PRESS DIGEST- Wall Street Journal - Feb 6

Feb 6 (Reuters) - Following are the top stories in the Wall Street Journal. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

- Newmont Corp has made a roughly $17 billion offer to acquire Australia's Newcrest Mining Ltd aiming to seal one of the biggest deals for a global gold miner as the industry struggles to make large new discoveries of the precious metal.

- Public Storage has made an $11 billion unsolicited offer for Life Storage Inc, ramping up an effort to buy its smaller rival after an earlier bid was rejected.

- China's vice foreign minister lodged strong criticism of the U.S. decision to shoot down a suspected surveillance balloon over the weekend, calling it an indiscriminate use of force that would further damage U.S.-China relations.

- Carlyle Group Inc plans to name investment-banking veteran Harvey Schwartz its new chief executive, according to people familiar with the matter, as the private-equity firm's founders seek a fresh start after a botched succession plan.

- Southwest Airlines Co and FedEx Corp planes came within a thousand feet of each other Saturday morning near a runway at the Austin, Texas, airport, a close call that air-safety officials are investigating.

- A judge has made public his decision that allowed Meta Platforms Inc to acquire a virtual-reality startup, providing new details on why he ruled against the Federal Trade Commission in its high-profile antitrust case against the Facebook parent company. (Compiled by Bengaluru newsroom)