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Oil Futures Settle Modestly Higher For The Day, Shed Nearly 4% In Week

Blend Labs rises 11% in debut, valued over $4 bln

July 16 (Reuters) – Shares of Blend Labs Inc opened 11% above their offer price on Friday, giving the digital banking platform a valuation of about $4.4 billion in its stock market debut on the New York Stock Exchange.

The stock opened at $20 per share, compared with its initial public offering price of $18 per share.

Wayne Couzens sacked from Met Police after conviction for Sarah Everard murder

Wayne Couzens has been sacked from the Metropolitan Police following his conviction for the murder, rape and kidnap of Sarah Everard, the force said.

The disgraced former officer pleaded guilty to killing the 33-year-old marketing executive exactly one week ago.

Couzens, 48, from Deal, Kent, is due to be sentenced in September.

This is a breaking news story – more to follow.

A Taxonomy of Nerds

Making some order among the outcast, weird or just plain quirky.

By Liana Finck

Liana Finck is the author, most recently, of “Excuse Me: Cartoons, Complaints, and Notes to Self.”

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Killing Time

If your idea of a great summer read involves murder, bloodshed, revenge and trickery, you’re in luck.

By Sarah Weinman

I am convinced that Derek B. Miller’s HOW TO FIND YOUR WAY IN THE DARK (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 368 pp., $26) was expressly tailored to my tastes and that I am its ideal reader. I suspect others will feel the same way; it’s that kind of book.

Biden taps former senator Udall to be U.S. ambassador to New Zealand

FILE PHOTO: Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., speaks during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on U.S. Policy in the Middle East, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S., September 24, 2020. Susan Walsh/Pool via REUTERS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden will nominate Tom Udall, a former U.S. senator who represented New Mexico, to be U.S. ambassador to New Zealand, the White House said on Friday.

A New Radical Maneuver for Skateboarders: Going to Physical Therapy

Professional skateboarders have been slow to embrace the otherwise ubiquitous practices of elite athletes. That’s finally changing.

By Adam Elder

For the past three and a half years, Zion Wright, an Olympic-bound skateboarder, has been very serious about his training.

Apple release new emojis – including one of a pregnant man

WOKE emojis have been released — including one of a pregnant man.

It comes after accusations the emoji dictionary was not inclusive enough.

Unicode Consortium’s new designs will also include a handshake featuring different skin tones, as well as hands making a heart shape.

Emojipedia revealed them on Twitter ahead of World Emoji Day today.

One user called them “lunacy”, while another said: “If this becomes real, I will never use my phone again.”

But user Thomas Wyndham said: “Ah, the replies of people too stupid to realise that using emoji is optional. If you don’t like it, don’t use it.

“Move on, don’t waste your energy hating things that you can ignore.”

It comes after same-sex couples and gender-neutral emojis were added in 2019 — but not the transgender flag and symbol.

    Green Dining Table Recalls About 180K Pounds Of Frozen Pork Dumplings

    Alhambra, California-based Green Dining Table Inc. has announced a voluntary recall of about 183,330 pounds of frozen pork dumplings due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.

    The product contains milk and coconut which were not declared on the product label. The frozen pork dumplings were produced between March 22, 2021 and July 14, 2021. The list of recalled products can be found at the website of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

    These items were shipped to wholesalers in California, New Jersey, New York, and Washington and then further distributed to retailers. Some of the products were also exported to Canada.

    The problem was discovered during routine FSIS in-plant verification activities where FSIS discovered that the milk and coconut ingredients were not listed on the product labels.

    There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.

    Oil Futures Settle Modestly Higher For The Day, Shed Nearly 4% In Week

    Crude oil futures settled higher on Friday, moving up after two successive days of sharp losses, but ended with a sharp weekly loss.

    Worries about outlook for energy demand due to the surge in the delta variant of the coronavirus and continued uncertainty about the OPEC+ agreeing on a deal on crude output weighed on the commodity earlier in the week.

    West Texas Intermediate Crude oil futures for August ended up by $0.16 or about 0.2% at $71.81 a barrel. On Thursday, the contract recorded its lowest finish in about a month.

    Oil futures shed nearly 4% in the week.

    With several countries across the world beginning to tighten restrictions to curb the spread of the delta variant of the coronavirus, analysts are of the view that oil demand might weaken in some parts in the coming weeks.

    According to a report from Baker Hughes, oil and gas rigs count in the U.S. rose for a third week in a row, increasing by 5 to 484 in the week to July 16, the highest level since April 2020.

    U.S. oil rigs rose two to 380 this week, their highest since April 2020. Gas rigs increased by three to 104, their highest since March 2020, rising for five weeks in a row, the longest streak since March 2018, the data showed.