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  • PHILADELPHIA— The floral-inspired Lilly Pulitzer fashion house is trying to nip concerns about fat-shaming in the bud. Cartoons posted in a cubicle at its headquarters near Philadelphia suggest little tolerance for the "fat, white and hideous." They were spotted by a photographer doing a New York Magazine profile of the company.

  • Duquesne University to raise employee minimum wage to $16 Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 12:12 PM ET

    PITTSBURGH— Duquesne University is increasing its employee minimum wage to $16 an hour, slightly more than twice the state and federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. University Spokeswoman Rose Ravasio said the new wage floor, effective July 1, affects 168 Duquesne employees who earn between $15 and $15.99 an hour. Charles McCollester, retired director of the...

  • Philadelphia eyes 27-acre property for airport expansion Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 11:48 AM ET

    PHILADELPHIA— The city is hoping to purchase a 27- acre property on Route 291 in Delaware County as part of a long-range expansion of Philadelphia International Airport. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports an ordinance was introduced in city council paving the way for the city-owned airport to buy International Plaza, which has two office buildings that were...

  • Traveling with your dog will cost you _ sometimes hundreds Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 10:35 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— Having an 80- pound Labradoodle as a travel buddy means B.L. Ochman can quickly separate the hotels that love dogs from those that just put up with them. A bed-and-breakfast she visited north of New York City wouldn't let her pooch Benny trot around in the main house, among other troubles. Ochman, a Manhattan Internet strategist, has since discovered...

  • Toll Brothers meets 2Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 5:15 AM ET

    HORSHAM, Pa. _ Toll Brothers Inc. on Wednesday reported fiscal second-quarter profit of $67.9 million. The average estimate of 10 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of 37 cents per share. Toll Brothers shares have climbed nearly 8 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • SALEM, Ore.— Oregon lawmakers on Tuesday advanced a proposal aimed at closing a loophole in state privacy laws that recently let a man go unpunished after he took photographs up a teenager's skirt. The state Senate unanimously passed the bill, which would make it a misdemeanor to surreptitiously take photos up women's dresses without their consent.

  • NEW YORK— Amazon is hiring 6,000 full-time workers to staff up across its more than 50 distribution centers in the U.S. Its $99 annual Prime membership service comes with free two-day delivery on many items. The Seattle- based company employed about 154,100 full-time and part-time workers in total at the end of 2014..

  • May 26- Four regional Federal Reserve banks continued their unsuccessful efforts to convince the central bank to raise the rate it charges commercial banks for emergency loans, meeting minutes released on Tuesday showed. Ahead of the Fed's April 28-29 policy-setting meeting, directors of the Philadelphia, Kansas City, Cleveland and Dallas Fed banks asked...

  • WASHINGTON, May 26- A gauge of U.S. business investment spending plans rose solidly for a second straight month in April and consumer confidence perked up this month, signs economic growth was picking up after sputtering in the first quarter. "These are likely just the first of what is expected to be a large number of reports showing the economy is bursting with new...

  • Amtrak to install long-sought cameras in locomotives Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 11:07 AM ET

    The Amtrak engineer, Brendan Bostian, suffered a head injury in the accident in Philadelphia and has told investigators he can't remember what happened. Northeast Regional train 188 accelerated to a speed of 106 miles per hour in the last minute before entering a curve where it derailed. The National Transportation Safety Board has been recommending that the...

  • COLUMN-Driving is making a comeback in the US: Kemp Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 9:44 AM ET

    LONDON, May 26- California motorists consumed an extra 34,500 barrels of gasoline every day in February compared with the same month last year, state tax records show. California drivers filled their cars with 1.148 billion gallons of gasoline in February, about 40.5 million gallons more than in February 2014, an increase of almost 3.7 percent.

  • Tom Wolf is getting help from law enforcement officials in his push to persuade lawmakers to spend more money to raise the quality of Pennsylvania's pre-kindergarten programs. Wolf appeared Tuesday morning outside the Camp Hill state prison in suburban Harrisburg with several district attorneys and the head of the state prisons agency to tout his...

  • WASHINGTON— A Supreme Court ruling due in a few weeks could wipe out health insurance for millions of people covered by President Barack Obama's health care law. But it's Republicans— not White House officials— who have been talking about damage control. A likely reason: Twenty-six of the 34 states that would be most affected by the ruling have Republican...

  • WASHINGTON— A Supreme Court ruling due in a few weeks could wipe out health insurance for millions of people covered by President Barack Obama's health care law. But it's Republicans— not White House officials— who have been talking about damage control. A likely reason: Twenty-six of the 34 states that would be most affected by the ruling have Republican...

  • TRENTON, N.J.— Born to an electrical engineer, and later a precocious and dashing young man who attained an Ivy League education, John Nash seemed destined for a life of stunning success. He planned to follow in his father's footsteps and studied for three years at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh— now Carnegie Mellon University— but instead...

  • PHILADELPHIA— Nearly two weeks after a deadly Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia killed eight people and injured more than 200 others, investigators are still trying to piece together what led the train to enter a sharp curve at more than double the 50 mph speed limit. The National Transportation Safety Board has ruled out the locomotive being hit by a bullet...

  • WASHINGTON— If there was one thing most economists agreed on at the start of the year, it was this: Plunging oil prices would boost the U.S. economy. At $2.74 a gallon, the average price of gas nationwide is nearly $1 lower than it was a year ago. Consider what Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said in December: Lower gas prices, Yellen declared, are "certainly good for...

  • CHICAGO/ NEW YORK, May 22- As a virulent avian influenza outbreak continues to spread across the Midwestern United States, some egg-dependent companies are contemplating drastic steps- importing eggs from overseas or looking to egg alternatives. A spokeswoman for Archer Daniels Midland Co said that as egg supplies tighten and prices rise, the food processing...

  • CHARLESTON, W.Va.— Appalachian coal mining suffered a double blow Friday, as Murray Energy announced plans to lay off more than 1,800 miners, most from West Virginia, and Alpha Natural Resources told another 439 Mountain State miners they could be out of work. On Friday, St. Clairsville, Ohio- based Murray Energy said it told 1,417 workers at five West Virginia mines...

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— Egg prices reached record levels on Friday after a bird flu outbreak decimated the flock, leading to the death of more than 20 million egg-laying hens over the last month in the top producing state of Iowa. The virus spread appears to have slowed but not stopped. Carton egg prices reached a record Friday of $2.32 a dozen for Midwest large eggs, said...