol Energy Inc. chose the founder of a Boston private equity firm to replace former CEO J. Brett Harvey as board chairman. William N. Thorndike, 52, ...
Chesapeake dismisses notions of speculation
Chesapeake Energy Corp. dismissed speculation it's facing a liquidity crisis Monday as its stock plunged 33 percent amid concern the natural gas driller's financial options ...
Banks, tech bring down Wall Street as year's slump continues
Wall Street rode another wave of selling Monday that sent U.S. stocks sharply lower before a late-afternoon pullback stemmed some of the losses. Investors unloaded ...
Chipotle restaurant chain urges sick workers to stay home
NEW YORK — Chipotle repeatedly told employees that they need to stay home if they feel sick, and the restaurant chain kept its U.S. locations ...
Super Bowl ads leave mark
NEW YORK — With 30-second Super Bowl ads costing up to $5 million, it's a huge gamble to advertise. As the Denver Broncos defeated the ...
EQT's ASPIRE scholarships invest in educating future workforce
Christine Cooper isn't looking to the energy sector for a career. But the Oakland Catholic senior and aspiring nurse says she's learned valuable lessons from her ...
Chipotle to open later Monday, workers to attend food safety meeting
NEW YORK — Chipotle restaurants across the U.S. are opening later than usual Monday so workers can attend a meeting about the chain's recent food ...
Utilities' time-of-use pricing encourages reduced usage during peak hours
Hundreds of thousands of people are getting technology that could help them lower their electric bills as utilities install more so-called smart meters in Western ...
Spotlight: Kim Nibarger
Kim Nibarger knows his appearance might be a contradiction. He is an avid reader. But at 6 feet 2 inches tall, 250 pounds and bald with ...


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