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Rio Tinto chairman leaving over destruction of sacred sites

Rio Tinto chairman leaving over destruction of sacred sites

CANBERRA, Australia — Rio Tinto chairman Simon Thompson said Wednesday he was accountable for the mining giant destroying sacred Indigenous sites in Australia to access iron ore and he will not seek reelection as a board director next year.
US service sector growth slows sharply in February

US service sector growth slows sharply in February

WASHINGTON — Growth in the services sector, where most Americans work, slowed sharply in February with hurdles related to the pandemic hindering growth.
UK extends job support, tax breaks for pandemic-hit economy

UK extends job support, tax breaks for pandemic-hit economy

LONDON — Britain’s treasury chief on Wednesday announced an additional 65 billion pounds ($91 billion) of support for an economy ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic, extending job support programs and temporary tax cuts to help workers and businesses
Fiat Chrysler, PSA profits dropped in pandemic before merger

Fiat Chrysler, PSA profits dropped in pandemic before merger

MILAN — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and PSA Peugeot on Wednesday reported their last financial statements as independent companies, each contributing full-year profits of around 2 billion euros to the new company, Stellantis, formed in January.
Bed Bath & Beyond goes with something new to revive brand

Bed Bath & Beyond goes with something new to revive brand

NEW YORK — Bed Bath & Beyond will launch a slew of new store brands to lure younger customers in a bid to energize sales at the home retail chain.
Senate Finance panel OKs Tai as top U.S. trade negotiator

Senate Finance panel OKs Tai as top U.S. trade negotiator

WASHINGTON — The Senate Finance Committee easily approved President Joe Biden's pick to be America's top trade negotiator. The panel on Wednesday confirmed Katherine Tai to be U.S. trade representative on a voice vote.
Texas becomes biggest US state to lift COVID-19 mask mandate

Texas becomes biggest US state to lift COVID-19 mask mandate

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas is lifting its mask mandate, Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday, making it the largest state to no longer require one of the most effective ways to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Senate confirms Raimondo as Biden commerce secretary

Senate confirms Raimondo as Biden commerce secretary

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to confirm Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo to serve as President Joe Biden’s commerce secretary and help guide the economy's recovery during and after the coronavirus pandemic. The vote was 84-15.
Biden vows enough vaccine for all US adults by end of May

Biden vows enough vaccine for all US adults by end of May

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said Tuesday the U.S.
Alberta may follow B.C.'s lead on faster rollout of first COVID-19 dose

Alberta may follow B.C.'s lead on faster rollout of first COVID-19 dose

EDMONTON — Alberta’s health minister says the province is considering whether to follow British Columbia in extending the time between COVID-19 vaccine doses.