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Siemens Rail Hiring in Pittsburgh

Siemens Rail Automation is expanding its operations in Pittsburgh with a new facility and a push to more than double its workforce over the next three years.

Stocks Extend Rebound as Ukraine Tensions Ease

U.S. stocks gained Monday, extending a rebound from Friday, as investors focused on corporate news instead of geopolitical concerns.

World Situation Is Worrisome but Not Dire

It's been hard to be bullish in the past week as Ukraine, Iraq and Ebola dampened investors' spirits, but the world economy isn't so bad as U.S. bond yields and the slide in risk markets would imply.

Ebola Panic Spreads to Nigeria

Nigeria is gripped by fear following the death of Patrick Sawyer, who showed no signs of Ebola when he boarded a plane in Liberia but was 'terribly ill' by the time the flight landed in Lagos.

Ex-Patriots Star Hernandez Due in Back Court

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is scheduled to appear in court in connection with the slaying of Odin Lloyd of Boston.

Hawaii's Big Island Struggles After Tropical Storm

Hawaii residents struggle to recover after two large storm lashed the islands this week.

San Diego Comic-Con Sues Over Name

Organizers of the biggest comic-book convention in the nation sued their counterparts in Salt Lake City over the event's name.

8 Firefighters Burned Battling California Wildfire

Officials say eight firefighters were taken to the hospital after suffering burns while battling a wildfire in Northern California.

Kurdish 'Peshmerga' Militia Defy Islamic State

Machine-gun fire rattled in the distance as Kurdish soldiers and armed civilians gathered Friday at a checkpoint that has become the newest frontline against the Islamic State.

Fair Isaac Explains Changes to FICO Metric

There are changes coming to FICO that may mean higher credit scores for many consumers, as collections, medical debts and other changes will be calculated differently -- or not at all.

Cafe's 'Minimum Wage Fee' Sparks National Backlash

The Oasis Cafe in Stillwater, Wis., this week found itself at the center of the fiery national debate over the minimum wage when the owner added a 35-cent surcharge to every bill rather than raise prices.

Bank of Japan Holds Fire on More Stimulus

The Bank of Japan on Friday warned that the country's export and factory output picture was worsening but held back on launching more stimulus, saying the world's No. 3 economy was still on road to recovery.

Joan Rivers Says Palestinians Are Stupid and Deserve to Die

Hollywood comedian Joan Rivers offers her opinion on Israeli-Gaza conflict: Gazans started the current war, were too stupid to leave when told and "deserved to die."

Carnage Resumes in Gaza as Cease-fire Ends

Israel launched air strikes across the Gaza Strip on Friday in response to Palestinian rockets after Egyptian-mediated talks failed to extend a 72-hour truce in a month-long war.

Stocks Move Mostly Higher in Midday Trading

After an initial lack of direction, Wall Street moved mostly higher in Friday trading, helped by a potential de-escalation in eastern Ukraine.

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