Trial Coming to Close in Harvard Bias Lawsuit
Both sides get one last chance to make their cases in a trial alleging discrimination in Harvard University's admissions system.
Closing arguments are set to begin Friday in a lawsuit that has reignited a national debate over affirmative action.
The group Students for Fair Admissions says Harvard holds Asian-American applicants to a higher standard and discriminates against them through a "personal rating."
Harvard counters that race is one of many factors it considers and can only help an applicant's chances of getting in.
The trial has lasted three weeks with both sides calling on academics, policy experts and current and former Harvard employees to bolster their cases.
A federal judge will decide the case but is not expected to rule immediately. The case is expected to be appealed either way.
US Added 250,000 Jobs, Wage Growth Fastest Since 2009
U.S. employers added a stellar 250,000 jobs last month and boosted average pay by the most in nearly a decade in an effort to attract and keep workers.
The Labor Department's monthly jobs report, the last major economic data before the Nov. 6 election, also shows the unemployment rate remained at a five-decade low of 3.7 percent.
The influx of new job-seekers lifted the proportion of Americans with jobs to the highest level since January 2009.
Consumers are the most confident they have been in 18 years and are spending freely and propelling brisk economic growth. The U.S. economy is in its 10th year of expansion, the second-longest such period on record, and October marks the 100th straight month of hiring, a record streak.