The jobs report released Friday morning was a big disappointment. The nation's unemployment rate increased in November to 9.8 percent and employers added only 39 thousand jobs to payrolls. At a factory floor in New Hampshire, the owner weighs the possibility of hiring more workers.
Guy Raz speaks with NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton about Ivory Coast's disputed presidential election. The constitutional council declared incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo the winner over the opposition candidate Alassane Ouattara on Friday, reversing the outcome backed by independent observers and raising fears of violence.
When WeightWatchers unveiled a new points plan to help people seeking svelter silhouettes, the company said it was its "biggest innovation in over a decade."
The new ProPoints system favors healthier, "natural" fare, including fruit, vegetables and lean protein. Whole grain and high-fiber choices are rewarded. Foods that are rich in fat and added sugar get dinged a little more than in the past.
President Obama's budget commission voted 11-7 on Friday to approve its report on cutting the deficit, but that wasn't a wide enough margin to enable prompt consideration by Congress.
Still, commission members said 11 votes for the blueprint were more than they had expected. They said it showed that Washington politicians could have an "adult conversation" about the painful choices required to avert a European-style debt crisis.
Some of the nation's top uniformed officers told a Senate panel Friday that repealing "don't ask, don't tell" would be divisive to wartime troops in the field and recommended instead that any change to the law should be pushed to 2012.
The testimony stood in sharp contrast to that given Thursday by their boss -- Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.