US added 228,000 jobs in Nov.

US employers added 228,000 jobs in November, according to the Labor Department, making 86 straight months of job growth. The unemployment rate stayed at 4.1%.

District's immersion students enter high school

An Oregon school district's dual-language immersion program has expanded into high school now that its first class of students have reached ninth grade. Freshmen continue the immersion experience by taking a history class taught in Spanish, and next year, the school will offer a Spanish language and literature class to sophomores.

May: EU deal brings optimism to Brexit talks

British Prime Minister Theresa May is set to tell Parliament today of "a new sense of optimism" in Brexit negotiations, after an agreement has been reached with the EU to move on to trade issues. "I have always been clear that this was never going to be an easy process," May plans to tell Parliament, according to extracts from her office.

Is Lidl slowing its pace of US store openings?

German discount grocer Lidl has slowed its expansion plans in the US, with plans to put the opening of its second New Jersey store on hold and the cancellation of some store openings in Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio, according to reports. Lidl opened its first store in the US in June to much fanfare, but traffic to the stores has since slowed, experts said.

Proposed merger would create biggest hospital chain in US

Two nonprofit Catholic hospital chains, Ascension Health and Providence St. Joseph Health, are discussing a possible merger that would create the biggest hospital system in the US, people familiar with the talks said. Together, the two institutions have 191 hospitals in 27 states and $44.8 billion in annual revenue.

Retweets, likes are higher for Twitter's 280-character limit

Twitter's controversial move to change its character limit from 140 to 280 seems to have paid off, per SocialFlow research. The original character limit had average retweet and likes rates of 13.71 and 29.96, while those for the 280 limit have risen to 26.52 and 50.28.

Alibaba makes big moves into brick-and-mortar shopping

E-commerce player Alibaba Group Holding's efforts to expand from online shopping into brick-and-mortar locations include a supply chain app and about 2,000 sales people whose mission is to convince mom-and-pop shops to use the mobile tool. Alibaba aims to rebrand 10,000 small-town convenience stores as Tmall stores.

Vulnerability discovered in banking apps

A cybersecurity vulnerability has been discovered across nine apps used by Bank of America, HSBC and other financial institutions, researchers found. Researchers at the University of Birmingham partnered with the UK's National Cyber Security Centre to fix the vulnerability, which left millions of users open to Man in the Middle attacks, which could result in the hacking of names, passwords and PIN codes.

Impax's generic heart failure drug gets tentative FDA nod

Impax Laboratories' generic version of GlaxoSmithKline's heart failure drug Coreg CR, or carvedilol phosphate, was granted tentative FDA approval. Impax's marketing application is eligible for FDA final approval upon expiration of GSK's patent protection on May 7, 2018.

Hulu Live, DIRECTV Now add local networks to lineups

Hulu Live last week added more ABC and NBC stations to its lineup, pushing its total count of local networks past 440. Meanwhile, DIRECTV Now added 10 more affiliates and announced that it has surpassed the 1 million subscriber mark, making it a tough competitor for category leader Sling TV.

NYC racetrack redevelopment plans would create thousands of construction jobs

A 26,000-seat soccer stadium and an 18,000-seat hockey arena, each with accompanying retail and entertainment space, have been proposed for Belmont Park in New York City and could create 4,500 and 5,500 construction jobs, respectively. The Empire State Development Corp. will select one of the two proposals in the next few months.

Oil industry to maintain momentum in 2018, Moody's says

The oil and natural gas industry is expected to continue on its growth trajectory next year even though production increases will likely keep oil prices in the $40-to-$60-per-barrel range through 2019, according to the Moody's oil outlook for 2018. Exploration and production companies and oilfield service firms could see earnings rise by 10% to 12% in 2018, with the North American onshore market providing the best opportunities for growth.

Southwest reports increase in revenue passengers carried

Southwest Airlines reported a 6.5% year-over-year increase in November in revenue passengers carried, with a 5.1% increase in enplaned passengers in the same period. The airline also raised its fourth-quarter revenue guidance, predicting a 1 to 2 percent increase in revenue per available seat mile over last year.

Driven by digital: Survey spots 4 main trends

Customer experience is the recurring theme of four digital trends in hospitality and travel marketing, a survey of more than 600 executives indicates. Adapting that experience to mobile technology and keeping sight of the human element behind data are prominent concerns.