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  • Steelers ex-doc has no comment on steroid charges Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 3:08 PM ET

    PITTSBURGH-- A former Pittsburgh Steelers doctor and his defense attorney declined to comment at his initial federal court appearance on illegal steroid-distribution and other charges. Richard Rydze to be jailed over the weekend until another appearance Monday.

  • US count up 4 to 1,839 rigs exploring for oil, gas Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 2:51 PM ET

    Texas- based oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. reported Friday that 1,410 rigs were exploring for oil and 427 were searching for gas. A year ago, Baker Hughes listed 2,013 rigs. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Alaska gained five rigs while Arkansas, Colorado and North Dakota rose by two each.

  • Billboard company opposing Pittsburgh tax plan Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 1:16 PM ET

    _ it's billboards to speak out against a Pittsburgh City Council plan to tax the message board. Lamar Advertising of Baton Rouge, La., is targeting the council members who are proposing the 10- percent tax, Natalia Rudiak and Darlene Harris.

  • Hiring jumps, but Pa. jobless rate rises again Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 1:14 PM ET

    HARRISBURG, Pa.-- Pennsylvania's jobless rate rose again for the fourth straight month in September, although it coincided with the biggest monthly jump in hiring since February. The state Department of Labor and Industry said Friday that the unemployment rate rose to 8.2 percent from 8.1 percent, as an estimated 29,000 people started looking for work.

  • Feds: Steelers ex-doc prescribed illegal steroids Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 11:43 AM ET

    PITTSBURGH-- A former Pittsburgh Steelers doctor who left the team after investigators questioned his bulk purchase of anabolic steroids has been indicted for illegally prescribing the muscle-building aids and other drugs.

  • Man in court on Hines Ward extortion charges Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 9:25 AM ET

    PITTSBURGH-- A man who claims his girlfriend once had a "physical relationship" with retired Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward was in custody Friday on charges he tried to extort $15,000 from the player by threatening to release evidence the player had paid for sex.

  • Retired deputy has 2nd career probing dog attacks Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 9:12 AM ET

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Two Rottweilers killed an 83- year-old man in Alabama. A two-day old infant was mauled to death in Pennsylvania. A two-year-old girl died after she was bitten by a pit bull in West Virginia.

  • Swing State Showdown: It's About Jobs! Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 8:40 AM ET
    Swing State Showdown: It's About Jobs!

    Gov. John Kasich, (R-OH); Gov. Tom Corbett, (R-PA); and former Gov. Haley Barbour, (R-MS), discuss the key issues facing their states, including swing voters; energy and jobs creation; and avoiding the fiscal cliff.

  • Stellar duo target Ohio's working class for Obama Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 8:33 AM ET

    PARMA, Ohio-- Lest anyone forget the importance of Ohio's white, working-class voters, President Barack Obama sent a clear reminder on Thursday. Clinton implored voters to reward Obama for bailing out the auto industry, which has deep roots in Ohio. Ohio is at the center of both Obama and Republican Mitt Romney's campaign strategies.

  • FDA: Fungus in tainted steroids and patients match Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 8:11 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- The fungus found in tainted steroid shots matches the one behind the national meningitis outbreak that has killed 20 people, federal health officials said Thursday.

  • WA apple farmers may see boon from bad weather Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 3:45 AM ET

    "If we can get this fruit harvested, it's a perfect storm for Washington," said Todd Fryhover, president of the Apple Growers Association. " Washington is likely to have a harvest of 108 million bushels, its second highest number on record, industry representatives said.

  • Lawsuit: Aspen Dental clinics operating illegally Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 4:11 PM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.-- Aspen Dental Management and the private equity firm that controls it illegally operate dental clinics across the country and engage in aggressive, misleading profit-driven practices that cause patients economic harm, claims a federal lawsuit filed Thursday in New York.

  • NJ jobless rate inches down to 9.8 percent Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 3:40 PM ET

    TRENTON, N.J.-- New Jersey's unemployment rate ticked down a notch to 9.8 percent in September, even as the state shed 1,200 jobs for the month.

  • News Summary: Philly Fed manufacturing index rises Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 3:12 PM ET

    GROWING AGAIN: Manufacturing in the Philadelphia region expanded in October following five months of declines. THE DETAILS: The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia reported Thursday that its index of regional manufacturing activity had a reading of 5.7 in October following a -1.9 reading in September. The gain took the Philadelphia index.

  • PPG Industries 3rd-quarter profit rises 9 percent Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 1:44 PM ET

    PITTSBURGH-- PPG Industries said Thursday that its third-quarter net income rose 9 percent as it took advantage of cost reductions and strong sales of coatings. The Pittsburgh company said it made $339 million, or $2.18 per share, compared with $311 million, or $1.96 per share, a year earlier.

  • Lehigh Gas initiates initial public offering Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 11:06 AM ET

    Lehigh Gas expects the IPO to raise between $105. million and $122 million based on an assumed offering price of $20 per unit, according to its Securities and Exchange Commission filings. Lehigh Gas provides fuel to gas stations and runs convenience stores.

  • Philadelphia Fed manufacturing index expands Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:47 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- Manufacturing in the Philadelphia region expanded in October following five months of declines, a positive sign for a U.S. manufacturing sector which had been weakening for much of the year. The better-than-expected reading from the Philadelphia survey followed a positive report on national manufacturing conditions.

  • Pa. gov gets bill to let firms keep payroll taxes Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:32 AM ET

    HARRISBURG, Pa.-- A new state tax incentive designed to encourage companies to hire in Pennsylvania passed both chambers of the Legislature on Wednesday and was sent to Gov. "The beauty of this approach is that this is not revenue that is in the state currently," Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jake Corman, R- Centre, told colleagues. "

  • Pa., Mich., Catholic hospital chains mull merger Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:30 AM ET

    Catholic Health East of Newtown Square, and Trinity Health of Novi, Mich., announced Wednesday that they have signed a non-binding letter of intent to consolidate.

  • Pa. university faculty take 1st step toward strike Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:08 AM ET

    HARRISBURG, Pa.-- The union representing faculty at Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities is taking the first step toward a possible strike. Union officials say delegates from each campus will meet Saturday in State College for a strike authorization vote.