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Labor secretary leaving: U.S.
Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh is leaving the Biden administration, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg News. He has been offered the job as executive director of the NHL Players’ Association, which represents professional hockey players. Walsh is the first member of President Joe Biden’s Cabinet to step down.
BP dials back climate pledge:
Energy giant BP is scaling back climate goals as profits soar. On Tuesday, the British company said it would reduce carbon emissions in oil and gas production by 20% to 30% by 2030, compared to a 2019 baseline. It had previously aimed for 35% to 40%. The lowered target was tucked into the company’s quarterly earnings report, in which it recorded 2022 profits of $27.7 billion, more than twice those of 2021.
Famed psychologist dies:
Charles Silverstein, a psychologist who helped achieve one of the most significant victories of the gay rights movement by persuading the American Psychiatric Association in 1973 to declassify homosexuality as a mental illness, died Jan. 30 in New York City. He was 87. He had lung cancer, said his executor, Aron Berlinger. Silverstein spent decades — as an activist, psychologist and author — advancing the cause of gay rights.
Powerball winner sold: Someone 4 in the Seattle suburb of Auburn won a $754.6 million Powerball jackpot with winning numbers 05, 11, 22, 23, 69 and the Powerball 07. Officials said a single ticket matched all six numbers.
Zoom announces layoffs: Zoom, 5 the videoconferencing giant that grew rapidly during the COVID-19 pandemic, said Tuesday it is laying off 15% of its work force, or about 1,300 employees. Llike other companies that flourished during the pandemic only to stumble as lockdowns eased, Zoom has struggled to maintain growth.