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Amazon is bringing robots to Whole Foods, Bloomberg reports. The e-commerce giant, which acquired Whole Foods for $13.7 billion earlier this month, will use robots to do the heavy lifting in warehouses and, ultimately, cut distribution costs.

Why it matters: Amazon only has plans to bring automation to warehouses for now, but replacing workers, including cashiers, in the brick-and-mortar stores could be next. Still, Amazon hasn't stopped hiring as a result of automating its own warehouses, pledging to add 100,000 people by next year.

Whole Foods' CEO

anticipated these changes when he told employees, "I think we're gonna see a lot of technology. I think you're gonna see Whole Foods Market evolve in leaps and bounds."

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Amy Coney Barrett sworn in as Supreme Court justice

Amy Coney Barrett took the constitutional oath to serve as a Supreme Court justice at a White House ceremony Monday night, not long after the Senate voted to confirm her nomination to the high court in a 52-48 vote.

The state of play: Justice Clarence Thomas administered the oath. The Supreme Court wrote in a statement that Barrett will take the judicial oath on Tuesday, at which point she will be able to begin her work on the court.

Gulf Coast braces for Zeta after storm strengthens into hurricane

Hurricane Zeta's forecast path. Photo: National Hurricane Center

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) declared a state of emergency Monday as Zeta strengthened into a hurricane and threatened Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula as it moved towards the U.S. Gulf Coast.

The state of play: Zeta was expected to make landfall on the northern part of the Yucatan Peninsula Monday night, bringing with it a "dangerous storm surge" and "heavy rainfall" as it moved into the Gulf of Mexico, the National Hurricane Service said.