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The U.S. Coast Guard said the Mississippi River reopened on Friday after a large crack in a bridge near Memphis, Tennessee, forced authorities to shut down traffic on the river Thursday, according to Reuters.

Why it matters: The shutdown of the vital waterway caused a backlog of more than 1,000 barges carrying shipments of oil and corn, and it came as certain crop prices were at their highest in more than eight years.

Go deeper: The Suez Canal is clear, but shipping is still broken

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Ships stuck in Mississippi River after Memphis bridge cracks

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More than 700 barges are stranded on the Mississippi River after inspectors discovered a large crack in a bridge near Memphis, Tennessee, Bloomberg reports.

Why it matters: The blockage, which closes off the biggest route for U.S. agriculture exports when at its busiest, comes as President Biden is pushing Congress to pass his $2 trillion American Jobs Plan, which seeks to improve the country's infrastructure.

Ina Fried, author of Login
3 mins ago - Technology

Windows goes to 11

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Microsoft on Thursday offered a first look at the next version of Windows, dubbed Windows 11, which is coming this holiday season. The new version changes both the look of the operating system as well as the underlying business model.

Why it matters: Windows has been steadily losing market share on the desktop, which has itself lost prominence to smartphones.

Pelosi announces select committee to investigate Jan. 6 Capitol riot

Nancy Pelosi speaking during a press conference on June 17. Photo: Joshua Roberts/Getty Images

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced Thursday that she will create a House select committee to investigate the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Why it matters: The creation of a single Democratic-controlled special committee, which will consolidate several House investigations, comes after Senate Republicans blocked a bill that would have established a bipartisan 9/11-style commission.