In this May 30, 2013, photo, job seekers line up to talk to recruiters during a job fair held in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis, file) by Christopher RugaberAP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy may be sturdier than many had assumed. Employers added a surprisingly strong 204,000 jobs in October despite the 16-day government shutdown, the Labor Department said Friday. And they did a lot more hiring in August and September than previously thought.
by Kevin Freking WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration’s chief environmental watchdog, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, is stepping down after a nearly four-year tenure marked by high-profile brawls over global warming pollution, the Keystone XL oil pipeline, new controls on coal-fired plants and several other hot-button issues that affect the nation’s economy and people’s health. FIRST BLACK EPA CHIEF– This photo April 17, 2012 photo shows Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson during an interview with The Associated Press at EPA Headquarters in Washington. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf, File)