What We're Following This Morning

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An eye on jobs: The Labor Department will release the October jobs report this morning. Economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal estimate payroll growth of 183,000 and the jobless rate falling to 5 percent. The number will be closely watched by the Federal Reserve, which is weighing whether to raise interest rates next month. Update: The numbers are out: Payroll growth was a better-than-expected 271,000; the unemployment rate stayed at 5 percent. Update: More here

Russian crash fallout: Easyjet says Egypt has suspended the British airline’s flights from Sharm el-Sheikh. EasyJet is trying to return stranded British tourists home. Britain suspended flights to the Red Sea resort after the crash of a Russian plane shortly after takeoff from Sharm el-Sheikh last Saturday. On Thursday, President Obama added to the growing speculation about what caused the crash, saying: “Whenever you’ve got a plane crash, first of all you’ve got the tragedy, you’ve got making sure there’s an investigation on site. I think there is a possibility that there was a bomb on board. And we are taking that very seriously.”  Update: More here

Spacewalk: Astronauts Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren are scheduled today to restore part of the International Space Station’s coolant system. This is their second spacewalk in two weeks.