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Oil-and-gas giant Chevron Corp. said Friday that it has agreed to acquire the big independent player Anadarko Petroleum Corp. in a $33 billion cash and stock deal.

Why it matters: Chevron, the second-largest U.S.-based multinational oil company, said the move would bolster its position in key domestic fields — notably the surging Permian Basin region of Texas and New Mexico, which produces over 4 million barrels of oil per day.

What they're saying: "The combination of Anadarko’s premier, high-quality assets with our advantaged portfolio strengthens our leading position in the Permian, builds on our deepwater Gulf of Mexico capabilities and will grow our LNG business," Chevron CEO Mike Wirth said in a statement.

Quick take: The deal underscores how oil majors are aggressively expanding their operations in the onshore shale business, especially in the Permian.

  • "The combination of the two companies will create a 75-mile-wide corridor across the most attractive acreage in the Delaware basin," the announcement says, referring to a portion of the Permian that's confusingly named after another state.
  • However, the deal is not solely about bolstering U.S. assets. "Chevron will gain another world-class resource base in Mozambique to support growing LNG demand," the announcement notes.

By the numbers: The total value of the deal, including Chevron's assumption of Anadarko's debt, is $50 billion.

What's next: The transaction will be 75% stock and 25% cash with an overall value of $65 per share, the companies said. Both companies' boards of have signed off on the deal, and they expect it to close during the second half of the year.

  • The transaction must still be approved by Anadarko shareholders and regulators, the joint announcement notes.

Go deeper: Permian drillers' $100 million pledge for the region

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CDC to cut guidance on quarantine period for coronavirus exposure

A health care worker oversees cars as people arrive to get tested for coronavirus at a testing site in Arlington, Virginia, on Tuesday. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

The CDC will soon shorten its guidance for quarantine periods following exposure to COVID-19, AP reported Tuesday and Axios can confirm.

Why it matters: Quarantine helps prevent the spread of the coronavirus, which can occur before a person knows they're sick or if they're infected without feeling any symptoms. The current recommended period to stay home if exposed to the virus is 14 days. The CDC plans to amend this to 10 days or seven with a negative test, an official told Axios.

  • The CDC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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CDC panel: COVID vaccines should go to health workers, long-term care residents first

Hospital staff work in the COVID-19 intensive care unit in Houston. Photo: Go Nakamura via Getty

Health-care workers and nursing home residents should be at the front of the line to get coronavirus vaccines in the United States once they’re cleared and available for public use, an independent CDC panel recommended in a 13-1 emergency vote on Tuesday, per CNBC.

Why it matters: Recent developments in COVID-19 vaccines have accelerated the timeline for distribution as vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna undergo the federal approval process. States are preparing to begin distributing as soon as two weeks from now.

Obama: Broad slogans like "defund the police" lose people

Snapchat.

Former President Barack Obama told Peter Hamby on the Snapchat original political show "Good Luck America" that "snappy" slogans such as "defund the police" can alienate people, making the statements less effective than intended.

What he's saying: "You lost a big audience the minute you say it, which makes it a lot less likely that you're actually going to get the changes you want done," Obama told Hamby in an interview that will air Wednesday morning at 6 a.m. EST on Snapchat.