Pound US dollar exchange rate: GBP/USD steady UK retail sales fall unexpectedly in October

The pound US dollar exchange rate is holding steady today, with the pairing currently trading around $1.284 after UK retail sales growth came in at -0.1 percent in October due to pre-Brexit concerns and easing wage growth. Samuel Tombs, the Chief Economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, was mixed in his assessment, saying: “Looking ahead, a modest slowdown in wage growth and stagnation in employment look set to dampen growth in spending.” The pound US dollar exchange…

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Support for marijuana legalization is at an all-time high in a new poll

A “Cannabis Shop,” selling hemp products, in Krakow, Poland. | Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images Two-thirds of Americans support marijuana legalization, according to two recent polls. The overwhelming majority of Americans support marijuana legalization, according to two recent surveys from major polling organizations. The newest poll, from the Pew Research Center, found that 67 percent of Americans now back marijuana legalization, up from 62 percent in 2018. Opposition to legalization also dropped to 32 percent,…

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Do your politics make you more empathetic?

A comic on who you extend empathy to — and how that affects your worldview. Humor, political cartoons, and graphic journalism from The Highlight, Vox’s home for features and longform journalism. This essay is an excerpt from Are You at Risk for Empathy Myopia?, available in print from Radiator Comics. Why liberal hearts bleed and conservatives don’t, Psychology Today A deep dive into party affiliation, Pew Research Center Winning the lottery makes you more conservative,…

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A bait-and-switch scam ran unchecked on Airbnb. Here’s how it worked.

While Airbnb has been slow to implement strong verification policies, some customers are getting scammed in a big way.  | Photo Illustration by Avishek Das/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images On this episode of Reset, hear how one woman found herself in the middle of it, and how to protect yourself. While on vacation in September 2019, reporter Allie Conti accidentally uncovered an elaborate Airbnb con when she herself became the unwitting victim of the scam….

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Saugus High School shooting in Santa Clarita, California: what we know

AP At least five people were injured, according to local officials. At least five people were injured during a shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California, on Thursday, local officials confirmed. The suspect remains at large. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva described him as an Asian, male student in dark clothing. This story is still developing. Here’s what we know, and don’t, so far. What we know Just before 8 am local…

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Trump’s Iran envoy reassigned a staffer after right-wing media accused her of disloyalty

Brian Hook, the State Department’s special representative for Iran, testifies during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on October 16, 2019, in Washington, DC. | Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images The State Department’s inspector general recommends disciplinary action against Brian Hook. One of President Donald Trump’s highest-ranking foreign policy officials at the State Department forced out a career staffer over her ties to the Obama administration and outside pressure by conservative media outlets who questioned her loyalty. That’s…

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