US employers add 178K jobs as unemployment sinks to 4.6 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added a solid 178,000 jobs in November, reflecting the steady economy President-elect Donald Trump will inherit. And the unemployment rate hit a nine-year low of 4.6 percent, though mainly because many people stopped looking for jobs and were no longer counted as unemployed.

  • Written by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer

House pushes ahead with $611 billion defense policy bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led House is pushing ahead with a $611 billion defense policy bill that prohibits closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, forbids the Pentagon from trimming the number of military bases and awards U.S. troops their largest pay raise in six years.

  • Written by RICHARD LARDNER, Associated Press

GOP chairman who targeted Clinton in no rush on Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee, who promised before the election to investigate Democrat Hillary Clinton for years, says he will wait until President-elect Donald Trump takes office before "poking around" the businessman's financial affairs and possible conflicts of interest.

  • Written by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press