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Here are the headlines you Need2Know for Frisday, October 21, 2022:

1. TRUSS OUT

Liz Truss will become the shortest-serving prime minister in U.K. history after announcing she will resign following next week's election of her successor. Her six weeks in office were marked by the British pound nosediving and borrowing costs soaring in response to her government's passage of unfunded tax cuts, which were largely overturned on Monday by her own finance minister. On Twitter, users gleefully compared the short-lived government to Kim Kardashian's second marriage and a head of lettuce.

2. JOBLESS CLAIMS

Fewer people filed for unemployment benefits last week. The decline was not expected and joins a pile of mixed indicators about where the economy is headed. The most recent count of job openings showed that they fell by about 10 million in August, which should leave more workers without a position, but the unemployment rate remains historically low at 3.5%. But lest you think there is smooth sailing ahead, the Conference Board reported that its Leading Economic Index fell again in September. That trend "suggests a recession is increasingly likely" by the end of 2022, an economist with the group said in a news release.

3. SALES SLIP

The number of existing homes sold in September fell nearly 24% from the year before and was the eighth straight month that sales declined, according to the National Association of Realtors. The median home price also fell for the third month in a row, reports Cheddar News' Alex Vuocolo, although September's median price is still more than 8% higher than the year before. Falling prices and sales are signs that the Fed's rate hikes are cooling the housing market as intended, but lower prices don't do anything to increase the housing supply, and the lack of houses is a big reason that prices are high in the first place.

4. WATCHDOG MUZZLED

The government's watchdog for predatory lenders and other deceptive financial products is in trouble. A federal appeals court ruled that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's funding is unconstitutional because it comes from the Federal Reserve and not Congress. The decision will probably be put on hold while the government appeals, but if it stands, it could invalidate all the regulations and punishments the agency has made since it was created in 2011.

5. HEARTBREAKING

Public schools across Texas are sending kits for parents to collect fingerprints and DNA samples of their children that could be used to identify their body after a mass shooting. Many parents criticized state leaders for handing out the kits instead of making it harder to buy semiautomatic rifles like the ones used to kill 19 children and two parents in Uvalde.

6. DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION

Guaranteed anonymity by researchers, doctors in focus groups admitted that they discriminate against patients with disabilities, according to a new study. Doctors said they did not want to treat disabled patients because it would take more time than treating a patient without a disability, and have tried to convince patients to go elsewhere. “Some will find every excuse not to see you," August Rocha, a patient with a genetic disorder, told the New York Times.
"First, do no harm — unless…" 

7. LEGAL SLAVERY

“We’ve never seen a single day in the United States where slavery was not legal,” said Max Parthas of the Abolish Slavery National Network. He is referring to the exception in the 13th Amendment, which abolished enslavement and involuntary servitude "except as a punishment for crime." Former Confederate states used the loophole to re-enslave Black people for sham crimes and it is still the reason that jails and prisons can force people to work for little or no money. Efforts to change the 13th Amendment and language in state constitutions that allow forced labor will be tested on Election Day in referendums before voters in Alabama, Louisiana, Oregon, Tennessee and Vermont.

8. JOBS AND HEALTH

Bad jobs are bad for your health, according to the surgeon general, whose new guidance to employers details how wages, hours and workers having a say in their workplace can affect their mental well-being for better or worse. The recommendations include giving employees schedules that allow enough rest, more autonomy over their work and workplace, increasing wages, and providing paths to grow in the organization.

9. IN ENTERTAINMENT

Here are the entertainment headlines we're watching as we head into the weekend: The Inside the NBA guys sign multiyear deals to stick with TNT, Lord of the Rings offers up precious NFTs of LoTR footage and Taylor Swift drops a new album.
KEVIN SPACEY: The actor was found not guilty of battery in a trial centering on his alleged sexual assault of Rent actor Anthony Rapp in the 1980s, when Spacey was 26 and Rapp was 14. Spacey also faces a 2023 trial on charges of sexually assaulting three men in the U.K. and was ordered in August to pay House of Cards producers $31 million for causing financial losses after he was fired when multiple crew members accused him of sexual harassment.

10. BUFF SENIOR

An intense battling rope workout — where the user makes wave patterns with a pair of thick, heavy ropes — might last around 30 minutes, counting breaks between sets. That's nothing to David Stephens. The 67-year-old was awarded a Guinness World Record after swinging the ropes for 182 minutes, or just over three hours. The record-breaking drill along with an attempt by his trainer to reclaim the one-hour pullup record awaiting confirmation by Guinness helped raise $2,000 for the Alzheimer's Association.
Our arms got sore just thinking about this.

WHAT TO STREAM

Cheddar's recommendations this weekend include a quartet of spooky streams ranging from a barely scary comedy to outright horror. For a change of pace, check out a new star-studded animated romance or enjoy the goofy distraction of an underappreciated ensemble series.
This image released by Universal Pictures shows Jamie Lee Curtis in a scene from "Halloween Ends." (Ryan Green/Universal Pictures via AP)

**LOVE **HATE **ATE

One thing we love: This photo of a man surfing the waves of Lake Superior in northern Minnesota on Monday, when the high hit 36 degrees.
One thing we hate: Netflix account-sharing crackdowns. (We love you, Netflix, but we also love our bank accounts.)
One thing we ate: Butterfish … but it tasted nothing like butter.