“They just kind of left in the middle of the night,” Greensburg Mayor Robert Bell said. “We didn’t know they left, and then we got a call from one of the other merchants there that there was garbage at the back of the building and it was starting to stink.”
Source: Greensburg restaurant owner abandons business, leaves mess behind
Retailer J.Crew is closing 39 stores by the end of January as sales continue to decline.
Source: J.Crew closing 39 stores by the end of January
OAK BROOK, Ill. — McDonald’s Corp. has announced it will demolish a suburban Chicago museum that’s a replica of the hamburger chain’s first restaurant.
Ray Kroc built his first restaurant in 1955 in Des Plaines, after franchising the brand from the original owners, Richard and Maurice McDonald.
The Chicago Tribune reports the store was torn down in 1984. McDonald’s Store No. 1 Museum opened the next year, with the original restaurant’s sign out front.
Source: McDonald’s to demolish museum commemorating first restaurant
Hackers stole the personal data of 57 million customers and drivers from Uber Technologies Inc., a massive breach that the company concealed for more than a year. This week, the ride-hailing firm ousted its chief security officer and one of his deputies for their roles in keeping the hack under wraps, which included a $100,000 payment to the attackers.
Source: Uber Paid Hackers to Delete Stolen Data on 57 Million People
Volvo will provide Uber with its flagship XC90 SUVs equipped with autonomous technology as part of a non-exclusive deal from 2019 to 2021.
Source: Volvo Cars Will Supply Uber With Up to 24,000 Self-Driving Cars
Which? investigation of product prices reveals 60% were cheaper or the same price on other days of the year
Source: Black Friday deals ‘not all they seem’
Jenereski said he found out Sheasley wasn’t coming back to complete the work from a subcontractor.
Christian Sheasley, who faces mounting allegations from multiple people claiming he took their money for remodeling jobs and never completed the work, attempted to hide his face as he walked into Magistrate Tom Swan’s courtroom Thursday.
Stanley Jenereski told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 he paid Sheasley more than $27,000 for work in his Gibsonia kitchen.
Source: Contractor faces mounting allegations for taking money, not finishing projects
A nonprofit tasked with meeting the region’s needs for fresh, locally sourced food will extend its reach by bringing its products to the county seat this holiday season.
Source: Republic Food Enterprise Center adds store at Uniontown Mall
You can get smoked turkeys, ham with pineapple glaze, sweet potato sugared pecan casserole, vegan quinoa, boozy pies and ice cream sandwiches.
Source: Want a stress-free Thanksgiving? Order dinner to go | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
A 40-member delegation from LG, many of them from the company’s South Korea headquarters, will be in the Steel City to discuss possible collaborations with local universities and potential partnerships with or investments in start-ups.
Source: South Korean electronics company LG checking out Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The community will integrate technology and high speed data into its infrastructure.
“The new ‘smart city’ to be built by, Belmont Partners will create a forward-thinking community with a communication and infrastructure spine that embraces cutting-edge technology, designed around high-speed digital networks, data centers, new manufacturing technologies and distribution models, autonomous vehicles and autonomous logistics hubs,” Belmont Partners, the Arizona real state investment company involved in the deal, said in a news release.
Source: Bill Gates is Buying Land in Arizona to Build a “Smart City”
IBM on Friday announced a significant upgrade for clients using its quantum computing-based cloud services. Thanks to improvements in superconducting qubit design, connectivity and packaging, IBM is upgrading its online machines to 20 qubit processors.
The company said clients will have online access to the new IBM Q systems by the end of the year with a series of upgrades planned for 2018
Source: IBM announces 20-qubit quantum cloud computer for public use
Popular snack company Little Debbie has the internet in a tizzy after saying one of their popular snack cake has to go.
Source: Is Little Debbie Getting Rid Of Your Favorite Snack? « CBS Pittsburgh
Dodge’s 840-horsepower Challenger SRT Demon started shipping to dealers Friday
Source: Demon dragster headed to dealers
Henry Walker fell and broke his hip while trying to buy a watermelon at an Alabama Walmart in 2015.
Source: Jury awards Alabama man $7.5 million in Walmart watermelon mishap | cleveland.com
From Thursday through Monday, customers who buy one holiday beverage get a second one free. The offer is valid only from 2-5 p.m.
Source: Starbucks adds new holiday drinks, offers 2-for-1 deal | TribLIVE
The pizza shop was operating during the boil water advisory without taking precautions.
Source: Papa John’s in Bethel Park ordered closed by health department | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The retailer is hosting its popular Black Friday Preview sale Monday. It also said it’ll open doors at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.
Source: Target’s Black Friday Preview Sale Begins Monday, 18 Days Before Thanksgiving
Natural gas prices are expected to increase 12 percent, home heating oil will rise 17 percent, electricity will go up 8 percent and propane 18 percent, according to the2017 Winter Fuels Outlook from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
Source: It will cost more to heat your home this winter | TribLIVE
The third- and fourth-largest U.S. wireless carriers had been in talks for a long time but announced Saturday that they could not agree on mutually beneficial terms.
Source: Potential T-Mobile And Sprint Merger Falls Apart : The Two-Way : NPR
UPMC has revealed a five-year, $2 billion investment to build three new “digitally based specialty hospitals” adjacent to three of its existing facilities.
Source: UPMC reveals $2 billion plan for three all-new specialty hospitals in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh-area towns and townships welcome breweries as catalysts for community and redevelopment.
Source: Western Pa. towns are brewing up business | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Feeding Americans’ insatiable appetite for exclusive deals, Amazon has decided not to keep its online shoppers waiting until Black Friday. Instead, the digital shopping juggernaut kicked off its Black Friday deals Nov. 1.
Source: Amazon launches Black Friday deals early | WPXI
Kmart, Sears store closures expected in Kentucky, Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Source: Sears, Kmart announce plans to close several stores by 2018
Thanks to a powerful storm that passed over Europe last week, wind energy provided nearly 25 percent of the EU’s power, setting a new wind power record.
Source: Wind Power Set a New Renewable Energy Record in Europe Last Week
J.C. Penney Co. shares tumbled the most in more than three decades, hurt by deeper losses and a sense among investors that department stores are stuck in an intractable slide.
Source: J.C. Penney Suffers Worst Drop in Decades on Loss Forecast
As previously rumored, yesterday marked the start of Steam’s Halloween sale. The event, which runs until 10 am PT on November 1, features a slew of discounts on many of the best horror-themed games, movies, and VR titles available.
Source: Steam’s Halloween Sale is now live
Ford builds top selling vehicle in America. Average sale price of F-Series up $2,300 over a year ago. Profits up. Earnings beat expectations.
Source: Ford earnings rise on strength of F-150 Pickups; Cash reserves grow
Walgreens will close about 600 Rite Aid stores after their deal closes
Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA, +3.11%) said on Wednesday it would close nearly 600 of the 1,932 Rite Aid (RAD, -0.84%) stores it is buying in a $4.375 billion cash deal set to close in the spring of 2018. The company two years ago had planned to buy smaller rival Rite Aid in its 4,500-store entirety but in the face of anti-trust regulators balking in June, instead settled for a downsized deal announced in September. A few Walgreens stores are also being closed.
Source: Walgreens Will Close About 600 Rite Aid Stores
All eight stations are owned by OTA Broadcasting and carry the Cozi, Movies! and RetroTV networks, which broadcast classic shows and films.
Source: 8 TV stations in Western Pennsylvania to shut down Wednesday | TribLIVE
Sears will no longer sell Whirlpool appliances after a pricing dispute and changing market dynamics fractured a partnership that stretched back more than a century.
Source: Sears Stops Selling Whirlpool Appliances
With only 48 cents to cover every $1 in benefits its owes, the Western Pennsylvania Teamsters fund is trying to find a way to stay afloat.
The plan is expected to pay out nearly $129 million in benefits this year but will collect only about $54 million in contributions.
If the current level of benefits is maintained, the fund is projected to run out of money in 2028.
Source: Teamsters pension plan warns thousands of beneficiaries that the checks may get smaller | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The exterior will be covered by an artificial mussel reef.
Oslo- and New York-based architecture firm Snøhetta is giving us another reason to book a trip to Scandinavia: an underwater restaurant on Norway’s southern coast, about five hours southwest of Oslo. Dubbed “Europe’s very first underwater restaurant” by the firm, the appropriately-named Under will be half-sunken some 16 feet into the sea.
While the building’s primary purpose is as a 80- to 100-person restaurant, Under will also serve as a marine research center.
Source: Europe’s First Underwater Restaurant Will Open in Norway
Created last year, the Pennsylvania Malt and Brewed Beverage Industry Promotion Board will recommend grants to grow the industry in state.
Source: Beer here! Up to $1 million available to promote Pennsylvania brew | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
After taking flak for their cups in years’ past, Starbucks might be going all-out.
Source: The new Starbucks holiday cups may have been leaked online | Fox News
Toyota and its luxury sister brand Lexus took the top two spots in the latest Consumer Reports reliability rankings, marking the fifth year in a row that one of Toyota’s makes has led the list.
Kia, Audi and BMW filled out the rest of the top five, while Cadillac, GMC, Ram, Dodge and Volvo were ranked the lowest.
Source: Toyota scores highest in Consumer Reports reliability survey | Fox News
The secret to Sweet Dixie Kitchen’s $13 brunch dish? Popeyes chicken tenders.
Yelper Tyler Hiebert discovered the fast food chicken use, writing in an Oct. 9 review that he saw workers at the Long Beach eatery “quickly bring in two large boxes of Popeyes” into the kitchen. Hoping that it was perhaps food for the workers, he ordered the chicken and waffles (noting that it “tasted suspiciously like Popeyes”) and a waiter confirmed that it was Popeyes.
Source: Restaurant admits to serving Popeyes chicken, charging $13
The burger chain has unleashed an advertisement that compares high school bullying to smashed hamburgers.
Source: Burger King goes after bullying in strange new ad | Fox News
Ford Motor Co said on Wednesday it would recall 1.34 million 2015-17 Ford F-150 and 2017 Ford Super Duty trucks in North America to add water shields to side door latches at a cost of $267 million.
Source: Ford to recall 1.34 million trucks in North America for door latch fix
A fall in sales of high-sugar drinks in Jamie’s Italian restaurant chain was linked to the levy and menu changes.
Source: Restaurant chain ‘cut sugary drink sales’ with price rise – BBC News
Netflix is facing new competition in the video space — and not just as traditional TV networks launch their own apps.
Source: Netflix to plow billions more into original content
Tax agency faces mounting pressure to cut ties with credit reporting company following latest security flaw
Source: IRS suspends contract with Equifax after malware discovered
Fans of cartoon Rick and Morty were left angry after they were unable to get a rare dipping sauce.
Source: McDonald’s Rick and Morty Szechuan sauce stunt backfires – BBC News
If you’re looking for a new job, Giant Eagle is looking to hire 500 workers for its Pittsburgh area stores.
Source: Giant Eagle looking to hire 500 people at Pittsburgh-area locations | WPXI
Dunkin’ Donuts making cuts to donut lineupThe chain says it will cut its number of doughnut offerings from about 30 flavors to just 18 in some areas.
The change comes as Dunkin’ Donuts tries to simplify its business, making cuts and improving customer service.
Source: Dunkin’ Donuts is cutting back on its lineup of doughnut flavors
Allegheny County’s top official has begun contacting state leaders to express concern about a proposed hotel tax.
House Republicans shocked the industry when they began floating a plan Tuesday afternoon to tax hotels in the state 5 percent on top of the 6 percent they already pay. Some municipalities and counties, including Allegheny County, also charge taxes on hotel rooms.
Source: Fitzgerald: Hotel tax would ‘devastate’ Allegheny County | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
It comes after allegations that workers had changed slaughter dates at one if its sites.
The Guardian and ITV News claimed an undercover reporter witnessed workers changing the “kill dates” on chickens.
They also allegedly saw meat of different ages being mixed together and codes on crates of meat altered.
In a statement, the company said an internal investigation had shown “some isolated instances of non-compliance” at its plant in West Bromwich.
Source: Chicken supplier 2 Sisters suspends operations – BBC News