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WASHINGTON — If the Federal Reserve needed any final evidence that the economy is ready for higher interest rates, it got it Friday: A solid November job gain of 211,000 showed that despite weak overseas growth and struggling U.S. factories, the U.S. economy appears healthy enough to withstand a Fed hike from record-low rates later this month. By Christopher S. Rugaber. UPCOMING: 800 words by 3 p.m.


ECONOMY-OIL — Don't expect Americans in the oil patch to cheer the U.S. job market's solid gains. Lower oil prices have come at a painful cost: 122,300 lost jobs in the energy sector over the past year. Those job losses are likely to continue amid weakening global demand and OPEC's inability to cut production. By Josh Boak. UPCOMING: 700 words by 3 p.m.

With: OPEC MEETING — Acknowledging their inability to push up oil prices, OPEC nations effectively scrap their official output ceiling and agree to keep producing well above that level. By George Jahn. SENT: 650 words, photos.

EUROPE-ECB FALLOUT — Financial markets weren't happy with the European Central Bank's decision to limit its latest round of stimulus. But countries that do a lot of business with the eurozone — Switzerland, Sweden, even the U.S. — are breathing a quiet sigh of relief as it avoids a painful rise in their own currencies against the euro. By David McHugh and Pan Pylas. SENT: 880 words, photo.


DRAGHI IN NEW YORK — European Central Bank President Mario Draghi speaks in New York one day after the bank's economic stimulus plan fell far short of investor expectations and sent European markets sharply lower. By Ken Sweet. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2 p.m., photos.

THAILAND-BATTERED IMAGE — Thailand has careened over the past two years from one image disaster to the next. First a military coup. Then revelations of slaves in the seafood industry and other human trafficking horrors. In August, a deadly bomb struck central Bangkok. And now, the United States has declared Thailand's aviation industry unsafe, striking at the heart of one of its biggest success stories, tourism. By Jocelyn Gecker. SENT: 1,060 words, photos.


FINANCIAL MARKETS — A surge in hiring by U.S. employers last month puts the stock market on track for its biggest gain in two months. By Marley Jay. SENT: 800 words. UPCOMING: 700 words by 5 p.m.

TRADE GAP — The U.S. trade deficit widens in October as exports of U.S. goods fall to the lowest level in more than four years, a reflection of the impact of a weak global economy and stronger dollar. By Martin Crutsinger. SENT: 310 words, photo.

INVESTMENT SHIFT-CLIMATE — New York's comptroller plans to shift domestic stock holdings in the state retirement fund to companies with lower carbon emissions in a new $2 billion index. By Michael Virtanen. SENT: 630 words.

CHINA-STOCK MARKET — Chinese regulators have unveiled a measure that would temporarily suspend stock trading in response to wild price swings in the latest attempt to enforce stability in volatile markets. By Joe McDonald. SENT: 420 words, photo.


CHIPOTLE-FOOD SAFETY— An outbreak of E. coli linked to Chipotle expands to nine states, with a total of 52 people being sickened. Earlier Friday, Chipotle announced it was tightening its food safety standards. SENT: 420 words, photo.


ARBY'S-Q&A — Arby's is returning to Manhattan this month after a seven-year hiatus, as growing sales make the sky-high rents easier to swallow. By Candice Choi. SENT: 540 words, photos.

GENERIC CANCER DRUG — U.S. regulators approve the first generic version of one of the first very effective — and expensive — cancer drugs, Gleevec, which costs about $10,000 a month. It will hit the market on Feb. 1. By Linda A. Johnson. SENT: 340 words.

MINE EXPLOSION-TRIAL — A look at how the conviction of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship is playing out in coal country, five years after 29 miners were killed in a blast at one of the mines overseen by the coal baron. UPCOMING: 900 words by 5 p.m.

TUNA MERGER CANNED — Chicken of the Sea and Bumble Bee are calling off a merger after the Obama administration told the companies it would hurt competition in the U.S. canned tuna market. By Marcy Gordon. SENT: 310 words.

NORFOLK SOUTHERN-CANDIAN PACIFIC — Norfolk Southern rejects Canadian Pacific's cash-and-stock proposal to combine the two railroads. SENT: 250 words, photo.


AVON-STOCK — Shares of Avon Products Inc. surge as multiple media reports saY the beauty products company is considering selling its North American business to private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management. SENT: 350 words, photo.

EXPORT-IMPORT BANK — In a victory for the business establishment over tea party conservatives, Congress revives the federal Export-Import Bank five months after allowing it to expire. By Erica Werner. SENT: 590 words, photo.


SKOREA-SAMSUNG-INVESTIGATION — South Korea's financial regulator is investigating possible insider trading by Samsung executives related to a contentious takeover deal. By Youkyung Lee. SENT: 300 words, photos.

NIGERIA-MTN FINE — Nigeria's communications agency says a letter setting out reductions in a massive fine for MTN had a typo — one worth half a billion dollars. SENT: 130 words.

NET NEUTRALITY — A long-running legal battle over government rules that require Internet providers to treat all Web traffic equally is back for another round before a federal appeals court. By Sam Hananel. SENT: 660 words, photo. UPCOMING: Will be updated.


CZECH-CLIMATE-COAL — While world leaders in Paris try to reach a deal on limiting climate change, one of the most polluting fossil fuels, brown coal, is enjoying a revival in the Czech Republic, where entire villages are threatened by new plans for mining. By Karel Janicek. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos, video.

With: CLIMATE COUNTDOWN-HOLDOUTS — Some are at war, others recovering from natural disasters and some are simply ideologically opposed to the climate deal taking shape in U.N. talks outside Paris. In all, 11 countries haven't submitted pledges for the envisioned agreement. By Karl Ritter. SENT: 650 words, photos.


CENTERPIECE — Shoppers appear to be losing their zest for Black Friday, but they still love Cyber Monday. UPCOMING: Graphic expected by 6 p.m.

COMPANY SPOTLIGHT — Avon Products shares jump on reports that the beauty-products company is considering selling its North American business. UPCOMING: Graphic expected by 6 p.m.


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