1. HOW THE U.S. JOB MARKET IS DOING


Employment inches up to 7.9 percent because the work force grew. Employers add 171,000 jobs in October.

2. CANDIDATES MAKING FINAL PUSH FOR VOTES


Obama is eager to hold ground in key battlegrounds, and Romney is pushing to expand the contest to other states, most notably Pennsylvania.

3. NEW YORK’S ‘FORGOTTEN’ ISLAND BEARS BRUNT OF SANDY


Staten Island, an isolated pocket of the city, is perhaps the area most devastated by the monster storm that has left more than 90 dead.

4. AS ROUTINE RETURNS TO NEW YORK CITY, IT’S JOINED BY FRUSTRATION


Big Apple residents grapple with traffic, bus lines and shortages, prompting one to exclaim “I’m tired of it, big-time.”

5. NOW IT’S ATLANTIS’ TURN TO JOURNEY INTO RETIREMENT


The space shuttle begins its 10-mile trek to its final home at Kennedy Space Center.

6. EPA: HYUNDAI, KIA OVERSTATED GAS MILEAGE


The U.S. agency found that the Korean automakers inflated the gas mileage on most of their models by one to six miles per gallon.

7. KOSHIK THE ELEPHANT HAS AN UNUSUAL TALENT


Scientists confirm the 5.5-ton tusker can reproduce the Korean words for “hello,” ‘’sit down,” ‘’no,” ‘’lie down” and “good.”

8. DAY OF THE DEAD OBSERVANCES COLORFUL, MACABRE


From Mexico to Haiti to Guatemala, the festivities to honor loved ones vary from pouring moonshine to voodoo to a wild horse race.

9. BLAKE’S BIG NIGHT AT THE CMAs


Blake Shelton, “The Voice” star, wins entertainer of the year at the Country Music Association Awards. (Lafayette’s Hunter Hayes, who performed on the CMA stage for the first time, took home the New Artist of the Year honor, which is voted on by fans.)

10. CHARGERS COACH GETS REPREIVE AFTER WIN

Norv Turner is off the hot seat, at least for 10 days, as reeling San Diego snapped a long touchdown drought en route to a 31-13 victory over the staggering Kansas City Chiefs.

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