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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, but they won’t be using online exchanges set up under the Affordable Care Act. They’ll …

Hospitals turn to technology to tear down language barriers with patients

By Alex Nixon 12:01 p.m.
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 …

Business Briefs

Marc USA acquires Boston-based Results:Digital

By John D. Oravecz
Marc USA, one of the region’s largest advertising companies, said on Friday it acquired Results: Digital in Boston to expand its digital media services. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The transaction adds Boston to Marc offices in Chicago, …

Business Columnists

Jack Markowitz

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Markowitz: Gentrification means taking bad with good

Gentrification: The word reeks of disapproval. It means rich people moving into poor neighborhoods and making them better. This ought …

John Browne

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Is it better to invest abroad, or stay at home?

President Obama on Wednesday outlined his plans to degrade and destroy Islamic terrorists in Iraq and Syria. Meanwhile, the Federal …

John Dorfman

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Brown: Market correction on horizon?

After impressive multi-year gains in American equity markets, experts have predicted for several months that a natural correction of about …

Chris Posti

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Job hunt changes with tech

If you want a job, get more tech-savvy. That’s the overarching message of a 2014 survey by Career Thought Leaders …

Kim Komando

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5 Facebook settings to change now

If you missed the news, Facebook was recently valued at $201.6 billion. That’s enough to slip it in at number …

Real Estate

‘Supernatural’ star’s Malibu retreat charms a buyer

By The Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES — Jensen Ackles of “Supernatural” and his actress wife, Danneel Harris, put their gated home in Malibu up for sale for $6.995 million …

Business Gallery

Business gallery: Sept. 21, 2014

By Tribune-Review
ACCOUNTING Lisa A. Correll and Michael K. Warne joined Cottrill, Arbutina & Associates P.C. Correll, a staff accountant, provides audit services for clients in government, …