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Bill and Melinda Gates in 2006. Photo: Simon Hayter/Getty Images

Bill and Melinda Gates announced Monday they are getting divorced after 27 years of marriage.

Our thought bubble, from Axios' Ina Fried: Both Bill and Melinda had already made giving away their wealth through philanthropy a shared priority and said Monday they will continue to work together at their foundation.

What they're saying: "After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage," the statement reads.

  • "Over the last 27 years, we have raised three incredible children and built a foundation that works all over the world to enable all people to lead healthy, productive lives."
  • "We continue to share a belief in that mission and will continue to work together at the foundation, but we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives."
  • A spokesperson for Melinda Gates' Pivotal Ventures said that Melinda and Bill Gates will remain co-chairs and trustees of the foundation and that no changes to the organization are planned.

Representatives for both were not immediately available for further comment.

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Why it matters: The free rides, starting in the next two weeks, are part of the Biden administration's push to administer at least one vaccine dose to 70% of U.S. adults by Independence Day.

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Why it matters: While the green light for the long-proposed project was expected, it marks a key step in White House plans to help spur development of a suite of coastal projects off New York, New Jersey and other states.

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With a moderate La Niña event in the tropical Pacific Ocean, global temperatures in 2021 are running decidedly cooler when compared to recent years.

Why it matters: The lack of a new warmest year record in 2021 could sap some of the sense of urgency among policymakers in the U.S. and abroad during a critical year for enacting stricter emissions cuts to meet the Paris Agreement's targets.