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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.

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