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Delphi, the autoparts company, is buying self-driving car company NuTonomy for $400 million (plus $50 million in earn outs), the companies revealed on Tuesday. The purchase will double the number of people Delphi has working on autonomous vehicles to 200.

Why this matters: The acquisition is a clear bid to help the companies get ahead in the self-driving car race. In a similar spirit to General Motors' acquisition of Cruise last year, this deal unites a company on the car manufacturing side with an upstart that's been focused on the autonomous driving software side of things. Plus, the companies both already have pilots in Singapore and soon Boston. This is Delphi's second acquisition of an autonomous driving startup—it acquired Ottomatika in 2015.

Founded in 2013 as a spin-out from MIT, Boston-based nuTonomy has raised nearly $24 million in funding from Fontinalis Partners, Trucks Venture Capital, Highland Capital Partners, Signal Ventures, Bill Ford, and the government of Singapore, among others. The acquisition will not impact existing partnerships, such as nuTonomy's deals with Lyft and Grab.

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New Yorkers and Californians celebrated most COVID-19 restrictions lifting on Tuesday, as the two states became the latest to move toward fully reopening their economies.

The big picture: The pandemic has now claimed over 600,000 lives in the U.S., but vaccines have helped drive down the seven-day average to roughly 14,000 new cases and fewer than 400 deaths per day, helping most states to ease restrictions.

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China's government issued a warning to "foreign forces" after Taiwan reported a record 28 Chinese military planes flew over the self-governed island's airspace Tuesday, per Reuters.

Why it matters: The warning and deployment of aircraft including fighter jets and bombers comes after G7 leaders issued a statement Sunday urging the Chinese government to respect human rights and calling on peace and "stability across the Taiwan Strait."

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The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) rejected a push from the right in a divisive vote on Tuesday, electing a president who has prioritized racial reconciliation and approving a measure that rejects any view of racism as "anything other than sin," AP reports.

Why it matters: Ed Litton, as the new SBC president, will have the power to determine committee appointments, which can set the tone for the country's largest Protestant denomination. The SBC is comprised of 14 million members.