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%.

How would the PROSPER Act affect colleges?

Proposed legislation to reauthorize the Higher Education Act -- known as the Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform, or PROSPER Act -- would, among other things, cap loan limits for graduate students and increase loan amounts for undergraduates. In this commentary, University of Florida professor Dennis Kramer II and Vanderbilt University doctoral candidate Christopher Marsicano outline five major changes in the legislation.

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.

Experts propose issuing telemedicine certification

Doctors practicing telemedicine should be certified in it because a virtual visit "involves a true medical interaction that needs to be defined and categorized," said Dr. Michael Nochomovitz, co-author of a paper published as a JAMA Viewpoint. Nochomovitz does not think there will be a problem with telemedicine adoption if the certification takes shape because "[d]octors will want to do it right."

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.

Brands use tech, data to rightsize inventory

The growth of e-commerce and demand for speedy delivery has made inventory management even more complicated for fashion brands and retailers. High-end brands are increasingly turning to high-tech tools and data to track products through the supply chain and avoid excess inventory.

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.

Kraft Heinz showing improvement in first CSR report

The Kraft Heinz Co. is making progress on its sustainability goals, according to its inaugural corporate social responsibility report. It's reducing greenhouse gas emissions and energy usage, as well as improving the sustainability of its supply chain.

Hawaiian Airlines to launch new Calif, Japan flights

In May, Hawaiian Airlines will launch daily nonstop service on its new A321neo aircraft between San Diego International Airport and Maui's Kahului Airport. New summer flights are planned between Maui and Los Angeles; Honolulu and San Francisco; and Kona and Oakland, Calif., along with inaugural service between Honolulu's Daniel K. Inouye International Airport and Tokyo's Narita International Airport.

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.