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GE CEO John Flannery (left) with former GE CEO Jeff Immelt (right). Photo by Stepanie de Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images).

General Electric said Tuesday that it plans to spin off its health care business and sell its 62.5% stake in oil services company Baker Hughes. It also wants to "materially shrink the balance sheet of GE Capital" by selling $25 billion of energy and industrial finance assets by 2020.

Why it's a big deal: Because GE's prior de-conglomerizing, including yesterday's $3.25 billion sale of its distributed power unit, was just a palate cleanser. This is the main course, and it's got all the fixin's.

Deal details: GE will sell 20% of the health unit, which reported $19 billion in 2017 sales, and spin off the remainder to GE shareholders via a tax-free transaction. The Baker Hughes sales will occur over the next two to three years. Baker Hughes has a current market cap of $40.5 billion.

More from CNNMoney's Matt Egan: "The health care spin off marks a major shift by GE, which had previously said health care would remain one of its three big businesses. The division makes MRI machines and sells other medical equipment to hospitals and labs. It raked in $19.1 billion of revenue last year, accounting for 16% of the company's total sales."

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Scoop: Over 200 papers quietly sue Big Tech

Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

Newspapers all over the country have been quietly filing lawsuits against Google and Facebook for the past year, alleging the two firms monopolized the digital ad market for revenue that would otherwise go to local news. 

Why it matters: What started as a small-town effort to take a stand against Big Tech has turned into a national movement, with over 200 newspapers involved across dozens of states.

Axios-Ipsos poll: Shrugging off Omicron

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Data: Axios/Ipsos poll; Note: The last question only includes 589 employed respondents; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

Most Americans aren't willing to make big changes in their behavior to minimize the risk from the Omicron variant, like avoiding indoor restaurant dining or cancelling their holiday travel plans, according to a new Axios-Ipsos poll.

The big picture: The poll found support for some broader public responses, including one — travel bans aimed at people from other countries — that was widely supported by people across the political spectrum. But it found that Americans are only willing to do so much on their own.

Rohingya refugees sue Facebook over Myanmar hate speech

Internally displaced Rohingya peoples at a market area in the Baw Du Pha IDP Camp in Sittwe in Myanmar's western Rakhine state. Photo: STR/AFP via Getty Images

Rohingya refugees accused Facebook in a $150 million lawsuit filed Monday of amplifying hate speech against the persecuted minority Muslims in Myanmar via algorithms and failing to take down inflammatory posts.

Why it matters: Thousands of Rohingya Muslims have been killed in Myanmar in what the United Nations deemed a genocidal campaign. Tens of thousands of others have been displaced, notably following a massacre by Myanmar's military in 2017.

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