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Koppers CEO believes struggling company can do better, transform

By Alex Nixon 9:00 p.m.
Sometimes it takes an outsider to wake up a company lulled into complacency. For Koppers Holdings Inc., that outsider is Leroy Ball, a 47-year-old Monaca native who’s shaking up the Pittsburgh company that’s confronting a host of problems. Ball was named ...

More employers adopt generous leave policies

By Chris Fleisher 11:04 p.m.
If she’d had her baby a year ago, Joslynne Manges would be worrying about more than how to be a new mother. She would be ...

Analysis tallies death toll from Volkswagen diesels’ air pollution

By The Associated Press 9:52 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Volkswagen’s pollution control chicanery has not just been victimless tinkering, killing between five and 20 people in the United States annually in recent years, according to an Associated Press statistical and computer analysis. The software that the ...

Small-scale solar power market draws big utilities

By The Associated Press 9:13 p.m.
ALBUQUERQUE — Traditional power companies are getting into small-scale solar energy and competing for space on your rooftop. The emerging competition comes as utilities and smaller solar installers fight over the future of the energy system. While the market for ...

Anxiety pervades town built by Volkswagen during emissions-cheating scandal

By The Associated Press 9:13 p.m.
WOLFSBURG, Germany — Wolfsburg is the town that Volkswagen built — literally put on the map in 1938 by the Nazis in pursuit of their dream of a “People’s Car.” The town rode the company’s postwar boom to financial wealth ...

How companies may adjust to tax on employee benefits

By The Associated Press 9:13 p.m.
The taxman is coming to employer-sponsored health insurance, and his visit may trigger changes to your benefits. The health care overhaul calls for a 40 percent tax starting in 2018 on the value of employer-sponsored coverage that costs more than ...

For some small-business owners, fast, short-term loans have unsustainable interest

By The Associated Press 9:14 p.m.
NEW YORK — It sounded like a sweet deal: A loan broker walked into Southern Girl Desserts offering the Los Angeles bakery a $40,000 loan that could be deposited in a bank account quickly. Rejected for a loan from a ...

States extend $1.5B in breaks for data centers

By The Associated Press 9:13 p.m.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The former limestone mine seemed perfect for a large computer data center. The air was cool. The rock walls provided a defense against natural disasters. And the tunnels bored into a Kansas City hillside had access ...

ATMs to give cash without  your card

By Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 9:13 p.m.
MILWAUKEE — You’re out of town and realize you don’t have your debit card, and need cash now. With technology from Fiserv Inc. that’s expected to hit the market next year, you’d still be able to have access to an ATM. A ...

Many losers, few winners for 3Q funds

By The Associated Press 9:00 p.m.
The vast majority of mutual funds skidded to losses last quarter as worries worsened about global economic growth. Uncertainty about interest rates made markets even shakier. Only 17 percent of the mutual funds tracked by Morningstar were able to scrounge ...

Judge backs Sunoco in dispute over its use of eminent domain

By David Conti
Sunoco Logistics scored a victory in one of its court battles over land it needs to build a cross-state pipeline for natural gas liquids. A Cumberland County judge last week dismissed the challenges that three sets of landowners filed to eminent ...

Job growth falls short; U.S. unemployment unchanged at 5.1%

By Chris Fleisher
The nation’s job generating engine appeared to run out of gas in September as employment growth slowed, although economists expect hiring to rebound in the months ahead. The Labor Department said Friday that U.S. employers added 142,000 workers to payrolls ...

Regulators missed early chance to foil VW

By The Associated Press
CHICAGO — More than a decade ago, the Environmental Protection Agency helped to develop a technology that ultimately was used by an independent laboratory to ...

Stock market hates, then loves, jobs report

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — News of slower hiring last month jolted markets early Friday, driving government bonds up and the dollar down. But after the early slump, stocks finished the day with a solid gain. A jump in crude oil helped ...

New rules will spare homebuyers from last-minute surprises

By The Washington Post
Closing on a home can be a confusing and flustering experience, especially for first-time homebuyers. But new rules going into effect during the weekend aim to give buyers breathing room. Starting Saturday, homebuyers will have access to new standardized forms ...

Credit bureau Experian keeps info on cellular firm’s customers

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — In the latest high-profile breach of a national organization, hackers broke into Experian’s database of information about 15 million T-Mobile customers and potential customers. But what is Experian, and why does the credit bureau keep data on ...

Business Briefs

Roundup: Orders to US factories down 1.7 percent in August; Google officially becomes Alphabet; more

From Wire Reports
Factory orders fell 1.7% in August Orders to America’s factories fell in August by the largest amount in eight months, led by a drop in demand for commercial airplanes and weakness in a key category that tracks business investment spending. ...

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Divestiture: What if folks stopped going to DiCaprio movies?

Unless they change their ways, the following companies active in Pittsburgh can kiss good-bye to any chance of attracting Leonardo …

John Browne

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Browne: Rate hike prospect has mixed reactions 9:00 p.m.

The Federal Reserve has kept short-term interest rates at near zero for more than nine years. Starting in 2013, the …

John Dorfman

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Dorfman: Ducommun, Deckers stocks glitter like bargains on New Lows List

Stocks hitting new 52-week lows are obviously suffering from some kind of problem. But I’ve found the New Lows List …

Chris Posti

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Emotional intelligence crucial to meeting career goals 9:00 p.m.

You’ve heard of IQ, but are you familiar with EQ? Your EQ — also called your emotional intelligence — is …

Kim Komando

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3 Craigslist searches that score great deals

If you’re on the prowl for inexpensive furniture, clothes, books, a car or just about anything else, the online classified …

Real Estate

Supplement yearly furnace check with DIY inspection

By James Dulley 9:00 p.m.
Dear Jim: It is going to be heating season fairly soon. I have my furnace serviced every two years for efficiency. Is there any do-it-yourself ...

Business Gallery

Business Gallery: Oct. 4, 2015

By Tribune-Review 9:00 p.m.
BANKING, FINANCE Sean O’Connor was named senior vice president and commercial banking team leader for Huntington Bank in the Pittsburgh Region. HEALTH CARE Dr. ...