Job growth slowed in Nov.

The unemployment rate held steady at 3.7% last month, with nonfarm payrolls growing by 155,000, according to the Labor Department, compared with economists' projection of 198,000. Monthly earnings increased 0.2%, compared with a projection of 0.3%, and the average workweek shrank 0.1 hour to 34.4 hours.

Partnership aims to boost online course enrollment

Member institutions of The Council of Independent Colleges are now offering students the chance to enroll in discounted online courses through its partnership with College Consortium. CIC President Richard Ekman says the goal is to help smaller colleges without online resources boost retention and graduation rates.

China upbeat on trade talks despite tech exec's arrest

China will "immediately implement the consensus" reached between the country and the US at the Group of 20 summit regarding products including cars, energy and farm products, Chinese Commerce Ministry spokesman Gao Feng says. The statement signals optimism that the arrest of Huawei Technologies' CFO will not disrupt efforts toward a trade agreement.

Land O'Lakes CEO: Insight-driven innovation is essential

Insight-driven innovation will be critical for the future success of Land O'Lakes' portfolio, CEO Beth Ford said, noting that data insights led to the creation of its recent squeezable butter launch. The company is "always looking at acquisitions" that are aligned with its goals, and is also continuing to capitalize on its organic growth strategy, she said.

CMS: 5-week ACA sign-up rate down 11% from last year
The Hill

The latest figures from the CMS show that about 3.2 million people chose Affordable Care Act plans through the federal exchange in the first five weeks of open enrollment this year, down 11% from 3.6 million during the same period last year. The number of new consumers is down 17% from last year with only a week remaining in the open enrollment period, which ends Dec. 15.

Ad fraud prevention will take a united effort

Mobile ad fraud is increasing and bad actors are becoming more sophisticated to disguise fraudulent practices, which is why the industry must come together to invest in machine learning and artificial intelligence to develop a defensive framework, writes Rajiv Bhat. Marketing technology and ad firms must unite with verification and measurement companies to boost transparency and ad tech firms should collaborate with industry groups like the Interactive Advertising Bureau, he advises.

Tariffs, demand drive trade deficit to 10-year high

The US trade deficit reached a 10-year high in October, rising 1.7% from September, thanks to tax-cut-driven domestic demand and tariffs on exports. Meanwhile, Americans are buying more foreign goods as domestic supply chains face constraints due to a shortage of truck drivers.

Epic Games Store goes live following surprise launch
The Verge

Epic Games launched a digital game store for Windows and Mac yesterday evening during the Game Awards in Los Angeles. The new store offers 14 titles, to include Gunfire Games' "Darksiders 3," A44's "Ashen," and Supergiant Games' "Hades."

FDA to recognize GMP inspections carried out by 5 more countries

Five additional EU member states -- Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland and Latvia -- have been confirmed by the FDA as capable of performing drug and active pharmaceutical ingredient Good Manufacturing Practice inspections at a level equivalent to that of the agency. The FDA will be able to rely on 20 EU member states for GMP inspections.

White House orders reports on national 5G strategy

The White House has issued a memorandum calling for reports and recommendations related to wireless technology, setting in motion a process intended to produce a national 5G connectivity strategy. At the same time, it made a blog post headlined "America Will Win the Global Race to 5G."

$850M renovation of Seattle's KeyArena breaks ground

Ground was broken Wednesday on an estimated $850 million project to renovate Seattle's KeyArena to support the city's new National Hockey League team. The project originally was scheduled for completion in 2020, but it was moved back to 2021 to better accommodate the contractor.

Trump administration seeks to roll back sage grouse protections
The Hill

The Bureau of Land Management has proposed loosening Obama-era regulations protecting the greater sage grouse in seven Western states to open more land for oil and natural gas drilling and other activities.

Delta debuts US' 1st biometric terminal at Ga. airport

Delta Air Lines has launched a biometric international terminal at Georgia's Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, featuring facial-recognition technology at check-in, the security checkpoint, boarding and Customs.

Hotel spas in Bangkok too good to pass up

The Oriental Spa at the Mandarin Oriental, Panpuri Organic Spa at the Park Hyatt and The Opium Spa at The Siam top this list of Bangkok's best hotel spas.