U.S. consumers rebounded to boost spending 2.4% in January as income jumped

Friday’s report from the Commerce Department shows that personal incomes, which provide the fuel for spending, jumped 10% last month.

Think you aren’t vulnerable to a Texas-sized electric bill? Here’s how to check.

The culprit is variable-rate power contracts that some customers signed up for from third-party energy suppliers. Many customers are unaware they signed up for a variable rate until it’s too late.

Think you aren’t vulnerable to a Texas-sized electric bill? Here’s how to check.

The culprit is variable-rate power contracts that some customers signed up for from third-party energy suppliers. Many customers are unaware they signed up for a variable rate until it’s too late.

Review

2021 Volvo V90: So close to perfect, but it’s a competitive world

The 2021 Volvo V90 offers another version of the sporty European wagon segment so well exemplified by our last vehicle tested, the Audi A6 Allroad. How does the Volvo measure up?
Review

2021 Volvo V90: So close to perfect, but it’s a competitive world

The 2021 Volvo V90 offers another version of the sporty European wagon segment so well exemplified by our last vehicle tested, the Audi A6 Allroad. How does the Volvo measure up?

As private companies erode government’s hold on space travel, NASA looks to open a new frontier

The four astronauts who will fly aboard a SpaceX mission by the end of the year will be a bunch of private citizens with no space experience. One's a billionaire funding the mission; another a health care provider. The third will be selected at random through a sweepstakes, and the last seat...

As private companies erode government’s hold on space travel, NASA looks to open a new frontier

The four astronauts who will fly aboard a SpaceX mission by the end of the year will be a bunch of private citizens with no space experience. One's a billionaire funding the mission; another a health care provider. The third will be selected at random through a sweepstakes, and the last seat will go to the winner of a competition.
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‘Self-employed’ PPP winners have been largely white-collar. New Biden rules aim to change that.

The administration faces challenges as it seeks to use the $953 billion program to aid the most vulnerable sectors and populations.

COVID-19 showed a developer that offices could be unhealthy. So he’s building a healthy one in Malvern.

The design contains no conference rooms, cafeterias, or communal areas where employees could cluster. Instead, there will be private balconies, high-end air flow, and more entrances and exits.

Gov. Wolf puts former treasurer Joe Torsella back on Pennsylvania's $60 billion pension board

Gov. Tom Wolf has named former state treasurer Joe Torsella to represent him on the PSERS board, where Torsella will join a growing number of fund critics.

Amid lawsuits, Delaware River Basin Commission makes fracking ban permanent

The formal ban came a month after a federal judge set an October trial date to hear a challenge to the drilling moratorium.

Fact-checking Gov. Tom Wolf’s statement that Pa. is the only state without a natural gas severance tax

Among the 34 states that produce oil or natural gas, Pennsylvania is the only one that doesn’t tax the extracted resources.

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Why Biden’s rescue plan makes sense and how it can be better targeted | Moody’s Mark Zandi

The president’s plan includes a third round of stimulus checks that go to those making up to $100,000 a year. That’s too high.

U.S. unemployment claims dropped last week to 730,000, lowest total since November

Still, before the coronavirus erupted in the United States last March, weekly applications for unemployment benefits had never topped 700,000.

A dispute with Amazon forced this family-owned shipping company to retool its mission — and business took off

“Because of the pandemic, a lot of people have lost their jobs or need a side income. If they start a company, we can do the heavy lifting for them, and they can focus on sales and marketing.”

Opinion

A Lansdale gymnastics mat maker is on the ropes, and so is U.S. manufacturing | Maria Panaritis

Mancino Manufacturing is a family-owned business battered by the pandemic. Their story is not unlike the global chip shortage that has U.S. leaders concerned about U.S. strength.

Spotlight PA

New coronavirus grants for small Pa. businesses aim for inclusivity, but can’t track success

Applications open next month for $145 million in state grants for small hospitality businesses, with a significant change by lawmakers intended to ensure the money is accessible to people of color.

For the first time, legal weed gets Republican senate support in Pa.

It marks the first time any Pa. Republican senator has endorsed a plan to end the prohibition on cannabis.

Peco parent Exelon plans to separate into two firms: ‘Our customers expect us to continuously innovate’

The Chicago company plans to spin off its power-generation business from the company’s six utilities, including Peco, Atlantic City Electric and Delmarva Power.

Philadelphia Inquirer gets $10M in federal Paycheck Protection Program coronavirus relief

The award erases any risk of newsroom layoffs through 2021, although buyouts may be offered later in the year.

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